JEEP II-reaktoren på Kjeller. Foto: Espen Solli, 2018

NcNeutron – Norwegian Center for Neutron Research

The Norwegian Center for Neutron Research, NcNeutron, will be a neutron science and technology exchange center associated with the JEEP II research reactor at IFE. Its vision is to become an internationally renowned center for neutron-based research applied to materials science and technology.

NcNeutron will serve as a knowledge-base for Norwegian researchers using neutrons, and it will include expansion and upgrade of instrumental facilities at JEEP II as well as access to already available instrumentation.

Sponsor: NFR

Start: January 2016 Duration: 5 years

The construction of the European Spallation Source (ESS) has started in Lund, Sweden, and the NcNeutron infrastructure will: (i) support Norway’s participation in the ESS by education in the use of neutrons and by providing a network node for scientific interaction and collaboration; and (ii) play a key role as a regional neutron scattering and imaging center also when the ESS is in operation.

NcNeutron will be strongly complementary to the recently established national research infrastructures RECX and NORTEM, and thus give Norwegian researchers in materials science and nanotechnology a significant advantage.

The investment needed to establish NcNeutron is 31.1 MNOK (originally 29.8 MNOK). It includes:

  • A new state-of-the-art neutron reflectometer increasing the performance by at least a factor of ten compared to traditional instruments
  • Installation of a new cold moderator doubling the neutron flux for both the reflectometer and SANS
  • Provide a versatile neutron imaging and tomography setup with a fivefold increase in data acquisition capacity
  • Offer a modern residual stress neutron diffractometer

Furthermore, the already existing neutron scattering instrumentation, SANS, ODIN, DIFF and R2D2, will be included in NcNeutron.

The national partners are IFE, UiO, UiS, SINTEF and with a strong support from NTNU. Relevant Norwegian industry and main European neutron facilities, ESS, ILL and PSI, express strong support to the research infrastructure.

Objectives:

  • Provide 5 state-of-the-art neutron instruments to users from Norwegian universities, research institutes and industry in addition to 2 more specialized installations
  • Act as a meeting point for an educated Norwegian user community in order to make efficient use of ESS
  • Attract new users from Norwegian universities, research institutes and industry
  • Act as a strong regional neutron scattering and imaging center, both before and after neutrons are available at ESS
  • Give access to neutron methods in combination with RECX and NORTEM
  • Operate a new cold moderator in JEEP II doubling the neutron flux
  • Provide a new neutron reflectometer with a tenfold performance increase compared to traditional instruments
  • Provide a versatile neutron imaging and tomography setup with fivefold increase in data acquisition capacity
  • Offer a modern residual stress neutron diffractometer
  • Include the existing neutron scattering instruments in NcNeutron: SANS, ODIN, DIFF and R2D2

IFE does research on assignments.
Please contact:

Hauback, Bjørn Christian

Neutron Materials Characterization,

+47 974 08 844

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