Crocker Nuclear Laboratory

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crocker_nuclear_lab_05.jpgThe front of Crocker Lab in the summer of 2005.

Physical Location
Between Mathematical Sciences Building and Bainer Hall
[WWW]Visiting Map
Postal Mailing Address
Crocker Nuclear Laboratory
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
8am-5pm Monday-Friday except lunch 12pm-1pm
Phone: +1 (530) 752-1460
Fax: +1 (530) 752-0952
Dr. Anthony Wexler

Crocker Nuclear Laboratory (CNL) is named for ([wikipedia]William H. Crocker) [1861-1937] and is home to a 76-inch isochronous [wikipedia]cyclotron. It was built in 1965. A member of the well-known Crocker family of Northern California and founder of [wikipedia]Crocker National Bank, W.H. Crocker sat on the UC Board of Regents for nearly thirty years and funded the [WWW]Lawrence Radiation Laboratory's second cyclotron. UC Davis' particle accelerator is primarily used for air quality research, radiation effects on electronic systems used in space missions and the treatment of occular melanoma.

[WWW]IMPROVE (Interagency Monitoring for Protected Visual Environments) particulate monitoring network. The beam is also used by visiting researchers from other schools, labs, or industries in their experiments.

Crocker Lab is one of the few labs in the nation with a [WWW]Retinal Melanoma treatment facility. They boast a near 100% success rate in treating this particularly virulent form of cancer ([WWW]link to article). The lab was also used in analysis of such historical documents as the [wikipedia]Gutenberg Bible and the [WWW]Vinland Map. (Though, considering the map turned out to be a fake, I guess it's not really a historical document) The current director of the lab is [WWW]Dr. Anthony Wexler. [WWW]Dr. Robert Flocchini was the prior director.

For more information, see the [WWW]Crocker Nuclear Laboratory's website.

[WWW]Here's a great article in The California Aggie about the lab.

For Crocker Nuclear Laborartory's 40th aniversery Andy Fell wrote a spotlight article called Crocker Nuclear Lab at 40. It's four sub articles are, History: a legacy from Berkeley, What is a cyclotron?, 'Project Clean Air' to the rescue, and Cyclotron applications. It can be viewed on the UC Davis website [WWW]here.

For additional nuclear research assets see McClellan Nuclear Radiation Center.


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