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.
ISIS is a world-leading research centre serving the UK and international scientific community
Understanding the basic behaviour of soft matter is one of many research areas that benefit from neutron scattering studies.
Once samples, accelerator, instrument and sample environment are ready, the experiment can begin.
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.
ISIS runs various courses and schemes to ensure that users get the most from a facility supported by staff of the highest quality.
ISIS has dedicated instruments suitable for a wide range of experiments.
Once a research team has decided on an ISIS experiment, it is time to put in a proposal.
Once a proposal has been approved, preparations for the experiment begin in earnest.
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