Since 2006, we have been designing and building our own cyclotron, a type of cyclic particle accelerator at the Thomas Jefferson building.
We finished designing our accelerator over the summer of 2009. We are now completing construction of our cyclotron, and we anticipate making our first beam very soon!
Although we do have several exciting research projects planned once our accelerator is complete, the primary goal of our project is educational. This project has already been a life-changing experience for both of us. In the summer of 2010, we also involved a group of students from Mexico in our project, who worked with scientists on developing a proton source for the accelerator. We look forward to soon completing the cyclotron, and involving more students in our project in the future.