The department utilizes neutron beams from the JEEP II reactor to explore materials and their potentials in a growing number of applications, such as hydrogen uptake in metals for energy storage, superconductors, liquid crystals, polymers, complex molecular structures, and magnetic behaviour.
The use of neutrons is often the only way to see what happens inside such materials because of neutrons penetrating power and their sensitivity to magnetic atoms. In addition, neutrons are also more sensitive than X-rays to light elements such as hydrogen and carbon, which make them uniquely useful for studying hydrocarbons and biological materials. Instead of developing new materials "by guess or good luck", neutrons may therefore be a crucial tool to design new materials with preferred properties.
At the JEEP II reactor, a series of advanced neutron diffractometers and spectrometers are tailormade to explore the various materials properties. The activity constitutes a national laboratory for basic materials research and technology. The department has a broad collaboration with Norwegian universities and industries, and with several foreign universities and research institutes. Training of students is offered every year through a national intensive course in neutron scattering and its interpretation.
Events February 2016
Every Wednesday Teaching, UNIK, Kjeller (Norway): Hauback/Helgesen
11 January - 4 March Secondment, Univ. of Birmingham (UK): Heere
4 February ENSA meeting, Brussel (Belgium): Knudsen
1-5 February Spark Plasma Sintering Ljubljana (Slovenia): Echevarria Bonet
15-18 February IKON10. Dusseldorf (Germany): Frommen, Llamas, Riktor
18 February ESS In-kind meeting, Kastrup (Denmark): Hauback
19 February Sector meeting NFS, Halden (Norway): Everyone !
19-26 February 10 Int.Symp.Hydrogen & Energy (Japan): Hauback, Deledda
Department seminar, Storaas Gjestgiveri, June 2015