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Six million electron volt upgrade will support radiotherapy, environmental and security industry at Daresbury Laboratory

Last year, STFC and Teledyne e2v, formed a strategic relationship designed to advance the world’s next generation of particle accelerator technologies and bring exciting new opportunities for UK industry.

At the centre of this agreement is Daresbury Laboratory’s Compact Linac - a highly complex but compact electron beam and X-ray linear accelerator.  Hosting a number of particularly specialised and bespoke components, the Compact Linac is applicable to both industry and the research community for testing X-ray and electron beam technologies for a wide range of applications.

Now, through the collaboration between STFC and Teledyne e2v, the Compact Linac has undergone an exciting upgrade that will enable industrial partners to carry out commercial R&D specifically geared towards testing our next generation of medical, environmental and security technologies.

The upgrade comes in the form of a new accelerating cavity that has been provided by Teledyne e2v, and is manufactured by one of its technology partners, Accelerad Technologies. This means that the Compact Linac now has an accelerating capacity of up to 6 million electron volts, a level that is particularly suitable for testing new radiotherapy and security scanning technologies.

Donna Pittaway, Business Development Manager at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, said: “STFC’s collaboration with Teledyne e2v set out to deliver real benefit to both accelerator science and to industry. Less than a year later, as a result of the partnership, we have a new capability that businesses can use as they seek to develop new technologies and solutions to better address their commercial markets.”

Under the original agreement, Teledyne e2v gains valuable access to Daresbury Laboratory’s Linac Test Facility radiation enclosure and the Compact Linac accelerator within it, while for STFC the agreement delivers specialist technical support for the Compact Linac, which is provided by Teledyne e2v, who also manufactured a number of the specialist components.  Now, as a result of this upgrade, the Compact Linac will be available for research to a wider range of industrial partners looking to develop optimised solutions that meet their own customer needs.

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Last updated: 27 June 2019


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