TRIUMF – Canada’s National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics

On March 15, 2012, our group visited TRIUMF on UBC Campus.

Group members watch as TRIUMF staff explains some of the components of beam transport.

TRIUMF is one of the world’s leading subatomic physics laboratories. It brings together dedicated physicists and interdisciplinary talent, sophisticated technical resources, and commercial partners in a way that has established the laboratory as a global model of success. Its large user community is composed of international teams of scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students. The advances ensuing from TRIUMF’s research will enhance the health and quality of life of millions of Canadians, launch new high-tech companies, create new high specificity drugs, help us to understand the environment, enable the development of new materials, and spur the imaginations of our children who want to know their place in the universe.

On top of the cyclotron: Members ask tough questions listen in.

Some interesting facts:

  • Construction started in 1971, and the first beam was produced in 1974.
  • The facility houses the world’s largest cyclotron – a device using magnetic fields to separate charged particles along a spiral path. The magnets weigh 4000 tons!
  • About 400 scientists, researchers, and staff work at TRIUMF.
  • TRIUMF produces isotopes used in nuclear medicine at UBC Hospital and the BC Cancer Agency for the detection and treatment of cancers and other diseases.
  • Visiting scientists from all over the world come to use TRIUMF’s facilities in various experiments.

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