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.
Technology development at ISIS is a continuous process, driven in response to the changing scientific needs of the user community and to maintain ISIS as a world-class neutron and muon source.
Alongside the seven instruments that are up and running on the ISIS Second Target Station, construction has started on four new ‘Phase 2’ instruments following the announcement of funding by David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, in March. Chipir, Larmor, Zoom and Imat will all be built over the next few years.
The past year saw an extended maintenance shutdown for ISIS, from August 2010 to February 2011. The shutdown was necessary to replace a wide range of ageing ISIS equipment and components, many of which were installed over 25 years ago. Two major projects were carried out: refurbishment of part of the proton beamline for ISIS Target Station 1, and replacement of heavy-duty electrical cable for the accelerator magnets. In addition, some 700 smaller tasks were also completed: around 200 tasks on the accelerators, 200 on the neutron target systems and 300 on the neutron beam lines and instruments, including major rebuilds of Pearl and Polaris.
The Centre for Materials Physics and Chemistry at STFC, together with the Hartree Centre and Hubbard Theory Consortium, held a two-day workshop at RAL in June. There was a wide range of talks from researchers from the UK, Europe and further afield. The meeting was part of the South East Physics Network (SEPNet) summer programme ‘Condensed Matter Physics in the City’, focused on stimulating discussions between theorists and experimentalists in the field of magnetism and strongly correlated and interacting electron systems.
The advanced facilities provided by ISIS enable world-class research to be performed by scientists from around the world together with facility staff.
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