Accelerator Science project 

The Accelerator Science project provides excellence in accelerator-based science at ANSTO, delivering leading-edge ion beam research and technological innovations with outcomes that impact not only Australia, but the wider global community.
The Accelerator Science project has three main components:
  • Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) - can be applied to research areas including functional materials interfaces, human activity, climate variability and environmental pathways.
  • Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) - utilises radiocarbon dating analysis from diverse natural materials such as lake sediments, rock-art paintings, tree-rings, ice-cores, corals, soils and air to better understand our changing environment, landscape and climate in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Centre for Accelerator Science (CAS) - a new national centre for accelerator science funded and promoted by the Australian Federal Government in the 2009/10 federal budget.


ANSTO’s accelerator facilities currently include the 10MV ANTARES accelerator and the 2MV STAR accelerator and the recently installed 1MV VEGA accelerator, which are capable of providing both ion beam analysis (IBA) and accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) services. In addition to this, a new 6MV SIRIUS accelerator is currently being installed (due for completion by the end of 2015) which will complete ANSTO's Centre for Accelerator Science (CAS).
The unique suite of accelerator-based characterisation techniques available on these facilities are capable of analysing specimens across a wide variety of research fields including physics, climate, environmental science, zoology, biology, materials science, geology and archaeology.
Some recent research includes monitoring ambient air pollution at sites across Australia and Asia, radiocarbon and exposure age dating, determining heavy metals pollutants in biological systems, studying archaeological rock and soil specimens, analysing thin films for photovoltaic (solar cell) applications, and probing materials engineering problems such as corrosion and coating delamination.
Access to ANSTO’s accelerators for researchers are offered to 37 Australian universities through AINSE.
The accelerator science group can also provide commercial/industrial analysis services. This may be one-off testing of a specific part failure, or to establish an ongoing routine QC testing procedure. Please contact Professor David Cohen to discuss how accelerator-based techniques may be able to provide the answers to your questions.
ANSTO is one of 195 facilities in 49 countries around the world operating megavolt (MV) accelerators. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) maintain an online Accelerator Knowledge Portal containing a range of useful resources for the accelerator community as well as a database of accelerators around the world.




David Cohen (Project Leader)
Phone: +61 2 9717 3042