The Ion Beam Lab's History & Impact
The Ion Beam Lab (IBL) was established in 1970 to explore the field of neutron physics. Its research focus has since shifted to solid-state physics and material science.
For more than 50 years, researchers from academic institutions, private industry and federal research organizations have used the IBL to intentionally modify material structure and properties via ion irradiation and implantation, as well as quantitively characterize and analyze the impact of such material modifications on their physical, optical and electronic properties.
Through its unique capabilities, the IBL has supported research and manufacturing at numerous industry partners and universities worldwide. Its six customized beamlines have enabled amazing experiments involving biological, chemical and semiconducting samples and devices.
In recent years, our facility, equipment and techniques have been used to investigate charge migration in Lithium-ion batteries (funded by BMW), radiation hardening of electronics used in satellites and spacecrafts, the development of neutron cancer therapy and more.
Research performed at the IBL has been funded by various federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense. Many projects have been supported by small and large industries and foundations.
The IBL has also contributed to the education of countless scientists who make up an essential core of current scientific and industrial communities. IBL alumni hold critical scientific and technical positions at organizations such as IBM, Intel, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Global Foundries, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and NASA.