STFC and Teledyne e2v, a leading supplier of technologies and components for industry, have formed a strategic relationship that will advance the world’s next generation of particle accelerator technologies and bring exciting new opportunities for UK industry.
Through this agreement Teledyne e2v will gain access to the Compact Linac accelerator and radiation enclosure at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, supporting the development of new products and integrated RF and X-ray systems. Meanwhile, for STFC, the agreement will deliver specialist technical support for the Compact Linac, provided by Teledyne e2v, which manufactured a number of the original components.
The Compact Linac is a compact electron beam and X-ray linear accelerator that is extremely applicable to industry market areas such as security scanning, healthcare and environmental applications. Housed in a fully supported radiation test enclosure, it provides a ready-made space for industry and the research community to test X-ray and electron beam generation technologies and systems.
Professor Susan Smith, Head of STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, said: “STFC’s collaboration with Teledyne e2v will deliver long term benefit to both accelerator science and to industry. Working with such a high profile industrial partner is a tremendous opportunity for STFC to co-develop new X-ray beam generation technologies for both research and industrial solutions, and clearly demonstrates our ability to support UK businesses in the area of particle accelerators and their associated components and systems.”
The Compact Linac can be configured with either a 3.5 MeV accelerating cavity designed by Lancaster University and STFC, or a commercially available 6 MeV Linac. The ability to test products within such a flexible system makes the system extremely applicable to industry. It will enable Teledyne e2v to assess the impact of new products and system designs against the wider performance and reliability aspirations of its customers, enabling Teledyne e2v to develop optimised solutions meeting current and future customer needs.
As with all particle accelerators, the system is highly complex, with a number of particularly specialised and bespoke components. Teledyne e2v will provide the technical support to ensure that the Compact Linac system can continue to provide a reliable platform for industrial engagement.
Dr Ewan Livingstone, President of RF Power Commercial at Teledyne-e2v, commented: “Teledyne e2v is delighted to be collaborating with STFC. The collaboration provides Teledyne e2v with access to the Council’s world class facilities and people. It is a fantastic platform for joint innovation and is already helping us to accelerate the development of new products and solutions for our customers.”