About the Accelerator and Materials Research Group
- To provide state-of-the-art ion beam analysis capabilities in support of research and educational programs both within the Texas A&M University System as well as other Texas Institutions.
- To provide state-of-the-art ion beam analysis to solve problems for Industry.
- To provide Texas A&M University System students with research and educational opportunities in ion-atom collisions and other accelerator based fields of endeavor.
- To improve science education by providing quality research and educational opportunities for Texas high school teachers and students.
We are located in Stephenville, Texas (60 miles SW of Dallas/Ft. Worth and 120 miles North of Austin). Tarleton State University is a member institution of the Texas A&M University System.
Begining in 1998, students and faculty began conducting nuclear and mnaterials research at numerous other accelerator facilities including the University of North Texas, United States Military Academy, SEDD and WMRD of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and Naval Surface Warfare Center at Carderock.
In 2001, a 1.0 MV tandem ion accelerator was obtaind through a generous donation by the California Institute of Technology. Over the years the accelerator facility has been upgraded and expanded through a variety of external and internal funding to include a modern electronic accelerator voltage controll system, new accelerator column rods and chain tension system, dual gas bottles for ion changing, second UHV beamline with teaching chmaber, ultra-thin window SiLi detector for x-rays, coincidence gamma ray detector for high sensitivity hydrogen profiling, HpGe detector and environmental sheild, etc. The facility is located in TSU's new science building in Room 232.
The accelerator and materials research group is directed by Dr. Daniel K. Marble.