Neutron Science - Record cold
Just a few months after the Spallation Neutron Source announced a new world's record for beam power, its sister neutron facility at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory—the High Flux Isotope Reactor—can boast a record of its own. HFIR's new cold source is producing more cold neutrons than expected and probably exceeds the current top reactor-based cold source. Cold neutrons, which are chilled with liquid hydrogen, are best suited for analyzing the molecular structures of soft materials such as polymers and biological tissues. HFIR's success means a world-class reactor-based cold neutron source will be available to researchers in the United States.
December 10, 2007