What do we use neutrons for?

Jeremy Uden from the Pitt Rivers Museum holds one of a pair of samurai

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.
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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

•Study the mystery of spider silk

•And much much more……………

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