The SLOWPOKE Nuclear Reactor Facility is located on the main campus of
the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The facility
houses a SLOWPOKE-II nuclear reactor that was designed and built by
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and was commissioned on April 22,
1978. The reactor is used as a source of neutrons for radionuclide
production, neutron activation analysis (NAA), research, and teaching. The
facility has gamma spectrometers to analyze radioactive materials
from many different sources.
Large amounts of radioactivity are often used as tracers for
industrial processes. The facility commonly produces several hundred mCi at a time
for a tracer job. Find out if a radioactive tracer
study can help your process be more efficient.
NAA is a method of elemental analysis and can be used to
determine almost 70 elements. The SLOWPOKE reactor is near ideal
as a source of neutrons for activation analysis. Explore the
possibilities for your research.
Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) are a hazard
that arises in some industrial processes. The SLOWPOKE facility
has gamma spectrometers that can be used to determine the nature
and activity of a NORM contaminated sample.
The SLOWPOKE reactor is housed in the Dentistry / Pharmacy
Centre at the University of Alberta. Learn about the reactor and
the physics behind it.