Heavy Ion Accelerators

Our world leading facilities provide accelerated ion beams for a wide variety of research and industry applications

About us

Our facilities for high-energy ion beam research provide R&D capabilities that are unique in Australia and rare in the world.
We operate 24/7 to support Australian and global businesses and ARC Centres of Excellence across multiple sectors.

Latest news

Liquid lenses for better satellite monitoring

Space is a harsh place. On Earth, we’re protected from extreme radiation by our atmosphere and magnetic field. Spacecraft don’t have this protection and are highly…

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HIAF Open Day – 10 August
The Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility (HIAF) based at the Australian National University, Canberra will open its doors to public on Saturday 10 August….
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HIAF-SIBL team is the Academic Research Team of the Year finalist at the Australian Space Awards
The Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility’s Space Irradiation Beamline (HIAF-SIBL) team was delighted to attend the Australian Space Summit and Awards Night early last week in…
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15MV Ion Accelerator and Linac

Hosted at the Australian National University

Australia’s largest and highest energy ion accelerator, a 15 million volt tandem electrostatic accelerator with an additional 6 million volt linear accelerator loop. Accelerated ions range from hydrogen to plutonium with 11 adaptable beamlines.

Ion Beam Analysis & Ion Implantation

Hosted at the Australian National University

This is the only facility in Australia to provide controlled implantation of a broad range of atomic species into a wide range of materials. This capability supports research in areas such as microelectronics, optoelectronics, photonics, materials science, and quantum technologies.

Nuclear Ion Microprobe

Hosted at the University of Melbourne

Our nuclear ion microprobe provides state-of-the-art imaging and microanalysis, with applications in quantum device fabrication, nanofabrication, minerals and mining exploration. We also operated the world-leading, MAIA X-ray pixel detector array.


Advancing research in areas such as space, defence, medical imaging and cancer therapies, advanced materials and quantum technologies is underpinned by fundamental science, and accelerators are key to acquiring that knowledge.

We provide a national network of state-of-the-art accelerators with highly specialised yet adaptable capabilities.

Our facilities are flexible and agile, able to respond quickly as national priorities shift, and support scientific and industrial research addressing a wide range of research challenges.

Who we work with

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Australian and international researchers and companies are using our facilities for everything from environmental tracing to space radiation. Get in touch to discuss how you can use or visit our facilities.