The reflector change was successfully
completed in 2016 and in the past year all four neutron
instruments have continued to make significant
progress into and towards their user programmes.
Details of developments of the four instruments in the
Phase II project – LARMOR, IMAT, Zoom and ChipIR are given below:
LARMOR is an advanced neutron polarisation instrument and one of the four
instruments in the Phase II project. LARMOR is now a fully scheduled instrument
with a broad ranging science program in hard and soft condensed matter, already
publishing high impact work in the area of topological matter. LARMOR continues
the strong collaboration with our partners at TU-Delft in the Netherlands, with the
commissioning of the new TU-Delft Spin-Echo SANS (SESANS) equipment completed
in September 2017.
IMAT is a neutron imaging and diffraction instrument which will be used in a diverse range
of disciplines such as engineering material sciences, battery research, earth science and
cultural heritage. The instrument was formally opened in October 2016 and is now well into
its commissioning. IMAT will undergo further commissioning work testing additional shielding
and a new high-end neutron imaging camera.
Zoom is a small angle instrument which complements the existing SANS2D instrument by exploiting neutron polarisation techniques and is part of the Phase II Project. Zoom, which is co-funded by the Indian Department of Science and Technology's Nanomission project, has entered its commissioning phase and will enter the user programme in Autumn 2018.
ChipIR is an innovative instrument to provide rapid testing of the effect of atmospheric
neutrons on the microelectronics that society relies upon. ChipIR is one of the four
instruments in the Phase II Project. ChipIR has now commenced its commercial testing
programme for a range of microelectronics with applications in several industrial sectors.