Scouts visit RPI atomic accelerator

On March 28, Boy Scouts and leaders from BSA Troop 539 in Vergennes visited the Electron Linear Accelerator or LINAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

On campus, the scouts received instructions from a group of physicists and earned the BSA's nuclear science merit badge. RPI lab staffers treated the scouts to a pizza lunch.

The Gaerttner Linear Accelerator Laboratory at RPI is a major research facility used to conduct basic and applied research. The facility is one of two unique facilities available in the RPI Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical,& Nuclear Engineering.

Research with electrons, photons and neutrons has applications to nuclear engineering, nuclear physics, radiation effects in electronics, radiation production, radiation processing of materials, conventional radiography, computed tomography, and other industrial processes.

Enhancement of materials and chemical properties and processing by high energy atomic radiation is a growing industrial tool applicable to commercial applications.

Troop 539 regularly meets Sunday afternoons at the Vermont National Guard Armory on Monkton Road.

For information about scouting, contact 759-2849.

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