National Importance and Context

EPSRC Instructions

A clear explanation of the existing UK and international landscape, in terms of the available facilities and equipment, and how this will address a genuine UK need. The Statement of Need should address existing capabilities of equipment and access to it and how this capability/facility is a vital part of the landscape or how a new investment would enhance the landscape if none exist in this area. How would this Statement of Need deliver against EPSRC published balancing the portfolio and strategic priorities should also be addressed. Reference should be made to any relevant roadmaps, for example the EPSRC equipment roadmaps: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/research/ourportfolio/themes/researchinfrastructure/strategy/equipmentroadmaps/
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Response

Facilities that exist already to support the community are provided nationally and internationally. In the UK the following facilities exist:

Surrey University Ion Beam Centre (part of UKNIBC):

  • Equipment – 2keV – 4MeV implantation with in-situ LDLTS from 2 implanters with up to 40x40cm irradiation area; heated (700C) and cooled (LHe) implantation stages available;, provides 1% uniformity and 1% absolute dose control for implants; 2 single ion implanters with 20nm resolution (95-100% detection capability); 2 FIBs for sample preparation; 2MV tandem accelerator with, external (in-air) beam, milli and sub micron focussed beams, for ion beam analysis (PIXE, RBS, NRA MeV SIMS, DAPNe etc.) providing elemental and molecular mapping and identification.
  • Accessibility – via EPSRC grants or commercially
  • ISO9001 conformant

Huddersfield University (part of UKNIBC):

  • Equipment – 350kV implanter with in situ Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), with additional 20keV dual beam capability; 100kV accelerator for Medium Energy Ion Scattering (MEIS) for high depth resolution elemental analysis.
  • Accessibility – internal use on EPSRC and related projects or commercially

The University of Manchester Dalton Cumbrian Facility (part of UKNIBC):

  • Equipment – 5MV high current tandem accelerator with TORVIS and SNICS sources; self-contained Foss Therapy 60Co gamma irradiator; a second 2.5MV single ended accelerator will  provide a dual beam irradiation facility with a high dose irradiation hutch and high temperature and pressure autoclave system for in situ radiolysis experiments.
  • Accessibility – internal use on EPSRC and related projects or commercially

Durham University:

  • Equipment – 1.7MeV tandem accelerator for analysis of polymers
  • Accessibility – internal use on EPSRC and related projects

Ion Beam Services (MidLothian) provide commercial semiconductor processing for batch ion implantation facilities and PIII for surface doping and treatment.

A number of other facilities exist around Europe, the USA, Japan, Australia, China, India, Africa, New Zealand, Brazil and Argentina with varying capability. It is not possible to include a full listing in this document. The Surrey Ion Beam Centre is part of a consortium of 18 European Accelerator laboratories (RADIATE) providing users with high quality ion beam facilities. This availability has been the envy of much of the rest of the world. The support that is requested for this facility is to allow operation as a “ticket only” facility. There would be no requirement for core funding for the facility to operate. If EPSRC decided not to support this facility, therefore, the facility would continue to supply services at a commercial rate to EPSRC users. What would be lost is the ability for users to apply for pump priming time for small projects and the opportunity to provide hands on training for students.

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Comments:



j.england@surrey.ac.uk

2020-09-15 07:43:58

It is not obvious that Durham are not part of the UKNIBC - should you comment



Roger

2020-09-15 15:25:52

Made it more explicit now - any better?



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