TRIUMF is Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science. TRIUMF is an international centre for discovery and innovation, advancing fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary research for science, medicine, and business. Located in the unique setting of Wesbrook Village on the UBC campus, TRIUMF is owned and operated by a university consortium. The full members include UBC and the universities of Alberta, Carleton, Calgary, Guelph, Manitoba, Montréal, Queen's, Simon Fraser, Toronto, Victoria, and York. In addition, there are seven associate member universities: McGill, McMaster, Northern British Columbia, Regina, Saint Mary's, Western and Winnipeg.
TRIUMF is a hub for inquiry and ingenuity, a Canadian centre of excellence deeply integrated into the global scientific community. The laboratory hosts a multidisciplinary team of roughly 500 staff and trainees working collaboratively with Canadian and international users to further research in fundamental physics, experiments in nuclear physics, particle physics, materials science, and nuclear medicine. This provides a unique training ground for future leaders in science, technology, and industry.
TRIUMF’s world-class facilities are led by the medium-energy 500 MeV high-current cyclotron accelerator, partnered with several smaller cyclotrons and an electron linear accelerator. For the fundamental and applied science programs, proton beams from the main cyclotron are used to produce intense secondary beams of exotic isotopes, neutrons, pions, or muons. The proton beam is also used for the treatment of eye cancer (ocular melanoma) in Canada's only such treatment centre. The centre celebrated its 20th anniversary in August 2015, and has treated over 200 patients.
TRIUMF’s rare-isotope beam (RIB) facility, ISAC, is home to one of the world's most powerful facilities producing exotic radioisotopes. This facility is used by a national and international community for a range of science areas, including nuclear physics, astrophysics, fundamental symmetry tests, and materials science. TRIUMF’s newest facility is the Advanced Rare Isotope Laboratory (ARIEL), which makes use of a new 500kW electron linear accelerator and an additional beamline from the 500 MeV cyclotron for the production of more and new radioisotopes. TRIUMF accelerator scientists, in addition to designing and building accelerators at TRIUMF, also contribute to several accelerator projects worldwide, including the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN located in Geneva, Switzerland.
TRIUMF is also home to one of the most powerful computing centres in Canada, the ATLAS Tier-1 Data Centre for analysis and storage of data from the particle physics experiment (ATLAS) at the LHC. The centre is connected to the world with a 10 GB/s optical-fiber network and includes currently close to 5000 CPU cores and 13 TeraBytes of disk and tape storage, to analyze millions of gigabytes of data. Starting in early 2010, scientists in Canada and all around the world have relied upon the Tier-1 Centre to help reveal the secrets uncovered by the LHC, including the discovery of the Higgs Boson.
In addition to its main 500 MeV cyclotron, TRIUMF also operates four smaller cyclotrons on site for the production of radioisotopes used primarily for medical imaging procedures (e.g., 'PET' scans at the hospital on campus). TRIUMF continues its ongoing collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency and the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre. In addition, TRIUMF provides Canadian and international users with infrastructure support for their experiments at TRIUMF and abroad, and its science and engineering efforts are effective in transferring leading edge technology to industry.
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