ATOMKI became independent from the Institute of Experimental Physics of the Kossuth Lajos University (presently called University of Debrecen), where Sándor Szalay started and directed nuclear physics research for decades. At present, the main research fields of Atomki are atom-, nuclear-, and particle physics, ion beam analytics, technique of detection and signal processing, environmental analytics, radioactive dating, radiochemistry, and solid state physics. The director is Zsolt Dombrádi, D.Sc.
Some of its buildings were originally the National Orphanage for Teachers' Children, built in 1917.
|1961–1978||800 kV cascade accelerator||nuclear reactions|
|1961–1984||300 kV neutron generator||neutron physics|
|1971-||1 MV Van de Graaff-accelerator||atomic collisions|
|1971-||5 MV Van de Graaff-accelerator||nuclear physics|
|1985-||cyclotron (~18 MeV for proton)||nuclear physics|
production of isotopes
testing of materials
|1997-||electron-cyclotron resonance ion source||plasma physics|
- "Old photos". ATOMKI. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
- Institute of Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Debrecen (PDF). 2004. p. 28. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2010. Booklet including brief history of the institute (page 7)