Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) Fact Sheet

The ATLAS facility is a leading facility for nuclear structure research in the United States. Any stable ion can be accelerated in ATLAS, the world’s first superconducting linear accelerator for ions, and delivered to one of its several target stations. It provides a wide range of beams for nuclear reaction and structure research to a large community of users from the United States and abroad. About 20% of available beam time is used to generate secondary radioactive beams. These beams are used mostly to study nuclear reactions of astrophysical interest and to investigate the structures of  atomic nuclei.

The mission for the ATLAS facility at Argonne is to enable research of the highest quality by its users and staff, especially probing the properties of atomic nuclei, through utilizing the capabilities of the accelerator and research equipment in a safe and efficient manner, with the associated responsibility of research and development in accelerator science, in applications of nuclear science, and in the techniques that are required to accomplish its scientific goals.