LENS initiatives highlighted in CERN Courier
27 APR 2020
The CERN Courier has published a policy piece by LENS Chair Helmut Schober, Director of Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), that highlights the enormous potential for growth in Europe’s world-leading neutron science ecosystem.
The essay emphasises the essential contributions neutrons will make at each stage of the innovation chain that will drive the coming green wave of technological development in Europe.
In spite of last year’s closures of research reactors in France, Germany and Norway that have set back Europe’s neutron capacity, Schober is optimistic about the future of neutron science. In the essay, he sketches out the necessary components for a healthy future that include:
- Securing the scientific, technical and economic futures of ILL, the UK’s ISIS Neutron & Muon Source and the FRM-II reactor at Munich’s Heinz-Maier Leibnitz centre for neutron research;
- ensuring the rapid ramp-up of operations at the European Spallation Source;
- and developing the compact accelerator-based neutron source (CANS) initiatives at CEA-Saclay and the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science.
Recent News & Events
- Welcome to the first issue of the LENS Initiative newsletter. Established in 2018, the LENS Initiative is the result of a long and productive partnership between European neutron facilities, working to advance neutron science and technology across the world. With the launch of this newsletter, we look forward to bringing you updates on the latest activities and opportunities from LENS.
- 27 May: LENS Webinar #11 ‘Ultra-high field magnets for neutron scattering: latest developments and possibilities ‘ Mark Bird (NHML Tallahassee)This webinar will address possibilities for higher field magnets for neutron scattering, focusing on the possibilities opened up by the high temperature superconductors but also touching on dc and pulsed resistive magnets.
- This webinar will give an overview of the start of the NIST neutron imaging program and how measurements have been augmented with a simultaneous X-ray source.