ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the United Kingdom. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. 

We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials.

News and Events

An aerial view of ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
Users of ISIS Neutron and Muon Source honoured by The Royal Society

Friday 28 July 2017

Two users of ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, Professor Matthew Rosseinsky and Professor Peter Bruce, have been awarded medals from The Royal Society for their outstanding contributions to science.

ISIS neutron training course students 2014
ISIS Facility Development Studentships

Friday 21 July 2017

ISIS has available a limited number of 50%-funded studentships available to UK users to run from October 2018. A full description of this studentship scheme plus instructions on how to apply is available and the deadline for requests is 1st October 2017.

Neutrons Matter 2017 Workshop
Neutrons Matter VII International Workshop on Electron-volt Neutron Spectroscopy

Tuesday 07 November 2017

The seventh international workshop on electron-volt neutron spectroscopy will be held from 7th - 8th November 2017 in Rome, Italy.

Dr Andrew Seel receiving the 2017 BTM Willis Prize
Prestigious neutron prize awarded to Dr Andrew Seel

Tuesday 04 July 2017

This week saw the prestigious BTM Willis prize for outstanding neutron scattering science awarded to Dr Andrew Seel, from the University of Oxford and UCL.

NMSUM 2016
UK Neutron and Muon Science and User Meeting 2017

Tuesday 11 April 2017

The UK Neutron and Muon Science and User Meeting will take place at Warwick University (Scarman House and The Slate) from 27-29 June 2017.

1st European Neutron Diffraction Single Crystal Workshop

Monday 10 April 2017

The 1st European Neutron Diffraction Single Crystal (ENDiX1) Workshop will be held at Cosener's House, Abingdon from 24 - 26th April 2017.

News for users: April 2017 round

ISIS news, events, instrument updates and information on how to apply for beamtime for users who wish to submit a proposal in the next round.

Major Instrument and Accelerator Projects

Target Station 2 Phase 2

2015 will see both the capacity and capability of ISIS increase with two new instruments coming online. Target station 2 started operation in 2008 with 7 neutron instruments, and now two new instruments, ChipIR and Larmor have received first neutrons and are beginning their commissioning phases. A further two instruments, IMAT and ZOOM, are under construction.

ISIS First Target Station Project

The ISIS First Target Station (TS1) has now been operating for over 30 years. During this period, there has been no significant work carried out to maintain or develop the internals of TS1. The ISIS First Target Station project aims to refurbish much of TS1 to ensure its continued operation for many years into the future.

TOSCA and MAPS guide projects

Design on the new guides for Maps and Tosca has started with the aim of having the upgraded instruments running sometime in 2016.

Replacement of muon beamline magnets

The ISIS muon facility has been operating since 1987, and some of the muon beamline magnets were second-hand then – they are now over 50 years old in some cases. During the long shutdown in 2014/5, the quadrupoles near the muon target will be replaced.

Linac Tank 4 Replacement

The ISIS linear accelerator (linac) consists of 4 radiofrequency (RF) accelerating tanks, accelerating hydrogen ions generated in the ion source to 37% of the speed of light before feeding them into the synchrotron for final acceleration. Tanks 1 and 4 were built at RAL in 1976, for ISIS’ predecessor, Nimrod. They are now showing their age, so a project is underway to replace tank 4 by 2018.

Refurbishing part of the first target station proton beamline (EPB1)

EPB1 is made up of 68 magnets all of which are roughly 50 years old. Many of the electrical windings of these magnets are deteriorating (especially in high radiation-dose areas near the downstream end of EPB1). Replacement of magnets upstream of the muon target and between the muon target and the neutron target will take place during the 2014/15 shutdown.

Science at ISIS

Interactions between DES molecules and water.
Green Solutions: Deep Eutectic Solvents

Tuesday 27 June 2017

First reported in 2001 (by Abbott et al), Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) are part of an extended class of ionic liquids. Frequently made from cheap, benign and biodegradable components, they offer the enticing possibility of being designer solvents without the inherent toxicity of many room temperature ionic liquids.

Polystyrene C60 Composites
Perfectly imperfect: why it pays to mix it up with nanoparticles

Tuesday 20 June 2017

The discovery of bucky balls (the spherical molecules of Buckminsterfullerene, C60) in 1985 led to a Nobel Prize (in 1996) and the development of a new branch of chemistry, sending ripples through disciplines as diverse as astrochemistry, superconductivity and materials science.

Topological excitations in a quantum magnet
Evidence of topological excitations in a quantum magnet

Thursday 15 June 2017

Condensed matter physics is the study of how matter can organise itself. The different forms a material can take are called phases, and these phases determine the properties of the material – for example metals, magnets, insulators or superconductors.

Investigating the origin of excellent thermoelectric behaviour in Cu2Se

Wednesday 07 June 2017

In a world that is trying to balance an ever-increasing demand for electricity with a reduction in carbon emissions, energy efficiency is a hot topic. Researchers are keen to find ways to exploit the thermoelectric effect, wherein a temperature difference across a thermoelectric device leads to a voltage difference, in essence turning heat into electricity.

Making an impact

Impact of Neutron Scattering brochure
Neutron Scattering: Materials research for modern life

Thursday 22 November 2012

Read about the social and economic impact of neutron scattering in a new brochure highlighting key examples of the use of the technique.

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