The Joint Research Centre has as one of its key objectives in FP6, the full opening of its infrastructure to European scientists and industry. The Reference Laboratory for Neutron Measurements of the IRMM (Geel, Belgium) is equipped with a unique scientific infrastructure of European relevance. Therefore it is ideally suited to fulfil this objective. The research infrastructure is centred around two accelerator facilities: GELINA is a 150 MeV electron accelerator serving as strong white neutron source for high-resolution neutron time-of-flight measurements.
The facility covers the energy range from thermal to 15 MeV, has unsurpassed time resolution of less than 1 ns FWHM and serves an array of flight paths up to 400 m long on which as many as 12experiments can be carried out simultaneously. The 7 MV van de Graaff facility is an electrostatic accelerator for the production of continuous and pulsed proton-,deuteron- and helium ion beams. Six beam lines and experimental set-ups are attached to the accelerator. Quasimono-energetic neutrons in the energy region 0-24 MeV are produced by using lithium, deuterium or tritium targets. Both facilities are typically operated on a 3000 to 4000 hours per year basis. We have already a longstanding tradition of international collaborations with access to our facilities for researchers from the EU, the Associated States and abroad.
Within the framework of the Euratom Transnational Access programme, we have the intention to increase the available beam time offered to outside users. Any type of experiment in the areas of radioactive waste management, radiation protection and other activities in the field of nuclear technologies and safety can be proposed provided our experimental infrastructure can offer a significant added value to the project. Selection will be based on peer review.
Field of science
- /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/nuclear engineering/nuclear waste management
- /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management
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