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

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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Beam Hall Complete at McMaster Nuclear Reactor

McMaster celebrated the completion of the beam hall for the small-angle neutron scattering (...

Developing transferrable skills through the exploration of quantum magnetic materials

Access to neutron beams enables graduate students to conduct experiments in quantum magnetis...

Office of the Minister of Science meets with researchers who use neutron beams

The Office of the Minister of Science received a delegation of Canadian researchers in suppo...

Transferrable skills: Materials research fosters analytical skills that reach well beyond the laboratory

By studying soft and biological materials with sophisticated tools like neutron beams, gradu...

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The Future of Neutron Scattering in Canada

The Future of Neutron Scattering in Canada

We envision a new world-class neutron source that will surpass the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor, which is planned to be permanently shut down in 2018.

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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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