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The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences is a group of multi-disciplinary research laboratories administered by the National Research Foundation. Based at two sites in the Western Cape and Gauteng, these provide facilities for:

  • Basic and applied research using particle beams
  • Particle radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer
  • The supply of accelerator-produced radioactive isotopes for nuclear medicine and research

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iThemba in the Media

iThemba in the Media

Read all about the happenings at the LABS. iThemba is being featured in various online and printed magazines & newspapers, and websites.

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Community Interaction

iThemba LABS, through the Division for Community Interaction and Training (CIT), is committed to positively impact the lives of young people in SA.

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Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Join us on a Virtual Tour. Take a closer look at the equipment that is being used at the LABS. Adobe Flash Player is required for Virtual Tour

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Conferences & Events





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iThemba LABS Newsletter

Public Lecture


Sprites in Space - Nature's own particle accelerator
Prof. Mike Kosch
iThemba LABS, Old Faure Road, Faure, Somerset West
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015
Time: 18h00 - 19h00
RSVP: 021 843 1021
(no cost involved)
Directions to iThemba

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IAEA DG visits iThemba


Nuclear Technology is Key to Africa's Development, IAEA Director General Says.

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Physics Masterclasses


International Masterclasses in particle physics give secondary school students the opportunity to discover the world of quarks and leptons for themselves.
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Future of Radiotherapy


Stakeholders at the NRF Radiotherapy workshop agreed to collectively release a “Declaration of Intent” to ensure that the entire science and medical community is absolutely clear about the strategic intent adopted at iThemba LABS as well as any consequences of this strategy.
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SA gets 3 MV Tandetron


A 3 MV Tandetron Accelerator will be installed for the Materials Research Department (MRD) at iThemba LABS.

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