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Canadian Neutron Initiative

The CNI is a pan-Canadian effort in a response to the imminent loss of an irreplaceable tool – neutron beams – essential to Canada’s clean economy, security and health goals, beginning in March 2018. The CNI proposes a pragmatic, cost-effective solution to this urgent public policy challenge, aiming to sustain access for Canadians to an irreplaceable critical scientific tool, today and tomorrow. It proposes to establish a new framework for stewardship of Canada’s capability for research with neutron beams.

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New user facilities at McMaster University provide access to neutron beams for materials research and education

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Highlights from the CINS meeting in Windsor

Science talks showing the range of research applications of neutron beams, from Alzheimer...

New report finds high scientific impact from Canadian research using neutron beams

“Having access to national shared resources for materials research, including neutron beams,...

Save the Date: CINS Annual Meeting

The 2018 CINS Annual General Meeting will take place at the University of Windsor, from Frid...

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The Future of Neutron Scattering in Canada

The Future of Neutron Scattering in Canada

With the shutdown of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor in 2018, planning is needed to secure access to neutron beams at foreign facilities and to rebuild our domestic capabilties.

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What makes neutrons irreplaceable?

What makes neutrons irreplaceable?

Researchers use a suite of tools to study materials. The knowledge generated using neutrons is complementary to, and cannot be replaced by, any other tool.

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How Does A Neutron Beam Facility Work?

How Does A Neutron Beam Facility Work?

Neutron beamlines direct neutrons onto a material being studied under controlled conditions and detects how the neutron beams change as a result.

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Impacts today and tomorrow

Impacts today and tomorrow

Materials research using neutron beams makes impact, whether its helping to convert cars to clean fuels, generating knowledge for better health, or leading to tomorrow's discoveries.

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