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Beginning in 1995, TRIUMF has built up several beam lines that provide low-intensity, energetic proton and neutron beams to simulate radiation exposures either in space or terrestrial environments. Even at low intensity, several minutes of exposure in these beams can correspond to years of operation in space, air, or ground so that accelerated testing of electronics can be carried out.


These TRIUMF facilities, PIF & NIF, have since become recognized as premier test sites for space-radiation effects using protons and, with the capability of using these protons to produce a neutron-energy spectrum similar to that found at aircraft altitudes and at ground level, testing with neutrons is also possible. A large fraction of the proton users are Canadian space-related companies such as MDA Corporation, while neutron use is primarily by international companies for avionics, microelectronics and communications equipment, such as The Boeing Company or Cisco Systems, Inc.

Each year about 100 users from about 30 companies, laboratories or universities test electronics or materials with the TRIUMF beams.  Commercial users are charged an hourly rate for beam use for component testing and qualification while researchers are provided free access to PIF & NIF for studies of radiation effects when formally approved by the TRIUMF Experiment Evaluation Committee. In addition, one of the beam lines is used for the cancer treatment of ocular melanoma at the Proton Therapy Centre which is operated in conjunction with the BC Cancer Agency and the UBC Department of Ophthalmology and treats on average 10 patients per year.

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For further information contact:

Ewart Blackmore
Tel: 604.222.7461
Fax: 604.222.1074
Michael Trinczek
Tel: 604.222.7530
Fax: 604.222.1074


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Last modified: 26 January 2011