Ever since the invention of the microscope, scientists have been peering deeper and deeper into the world around us. During the past century, new and better techniques for looking inside materials have been found, including X-ray diffraction, electron microscopes and neutron scattering. Scientists at TRIUMF are using another technique to examine materials, called μSR (pronounced … Continued


Building on TRIUMF’s 30-years of experience in nuclear medicine and life sciences, the Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes (IAMI) will be a major new part of TRIUMF life sciences program for research into next-generation, life-saving medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. The 2500 m2 IAMI facility, to be constructed on the TRIUMF campus, will bring together interdisciplinary TRIUMF … Continued


TRIUMF’s Superconducting Radiofrequency (SRF) facility is Canada’s only centre for the research, design, testing, and assembly of SRF accelerator technologies. Since 2000 the TRIUMF SRF team has collaborated with university research and laboratory partners worldwide, and designed, assembled and maintained TRIUMF’s two SRF accelerators, the ISAC-II Superconducting Heavy-Ion linear accelerator (SC-linac) and the ARIEL Electron … Continued

M11 beamline

The M11 beam channel provides low-intensity beams of pions, muons and positrons for testing and calibrating detectors for particle physics experiments. The typical experiment at a large accelerator like CERN or J-PARC uses complex detectors with many detector subsystems built in different countries, and each subsystem must be tested and verified by their builders in … Continued

Francium Trapping Facility

TRIUMF’s Francium Trapping Facility is using rare francium atoms to capture an ultra-precise fingerprint of atomic weak force symmetry breaking and potential beyond-Standard Model physics. Among the four fundamental forces (along with electromagnetism, the strong force, and gravity) the weak force is the only one which violates symmetry: mirror image processes (parity); and time-reversed ones … Continued

Laser spectroscopy

The unique TRIUMF-based Collinear Fast-Beam Laser Spectroscopy facility is using the smallest changes in electrons’ quantum-level jumps to map the extreme frontier of nuclear structure in rare isotopes. The core challenge in studying these extreme nuclei, ones with lopsided ratios of neutrons and protons, is that they’re very short-lived. The rare isotope must be produced, … Continued

Science Technology Facility

TRIUMF’s Science Technology Facility provides the expertise and specialized construction capacity for the design-to-installation creation of state-of-the-art particle detectors. The Science Technology Facility’s two dozen staff have contributed to the fabrication, in part or full, to more than a dozen detectors for subatomic particle and nuclear physics experiments based at TRIUMF and Canadian and international … Continued

ATLAS Tier-1 Computing

TRIUMF provides one of ten international Tier-1 data intensive computing centres for the ATLAS detector’s distributed computing network, part of the globe’s largest and most advanced scientific computing grid. The Tier-1 Centre is part of TRIUMF’s major collaboration in the ATLAS detector at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), including significant contributions to the detector design … Continued


ATLAS is one of the largest and most complex particle detectors ever built, one of the world’s leading tools in the search for beyond-Standard Model physics and a key TRIUMF international collaboration. Based at CERN as part of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), ATLAS is one of the largest scientific collaborations in history. As part … Continued

Rare Isotope Beam Delivery

From their origins in targets and ion sources, TRIUMF’s rare isotope beams (RIBs) travel on to navigate two important technologies: mass separators and charge breeders. The singly-ionized rare isotopes enter a High-Resolution Mass Separator (HRS) in order to create a purified, high-intensity RIB of ideally just a single selected isotope. From the mix of products emerging … Continued