The hour of birth of the German neutron research:
The Atomic Egg, the first German research reactor, started operating 60 years ago in Garching. Thereby, irreplaceable insights into matter were made possible.
On October 31, 1957, the Munich research reactor FRM went online for the first time. Until 2000, the “Atomic Egg” of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) was a reliable provider of neutrons for basic research and medical applications. This year the facility is celebrating its 60th birthday with a special exhibition.
The planning and construction of the research reactor fell into the time of German reconstruction. It took just over one year from the time of the purchase resolution by the Bavarian Council of Ministers (July 6, 1956), to the start of construction work on the reactor (November 6, 1956) and the first produced neutrons on October 31, 1957. At the time, Bavaria edged ahead of Dresden in the competition to bring the first reactor into operation. Because of its egg-shaped dome, designed by the architect Gerhard Weber, the FRM was soon known simply as the Atomic Egg.
From cabbage farmland to a renowned research center
In the context of the United States’ program “Atoms for Peace,” Professor Heinz Maier-Leibnitz bought the reactor on behalf of the Bavarian state government. Maier-Leibnitz developed the Atomic Egg as a research institute with world-wide recognition that would soon operate on an equal footing with leading American researchers. From its inception, the Garching Atomic Egg has served basic research in physics and chemistry. The scientists developed technologies and standards that were later adopted at other research reactors: Neutron guides, for example, were invented at the Atomic Egg, as was backscattering spectrometry. Even the safety standards that the Garching operators developed in lieu of statutory provisions served as a reference for other reactors and later found their way into generally accepted rules. In addition to basic research, Prof. Maier-Leibnitz cared deeply about educating next-generation nuclear technology and science researchers who were in demand not only in Germany, but around the world. Maier-Leibnitz’s reputation, and ultimately the Nobel Prize for his student Dr. Rudolph Mößbauer, attracted numerous renowned physicists to Garching as guest professors. The Atomic Egg in the cabbage fields of Garching thus became the germ seed of a scientific campus that, today, is second to none in Europe.
The world in atomic fever
On the other hand, in many industrialized countries, there was an atomic euphoria that, in retrospect, seems strangely escapist. Perhaps because of the nuclear horrors many politicians and researchers at that time had the hope to harness these incredible nuclear forces for the benefit of humanity. US President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced in a surprise speech to the United Nations General Assembly on December 8, 1953, the “Atoms for Peace” program. He thus offered foreign states access to nuclear technology for civilian use. Strategic wise, the supply of enriched uranium allowed for political influence and some control over the fact that these countries did not carry out military programs. In addition, it secured export earnings.
In Germany, however, the hope grew to get rid of the role as a pariah of the international community and to push forward into a new industrial age with the help of nuclear technology. The immense expectations of nuclear energy can be seen from the statements of the CSU politician Franz Josef Strauss, who became Minister of the “Federal Ministry of Nuclear Affairs” set up at the end of 1955. Strauss considered the use of atomic energy to be an equally important cut in human history as the “invention of fire for the primitive man”. The SPD did not want to queue and in 1956 introduced a “nuclear plan”. At that time, some nuclear experts expected that in 25 years, every second West German worker would have anything to do with nuclear energy.
After Federal Chancellor Adenauer had made soundings and the German scientists gradually gained confidence in their American counterparts, the US finally agreed to supply research reactors. The main location of a large nuclear research center was initially unclear. Munich and Karlsruhe, two centers of excellence in nuclear research, were both in the race. Strategic considerations on the part of NATO finally gave Karlsruhe the nod
New beginning with a modern, high-performance neutron source
The performance of the atomic egg was increased twice: from initially one megawatt heat to 2.5 megawatts in 1966 and then finally to 4 megawatts in 1968. However, in the 1980s the neutron density was no longer competitive internationally, which is why the scientists began planning a new research neutron source. The neutron source known as FRM II was designed to deliver a 100-fold higher neutron flux. On July 28, 2000, after approval was granted for FRM II, the Atomic Egg was shut down. It had produced neutrons for 43 years without failure and enabled tens of thousands of projects. The shell of the Atomic Egg, which is also found in the Garching city crest, is a listed historical structure. Work to gut and dismantle the interior has been in progress since 2014 to make the hall available for science and operation of FRM II in the future. A photo exhibition showcasing “60 Years of Neutron Research,” including a walk-in wooden model of the Atomic Egg, will be on display in the Museum Reich der Kristalle (Theresienstr. 41 in Munich) from November 6 to December 3, 2017.
» Garchinger Atom-Ei: Die Geburtsstunde der deutschen Neutronenforschung
Written by Dirk Eidemüller (Science journalist and author on the topics nuclear energy and natural philosophy)
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- 20.09.2018From: SNI, GermanyUpdate from the ESS
SNI 2018: News from the ESS.
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The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to June 25, 2018!
- 05.04.2018From: MLZ, Germany Three dinosaur eggs at the MLZ
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- 22.02.2018From: MLZ, GermanyHow do protein crystals grow?
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- 25.01.2018From: UCR TodayUsing High Pressure to Study Material’s Properties and Innovate Multi-functional Materials
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- 25.01.2018From: IFE, NorwayIFE and the JEEP II-research-reactor is an important ally for the ESS
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- 01.02.2018From: IOS PressDr. Eddy Lelièvre-Berna new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Neutron Research
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- 15.01.2018From: Phys.orgNew record at ultracold neutron source in Mainz
Scientists from JGU have been able to increase the ultracold neutron yield of their source by a factor of 3.5.
- 28.11.2017From: ORNL, USAThe right mix: Water and neutrons with Eugene Mamontov
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- 14.11.2017From: Nature NewsChina fires up next-generation neutron-science facility
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- 01.12.2017From: HZB, GermanyNeutron spectroscopy: new detector module MultiFLEXX increases count rate tenfold
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- 17.11.2017From: ILL, FranceUltra-cold neutrons aid the search for dark matter
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- 21.11.2017From: Ames Laboratory, USAPress Release: New analytical tools for engineering materials science
You cannot solve your problem with conventional lab equipment?
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- 22.06.2017From: IOS PressInternational Workshop for Sample Environment at Scattering Facilities 2016
75 scientists, engineers and technicians from 10 countries and representatives from 10 sponsoring companies attended the International Workshop for Sample Environment at Scattering Facilities 2016.
- 03.11.2017From: MLZ, Germany The hour of birth of the German neutron research
The hour of birth of the German neutron research:
The Atomic Egg, the first German research reactor, started operating 60 years ago in Garching. Thereby, irreplaceable insights into matter were made possible.
- 23.10.2017From: ORNL, USANeutron scattering impacts daily life
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- 05.10.2017From: FRM II, GermanyFuture Mo-99 irradiation facility
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- 20.09.2017From: CSNS, ChinaPeter Littlewood:Controlling the Mott Transition in Oxides by Tuning the Elastic Coupling
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- 04.09.2017From: CNLFirst neutrons for Chinese spallation source
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- 14.06.2017From: SINQ, PSI, Switzerland From the garage to the world
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- 18.04.2017From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandSuccessful for 20 years: Probing materials with particles
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- 28.04.2017From: NIST, USANIST mourns Dr. Jack Rush
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ESS interviews team members at Daresbury Lab in England. The STFC facility is responsible for series production and testing of the 84 high-beta cavities of the European Spallation Source’s superconducting Accelerator.
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- 05.04.2017From: SINE2020NOW opening: FREE analysis of your material or device
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- 29.03.2017From: ESS, SwedenCanadian State Visit Puts ESS Collaboration in the Spotlight
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The Modulator. Carlos Martins and his ESS power converters team, with the help of Lund University researchers, have successfully brought a new high-voltage modulator design to series production. The cost savings and reduced footprint for these large machines mean a paradigm shift for linac power supply worldwide.
- 28.03.2017From: ESS, SwedenCouncil Meeting Brings Near-Term Issues into Focus
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- 22.03.2017From: LLB, France A new research structure for the French neutrons scattering community
The first of January 2017, the “Fédération Française de Diffusion Neutronique” (French Federation of Neutron Scattering) has been created. It federates the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB) in Saclay and the CEA/INAC/MEM and Institut NEEL neutron groups in Grenoble.
- 22.03.2017From: HZB, GermanyNEAT starts user operation
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- 17.03.2017From: ORNL, USACall for ORNL Neutron Sciences User Proposals at HFIR and SNS - 2017B
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- 08.03.2017From: ANSTO, AustraliaCall for Proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility and National Deuteration Facility
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- 06.03.2017From: NIST, USACall for Proposals NCNR
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- 02.03.2017From: BNL, USAHistory of Neutron Science at Brookhaven National Laboratory: new videos
In two videos Maurice Goldhaber and Laurence Passell tell about the history of reactors at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
- 01.03.2017From: ESS, SwedenVisit by J-PARC Director Opens Doors for Swedish-Japanese Research Collaboration
ESS and J-PARC. Naohito Saito, Director of the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, visited ESS and MAX IV on Monday to exchange knowledge and discuss their upcoming collaboration workshop with ESS and Swedish universities.
- 28.02.2017From: LLB, FranceCall for proposals on French neutron scattering instruments
For the first time, the call for experiments is made by the 2FDN for all the beam time on LLB instruments and the four French CRGs at the ILL. Deadline March 29th at 23:59 French time.
- 22.02.2017From: HZB, GermanyHZB BER II - Call for Proposals 2017_II
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- 25.01.2017From: ILL, France50th anniversary of the ILL feted in Grenoble 19-Jan-2017
The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. A new book tells about ILL's 50 years of service to science and society. It is available in the 3 official languages.
- 24.01.2017From: ESS, SwedenThe Accelerator Comes Together in Lund: A Talk With Roland Garoby
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The next deadline for the submission of beam time requests for the Swiss spallation neutron source SINQ will be February 20, 2017, midnight.
- 13.01.2017From: ANSTO, AustraliaLooking back on 2016: Another milestone in nuclear operations with over 300 days at full power for the second consecutive year
Australia’s state-of-the-art multi-purpose nuclear reactor has operated for more than 300 days at full power for a second consecutive year with over 99% reliability.
- 11.01.2017From: ILL, FranceEndurance
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- 11.01.2017From: ILL, FranceILL Call for proposals
The upcoming proposal submission deadline for neutron scattering experiments at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) is Tuesday, 14 February 2017.
- 10.01.2017From: ISIS, UKHistorical Documentary: ISIS neutron and muon source
There's a new link on our History pages. A film shows the early construction at the ISIS facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, in the UK. The film was made in the summer of 1985, in preparation for the official opening in October 1985 of the facility by Margaret Thatcher, the then Prime Minister.
- 03.01.2017From: LAHN, ArgentinaArgentina will host the 9-ITMNR (International Topical Meeting on Neutron Radiography) in 2020
During the 8th International Topical Meeting on Neutron Radiography held in Beijing this year, it was decided that Argentina will host the next meeting.
- 03.01.2017From: ESS, SwedenThe Netherlands Moves Closer to Full ERIC Membership
The Dutch Permanent Committee for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructures announced today that ESS has been included in the National Roadmap. The strategic document brings the Netherlands one step closer to full membership in the European Spallation Source ERIC.
- 03.01.2017From: ESS, SwedenAs ESS Project Matures, Technical Installations Take Centre Stage
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- 03.01.2017From: ESS, SwedenFrom Soup to Nuts, First Operations Review Offers Glimpse of ESS as an Operating Facility
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- 19.12.2016From: LAHN, ArgentinaThe future Argentine Neutron Source
The future Argentine Neutron Source, LAHN: Laboratorio Argentino de Haces de Neutrones, has now a dedicated page on our website.
- 16.12.2016From: JGU, GermanyTUM and Mainz University activate new source of ultra-cold neutrons
Collaborative project results in the construction of a second UCN source at the TRIGA research reactor in Mainz / Blueprint for Munich-based high-efficiency source.
- 15.12.2016From: Nationalmaglab, USAMagLab expertise puts neutron scattering in focus
Tapping into MagLab expertise on superconductors and cryogenics, a research team built a novel neutron scattering device that is more efficient and produces better data than previous techniques.
- 11.12.2016From: CINS, CanadaCall for proposals: Canadian Neutron Beam Centre
The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC) plans to provide neutrons until the end of March 2018, and to provide assistance until March 2019 to complete data analysis and publish results. You are invited to propose challenging experiments, encourage young researchers to visit and learn everything they can from our experts.
- 11.12.2016From: MLZ, GermanySmooth transition in FRM II administration
Johannes Nußbickel follows Dr. Klaus Seebach as Managing Director at the FRM II neutron source in Germany.
- 07.12.2016From: Forschungszentrum Jülich, JCNS, GermanyNew 'Women in Science' video: Dr. Sultan Demirdis from JCNS-MLZ
Dr. Sultan Demirdis works in the field of neutron research at Forschungszentrum Jülich. In a video, she talks about how she became a neutron scientist and why she likes working at the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science.
- 11.11.2016From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandSINQ back in operation and new proposal deadline
The next call will be launched in January 2017 with a proposal submission deadline on February 20, 2017, midnight for all instruments, see list below. Those proposals will request for beamtime during the period May - October 2017.
- 09.11.2016From: HZG, GermanyMATRAC 2 Winter School 2017
Registration is now open for our MATRAC 2 Winter School 'Application of Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation in Materials Science with special focus on Fundamental Aspects of Materials' to be held in Utting/Ammersee and Garching/Munich, Germany, February 27 to March 3, 2017.
- 07.11.2016From: ESS, SwedenProject Moves Forward as New ESS Director General Takes Over
John Womersley begun work as Director General of the European Spallation Source ERIC on November 1. On Friday, outgoing DG Jim Yeck delivered a message of heartfelt gratitude to ESS staff, management team, and governance.
- 06.11.2016From: MLZ, GermanyFrom Science to Industry
In December 2015, Dr. Thorsten Lauer was still working as a postdoc and Thorsten Zechlau as a graduate student at the FRM II. Lauer and Zechlau could convince an investor with their knowledge and their enthusiasm for neutron optics to support the founding of a company on 1 January 2016. "We would not have dreamed of that a year ago", the two founders say.
- 25.10.2016From: Biomedicum, HelsinkiHelsinki University Hospital receives a novel type of neutron source for cancer therapy
The Helsinki University Hospital (HUH) and Neutron Therapeutics have entered into an agreement whereby a novel accelerator-based neutron source for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) will be installed at the HUH. BNCT is used to treat, for instance, locally advanced head and neck cancers.
- 18.10.2016From: ILL, FranceA new Management team at ILL, as of 1st October 2016
Helmut Schober became the new ILL Director, Mark Johnson the new Science Director and British Associate Director, and Alexandre Durand the new Head of Administration.
- 11.10.2016From: ISIS, UKNews for users: October 2016 round
Next proposal round at ISIS closing date: 16 October 2016, 23:00 GMT.
This call for proposals covers beamtime that will be allocated from September 2016 to February 2017.
- 02.10.2016From: LLB, FranceCall for proposals on French neutron scattering instruments
The next deadline for beam time request on French neutron scattering instruments will be November 1st.
- 23.09.2016From: BNC, Hungary BNC call for proposals
The upcoming proposal submission deadline for neutron scattering experiments at Budapest Neutron Centre (BNC) is Saturday, 1 October 2016.
- 17.09.2016From: CNBC, CanadaCanadian Neutron Beam Centre: Call for proposals
The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre will provide neutrons until March 2018 and will to provide assistance until March 2019 to complete data analysis and publish results. You are invited to propose challenging experiments, encourage young researchers to visit and learn everything they can from the experts.
- 05.09.2016From: MLZ, Germany16.2 million Euros for neutron and positron research
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has given 13.5 million Euros to fund a number of projects at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ).
- 03.09.2016From: MLZ, Germany Batteries and Fuel Cells: Energy Research with Neutrons
More than 90 energy researchers from around the world now came to the conference "Neutrons For Energy" in Bad Reichenhall to discuss current results and questions from various areas of energy research with neutrons.
- 03.09.2016From: MLZ, GermanyNeutron scattering using marsh mallows
Physics can also taste very sweet – this is one of the things that the pupils from grade 3 of the elementary school Garching Ost learned during their visit at the Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz. They made an atom model from toothpicks and marsh mallows and tried their abilities as neutron scatterers at a neutron ball toss.
- 26.08.2016From: NIST, USANCNR - Call for proposals
Proposals are accepted for experiments at the neutron beam instruments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR).
- 25.08.2016From: ORNL, USAInitial Call for ORNL Neutron Sciences User Proposals at HFIR and SNS - 2017A
The deadline for Neutron Sciences Call for Proposals at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is October 5.
- 22.08.2016From: ANSTO, AustraliaDeadline for Neutron Scattering and Deuteration Proposals at ANSTO is September 15
Proposals are accepted for experiments at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility (both cold- and thermal-neutron instruments) and National Deuteration Facility between January and June 2017.
- 22.08.2016From: HZB, GermanyCall for proposals on TOF spectrometer NEAT at HZB
The Time-Of-Flight spectrometer NEAT at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin is now in user operation with greatly increased flux and power after an extensive upgrade project.
- 20.08.2016From: JCNS, Germany Quantum Mechanics Illustrated Intuitively By Neutron Scattering
Forschungszentrum Jülich releases two videos for science students and teachers.
- 20.08.2016From: MLZ, GermanyNew thimbles, plates and beam plug at FRM II
Since July 20, the FRM II again delivers neutrons. In the break, employees have finished many tasks: They exchanged the beam plug, which will guide neutrons towards the neutron guide hall east for new instruments.
- 14.08.2016From: CERIC-ERICCERIC Call for Proposals Now Open
CERIC-ERIC is launching its fifth call for proposals. There are interesting news in this call, new instruments added to the offer and an award for high quality publications and conference presentations.
- 09.08.2016From: ESS, Sweden The United Kingdom Confirmed as Member of European Spallation Source
The United Kingdom has joined the project as a full member following a unanimous decision by the ESS Council.
- 09.08.2016From: MLZ, GermanyWell connected: Chinese-German cooperation in instrument construction
A Chinese-German cooperation using the instrument PANDA at MLZ developed a concept for a cold three-axis spectrometer. Results are now published.
- 06.08.2016From: ANSTO, Australia Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering & National Deuteration Facility
ANSTO had a restructure. It is now the ‘Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering & National Deuteration Facility’ and the Bragg institute becomes a virtual institute.
- 04.08.2016From: ESS, Sweden Beamline Tests Show Progress in Detector Development
Scientists at ESS and its partner institutions aim to realise detectors that can capture and record the high neutron rates delivered by the world’s most powerful neutron source.
- 02.06.2016From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandZebra - a new instrument for the PSI
New scientific questions demand ever better experimental equipment. In this interview, PSI researcher Oksana Zaharko reports on the challenges of setting up a new instrument for research with neutrons.
- 22.05.2016From: J-PARC, JapanJ-PARC MLF 2016B General Use Proposal Round
J-PARC Center and CROSS-Tokai are pleased to announce that the 2016B General Use proposal round will be open from Tuesday 17 May 2016.
- 18.05.2016From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandNeutron Scattering in Switzerland in the 20th Century
In our history pages you can now find a summary of characteristic scientific and applied results which were obtained with use of the Swiss instruments for neutron scattering in the 20th century.
- 14.05.2016From: ESS, SwedenThe European Spallation Source Appoints John Womersley Director General
A prominent figure in European research facilities, John Womersley will take over the high-profile project at an important time.
- 12.05.2016From: ISIS, UKRichard Heenan – the Jedi Master of neutron scattering!
This week sees a meeting on Future Applications of Small-Angle (Neutron) Scattering to Soft Matter, which will also celebrate Richard’s (partial!) retirement.
- 08.05.2016From: CNBC, CanadaUpdate on Neutron Scattering in Canada
News on NRU shut-down, school, and call for proposals.
- 25.04.2016From: ILL, FranceAppointment of next ILL Director
Prof. Helmut Schober has been appointed, with effect from 1st October 2016, as the new Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, the world’s flagship centre for neutron science.
- 20.04.2016From: ESS, SwedenIKON10: 2016 Anticipated to be a Watershed Year for Instrument Projects
The semi-annual IKON meeting has become the forum for ESS and its in-kind partners to make a clear assessment of instrument construction progress. The focus of February’s meeting was less on the activities of individual instrument teams than the multidisciplinary collaboration as a whole.
- 19.04.2016From: NeutronSourcesBBC Radio 4: The neutron
New link on our "educational material" pages. Melvyn Bragg from BBC and guests discuss the neutron, one of the particles found in an atom's nucleus.
- 18.04.2016From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandSINQ at PSI - Call for proposals II-16
The next deadline for the submission of beam time requests for the Swiss spallation neutron source 'SINQ' is May 20.
- 30.03.2016From: ESS, Sweden ESS Installs First Hardware in the Accelerator Tunnel
The first component has been successfully installed in the Accelerator tunnel at the ESS Construction site this month. The occasion marks an important step toward ESS’ project goals and ultimate delivery to its European partners and the scientific community.
- 02.03.2016From: LLB, FranceCall for proposals on French neutron scattering instruments : deadline April 1st
The next deadline for beam time request on French neutron scattering instruments will be April 1st. Within this call, you may ask beam time on the LLB instruments installed at the Orphée reactor in Saclay, and also on 4 French CRG at the ILL (D1B, D23, IN12 and IN22).
- 04.03.2016From: FLNP, RussiaFLNP JINR – Proposals Call, II Round - 2016
The Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, kindly invites you to submit applications for beam time at the IBR-2 high flux pulsed reactor. The deadline is April 15, 2016.
- 29.02.2016From: MLZ, GermanyCall for abstracts and registration for the MLZ Conference „Neutrons for Energy“
You are invited to submit an abstract to this conference, which will be on 18.-21. July 2016, Bad Reichenhall, Germany. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 March 2016.
- 18.02.2016From: Forschungszentrum Jülich, JCNS, GermanyForschungszentrum Jülich Plans Novel Neutron Source
Forschungszentrum Jülich has begun to develop a concept for cost-efficient neutron sources which could replace mid-sized facilities. The new sources will operate without using reactor-typical chain reactions. Even smaller facilities on a laboratory scale can be set up using the same principle.
- 18.02.2016From: ESS, SwedenESS Passes 20% Completion Milestone, with On-Site Installations to Begin this Year
The ESS civil construction project broke ground nearly 18 months ago as one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe. With the Accelerator tunnel nearing completion, and the complex foundation work for the Target Station well advanced, all eyes are focused on technical installations beginning this year.
- 08.02.2016From: FRM II, GermanyFrom the "Atomic Egg" to the FRM II
The research reactor Munich (FRM), known as the "Atomic Egg", came into operation on 31 October 1957. The research neutron source Heinz Maier Leibnitz (FRM II) reached its first criticality on 2 March, 2004 and user operation began only one year later on 29 April, 2005.
- 05.02.2016From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandAt the interface - interview with Stefan Janssen
Stefan Janssen is Head of the User Office at Paul Scherrer Institute PSI. In an interview, he explains why the PSI’s large research facilities are popular with researchers coming from other institutions, how he handles the many applications and how he supports users who come here to conduct experiments.
- 25.01.2016From: NIST, USAREMINDER: NCNR Call for Proposals
You are invited to apply for time on the neutron beam instruments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). The deadline for all proposals is Tuesday, February 2, 2016.
- 21.01.2016From: HZG, GermanyHelmholtz scientist is new director of the large European ESS research centre
Institute director and physicist from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Prof. Andreas Schreyer, is the new scientific director of the future-oriented centre ESS, starting in January.
- 20.01.2016From: ORNL, USACall for ORNL Neutron Sciences User Proposals at HFIR and SNS - 2016B
Proposals for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) will be accepted Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
- 15.01.2016From: CERIC-ERICCERIC Call for Proposals
Deadline Step 1: February 5th, 2016 / Deadline Step 2: March 1st, 2016
- 12.01.2016From: ESS, SwedenPerugia’s Caterina Petrillo is Vice-Chair of European Spallation Source ERIC Council
The new vice-chair of the ESS Council is not new to neutrons. Her strong background in research, facility development, and within European-wide advisory bodies, places Caterina Petrillo at the centre of the neutron science community in Europe.
- 11.01.2016From: ANSTO, AustraliaDeadline for Neutron Scattering and Deuteration Proposals at the OPAL Reactor in Sydney
Proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility (both cold- and thermal-neutron instruments) and National Deuteration Facility. Deadline 15 March 2016, for beam time between July and December 2016.
- 05.01.2016From: NIST, USANCNR Call for Proposals
You are invited to apply for time on the neutron beam instruments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). The deadline for all proposals is Tuesday, February 2, 2016.
- 04.01.2016From: ESS, SwedenBritain’s STFC Signs On as Lead Partner for Two ESS Instruments
The UK’s Science & Technology Facilities Council signed an MoU with the European Spallation Source this month that establishes the world’s longest operating neutron spallation source as lead partner in building the ESS instruments FREIA and LoKI.
- 15.12.2015From: ILL, FranceAppointment of next ILL UK Associate Director and Head of Science
Prof. Mark Johnson has been appointed as the new UK Associate Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, the world centre for neutron science, with effect from 1st October 2016. He will act as Head of the Science Division.
- 10.12.2015From: NeutronSourcesWe've updated the diagram of neutron proposal deadlines and operating times!
Would you like to know where to submit your next proposal for neutron scattering experiments and when the neutron sources are running? Have a look at our diagram!
- 07.12.2015From: ESS, SwedenInnovation and Engineering Set ESS on Path to Sustainability
Research with neutrons has long delivered new and more environmentally responsible solutions for our planet. As part of its core framework, the European Spallation Source and its partners are working to realise sustainability goals for construction and operations.
- 07.12.2015From: HZB, GermanyThree days for exchange between Users of BESSY II and BER II and HZB-scientists
The Seventh Joint BER II and BESSY II User Meeting will take place at WISTA, Berlin-Adlershof on December 9th and 10th, the neutrons session are at Berlin-Wannsee on December 11th. The Verein Freundeskreis Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin e.V. will bestow the Innovation Award and the Ernst-Eckart-Koch Prize. Public highlights are a science slam on Wednesday, 18:30 and the public lecture by David Cahen on the power of science to bridge ideological differences. The public lecture and the science slam are open for everybody.
- 07.12.2015From: ESS, SwedenEU Research Commissioner Visits ESS Construction Site
As one of the highest priority research infrastructure projects in Europe, ESS was visited today by the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. He was joined at the construction site by the Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research, Helene Hellmark Knutsson.
- 07.12.2015From: MLZ, GermanyVIP visit at the FRM II
On 24 November 2015 the G7 Non Proliferation Directors Group visited the Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) and the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Centre for Neutron Research (MLZ).
- 30.11.2015From: ESS, SwedenFourth Quarter Committee and Council Meetings Lead ESS into Second Year of Construction
SAC and TAC recommendations advance the ESS along the critical path to completion, and the ERIC Council gets rolling with the election of Prof. Caterina Petrillo as vice chair and approval of the instrument suite.
- 16.11.2015From: Physics WorldPhysics World podcast: The rise of neutron scattering
New educational material! In a podcast Physics World news editor Michael Banks travels to ISIS to find out how scientists are using neutrons in their research and how the lab is looking to attract more users from industry.
- 12.11.2015From: ESS, SwedenVisiting ESS, Frederick Bordry of CERN Discusses the Past, Present and Future of the Collaboration
The Director for Accelerators and Technology at CERN spent a recent visit to the European Spallation Source getting up to speed on the swiftly advancing project and reinforcing the high-level coordination between the directors of ‘the two leading accelerator projects in Europe’.
- 21.10.2015From: ESS, SwedenIKON9 Brings the Collaboration Home
Instrument teams and in-kind partners from around Europe came together in Lund with developers of neutron technologies, science support systems, and data management and software for the ESS 9th In-Kind Collaboration Meeting for Neutron Scattering Systems.
- 19.10.2015From: ESS, SwedenAgneta Nestenborg is new Administration Director for the European Spallation Source
Agneta Nestenborg assumed leadership of the ESS Project Support & Administration Directorate on September 1. The transition marked the completion of former director Matti Tiirakari’s distinguished five-year secondment from CERN.
- 12.10.2015From: ISIS, UKBrand new opportunity for international Post-Docs at STFC and Diamond
STFC and Diamond Light Source are offering 36 positions to post-doctoral researchers over the next five years as part of the brand new Rutherford International Fellowship Programme.
- 08.10.2015From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandPSI-SINQ cycle I/16: Call for Proposals
The PSI spallation neutron source is accepting beam time requests with deadline on November 15.
- 07.10.2015From: NeutronSourcesThe birth of time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction at pulsed sources
There is a new article on our History section. You can now learn about the birth of time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction at pulsed sources by Izabela M. Sosnowska.
- 05.10.2015From: ISIS, UK ISIS calls for proposals: Deadline 16 October 2015
The ISIS neutron and muon sources in the UK are calling for proposals.
- 05.10.2015From: ORNL, USAORNL 2016: A neutron scattering proposal call
ORNL is calling for proposals with deadline October 14. There is updated information for the Quantum Condensed Matter instruments at the HFIR.
- 02.10.2015From: ANSTO, AustraliaEuropean neutron scattering research community faces challenges
"Neutron scattering as an essential tool for science has addressed some of society’s grand challenges but its future is not assured,” said Prof Christiane Alba-Simionesco, Director of LLB and Chair of ENSA.
- 29.09.2015From: FLNP JINR, RussiaThe Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics calls for neutron proposals
You can submit your proposal for beam time at the IBR-2 high flux pulsed reactor until October 15.
- 28.09.2015From: BNC, HungaryApply for beamtime at BNC until October 15
The Budapest Neutron Centre is calling for proposals for scientists to use their neutron instruments.
- 23.09.2015From: ESS, SwedenPan-European ESS Data Management and Software Centre Takes Form in Copenhagen
The ESS Data Management and Software Centre is an integrated part of the design and construction of the ESS instrument suite and a key driver in the development of the facility’s user program.
- 11.09.2015From: ROSATOM, RussiaThe first concrete was poured at the construction site of MBIR reactor in Dimitrovgrad
The first concrete ceremony was held September 11 on the construction site of the multi-purpose research fast neutron reactor in Russia.
- 22.09.2015From: LLB, FranceRegistration is open for the 2015 Fan du LLB school
The neutron school “FAN du LLB 2015” will be on December 7-10 in France. The deadline for registration is October 18.
- 21.09.2015From: NeutronSourcesThe Hellenic Neutron Association has now a page on our website
You can now find information on the Hellenic Neutron Association from Greece on a dedicated page on our website.
- 10.09.2015From: NMI3LLB calls for proposals: the deadline is October 1st 2015
The deadline for neutron beam time request to perform neutron scattering experiments at the Laboratoire Leon Brillouin in France is October 1st.
- 16.09.2015From: NMI3The 36th Berlin School on Neutron Scattering is open for registrations
The school will be on Feb 25 - March 4 at the HZB. The deadline for registrations is Oct 15.
- 20.08.2015From: ESS, SwedenEuropean Commission Establishes ESS as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium
At 19th of August the EC in Brussels formally adopted its decision to establish the European Spallation Source as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium, or ERIC.
- 16.07.2015From: ANSTO, AustraliaDeadline for Neutron Scattering and Deuteration Proposals at the OPAL Reactor
Proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility (both cold- and thermal-neutron instruments) and National Deuteration Facility are now open.
- 21.07.2015From: CNLThe Canadian Neutron Beam Centre is inviting user proposals for beam time
The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre invites user proposals for neutron beam time on its six beamlines.
- 13.07.2015From: LANSCE, USANew Deadline| Call for Proposals: Lujan Center Moderated Neutrons for Nuclear and Materials Research FY16
The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) is issuing a Call for Proposals for experiments to be run at the Lujan Center’s moderated neutron source during Fiscal Year 2016.
- 09.07.2015From: ANSTO, AustraliaTennant Named Director of UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences
Alan Tennant has been appointed director of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
- 12.06.2015From: ANSTO, AustraliaSika receives its operating licence
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency has given approval for ANSTO to commence user operations on the Sika cold-neutron 3-axis spectrometer.
- 09.06.2015From: ANSTO, AustraliaHigh-temperature Quasi-Elastic Scattering on Pelican
For the first time, one of ANSTO's high-temperature vacuum furnaces has been used successfully on the Pelican cold-neutron time-of-flight spectrometer.
- 13.07.2015From: ANSTO, AustraliaFirst neutron topography on Dingo
For the first time, ANSTO's Dingo neutron radiography/imaging/tomography station has taken some neutron topography data, from the germanium (335) monochromator used on Wombat.
- 01.07.2015From: ESS, SwedenPhysics Underlying ESS 2015 Moderator Design Tested at J-PARC
In April, tests were conducted at J-PARC that have preliminarily validated the physics behind the innovative ESS “flat” moderator. This design is expected to increase neutron brightness at ESS for some instruments by up to a factor of three.
- 25.06.2015From: ESS, SwedenDirector General of CERN talks with ESS in Advance of Almedalen Workshop
Prof. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General at CERN since 2009, took some time to speak with ESS about the two facilities.
- 16.06.2015From: ESS, SwedenSAC Recommends Four New Instruments to be built at the European Spallation Source
The ESS peer-review instrument selection process nears conclusion as four new instrument proposals are recommended for inclusion within the facility’s construction budget of 16 instruments.
- 16.06.2015From: LANSCE, USALANSCE Call for Proposals: Lujan Center Moderated Neutrons for Nuclear and Materials Research FY16
The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) is issuing a Call for Proposals for experiments to be run at the Lujan Center’s moderated neutron source.
- 28.05.2015From: ESS, SwedenTurn Up the Flux and Expect the Unexpected with VOR
A single-shot observation of dynamic processes across multiple length and time scales will give unprecedented insight into previously unobservable phenomena.
- 08.06.2015From: NIST, USAUS neutron facility development in the last half-century: a cautionary tale
Rush describes the efforts over the past 50 years to develop neutron research facilities in the US, discusses the reasons for the current state of affairs, and makes suggestions to prevent similar consequences in the future.
- 01.06.2015From: J-PARC, JapanAnnouncement of Cancellation: J-PARC MLF 2015B Call for General Use Proposals
Announcement of cancellation of the call for J-PARC MLF 2015B General Use Proposals.
- 20.05.2015From: ESS, SwedenFirst European Spallation Source Pulse Signature Measured at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
The first European Spallation Source (ESS) pulse signature measurement was made last month on the ESS test beamline at HZB in Germany.
- 01.04.2015From: ANSTO, AustraliaFirst neutron spectrum from Emu
On April 1st ANSTO's new EMU backscattering spectrometer recorded its first spectrum, in this case from a polyvinyl chloride standard.
- 11.05.2015From: NIST, USANCNR Call for Proposals
You are invited to apply for time on the neutron beam instruments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). The deadline for all proposals is Tuesday, June 16, 2015.
- 06.05.2015From: ESS, SwedenStage is Set for ESS Linac Test in Uppsala
The first fully functional Low-Level Radio Frequency control system for the ESS Accelerator has been installed and integrated into the EPICS control system at the FREIA Laboratory at Uppsala University.
- 06.05.2015From: LLB, FranceUncertainties on the future of the French neutron source LLB-Orphée
A letter asking for support alerts to the risk that the neutron source LLB-Orphée will have to shut down earlier than planned, which will impact its users' research programmes.
- 12.05.2015From: BNC, HungaryBudapest Neutron Centre-call for proposals, deadline 15 May
The Budapest Neutron Centre invites you to submit applications for beam time at the Budapest Research Reactor.
- 04.05.2015From: MLZ, Germany10 years ago: the first user at the FRM II
The first external user of the FRM II was Klaus Habicht of the Helmholtz Centre Berlin, who carried out experiments on the instrument TRISP on May 4, 2005.
- 29.04.2015From: HZG, GermanyDates announced for the MATRAC school
You can receive support to learn about Application of Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation in Engineering Materials Science on September 21-25 near Hamburg.
- 29.04.2015From: NBI, DenmarkNew video "ESS – the world’s most powerful neutron source for research"
The film recounts the struggle and the long road to bring the ESS to Scandinavia and the great potential in the future research.
- 16.04.2015From: ESS, SwedenBuilding the Heart of ESS in Spain
Spain collaborates closely with the ESS. In November 2014, ESS-Bilbao was chosen as the in-kind partner for the ESS target system.
- 27.04.2015From: MLZ, GermanyBaton change at the MLZ
At the end of March, Prof. Dieter Richter of the Research Centre Jülich not only retires, but also passes his position as MLZ Director to Prof. Thomas Brückel.
- 13.04.2015From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandPSI-SINQ - Call for Proposals
The Swiss spallation neutron source 'SINQ' is calling for proposals for the beam time period II/15 between 01/09/2015 and 23/12/2015.
- 07.04.2015From: LANSCE, USANeutron and Nuclear Science, WNR facility Call for Proposals Opens April 6, 2015
The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) is issuing a Call for Proposals for the WNR facility for run cycle September – December, 2015.
- 27.03.2015From: ISIS, UKUK’s Neutron and Muon Facility back in action after six months of upgrades
ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source is now back in action after considerable upgrades over the last six months.
- 20.03.2015From: ESS, SwedenSwiss Parliament Approves Country’s Full Participation in ESS
The bicameral decision formalizes Switzerland’s accession to ESS and extends the Swiss financial commitment through 2026.
- 17.03.2015From: ESS, SwedenThe SKADI Diffractometer: Enlarging the Field of Small-Angle Neutron Scattering
Part of an integrated SANS instrument suite at ESS, SKADI analyses materials’ structures at the largest scales possible with neutron diffraction.
- 26.03.2015From: CNLThe Canadian Neutron Beam Centre is inviting user proposals for beam time
The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre invites user proposals for neutron beam time on its six beamlines.
- 13.03.2015From: ESS, SwedenThe First Six Months of ESS Construction Proceed on Schedule
With the casting of the first 10-meter section of the accelerator tunnel walls in the last week of January, the European Spallation Source began to go vertical.
- 11.03.2015From: ESS, SwedenCommendation, Collaboration, and Caution: Capacity Crowd at IKON8 in UK
IKON8 at ISIS. This meeting brought a capacity crowd to the UK venue where an important exchange of new ESS neutron technologies came face to face with the lessons learned at ISIS during its five-year upgrade of Target Station 2.
- 08.03.2015From: LLB, FranceFirst SANS spectrum on PA20
PA20, the new SANS machine of the LLB, delivered its first SANS spectra on 6 march 2015.
- 19.02.2015From: HZB, GermanyThe BER II neutron source is back in operation and available for experiments following the interruption in availability
Maintenance work has been successfully concluded – the High-Field Magnet has successfully attained 26 tesla in initial testing. New scientific experiments have become possible.
- 06.02.2015From: Government of CanadaGovernment of Canada Announces Extension of National Research Universal (NRU) Reactor
Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced the Government of Canada's decision to support the extension of the operations of the NRU reactor from October 31, 2016, until March 31, 2018.
- 13.01.2015From: ANSTO, AustraliaANSTO is calling for proposals
ANSTO is calling for proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility (both cold- and thermal-neutron instruments) and National Deuteration Facility.
- 15.01.2015From: ESS, SwedenApplication for XIII School of Neutron Scattering (SoNS) “Francesco Paolo Ricci” is now open
Application is now open for the XIII School of Neutron Scattering (SoNS) “Francesco Paolo Ricci”.
- 18.12.2015From: HZB, GermanyProposals for the HFM at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin are now accepted
The high-field magnet (HFM) project of Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin is close to completion. Proposals for HFM/EXED, beamtime can now be requested.
- 03.12.2014From: ISIS, UKISIS Neutron training course: 16-25 June 2015
The ISIS Neutron Training course will be running on 16 to 25 of June 2015.
- 19.11.2014From: LANSCE, USALANSCE Call for Proposals: Proton Radiography FY16
LANSCE: Call for Proposals for experiments for the Proton Radiography Facility (pRad) for the period October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016. The deadline is February 6.
- 12.11.2014From: MLZ, GermanyNew hall for cooling systems of ultra-cold neutron source
South of the Maier-Leibnitz Laboratory a hall in wood construction is currently being built. From next year on, it will house the mock-up for the cooling systems of the ultracold neutron source at FRM II.
- 29.10.2014From: ANSTO, AustraliaLANSCE School call for Applications is open!
Call for applications for the LANSCE School on neutron scattering that will take place February 18-27, 2015.
- 22.10.2014From: HZB, Germany26 Tesla! High Field Magnet beats expectation
The High field magnet is producing a stable magnetic field of 26 Tesla and is thus even a little stronger than the scientists and engineers dared to hope.
- 24.10.2014From: ILL, FranceDates announced for the ILL FullProf School
Thanks to NMI3 support, scientists will learn to use FullProf at the Institute Laue-Langevin from 2 to 6 March 2015.
- 21.10.2014From: MLZ, Germany Virtual tour of the FRM II
You are interested in visiting the FRM II, but too young or too far away? No problem: An interactive tour gives you insights into the neutron source - without any restriction on admission.
- 23.09.2014From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandA reliable type from the 1980s
The source of the proton beam at PSI is a retro-style Cockcroft-Walton linear accelerator. It was the first acceleration stage for protons which are taken up to around 80% of the speed of light. Since 1994 it has held the world record as the highest performing beam.
- 25.09.2014From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandGiants who control miniscule particles
Magnets are the unsung heroes in particle accelerators because they keep protons or electrons on track. Some of the magnets at PSI are masterpieces of precision and control.
- 10.10.2014From: J-PARC, JapanJ-PARC Call for Proposals
J-PARC MLF and CROSS announced that the 2015A General Use proposal round will be open from Friday 17 October 2014.
- 09.10.2014From: ESS, SwedenFoundation Stone Ceremony Marks Scientific Importance of ESS
Today, several hundred members of the European scientific community are gathering at the ESS construction site, for the ESS Foundation Stone Ceremony.
- 09.10.2014From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandThe deadline for neutron proposals submissions at PSI is Nov 15
Call for proposals for the beam time period I/15 between 01/05/2015 and 31/08/2015.
- 09.09.2014From: NIST, USANCNR - Call for Proposals
The NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) offers neutron scattering and chemical analysis instruments to all qualified users. The next deadline for receipt of proposals is Tuesday, October 7, 2014.
- 08.09.2014From: ORNL, USAOak Ridge National Laboratory - Call for Proposals
The deadline at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) for proposals is October 15.
- 05.09.2014From: ESS, SwedenThe Construction of ESS is Underway
The official start of the construction for the European Spallation Source was on September 2.
- 04.09.2014From: LLB, FranceLLB call for proposals: deadline October 1st
The next deadline for neutron beam time request to perform neutron scattering experiments at LLB-Orphee is October 1st.
- 02.09.2014From: ESS, SwedenESS Groundbreaking Event
Danish and Swedish ministers will start the construction of ESS today.
- 01.09.2014From: FLNP JINR, RussiaFrank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research accepts applications for beam time
The deadline for submission is October 15, 2014.
- 01.09.2014From: HZB, GermanyBerlin School on Neutron Scattering – registration now open
The next Berlin School on Neutron Scattering will be between February 26 and March 6, 2015. Don’t forget to register before October 15.
- 28.08.2014From: BNC, HungaryBudapest Neutron Centre - call for proposals
The proposal submission deadline for neutron scattering experiments at the Budapest Neutron Centre (BNC) is October 15, 2014. NMI3 support is available.
- 22.08.2014From: FRM II, GermanyOn-time start of the 35th operating cycle
Start of the 35th operating cycle: the FRM II provides users and customers from science, industry and medicine after a thorough review again neutrons and irradiation services.
- 04.08.2014From: CROSS-Tokai, JapanThe 2nd MLF School (MLF School 2014) – First announcement
The MLF School 2014 will be held during 16-19 December 2014 at J-PARC in Tokai, Japan.
- 14.07.2014From: ILL, FranceSuccessful restart of the ILL reactor
On Tuesday 8 July morning the ILL's high flux reactor was started after the long shut-down since August 2013.
- 23.06.2014From: FRM II, Germany10-year overhaul on schedule
Ten years after its first criticality regulations require the FRM II to do extensive tests on its main systems. Goal of these tests is to prove the safe operation of the FRM II for the years to come.
- 18.06.2014From: ESS, SwedenThe ESS Instrument Suite is Taking Shape
The May meeting of the ESS Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) was a critical step for the facility.
- 19.05.2014From: CROSS-Tokai, JapanAnnouncement of the J-PARC-MLF General Use Program for 2014B
J-PARC Center and CROSS-Tokai are pleased to announce the call for General Use proposals for the neutron and muon beamlines at the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility of J-PARC in the 2014B user beamtime period.
- 14.05.2014From: CINS, CanadaCanadian Neutron Beam Centre Call for Proposals
The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre invites user proposals for neutron beam time on its six beamlines.
- 13.05.2014From: NMI3What if one could use a single platform to apply for neutron experiments in any European facility?
To submit a proposal for neutron scattering experiments can be a long procedure. Thanks to NMI3 support, a group is working on an Integrated User Access to make this procedure easier to both users and facilities.
- 07.05.2014From: MLZ, GermanyWinfried Petry elected vice president of the German Atomic Forum
Today, the general assembly of the German Atomic Forum DAtF (Deutsches Atomforum e.V.) has confirmed unanimously the election of the DAtF Presidential Council of Prof. Dr. Winfried Petry for Vice President.
- 02.05.2014From: LANSCE, USA2014 Lujan Neutron Scattering Center: First Focused Call for Proposals
The Lujan Neutron Scattering Center invites proposals addressing science of NNSA and LANL programmatic interest for the 2014 run cycle.
- 02.05.2014From: LANSCE, USA2014 WNR Call for Proposals
You are invited to submit proposals for beam time at LANSCE for nuclear science experiments and semiconductor irradiations for the run cycle scheduled to begin in October 2014.
- 03.04.2014From: NMI3 PSI-SINQ call for proposals II13
Call for proposals for experiments at the Paul Scherrer Institute. NMI3 support is available to cover researchers’ expenses within Europe. The deadline for submission is May 15.
- 01.04.2014From: LANSCE, USANotice to Lujan Center Neutron Scattering Users
LANSCE is disappointed by the decision of the US Department of Energy to cease their operational support of the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center in fiscal year 2015.
- 13.03.2014From: ISIS, UK8th International Workshop on Sample Environment at Neutron Scattering Facilities
Registration has now opened for the 8th International Workshop on Sample Environment at Neutron Scattering Facilities.
- 13.03.2014From: MLZ, GermanyAnniversary of most powerful neutron source worldwide
For exactly ten years the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz research neutron source (FRM II) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has been providing research, industry and medicine with neutrons.
- 11.03.2014From: ORNL, USAWorkshop on Structure and dynamics of confined and interfacial fluids
The workshop on Structure and dynamics of confined and interfacial fluids: blending scattering and computer modeling techniques will take place at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in July.
- 06.03.2014From: LLB, FranceLLB call for proposals: deadline April 1st
The next deadline for neutron beam time request to perform neutron scattering experiments at LLB-Orphee is April 1st.
- 06.03.2014From: J-PARC, Japan2nd International Symposium on Science at J-PARC (J-PARC 2014)
The 2nd International Symposium of Science at J-PARC will be held in Tsukuba, Japan in July.
- 03.03.2014From: J-PARC, JapanUser operations resume at J-PARC
User operations at the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility of J-PARC resumed this week following a 9-month shutdown.
- 28.02.2014From: FLNP, RussiaFLNP JINR - Call for Proposals
The Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear
Research invites you to apply for beam time.
- 24.02.2014From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandThe proton accelerator at the Paul Scherrer Institute: 40 years of top-flight research
The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
- 24.02.2014From: NMI3A Neutron-Muon software Debian repository
The Networking group on Data Analysis Standards has setup a Debian repository that provides a simple way to install scientific software for the neutron and muon communities.
- 14.02.2014From: MLZ, Germany Always on Fridays…
The MLZ's User Office has a new blog.
- 13.02.2014From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandSLS/SINQ - 2014 call for joint X + N powder diffraction proposals
JOINT proposal round with the aim to promote and facilitate the complementary use of X-rays and neutrons. Deadline for proposal submission: Feb 20, 2014
- 07.02.2014From: ISIS, UK2014 UK Neutron and Muon Users Meeting (NMUM)
NMUM will be held in April 10-11, 2014.
- 06.02.2014From: MLZ, GermanyFirst neutrons at the new instrument POLI
The polarized single crystal diffractometer POLI in MLZ has seen neutrons at its new beam line SR 9a for the first time.
- 30.01.2014From: HZB, Germany #HZBzlog is now online
#HZBzlog – the new series highlight – is now online. Don’t miss an episode!
- 31.01.2014From: ORNL, USAORNL: Call for Proposals
All available beam lines will accept proposals through February 26, 2014.
- 31.01.2014From: LANSCE, USARosen Scholar: Call for Nominations
The call for nominations for the Rosen Scholar fellowship is now open.
- 30.01.2014From: JCNS, GermanyJCNS: call for proposals
The deadlines of the call for proposals to perform experiments at the instruments of the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science are February 1 and May 2.
- 29.01.2014From: HZB, GermanyHZB: Call for proposals for the 2nd semester 2014
The deadline for submission of proposals to perform experiments during the 2014 second semester at the BER II neutron beam in HZB is the 1st of March.
- 29.01.2014From: ANSTO, AustraliaCall for Proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility and National Deuteration Facility
The OPAL Neutron Beam Facility and National Deuteration Facility accept proposal submissions until March 15, 2014
- 24.01.2014From: NMI3New link on Educational Material: JDN18
- 23.01.2014From: MLZ, GermanyScience in 360
An interactive panorama shows research in the neutron guide hall west of the FRM II.
- 22.01.2014From: NeutronSourcesNeutron sources map
We have now a map with all the neutron sources worldwide. You can browse it to learn about each one and then have a look at dedicated webpages with information about each research centre and neutron association worldwide.
- 21.01.2014From: NMI3NCNR call for Proposals
You are invited to apply for time on the neutron beam instruments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). The deadline for all proposals is February 20, 2014.
- 15.01.2014From: MLZ, GermanyHeinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ): Call for Proposals
Proposals for beamtime at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching near Munich will be accepted until the 2nd of May.
- 14.01.2014From: NSSA, USAAmerican Conference on Neutron Scattering 2014 - Call for abstracts
The Abstract Submission website for the 2014 American Conference on Neutron Scattering is now open.
- 14.01.2014From: ANSTO, AustraliaCrystal365: International Year of Crystallography
The Bragg Institute’s Helen Maynard-Casely’s Crystallography 365 blog aims to post a crystal structure a day for 2014 as part of the International Year of Crystallography.
- 08.01.2014From: NMI3Industrial use of photon & neutron techniques: an opportunity for new businesses?
Industry Advisory Board members have met industry liaison officers and scientists last December for the first common Neutron and X-ray Industry Advisory Board meeting.
- 25.11.2013From: NMI3Bridging research and industry: the NMI3 Industry events
NMI3 has launched an initiative to examine the interaction between industry and neutron & muon facilities.
- 13.11.2013From: MLZ, GermanyApply now for Master in Materials Science
MaMaSELF registration for the year 2014/2015 runs until 26 January 2014.
- 07.11.2013From: NMI3Learning for free, online: Virtual Neutrons for Teaching
NMI3 supports a joint initiative by the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark, the Technical University of Munich, and the Institut Laue-Langevin to develop an e-learning platform on neutron scattering.
- 04.11.2013From: ANSTO, AustraliaCall for Proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility and National Deuteration Facility
ANSTO is now calling for proposal for a variety of neutron-beam instruments and facilities.
- 24.10.2013From: CROSS-Tokai, JapanCROSS-Tokai - Call for proposals
CROSS-Tokai is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals to use the Public Beamlines at the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility of J-PARC in the 2014A operations period.
- 01.10.2013From: CRISP 2011 – 20145th CRISP & PanData Harmonisation meeting at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
About two dozen representatives from the main European facilities have met for the 5th harmonization meeting on 26 and 27 June at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin.
- 03.09.2013From: LLB, FranceDeadline for LLB call for proposals
The next deadline for neutron beam time request to perform neutron scattering experiments at LLB is October 1.
- 16.08.2013From: HZB, GermanyProf. Dr. Alan Tennant has accepted a new position
Prof. Dr. Alan Tennant has been selected as the new Chief Scientist for the Neutron Sciences Directorate, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He will start in his new capacity there in November 2013.
- 10.07.2013From: ESS, SwedenThe Call for ESS Science Symposia is Open
Organized by researchers around Europe, the ESS Science Symposia play an important part in identifying the scientific potential of ESS and the instruments and facilities required to realize that potential.
- 01.07.2013From: ESS, SwedenThe 2013 Call for Instrument Proposals is Open
ESS will have 22 neutron instruments, available to the research community for probing the interior of scientific samples.
- 01.07.2013From: Forschungszentrum Jülich, JCNS, GermanyResearch in Jülich – Magazine App
The new "Research in Jülich – Magazine" App is now available.
- 03.05.2013From: FRM II, GermanyNearly 5 million euros for high-precision experiments with ultra-cold neutrons
For the measurement of the electric dipole moment of the neutron at FRM II, the research group of Prof Peter Fierlinger from the Excellence Cluster Universe at TUM and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Berlin are provided with 3.45 million euros.
- 19.03.2013From: FRM II, GermanyNeutrons contribute to turnaround in energy policy
FRM II participates in TU Munich research project to develop local energy buffer systems. The purpose of this initiative is to make more efficient use of renewable energy resources.
- 21.02.2013From: FRM II, GermanyMLZ: New center for neutron research in Germany
The successful collaboration between the Technical University of Munich, the Jülich Research Centre and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht received a new name: Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ). The inaugural ceremony was held in Garching, Germany.
- 15.02.2013From: NMI3New nuclear reactor planned in Argentina
In 2011 it has been decided that a new nuclear reactor will be constructed in Argentina. It will become the 10th nuclear reactor in the country and the Atomic Energy National Commission (Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, CNEA), which is the main responsible for the project, plans that this OPAL-like reactor will start operating by 2018 in a location to be defined.
- 19.04.2012From: ESS, SwedenScience & Scientists at ESS meeting in Berlin
In Berlin, more than 300 scientists have gathered to define the science of the future European Spallation Source. In total, ideas from more than 1000 scientists have been fed into the project. ESS will be one of Europe’s largest science facilities. It will be the world’s brightest facility for advanced materials research and life science with neutrons.