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The 2011 JCNS Workshop on Neutron Instrumentation Sets the Trend for Future Instruments at Spallation Sources

October 17, 2011

About 80 specialists in neutron instrumentation from Europe, Japan and the USA met from 4-7 October, 2011 in Tutzing to discuss the latest “Trends and Perspectives in Neutron Instrumentation: From Continuous to Spallation Sources”. The workshop was organized by the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS).


DSC_2258_woJCNS.jpgParticipants at the 2011 JCNS Workshop enjoyed the stimulating atmosphere of the splendid conference site at the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing along with the warm “Indian summer” weather.


The workshop came at exactly the right time: with new spallation sources being brought into operation in the USA and Japan, as well as the decision to build the long-pulse spallation source in Europe, the focus of neutron instrumentation development has shifted more and more from continuous to spallation sources. The workshop brought together experts in neutron instrumentation at both continuous and spallation sources to make the most effective use of the knowledge accumulated so far concerning the instruments for construction at the new European spallation source ESS.

ioffe-ausschnitt.jpgAlexander Ioffe from the Scientific Organizing Committee commented: “The workshop brought together world-class expertise covering the whole field of neutron instrumentation. The meeting was extremely useful and exceptionally fruitful as a platform for information exchange between experts and was a source of valuable input for future instrumentation at ESS. We wish to thank all participants for coming to Tutzing and for their contributions during the scientific lectures and discussions.”

Around 50 oral presentations, including five lectures giving an overview of current instrumentation from a selected panel of leading experts worldwide along with a total of 20 posters, covered all aspects of state-of-the-art and advanced neutron instrumentation. Topical sessions such as those covering “Larmor Precession Instruments”, “Neutron Diffraction”, “Large Scale Instrumentation”, “Instrument Components” and “Inelastic Instrumentation” formed the structure of the workshop. JCNS contributed nine oral presentations and ten posters, underlining its key role in future neutron instrumentation, as a centre already possessing a wealth of experience in operating instruments at continuous as well as spallation sources.

The next JCNS workshop focusing on soft matter will be held in Tutzing from 8-11 October, 2012.

JCNS Workshop 2011