Accelerators – Milestones


Jul 66 First meeting of nuclear physicists (during SAIP conf in Stellenbosch)
1973-1975 Feasibility study
1976 Cabinet approval of project
1980 Building construction started
Oct 1985 First (internal) acceleration Ep = 66 MeV
1985 Official opening
July 1986
First extraction beam
Sept 1986
First extraction at full design energy
Oct 1986
First Radioistope production
Nov 1986
First Physics experiment
Feb 1987
Routine 24h/day operation started
Jun 1987
First radiobiology experiment
Sept 1988
First neutron therapy
Sept 1993 First proton therapy
Jan 2004 Flattop system for SSC
Dec 2005 First beam in Vertical Beam Vault


Milestone dates….. Design 1978 1986 – 1992 1977
  Model tests 1979 – 1980
  Construction 1978 – 1983 1989 – 1993 1979
  First beam December 1983 December 1993 October 1985
Design/Construction by   in house with various engineering contractors in house; various contracts in house; various contracts


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