A whole new raft of committee members attended their first European Spallation Source Technical Advisory Committee meeting, TAC11, over the first two...
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.
|Team Henning Larsen Architects conceptual rendering of 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.
Spain was one of the first countries to send a Letter of Intent committing to the construction of the European Spallation Source, and a close collaboration has followed. In November 2014, ESS-Bilbao...
In late autumn each of the last three years, a handful of young Spanish graduates entered into six-month periods as trainees at the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund. The program that brought...
The Swedish-language version of the ESS AB 2014 Annual Report can now be downloaded on our website.
As the construction of the European Spallation Source moves reliably forward, so does the growth of the Lund and Copenhagen based staff working daily to realize the world-leading neutron science...
The bicameral decision formalizes Switzerland’s accession to ESS and extends the Swiss financial commitment through 2026.
Combination of Neutron Scattering Techniques Provides First-Time Data on High-Stress States of Granular Material
What do you get when you pack 549 steel ball bearings into a cylindrical die, apply 850 bar of axial pressure, and bombard it with neutrons? The same 549 ball bearings and a lot of data.
Part of an integrated small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) instrument suite at ESS, SKADI analyses materials’ structures at the largest scales possible with neutron diffraction.
Quasi-elastic neutron scattering demonstrates proton mobility within dental cements as a function of time and temperature.
With the casting of the first 10-meter section of the accelerator tunnel walls in the last week of January, the European Spallation Source (ESS) began to go vertical.
This intensely observed two-day 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...