Neighborhood Up in Arms over Home Cyclotron

Photo of a Scandiatronix MC16 cyclotron similar to the one Albert Swank Jr. wants to install in his

hide captionPhoto of a Scandiatronix MC16 cyclotron similar to the one Albert Swank Jr. wants to install in his Anchorage garage.

Courtesy Albert Swank Jr.

Civil engineer and nuclear technician Albert Swank wants to build a circular particle accelerator, or cyclotron, in his garage in a well-manicured residential area adjacent to downtown Anchorage, Alaska.

But some of his neighbors aren't too comfortable with the idea, and they've convinced the city assembly to propose a law specifically forbidding the cyclotrons in residential areas.

Swank wants to rebuild a cyclotron being decommissioned at Johns Hopkins University to create radioactive isotopes for Alaska hospitals. The isotopes are used to treat cancer and are also used in imaging machines.

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