Articles and books on the neutron history

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In this section you can find actual articles and books written on the history of the world's neutron facilities and neutron scattering techniques.

The materials here presented were kindly provided to us by the facilities.

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History of neutrons at Harwell

History of neutrons at Harwell

History of neutrons at Harwell

Picture: September 1973. Margaret Thatcher, Minister of Education visits the Badger diffractomoeter in Harwell. David Worcester is on the right. Walter Marshal is between him and Margaret Thatcher, Graham Low is on the left. (from the Harwell Bulletin, kindly sent to G. Saccai by DW).

History of neutrons at the ISIS Spallation Source

History of neutrons at the ISIS Spallation Source

History of neutrons at HZB

History of neutrons at HZB

History of neutrons at ILL

History of neutrons at ILL

History of neutrons at ILL

History of neutrons at Munich

History of neutrons at Munich

History of neutrons at Saclay

History of neutrons at Saclay

History of neutrons at Saclay

History of neutrons in Switzerland

History of neutrons in Switzerland

History of neutrons in Switzerland

North America

Download Brockhouse and the Nobel Prize - Obituary (291 kB)
By E.C. Svensson and J.M. Rowe. Courtesy of the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre.
Download How Argonne's Intense Pulsed Neutron Source Came to Life and Gained Its Niche (548 kB)
The View from an Ecosystem Perspective. By Catherine Westfall. Published in Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 40 (2010): 350-98.
Download The NIST Center for Neutron Research: Over 40 Years Serving NIST/NBS and the Nation (5 MB)
By John J. Rush and Ronald L. Cappelletti. Courtesy of NIST: http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/NCNRHistory_Rush_Cappelletti.pdf.
The History of the Brookhaven National Laboratory (several files)

The History of the Brookhaven National Laboratory (several files)

The History of the Brookhaven National Laboratory (several files)

  • Reactor Research in the 1950s (6 MB)
    In Making Physics: A Biography of Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1946-1961 (chapter 8, 152-176) by Robert P. Crease
  • Reactor Research in the 1950s (4 MB)
    In Making Physics: A Biography of Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1946-1961 (chapter 8, pp. 177-199) by Robert P. Crease
  • The High Flux Beam Reactor (5 MB)
    In Making Physics: A Biography of Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1961-1972 (chapter 12) by Robert P. Cease

Photo by BNL.

World

Download Neutron Spectroscopy: How it all began (930 kB)
By Laurence Passell, BNL. Article prepared for a Los Alamos Workshop held at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab (LBL) in California in the late 1980s.
Download The birth of time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction at pulsed sources (544 kB)
By Izabela M. Sosnowska. Published on Crystal Research and Technology 50(9-10) (2015), 705–715

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