Lyncean Technologies, a pioneer in compact accelerator-based light sources for use in science and industry, on October 4th signed a contract with the “Horia Hulubei” National Institute for Research and Development in Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH), Romania, to build a Variable Energy Gamma-ray (VEGA) System. The system will have applications in fundamental physics, nuclear physics and astrophysics, as well as applied research in materials science, management of nuclear materials, and life sciences. The contract comprises the design, construction, installation and commissioning of the system, as well as operation and maintenance support for three years after completion.
The VEGA system will be the most advanced gamma-ray source in the world, having about one order of magnitude higher gamma-ray flux and at least a factor of two smaller bandwidth, or energy spread, than the current state of the art. It will be part of the Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP), a European Center of Excellence for scientific research in laser and gamma radiation, located in the town of Magurele near Bucharest, Romania.
Prof. Dr. Nicolae Victor Zamfir, Director General of IFIN-HH and Project Director of ELI-NP, says “With their extensive experience and expertise in accelerator driven light sources, Lyncean Technologies is uniquely qualified to build the VEGA system. We are extremely pleased to partner with Lyncean to create one of the premier facilities for nuclear research in the world.”
Michael Feser, Chief Executive Officer of Lyncean Technologies, adds, “The VEGA system perfectly fits within Lyncean’s mission to provide industry and academia with accelerator-based compact light sources to meet their most demanding application needs. The design of the VEGA system leverages significant technology developments from Lyncean’s existing X-ray source, the Compact Light Source, and the Compact EUV Source currently under development.”
The working principle of the gamma-ray source is based on the inverse Compton effect, whereby a laser beam collides with a beam of high-energy electrons. The electrons transfer part of their energy to the laser photons, shifting their energy to the gamma-ray regime. Activities to develop and manufacture the VEGA system will start immediately, with delivery, installation and acceptance scheduled to be completed in early 2023.