Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility

The Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility (HIAF) comprises the 14UD pelletron accelerator and a superconducting 'booster' linear accelerator (LINAC) housed and operated by the Department of Nuclear Physics in the Research School of Physics and Engineering at the Australian National University. The HIAF supports Australia's only experimental nuclear physics program, a major accelerator mass spectrometry program and facilities for ion-beam modification and analysis of materials. The Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility is funded in part by National Research Infrastructure for Australia (NCRIS).

Donate to the Endowment Fund

As part of the ANU Endowment for Excellence the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility Endowment Fund aims to provide support for the development of HIAF personnel, up-coming talented research students and new accelerator-based research initiatives. Donations are tax deductible and can be made through the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility Endowment Fund webpage.

The HIAF accelerators provide important infrastructure for the Australian research community, with applications that range from creating and characterising new and innovative materials, resource/energy exploration and waste management, research in environmental, biological and life sciences and investigating climate change, to archaeological and heritage studies, and critical investigations into nuclear science, including fundamental quantum science through systematic inquiry into nuclear behaviour and properties following collisions between atomic nuclei.

The HIAF supports a number of local research groups and provides opportunities for students to undertake research projects at a range of student levels.


The objectives of the facility are to:

  • provide a world-class facility for ion-beam research, which is accessible to both Australian and International researchers,
  • enhance technical and research linkages with other leading national and international ion-beam laboratories,
  • support research activities of national significance, including areas such as advanced materials, quantum and nuclear science, and sustainable energy and resource use,
  • provide opportunities for advanced research training for students and early-career researchers in science and technology.


Facility Director

Hinde, David Profile Photo
02 6125 2094

Accelerator Manager

Lobanov, Nikolai Profile Photo
02 6125 4838

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