iThemba LABS Technical Tour
At the tip of Africa, and about 40 km, from Cape Town lies iThemba LABS (Laboratories for Accelerator Based Sciences). It is the premier particle accelerator facility on the African continent, and the only of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The workhorse of iThemba LABS is the k=200 Separated Sector Cyclotron (SSC) to provide accelerated particle beams. The SSC is currently used for two types of activities, namely isotope production for nuclear medicine and basic and applied research, which includes radiation biology, neutron physics and metrology. As a national facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF), iThemba LABS brings together competence and skills within a multidisciplinary environment to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and to build human capacity.