International Particle Physics Outreach Group
Participating Institutes
South Africa
Cape Town

iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences


iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences
Address iThemba LABS
PO Box 722
Somerset West 7129
South Africa
Phone +27 2021 843 1000
Research and Teaching

Activities at iThemba LABS are based around a number of sub-atomic particle accelerators located in the Western Cape and in Gauteng. The largest of these, a k=200 Separated Sector Cyclotron, accelerates protons to energies of 200MeV, and heavy ions up to 30 to 40 MeV/nucleon. Smaller accelerators at the Western Cape site include two injector cyclotrons, one providing intense beams of light ions, and the other, beams of polarized light ions or heavy ions as well as a 6MV Van de Graaff electrostatic accelerator. The Gauteng site houses a 6MV tandem Van de Graaff electrostatic accelerator for ion implantation and other surface science studies.

iThemba LABS brings together scientists working in the physical, medical and biological sciences. The facilities provide opportunities for modern research, advanced education, the treatment of cancers, and the production of unique radioisotopes.

The focus is on providing scientifically and medically useful radiation through the acceleration of charged particles using the Separated Sector Cyclotron, the Van der Graaff Accelerator and other appropriate technologies. iThemba LABS is seen as a primary center of expertise in radiation medicine, nuclear science and technologies to advance the knowledge and health of the people of Africa.

iThemba LABS also collaborates with universities to offer a range of postgraduate training opportunities to meet the increasing demand of skilled personnel in nuclear and related sciences.
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