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AGOR cyclotron facility

The central facility of KVI-CART is AGOR, a superconducting K=600 MeV cyclotron for the acceleration of both light and heavy ions. For this purpose, the cyclotron is equipped with different external ion sources. There are several experimental facilities for research at KVI-CART, which can be used in conjunction with ancillary equipment.

  • The AGOR facility is available for commercial use by industries, businesses and the public sector. In particular, an in-air beamline dedicated to irradiation of samples with high energy beams up to 190 MeV protons (solar spectrum) and up to 90 MeV/u Carbon has been designed for these irradiations. More information about this setup and how to apply for beam time can be found on the AGOR Facility for Irradiations of Materials (AGORFIRM) site.
  • KVI-CART is also a user facility for the international scientific community. Proposals for experiments will be evaluated on the basis of their scientific merit by the AGOR Programme Advisory Committee (PAC). The deadline for submission of beam time proposals are October 1 and March 1 of each year. Within the framework of EU-funded Transnational Access, for a long time our institute offered support to international research groups to perform AGOR-based experiments.
    - Starting in Spring 2016, Transnational Access is available via European Nuclear Science and Applications Research - 2 (ENSAR2), a Horizon2020 Integrating and opening existing national and regional research infrastructures of European interest action.
    - Starting in Spring 2018, users can apply for funding in the framework of the Continuously Open Research Announcement for Investigations into the Biological Effects of Space Radiation (CORA-IBER) offered by ESA.
    - Starting in Autumn 2018, Transnational Access is available via INfraStructure in Proton International Research (INSPIRE), a Horizon2020 Integrating Action opening for research on various aspects of proton therapy. Requests for beam time via the INSPIRE Transnational Access have to submitted through the INSPIRE website, which will come on-line in the near future, by filling out the proposal form. Until that time requests can be send to the local contact person of INSPIRE, Prof. Dr. Sytze Brandenburg (email: s.brandenburg@rug.nl).


AGOR cyclotron

AGOR (Accélérateur Groningen-ORsay) is the result of the cooperation between the KVI, Groningen, and the IPN, Orsay, France. Its design was a joint effort of both institutes; building took place in France. After testing it was disassembled and moved to the Netherlands in 1994.

Since the beginning of 1996, AGOR has produced beams for experimental use. The AGOR pages aim to inform you about the cyclotron’s possible beams (operating diagramme), and the various beams produced up until now.

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