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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

ViTL Equipment

Take a closer look at the equipment that is being used at the LABS.

More iTL Happenings










10 Electrical Engineer lecturers from UCT (University of Cape Town) visited our site recently. Their visit included a video screening of the work of iThemba LABS in our various departments.  Read more …


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World AIDS Day 2015
















In commemoration of World Aids Day (1st December), the HIV AIDS Committee at iThemba LABS hosted an on-site program, where staff members participated in a ‘Fun Run’ around the site as well as a presentation and a feature documentary titled ‘Positively Beautiful’, a story about 5 HIV-positive strangers who develop an extraordinary friendship as they face a potential AIDS death. The film and presentation was delivered by Diveena Cooppan, a filmmaker from the town of Tongaat in SA who is formerly an internationally known Occupational Therapist public health practitioner. Read more …


More News

The synchrotron light source: An ‘engine of discovery’. Read more …

Nuclear Medicine. Read more …

Nuclear Energy in South Africa. (Part 1 of 2) Read more …

Can Nuclear develop fast enough. (Part 1 of 4) Read more …

UNISA Chair in Nanotechnology. Read more …

National Research Foundation (NRF) Newsletter. Read more …

South African Agency for Science & Technology Advancement (SAASTA) Newsletter October 2015. Read more …





iThemba LABS Newsletter

In-situ Real-Time RBS


On the 14 December 2015 Mr Caswell Pieters in collaboration with Mr Avesh Sook from the EIT Department and Prof Craig Comrie, succeeded in simultaneously displaying in-situ RBS data from two SBD detectors at different scattering angles within the experimental end-station located at the beam Line-2 at the VDG accelerator, MRD.

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Symposium Van De Graaff


Symposium: “50 years’ service
of the Van de Graaff Accelerator”
On the 11th December 2015 iThemba LABS hosted a Symposium to commemorate 50 years of service of the 5.5 CN Van de Graaff accelerator to the scientific community in low energy physics and nuclear analysis.

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AMS Research


Africa's fast-track into AMS research:
An Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) laboratory in Gauteng is being used to find breakthroughs in Alzheimer's and cancer research.

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Rising star


Breakthrough in stellar metals made by SA Astrophysicist

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