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The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. It is owned and operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

ISIS produces beams of neutrons and muons that allow scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments, often described as ‘super-microscopes’. It supports a national and international community of more than 2000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology. It is the most productive research centre of its type in the world.

From the original vision over 30 years ago, ISIS has become one of the UK’s major scientific achievements. As the world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon source, ISIS has changed the way the world views neutron scattering.

All about ISIS

How ISIS works

ISIS is made up of many components.

What does ISIS do?

Neutrons play a definitive role in understanding the material world. They can show where atoms are and what atoms do.

A video tour of the ISIS facility

See how neutrons and muons are produced in an animated overview.

ISIS Impact

A large proportion of the science carried out on ISIS maps directly onto the UK’s key scientific priorities including energy, environment, health, information technology and security.

Annual reviews

ISIS Annual Review 2013

ISIS provides world-class facilities for neutron and muon investigations of materials across a diverse range of science disciplines. ISIS 2013 details the work of the facility over the past year, including science highlights, major instrument and accelerator developments and the facility’s publications for the year.

ISIS Annual Review 2012

ISIS provides world-class facilities for neutron and muon investigations of materials across a diverse range of science disciplines. ISIS 2012 details the work of the facility over the past year, including accounts of science highlights, descriptions of major instrument and accelerator developments and the facility’s publications for the year.

ISIS Annual Review 2011

ISIS provides world-class facilities for neutron and muon investigations of materials across a diverse range of science disciplines. ISIS 2011 details the work of the facility over the past year, including accounts of science highlights, descriptions of major instrument and accelerator developments and the facility’s publications for the year.

ISIS Annual Review 2010

ISIS provides world-class facilities for neutron and muon investigations of materials across a diverse range of science disciplines. ISIS 2010 details the work of the facility over the past year, including accounts of science highlights, descriptions of major instrument and accelerator developments and the facility’s publications for the year.

ISIS Annual Review 2009

ISIS provides world-class facilities for neutron and muon investigations of materials across a diverse range of science disciplines.

Annual Review 2008

ISIS 2008 details the work of the facility over the 2007-2008 period, including accounts of science highlights and major instrument and accelerator developments, together with progress on the Second Target Station and the facility's publications for the year.

Annual Review pdf Archive

Previous Annual Reviews 1986-2009

Neutrons and muons

What is a muon?

In addition to producing neutrons, ISIS is also the world's most intense source of pulsed muons for studies in materials science. 

What is a neutron?

The neutron is a powerful tool for the study of condensed matter (solids and liquids) in the world around us, having significant advantages over other forms of radiation in the study of microscopic structure and dynamics.

Achievements

Achievements of neutron science

Starting from basic physical investigations into antiferromagnetism in insulators and rare earth metals, the range of disciplines utilising neutron scattering has expanded far beyond the initial expectations for the technique.

Achievements of ISIS neutron science

Highlights in ISIS science 1984-2007

Achievements of ISIS muon science

Highlights in ISIS science 1984-2007

A journey through ISIS

A journey through ISIS

A behind the scenes look at using neutrons and muons for cutting-edge science

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