The Gaerttner LINAC Laboratory has been engaged in active research continuously for over 50 years. Research with electrons, photons and neutrons has applications to nuclear engineering, nuclear physics, radiation effects in electronics, nondestructive testing, radiation processing of materials, computed tomography, and other industrial processes. The laboratory’s research is centered about a multi-million dollar, high power, 60 MeV, L-band traveling wave, electron linear accelerator. The accelerator can deliver 4 x 1013 neutrons/sec with neutron energies ranging from sub thermal to 60 MeV. The facility is equipped with several neutron production targets, a Lead Slowing Down Spectrometer and several specialized neutron and gamma detection systems. Current areas of research at the LINAC include reactor physics, photoneutron reactions, assay of used nuclear fuel, neutron cross sections, radiation effects on electronics, and production of medical isotopes. This laboratory has well served government and industry in numerous applications where it has provided a unique and highly intense radiation environment. The Gaerttner LINAC Laboratory has been designated as a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society for its contribution to generation of accurate nuclear data for the design of safe and efficient nuclear power reactors. LINAC related work resulted in over 250 publications and was used by more than 170 graduate students as part of their PhD thesis research. The LINAC research also offers opportunities for undergraduate student research.
- 60 MeV Linear Electron Accelerator
- 125 keV intense pulsed x-ray source
- Neutron and gamma detector systems
Who can access
Internal users and external users.
Rates and Fees
Fees: external ~ $812/hour, internal ~$450/hour, varies annually.