Accelerators and Vacuum Technology

Particle accelerators have become an essential research tool, particularly when it comes to better understanding the makeup of our universe. Particle accelerators are also indispensable instruments for research into new materials and also biological and chemical processes.

Applications range from basic research to industrial uses such as battery research and medical radiation therapy.
Accelerator applications are particularly demanding due to the ambient conditions of radiation and electrical or magnetic fields. Reliability is one of the most important properties of the vacuum equipment used there. Equipment must withstand a normal accelerator lifetime far in excess of 15 years. With our many years of experience in the field of accelerator physics, Pfeiffer Vacuum works hand-in-hand with customers to develop custom tailor-made accelerator solutions that provide long-term reliable and efficient operation.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) for example has been using our first turbopumps for over 50 years very successfully. As a longstanding partner we supply components for vacuum measurement, analytics and chamber materials. Our product portfolio includes vacuum components, collimators, turbopumps for a radioactive environment, fluorine free backing pumps, gauges, mass spectrometers and leak detectors.

More detailed information on requirements for specific uses of vacuum equipment is given for the following fields of application.


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