Accelerator-based ion beam analysis (IBA) techniques and capabilities can be applied across a range of issues.
Some recent research includes monitoring ambient air pollution at sites across Australia and Asia known as the aerosol sampling program (ASP), determining heavy metal pollutants in biological systems, studying the composition of archaeological artifacts and soil specimens, analysing thin films for photovoltaic (solar cell) applications, and probing materials engineering problems such as corrosion and coating delamination. A range of ASP publications is available online.
Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE)
Rutherford Backscattering (RBS)
Particle Induced Gamma Emission (PIGE)
Elastic Recoil Detection (ERD & RToF
|Technique||Applications||Elements||Sensitivity||Depth resolution||Analysis depth|
|RBS||Surface and thin film composition|
|Li - U||Best for heavy elements|
on light element substrate
(eg Cu on Si) typical 10%
(Li) - 0.001% (U)
|5-20 nm||Up to 1 mm|
|PIXE||Trace element composition of|
particulates and bulk materials.
|Si-U||Opimum near Fe (1ppm)|
range from 1 - 100ppm
|Typical proton range|
20- 50 microns
|Up to 1 mm|
Trace element composition of particulates
and bulk materials.
Element dependent, typically
|up to 1 mm|
|NRA||Isotopic tracing and profiling in materials,|
surfaces and interfaces.
|H-Si||Element dependent, typically|
in range 1 - 100 ppm
|5-20 nm||up to 1 mm|
|PESA||Hydrogen in polymers, polymer inter diffusion,|
hydrogen in solar cells.
|H, D||> 0.1%||10-20 nm||up to 1 mm|
|ERD & RToF||Elemental composition and structure of near|
surface regions. thin films.
|H-U||> 0.1 %||10-20 nm||up to 1 mm|
|μPIXE||Trace element mapping in biological,|
environmental and geological samples.
|Si-U||> 100 ppm||up to 3 μm|
|μERDA||Elemental mapping and depth profiling|
in materials science.
|>0.1 %||>50 nm||up to 20 μm|
|IBIC||Charge collection mapping in electronic|
devices and detectors.
|up to 1 μm|
Partners and collaborators
The IBA facilities are offered to 37 universities through AINSE and members of the group are involved in significant research projects that impact Australia and the wider global community. The IBA has partnerships with several environmental protection agencies, the Australian Coal Association, private industry, the CSIRO and International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna (IAEA), among others.
Australian and international researchers and industry can request access to IBA facilities through ANSTO's Research Portal for users.