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A journey through ISIS

Welcome to the journey!

ISIS at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, UK, provides unique sources of both pulsed neutrons  and muons for exploring the properties of matter by measuring the locations of atoms and the forces between them.

ISIS employs more than 300 highly-qualified scientists, technicians, engineers and administrative staff, who have unique skills. Their work ensures that the science carried out by research groups is first-class. ISIS teams looking after the accelerator, beamlines, instruments and computers work around the clock to ensure that experiments are successful.

We will follow the journey that one research group makes as they use ISIS to further their research goals - from the initial idea for an experiment, through submitting a proposal, to carrying out the experiment and analysing the results. Along this journey, we go behind the scenes to meet the people who work at ISIS and learn about how the facility operates.

A Journey Through ISIS - pdf

The start of the journey

The start of the journey

ISIS is a world-leading research centre serving the UK and international scientific community

The journey's aim

Understanding the basic behaviour of soft matter is one of many research areas that benefit from neutron scattering studies.

The heart of the journey

The heart of the journey

Once samples, accelerator, instrument and sample environment are ready, the experiment can begin.

Support along the way

While preparations for experiments are being made, specialist teams of physicists, engineers and technicians work hard to ensure that the production of neutron beams operates realiably at optimum efficiency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Helping others to travel

Helping others to travel

ISIS runs various courses and schemes to ensure that users get the most from a facility supported by staff of the highest quality.

Getting ready to go

Different routes to take

ISIS has dedicated instruments suitable for a wide range of experiments.

Permission to travel

Once a research team has decided on an ISIS experiment, it is time to put in a proposal.

Getting ready to go

Once a proposal has been approved, preparations for the experiment begin in earnest.

At journey's end

At journey's end

Once the experiment has been run, the task of analysing and interpreting the data can begin.

ISIS scientists

ISIS scientists provide a huge range of expertise in the application of neutron scattering and muon spectroscopy to condensed matter and molecular science.

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