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Spallation Neutron Source returns to action


The Spallation Neutron Source, after rocky times this fall due to back-to-back target vessel failures and a two-week shutdown during the holidays, is up and running again, and there are plans to keep it in a production mode through the end of May to make up for lost ground.

Operations manager Kevin Jones said the SNS resumed operations for research users at about 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

"SNS is operating at the planned power level of 850 kW to preserve target lifetime until a second spare target is available," Jones said in an email message.

"All user program instruments are taking beam for experiments and we look forward to a productive long run through May 30, 2013," he said. "During the two week shutdown we successfully completed a complex power outage for the SNS Target Building and part of the Center for Nanophase Material Sciences to tie in the utility services for the new Chestnut Ridge Maintenance Facility that is under construction."

Knoxville New Sentinel

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