In April, tests were conducted at the J-PARC spallation source in Japan that have preliminarily validated the physics behind the innovative ESS “flat...
The European Spallation Source
The European Spallation Source (ESS) is a multi-disciplinary research centre based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. This new facility will be around 30 times brighter than today's leading facilities, enabling new opportunities for researchers in the fields of life sciences, energy, environmental technology, cultural heritage and fundamental physics.
Model of the ESS site plan, showing the Accelerator tunnel, Target Station
and Experimental Halls. PHOTO: ESS
Advanced research requires advanced tools. Improved visualization techniques enable researchers to observe our world and universe better. From the very large to the very small, when science moves forward, it is often due to breakthrough improvements in the tools.
The Hubble Telescope, Voyager 2, and the Very Large Array allow us to directly and indirectly investigate the distant places and hidden elements of our universe. In the same way, a neutron source and its complmentary detection instruments, enable scientists to see and understand basic atomic structures and forces. It can be compared with a giant microscope for the study of different materials – from plastics and pharmaceuticals, to engines, and molecules. ESS is a significant step forward in the discovery process.
The European Spallation Source is one of the largest science and technology infrastructure projects being built today. The facility design and construction includes a linear proton accelerator, a heavy-metal target station, a large array of state-of-the-art neutron instruments, a suite of laboratories, and a supercomputing data management and software development center (click to enlarge technical components image). In the context of its history and future as a scientific organisation, it is however more than an advanced research tool. It is a brand new organisation, being built from the ground up.
Europe’s need for an advanced, high-power neutron facility was articulated 20 years ago. The European Spallation Source is a pan-European project. It will be built by at least 17 European countries, with Sweden and Denmark as host nations. The ESS facility will be built in Lund, while the ESS Data Management and Software Centre will be located in Copenhagen. Around two to three thousand guest researchers will carry out experiments at ESS each year. Most of the users will be based at European universities and institutes, others within industry.
The construction of the facility began in the summer of 2014, and the planning for the ESS research programme is ongoing. Scientists and engineers from more than 60 partner laboratories are working on updating and optimising the advanced technical design of the ESS facility, and at the same time are exploring and imagining how it will be used. These partner laboratories, universities and research institutes also take part in the construction phase, contributing human resources, knowledge, equipment, and financial suport.
Neutron measurements reveal key dynamic properties of magnetic structure in unique experimental study.
The agreement serves as a model for the full engagement of European universities in the instrument and technology programs at ESS.
Prof. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General at CERN since 2009, took some time to speak with ESS about the two facilities. Next week, Heuer will be participating in the ESS event "To Create World-...
The 6th In-kind Review Committee meeting was held on the ESS construction site for the first time on 10 June to discuss the status of In-kind Agreements in all project areas.
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.
The European Spallation Source (ESS) will participate at the Danish Folkemødet (People's Political Festival) held on the island Bornholm June 11-14.
The European Spallation Source (ESS) and Skanska signed a contract today worth SEK 1,2 Billion to build the second phase of the world-leading neutron science facility in Lund. The construction work...
A single-shot observation of dynamic processes across multiple length and time scales will give unprecedented insight into previously unobservable phenomena.
The €12 million grant aims to broaden the user base of neutron science in Europe. It is being coordinated by the Institut Laue-Langevin and implemented with 17 partners, including ESS.
The ESS test beamline will provide real-world conditions for ESS and its partners to test engineering and scientific concepts in the development of instruments and their associated neutron...