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Research Centre Jülich sets up branch lab at new Munich research reactor

Jülich neutron expertise for FRM-II

[30. Juni 2004]

Jülich, 30 June 2004 - Research Centre Jülich is establishing a branch lab to exploit the facilities of the Munich FRM-II research reactor at its Garching site. This is provided for in a key point agreement signed by the Research Centre and Munich University of Technology, the FRM-II operator. Seven measuring instruments for neutron research with a total value of € 45 million will be transferred to Garching and operated there by Research Centre Jülich. Through this close cooperation, scientists from Jülich and Munich intend to turn the FRM-II into an internationally leading centre for neutron research. The agreement on "Key Points for the Establishment of a Branch Laboratory of Research Centre Jülich for the Purpose of Utilizing the High-Flux Neutron Source FRM-II" was signed at the Bavarian Ministry of State for Science, Research and Art. The agreement was signed by Prof. Joachim Treusch, Chairman of Research CentreJülich, Dorothee Dzwonnek, Vice-Chairwoman, and Wilhelm Eisenbeiß, Permanent Representative of the Registrar of Munich University of Technology.

"Research Centre Jülich is at the cutting edge of neutron research worldwide and the new Munich reactor is the most powerful German neutron source. This is the ideal combination for establishing an internationally leading centre for neutron research in Germany," said Prof. Treusch as the agreement was signed. Dorothee Dzwonnek added that "The joint efforts by Research Centre Jülich and Munich University of Technology are a good example of how excellent science emerges from cooperation between university and non-university research."

On its own campus, the Research Centre will found the "Jülich Centre for Neutron Science" (JCNS) and establish a branch lab of this centre at the Munich research reactor. The Jülich branch lab will be accommodated in new premises on the site of the Munich research reactor at Garching. About 30 staff (scientists, engineers, technicians, administrators) will work on the spot at the Jülich branch lab.

The Jülich scientists will operate seven of their own instruments in the new research station at FRM-II. One third of the measuring time will be available to the Jülich scientists for their own neutron research. Two thirds of the measuring time will be allocated to general users; 50% of this time will be assessed by a committee of experts from FRM-II and 50% by an expert committee from Jülich. The transfer of instruments will begin at the end of 2005.

Information on Research Centre Jülich:
Research Centre Jülich is the largest interdisciplinary research centre in Europe with an annual budget of € 360 million (including special tasks) and a staff of 4,350 (as of 2003). The partners of "Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH" are the Federal Republic of Germany (90%) and the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (10%). The Research Centre, founded in 1956, is one of the 15 members of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, the largest science organization in Germany. In Jülich, scientists from the disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and the engineering sciences work together on an interdisciplinary basis in the fields of matter, energy, information, life and the environment. The work comprises both long-term contributions in basic research for science and technology as well as concrete technological applications for industry.


High-tech measuring apparatus from the Jülich External Neutron Guide Laboratory, ELLA, with a total value of € 45 million - the small-angle neutron scattering instrument can be seen in the foreground - will in future be operated at the new Garching FRM-II research reactor by Research Centre Jülich.

Photo: Research Centre Jülich

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