In 2009, under the Australian Government's Super Science Initiative, $7.6 million was allocated to upgrade and extend the capabilities of the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility. The funding will support the enhancement of the accelerators through the additions of a number of infrastructure elements including:
- migration and upgrade of essential accelerator control functions to supported and upgradeable hardware and software platforms,
- expansion of experimental programs as a result of higher energies and intensities of heavy ion beams, and better reliability and ease of operation,
- up to ten times better time resolution, intensity and phase stability of pulsed beams, opening up new experimental opportunities; more efficient pulsed beam tuning,
- up to a five-fold improvement in accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) measurement accuracy, as well as establishing the conditions to ultimately allow fully automated sample measurement,
- improved beam time structure and higher beam energy from the LINAC, providing a testbed for future upgrades and more efficient beam setup conditions,
- wider experimental capability, more efficient use of accelerator beam-time, and more efficient use of both technical and research staff time,
- new capability in radioactive isotope beams, and backup for existing key instrumentation.
Specific infrastructure to be installed includes new accelerator computer control and data acquisition systems, new pumps, and magnet power supplies (to enhance beam energies and intensities), improved beam pulsing stability and timing hardware, new Faraday cups and detection systems (to improve AMS precision and efficiency), replacement of superconducting resonators in the LINAC, new beam-lines and target stations, and the development of a dedicated radioactive isotope beam-line.