A variable energy accelerator, Microtron, was installed and commissioned by Mangalore University in the year 1995 in collaboration with Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) Indore and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai for carrying out front line research studies in several important areas of radiation physics and interdisciplinary areas of science and technology. It is a unique facility with its versatile nature and provides energetic electrons of energy 8/12 MeV, intense bremsstrahlung photons of peak energy 8/12 MeV and neutrons of reasonably high flux. The facility is playing an important role in the coordinated research program involving various science departments of the university, sister universities, national laboratories and neighbouring institutions.
The Department of Atomic Energy has recognized the Microtron Centre as a Centre for Excellence in Radiation Physics and Radiological Sciences. The Department of Science and Technology has helped the Centre to develop as a national facility by sponsoring a major research project to set up Microtron based neutron converter facility.
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