Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
CNRS-IN2P3 and University Bordeaux 1 - Sciences & Technology, form the joint laboratory CENBG with 35 researchers and 40 engineers/technicians. Research programmes cover fundamental nuclear physics, neutrino physics and gamma ray astronomy up to applied research (biology and nuclear waste management). The lab hosts the AIFIRA ion beam facility commissioned in 2006 and open to external users. Outstanding analysis and irradiation techniques are available (microtomography, charged particle microbeam for irradiation of individual cells, light ion nanobeam including deuterons).
Role in SPIRIT and tasks
CNRS will progressively arrive at providing 600 hours/year on the AIFIRA facility to external TNA users. The main applications will be for biomedical and environmental studies using microbeams plus sample preparation and data reduction. CNRS will lead WP5 JRA.
The Physics-Biology interface team at CENBG has a long experience in the development of micro- and nanobeams and their use in biomedical and environmental applications (first line commissioned in 1989). Relevant research programmes have been developed by internal or external users in cell pharmacology of anticancer drugs, toxicity of metals in the environment, exposure to nanoparticles, bio-materials and radiation biology (response studies of individual cells under targeted irradiation).