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The League of advanced European Neutron Sources, LENS, is a not-for-profit consortium working to promote cooperation between European-level neutron infrastructure providers offering transnational user programs to external researchers.

Neutron Science in Europe

In Europe, there is a world-leading network of international and national neutron sources serving a scientific community of more than 5,000 researchers with over 32,000 instrument days per year. Nine of these form a strategic consortium with the aim of strengthening European neutron science by enhancing collaboration among the facilities. LENS places emphasis on the relationship between user communities and funding organisations, continuous improvement of source facilities, optimising resources between and aligning policies among partners—all to ensure excellence to the communities they serve. Read more about LENS.

Recent Science Highlights from LENS Members

Microstructure of concrete: neutron & X-ray tomography reconstruction

An international Korean-Hungarian-Polish team combined neutron and X-ray tomography and finite element calculations to relate the complex polymineral microstructure and the load-bearing properties of concrete, the material used in the largest amount by mankind.
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Microstructure of concrete: neutron & X-ray tomography reconstruction

Breakthrough in magnonics? Discovery of a new property in quantum materials

Scientists from Jülich, together with colleagues from Germany, France and China, have discovered a new property in quantum materials offering great potential for novel technical applications.
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Breakthrough in magnonics? Discovery of a new property in quantum materials

Pressure and heat: Testing alloys for gas turbines

Gas turbines must endure extreme conditions like high forces at temperatures above 600°C. Gas turbine materials therefore must be sufficiently robust, and as such they are under constant development. Together with the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), VDM Metals International GmbH tested its improved VDM Alloy 780 using a specially developed testing machine at the Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II).
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Pressure and heat: Testing alloys for gas turbines

Ideal glass detected with neutrons for the first time

It has been long debated whether the ideal glass exists. Now, a group of physicists from Spain has succeeded in producing the ideal glass and relating it to observations with inelastic neutron scattering at MLZ.
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Ideal glass detected with neutrons for the first time

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Recent News

  • The role of neutron scattering in securing a sustainable future
    In the context of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), LENS has compiled a variety of resources demonstrating how neutron scattering methods are being applied in energy, materials, and environment research, to help reduce our impact on the global climate.
  • New ERA Conference
    On 27 October 2021, Professor Robert McGreevy will be participating in the New ERA Conference, as part of a session on the sustainable funding of European Research Infrastructures.
  • LENS Initiative Newsletter – October 2021, Issue 2
    “Through the concerted effort of its members, and by developing synergies with the wider analytical research infrastructure landscape, LENS aims to achieve optimal exploitation of European neutron facilities to the benefit of the international scientific community.” Welcome to the second LENS Initiative newsletter. If you are new to the community, or would like to find out more about...