Completion of the first phase of the Advanced Rare Isotope Laboratory (ARIEL-I) was celebrated in Vancouver, British Columbia today. ARIEL is the flagship facility of TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, which has received $40 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) since 2003, including more than $17 million for the ARIEL-I project. The state-of-the-art tools found within the lab will eventually allow scientists to push the limits of subatomic physics, new materials design and novel medical isotope development.
A signature piece of equipment located in ARIEL-I is a superconducting electron linear accelerator where scientists recently achieved a milestone when electrons were accelerated to 23 million electron volts. Scientists at TRIUMF will use these high-energy beams to create new exotic isotopes that will be used to further understand the sub-atomic world, as probes for material science and for the development of new tools for medical research and treatment.
“The completion of this remarkable project couldn’t have happened without the cooperation of the scientific and engineering communities along with the input of governments and the private sector,” says Gilles Patry, president and CEO of the CFI. “With their support, researchers now working in the ARIEL facility will be able to conduct world-leading bio-molecular and materials research and begin creating the next-generation of medical isotopes that will improve Canada’s ability to provide cutting-edge healthcare for its citizens.”