Scientists and engineers at IARC work side by side with industrial partners to research and develop breakthroughs in accelerator science and technology and translate them into applications for the nation’s health, wealth and security.
The mission of IARC, which is part of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, is to advance technologies developed by Fermilab towards commercialization and, with industry partners, help create products and services that improve the health, wealth and security of the nation.
Located on the Fermilab campus, this 83,000 square foot, state-of-the-art building houses offices, technical and educational space to study cutting-edge accelerator technologies. In addition to attracting new private industry partners that will create new high-tech jobs, the center also collaborates with local universities and serves as a training facility for a new generation of scientists, engineers and technical staff in accelerator technology. These partnerships make critical contributions to the technological and economic health of Illinois and place the state in a position to become the world leader in accelerator research, development and industrialization.
How a photographer turned electron beams into abstract art
IARC Engineering Physicist Michael Geelhoed and the Accelerator Application Development and Demonstration (A2D2) tool recently provided photographer Adam Nadel with the electron beams for his latest abstract art collection. The e-beams allowed Nadel to capture negative space images. Read more.
2020 Midwest Medical Device Sterilization Workshop; Medical Device Sterilization: Continuing the Conversation
On September 17, 2020, the Organizing Committee of the Medical Device Sterilization Workshop hosted a virtual meeting for stakeholders exploring accelerator-based sterilization alternatives.
Technical advancements are making accelerator-based sources of radiation viable candidates for sterilization of medical devices. Electron beams and x-rays are becoming more cost-competitive and new facilities are being built to provide needed capacity and redundancy. Read more.
This novel accelerator technology developed at Fermilab holds a number of advantages over conventional technologies. This innovation will provide solutions for commercial needs that either have had little success or are excessively costly.
Reliable, cost-effective electron accelerators could be used to sterilize municipal sludge and waste water while simultaneously destroying harmful pathogens, pharmaceuticals and organic contaminants.