Accelerator-based ion beam analysis (IBA) techniques and capabilities can be applied across a range of investigations.
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.
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|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
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 interdiffusion,
hydrogen in solar cells.
|H, D||> 0.1%||10-20 nm||up to 1 mm|
|ERDA & RToF||Elemental composition and structure of near
surface regions. thin films.
|H-U||> 0.1 %||10-20 nm||up to 1 mm|
|μERDA||Elemental mapping and depth profiling
in materials science.
|>0.1 %||>50 nm||up to 20 μm|
|μPIXE||Trace element mapping in biological,
environmental and geological samples.
|Si-U||> 100 ppm||up to 3 μm|
|IBIC||Charge collection mapping in electronic
devices and detectors.
|up to 1 μm|
Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE)
Rutherford Backscattering (RBS)
Particle Induced Gamma Emission (PIGE)
Elastic Recoil Detection (ERD & RToF
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.