The AEC has provided $4 million for studies of a multipurpose accelerator to produce beams of ions of any element from hydrogen to uranium with a wide range of energies. It is being planned at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley. Its designers, Albert Ghiorso, Robert M. Main and Bob H. Smith, call it the “Omnitron” because of its versatility; the accelerator is intended to serve biophysicists and nuclear physicists interested in heavy‐ion reactions or medium‐energy physics research with light ions. Protons will have a maximum energy of 1.5 GeV, and heavier ions will be able to reach maximum energies from 300 MeV/nucleon to 500 MeV/nucleon; beam intensities will range from 1011 to 1013 particles/sec depending upon the kind of ion accelerated.

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