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Welcome to iThemba Laboratories for Accelerator Based Sciences (LABS)

Africa’s leading research facility for accelerator based science that is committed to:

  • advance knowledge,
  • transform lives and,
  • inspire a nation

by probing fundamental structure and the origins of matter, advancing the understanding of condensed matter, and impacting the societal need through provision for the health and environmental sector.

The facility’s operational infrastructure is sited at two campuses, with the main site in Cape Town and the other in Johannesburg. It is important to highlight that iThemba LABS is not a conventional facility when compared to other facilities of similar size across the world. With the recent history of South Africa, the landscape for research and technical skills is still in a developing phase, and the mission of iThemba LABS has education and training as one of its main areas of focus in addition to creating a unique research environment. Catering, as it does, to training of postgraduate students and young research scientists from both South Africa and the rest of the African continent, iThemba LABS presents a truly unique, cosmopolitan, and multicultural research environment.
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The Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences is actually a collection of THREE laboratories, namely

Latest Publication

iThemba LABS Highlights and Achievements Report (2019-2021)

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The Long-Range Plan was drafted in 2017 and gives expression to iThemba LABS’s vision for the next 10 years. The plan is built on FOUR pillars, namely the Southern African Institute for Nuclear Technology and Sciences (SAINTS), the South African Isotope Facility (SAIF), the Gateway to International Research Infrastructure (G-iRi) and the Technology and Innovation Platform (TIP).
These pillars are KEY strategic objectives that support the facility’s research, education and training agenda. iThemba LABS’s vision is to improve the lives of ALL South Africans and to contribute to a BETTER world through the pursuit of basic science and innovation.
This report provides valuable feedback on the progress that has been made with regard to the Long Range Plan, and also communicates important milestones that have been reached.
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iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (iThemba LABS) is the largest multidisciplinary national research facility in South Africa and the largest accelerator facility in the southern hemisphere. iThemba LABS is also the only cyclotron facility on the African continent, offering unique research capabilities to both local and international researchers. It brings together competence and skills within a multidisciplinary environment to advance knowledge, transform lives and inspire a nation. The research expertise and training are enabled through particle beams that are delivered through 3 particle accelerators namely the Separated Sector Cyclotron (SSC), the Tandetron and the Tandem Accelerator
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