The Larmor instrument on the ISIS Second target station was constructed as part of the strong, ongoing collaboration between ISIS and the Technical University of Delft, funded by STFC and a grant from the Netherlands science funding agency the NWO. The collaboration has delivered a unique instrument capable of performing high throughput small angle neutron scattering (SANS) as well as enabling the continued development of cutting edge measurement techniques that rely on the manipulation of the neutron spin. In exchange for the significant investment of equipment and knowledge by the Netherlands their neutron scattering community receive 30 days of beamtime on the instrument for 10 years.
A celebration to mark the end of the NWO grant and the completion of the delivery of the final instrument components was held at ISIS on Wednesday 28 August. Members of the Netherlands user community presented talks on their science throughout the day and a commemorative plaque was unveiled by Professor Lucas van Vliet, the dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, and Professor Bert Wolterbeek, the director of the reactor institute at TU-Delft.