Managing landmark infrastructure

ANSTO has a proud history of success in fundamental and applied research having invested in world class infrastructure and people.  

This has helped expand ANSTO’s leadership role in the Australian nuclear science and technology community, participate in a areas of global scientific significance and strengthen our local and global networks.
OPAL research reactor
At the heart of ANSTO’s research capabilities is Australia's Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) reactor which is one of the world’s most effective multi-purpose research reactors.

OPAL is used for scientific research, the production of medical radioisotopes, and the irradiation of silicon used in microelectronics and other specialised irradiations for research and industry.
OPAL facilitates specialised research using an increasing suite of neutron beam instruments at ANSTO's Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering. Neutron scattering allows scientists to see the internal structure of many materials, helping scientists understand why materials have the properties that they do, and helping tailor new materials.

ANSTO’s neutron beam instruments are used for developing renewable, clean energy technologies; and studying the structural integrity of materials such as railway tracks.
Accelerator science
The Australian Centre for Accelerator Science based at ANSTO, includes four operating accelerators, the 10MV Australian National Tandem Research Accelerator (ANTARES) , the 6MV SIRIUS Tandem Accelerator, the 2MV STAR Tandetron Accelerator and the 1MV VEGA Accelerator. These accelerators are used to analyse materials to determine their elemental composition and age, and are fundamental to advancing knowledge in areas such as climate science.
Australian Synchrotron
The ANSTO-owned Australian Synchrotron is a world-class research facility that produces light many times brighter than the sun to see the invisible structure and composition of materials from the macroscopic to the atomic – with a level of detail, speed and accuracy not possible in conventional laboratories. It services some 3000 registered users at Australian and international universities and research institutes.