The First Atomic Particles and Molecules Accelerator Manufactured by Local Capabilities in the Arab World
D. Mohammed Al Suwaiyel Inaugurates the First Phase of Operating the Electrostatic Accelerator
Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel, President of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) inaugurated today the first phase of operating the electrostatic accelerator that has been designed and manufactured by Saudi researchers in the laboratory of KACST’s National Center of Mathematics and Physics.
This accelerator that is the first of its type to be manufactured by local capabilities in the Arab world, aims to provide an integrated laboratory equipped with the latest technologies that serve varied scientific research specializations in realms of medicine, industry, atomic physics and biology as it also targets transferring and localizing the latest technologies and building up equivalent local capabilities in accordance with orientations of the National Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation.
The acceleration mechanism in this linear electrostatic accelerator is based on static electricity to store ionic-ray in the form of particle beams in an air-vacuumed annular path to be used in varied medical applications such as radiation therapy and imaging, as well as in the industrial, security fields in addition to its large scale use in researches of applied and basic fields.
This type of accelerators is characterized by its power to accelerate and store any kind of particles regardless of the mass unlike traditional accelerators that do not have such property. This characteristic makes the accelerator the basis for various research experiments commencing by plasma physics to biological specializations and passing through living tissues that would be able to be studied on the nanoscale in addition to studying atomic and molecular interaction with material and laser light.
Work in constructing this accelerator began in 1430, whereas all key studies, simulations and prototypes have been finalized, then constructing the accelerator began in two phases: the first crystallized in establishing an acceleration and injection system to feed the cycle of storing ions with a variable power up to 50 kilo electron volt. The first Ionic beam was obtained on Wednesday, 25 Jumada Al-Akher 1433 corresponding to 16 May 2012.
The second phase that is currently being worked on is crystallized in constructing the electrostatic storage cycle, as most parts of this cycle are in process, and are going to be completed by the end of this year.
It should be noted that this accelerator is going to be the basis for a variety of research experiments that can be conducted at the nanoscale that, by its turn, would be positively reflected on the researchers in the Kingdom, opening horizons for cooperation domestically and internationally.