About TUNL

The Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory, or TUNL, is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Center of Excellence. We’re a consortium of 4 universities: Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our mission is to advance the frontiers of nuclear physics and to educate students and young scientists so that they can contribute to society across a wide range of technical fields, including nuclear physics. TUNL's work is conducted by 20 faculty, 24 research scientists and postdocs, 21 staff, 65 graduate students, and about 25 undergraduates.  Please see this video on how DOE's support makes the TUNL research enterprise possible. For more details on TUNL's contributions to the national nuclear physics workforce, please watch this video.

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TUNL Operations Update

Both the tandem and HIGS accelerators are in full operation.  Please contact us to get updates about access and operations before visiting.

25 Years of Gamma Rays at HIGS

In November 2021 we are celebrating 25 years of gamma rays at the High Intensity Gamma-ray Source (HIGS), which is housed in the Duke Free Electron Laboratory.  The HIGS facility supports frontier photo-nuclear research and is the highest-flux Compton gamma-ray source in the world, generating polarized gamma-ray beams with energies from 1 to 100 MeV.