UNLV and Varian Medical Systems Establish Accelerator Partnership

Representatives of Varian Medical Systems and UNLV recently toured the UNLV Accelerator Laboratory Facility. The two entities have reached a collaborative agreement to advance accelerator research using equipment donated by Varian.
Apr. 30, 2015

UNLV and Varian Medical Systems recently reached a collaborative agreement that will facilitate research through the use of a donated high-energy linear accelerator.

Varian will build, install, and maintain (for five years) a new K15 linear accelerator unit that will be housed at UNLV's Accelerator Laboratory Building. UNLV faculty and their research partners will be encouraged to use the equipment for research purposes; Varian will have access to the unit for their own research and trainingendeavors as well. 

“This partnership is an opportunity to continue developing and improving accelerator technologies," said Bob Drubka, Varian's General Manager and Vice President, Security & Inspection Products. "Together we can provide new imaging techniques to support homeland security as well as offer excellent education programs for UNLV’s Accelerator Center. We plan to continue our collaboration efforts to significantly address the challenges of today’s business landscape.” 

Representatives of the company recently met on campus with UNLV President Len Jessup, Vice President for Research and Economic Development Tom Piechota, and other administrators to tour UNLV's Accelerator Laboratory Building, which currently houses an M6 accelerator, also donated by Varian. 

"UNLV research will benefit tremendously from our partnership with Varian Medical Systems," said Piechota. "Our faculty are very interested in furthering their research using this sophisticated equipment." 

Various types of research conducted using linear accelerators include the following:

• Development of new high-energy X-ray imaging technologies;

• Radiopharmaceutical research and production;

• Simulated radiation effects of deep space missions;

• National security applications, including cargo imaging, weapon destruction research, and subcritical experiments;

• Materials research/nondestructive material testing and radiation hardening;

• Modeling for radiation effects and dose studies;

• Radiobiology and medical physics research; and

• Fuel Cycle Research, water and air purification, exploit bioenergy, hydrogen storage.