U Albany Ion Beam Laboratory

Advancement In Science & Technology
Through Ion Beams

The Ion Beam Laboratory at SUNY Albany has both a high-energy Dynamitron particle accelerator and a low-energy Extrion ion implanter, providing advanced ion beam capabilities for materials analysis, ion implantation, irradiation, and nanostructure fabrication for students, faculty and off-campus users.
We are committed to building collaborations with different research groups. Researchers from other institutes & organizations may have their work done by qualified lab personnel, or they could choose to come to the lab to conduct the work on their own after training. Our Laboratory is well poised for assisting in industrial research & development work by providing companies with the needed facility time or the use of facility on their behalf.

The RDI Dynamitron particle accelerator has an operating range between four hundred kilovolts to four megavolts and is capable of multi-charge state ions for total beam energies of 8 MeV and beyond. Our standard set of ions include: Hydrogen, Deuterium, Helium 3 & 4, Boron, Carbon, Nitrogen 14 &15, Oxygen 16 & 18, Fluorine, Neon, Silicon, Phosphorus, Chlorine & Argon. We have six beam lines with end stations to provide a full range of ion beam material analysis & modification.

Our Extrion 400 Ion Implanter, made by Varian, can implant sample sizes up to 75 millimeters at temperatures from near liquid nitrogen to over 500°C Our room temperature end-station that can handle sample sizes from 50 to 200 millimeters in diameter. This Implanter is capable of providing a wide range of ions from gas and solid source materials at energies from 50 to 400 keV and beyond with multi charge state ions.

Laboratory History:
The Ion Beam Laboratory was established in 1970 to pursue research in neutron physics. Since that time, research activity has shifted toward studies in materials physics.   The Laboratory faculty have an established reputation in analysis and modification of materials using particle beams. Particle acceleration capabilities extends from ion implantation through materials analysis and from low energies up to several MeV.