Electron Beam Technology
Electron beams (EB) are one of three types of ionizing radiation used in industry and research, the other two being gamma rays and X rays.
Initially designed for scientific research, the first electron accelerators used for industrial purpose were installed in the 1950s. Electron beam accelerators are now used in diverse industries chiefly to enhance the physical and chemical properties of materials. Cross-linking of polymers used for wires, cables and heat-shrinkable products is a major application. Accelerated electrons are also used to inactivate microorganisms or to reduce the quantity of pathogens or toxic by-products in polluted waters.