Neutron beams provide unique information about materials, and cannot be replaced by other research techniques. In our membership survey, scientists and engineers who use neutron beam facilities all rated these facilities as important. They describe the barriers they face in using neutron beams as lack of operational support and difficulty in obtaining beam time in the face of high demand for these scarce resources. Continue reading Membership Survey Results
The Canadian Neutron Initiative (CNI) went public today with an op-ed article in Post-Media papers. Karen Chad and Rob Baker, VP’s of Research for the University of Saskatchewan and McMaster University, respectively, called for Canada to “plan ahead to retain our Canadian program and capacity for materials research with neutron beams” following the expected closure of the NRU reactor in 2018. The closure of our neutron source is in contrast to what the Canadian Minister of Science and the Governor General saw during their state visit to Sweden last week Continue reading Canadian Neutron Initiative Goes Public
The prize-winning study demonstrated the power of neutron beams to provide useful insights into the performance of aluminum alloys at high temperatures that vehicle engines and other powertrain components often experience. Continue reading Canadian research team wins award for study of aluminum
Construction of a beam hall that will house the McMaster Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (MacSANS) beamline began on October 14, 2016.
Continue reading Groundbreaking for SANS beamline at McMaster Nuclear Reactor
The Neutron Scattering Society of America announced its 2016 NSSA Fellows, including Dr. John H. Root, Director of the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre Continue reading NSSA Inducts John Root as Fellow
The updated long-range plan for neutron scattering in Canada is now available. The centrepiece of the plan is the Canadian Neutron Centre (CNC) which is envisioned to be a world-class neutron source with associated laboratories and infrastructure. Continue reading Long-Range Plan for Neutron Scattering in Canada
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Arthur McDonald (pictured) and Takaaki Kajita for their discoveries of neutrino oscillations and neutrino mass. Dr. MacDonald performed much of his prize work at Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, and began his work at Chalk River Laboratories. Continue reading Investments in Canadian labs win Nobel Prizes
On Friday, the Government of Canada announced that Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) will operate the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor until March 31, 2018, subject to relicensing. “At the conclusion of this period, the reactor will be placed in a state of storage with surveillance until decommissioning,” said Bob Walker, President and CEO of CNL.
Continue reading The NRU Reactor Will Shutdown in 2018