Nuclear Operations and Facilities oversees day to day operation of the University's extensive nuclear research facilities.
McMaster Nuclear Reactor
A 5 MW multi-purpose reactor that provides neutrons for research and medical isotope production. It is Canada's most powerful research reactor and the nation's only major neutron source.
Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems
A newly established regional nuclear research centre used for understanding the behavior of nuclear materials and thermalhydraulics systems.
Nuclear Operations and Facilities is home to three independent hot cell facilities located on campus, which can be used for various nuclear, materials, environmental, and health applications.
High Level Laboratory Facility
The High Level Laboratory Facility (HLLF) consists of a secure suite of laboratories housed in the Nuclear Research Building. The only facility of its kind in Canada, the HLLF is licensed as a nuclear facility and is designed for research applications utilizing substantial quantities of unsealed sources of radioactivity.
Centre for Neutron Activation Analysis
The McMaster Nuclear Reactor is equipped with an air-driven pneumatic (or “rabbit”) system designed for short neutron irradiations and rapid retrieval of samples.
McMaster Accelerator Facility
The McMaster Accelerator Laboratory (MAL) houses three low energy particle accelerators, as well as a suite of other radiation sources, together with detection systems and their associated electronics and counting equipment.
McMaster University Cyclotron Facility
The McMaster University Cyclotron Facility is home to a 16.5 MeV GE PETtrace negative ion cyclotron designed for the production of short-lived positron-emitting isotopes such as Fluorine-18.
The McMaster Alignment Diffractometer (MAD) is currently the only instrument in Canada capable of performing neutron diffraction and inelastic neutron scattering measurements. MAD is used to study the structural and magnetic properties of materials on an atomic level, allowing researchers to probe crystal structure, magnetic order, and the characteristic excitations of solids.
Small Angle Neutron Scattering Facility
SANS technology is used to study the structure of a variety of materials at an atomic level. Uniquely Canadian, it will support more than 25 research groups at McMaster and other universities.
McMaster Intense Positron Beam Facility
The McMaster Intense Positron Beam Facility will enable new discoveries in nanomaterials and fundamental atomic science