Dr. Jefferson Shinpaugh
The ECU Accelerator Laboratory houses a 2 MV tandem Van de Graaff accelerator with sputter ion source which is used for basic and applied research. The research areas currently active are:
The laboratory uses a wide range of specialized equipment including various types of radiation detectors for charged particles, VUV, x-rays and gamma-rays; CAMAC and NIM modular electronics for detector signal processing; and computers and computer interfaces for data acquisition, analysis, and control.
In 2010, the Van de Graaff accelerator at ECU was retired to make way for a new 2-million-volt tandem Pelletron accelerator from National Electrostatics Corporation to be installed in November of 2011. A major renovation of the ECU Accelerator Laboratory is in progress to accommodate the new accelerator.