Jeremy Uden from the Pitt Rivers Museum holds one of a pair of samurai swords to be investigated using the INES instrument. Image courtesy of The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University. View full-size image
Because we can use neutrons to look at samples very closely (at an atomic scale), we can use them to tell us a lot about materials. This means we can improve materials and investigate new ones.
Research done at ISIS using neutrons has:
•Keep aircraft flying safely
•Help babies born with cleft palettes
•Design hydrogen storage materials for zero-emission cars
•Understand the origins of archaeological artefacts