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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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4 Mar
CINS applauds the CFI award for the McMaster-led national project, “Building a Future for Canadian Neutron Scattering”

The Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering (CINS) is thrilled for the neutron beam commu...

22 Feb
Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering Planning Workshop

The Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering will be holding a virtual Planning Workshop Ma...

Inaugural Seminar

CINS is thrilled to announce the first set of seminars in our monthly s...

21 Jan
“An Emerging National Neutron Strategy in Canada”

McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) (Photo by McMaster University)

On December 15 and 16, 20...

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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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