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Radio Frequency Quadrupole Linac (RFQ)

The Radio Frequency Quadrupole Linac (RFQ) is a 100 µs pulse accelerator that boosts ions accelerated by the 6 MV Tandem. Ions can be accelerated to 1.92 times their amu.The RFQ is typically used for radiation effects testing.


• Radiation Microscopy• Radiation Physics

HVE 6 MV Tandem

The HVE 6 MV Tandem can accelerate most elements from hydrogen to gold. It is used for in-situ electrical testing, optical testing, and mechanical testing to determine the response of materials to radiation damage at various temperatures from -230°C to 1200°C. There is also a microbeam with a spot size of ~1µm spot size.


• Radiation Microscopy• Defect Physics
 • Nuclear Microscopy• Materials Analysis
 • Radiation Physics• Fission/Fusion Materials Research
 • Support Manufacturing • Metallurgy

NEC 1 MV Tandem (”Baby Tandem”)

The NEC 1 MV Tandem (”Baby Tandem”), accelerates ions from a source of negative ions by cesium sputtering (SNICS). It is used to implant ions into the transmission electron microscope. Also, a 6 inch implant line is available.


• Defect Physics• Corrosion Science
 • Materials Analysis • Metallurgy
 • Fission/Fusion Materials Research• Nano Science

NEC 3 MV Pelletron

The NEC 3 MV Pelletron accelerates most gases. It is used for ion beam  channelling, radiation effects microscopy and ion implantation. The  Pelletron has a microbeam with a ~150nm spot size.


• Nuclear Microscopy• Fission/Fusion Materials Research
 • Support Manufacturing • Nano Science
 • Materials Analysis

High Voltage Engineering Europa (HVEE) Implanter

The 350 kV High Voltage Engineering Europa (HVEE) Implanter can accelerate most ions from hydrogen to lead. It is used for broad beam and single ion implantation from -230-800°C, and has a microbeam  with a spot size of ~1 µm. 2 and 14 MeV neutrons can be generated,  the primary calibration standard for neutron detection.


• Plasma – Surface Interactions• Corrosion Science
 • Radiation Detectors   • Metallurgy

A&D 100 kV NanoImplanter

The A&D 100 kV NanoImplanter, a focused ion beam (FIB) uses an E×B filter to select specific ion species and energies from a liquid metal alloy ion source (LMAIS) to perform implantation, sputtering, milling, lithography, and Ion Beam Induced Charge (IBIC). It has a spot size of ≤ 50nm.


• Plasma – Surface Interactions  • Nano Science

10 kV Colutron

A low energy accelerator, the 10 kV Colutron can implant hydrogen and helium simultaneously. Both the Colutron and the 6 MV Tandem are connected to a transmission electron microscope allowing for in situ observation of triple beam irradiation.


• Defect Physics • Metallurgy
 • Fission/Fusion Materials Research • Nano Science
 • Corrosion Science

Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD)

Not actually an accelerator, the Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) system uses laser ablation to deposit thin films of metals, ceramics, alloys, etc on a wide variety of substrates.


• Corrosion Science• Metallurgy
 • Nano Science
Ion Beam Laboratory Capabilities