Europe starting work on world’s brightest neutron beam

Published in Horizon, 28 Mar 2014

Europe is starting work on the world’s brightest generator of neutron beams so scientists can peer deep into the hearts of molecules.

Engineers are making final preparations to start building the EUR 1.84 billion European Spallation Source (ESS), in the southern Swedish city of Lund, which will enable scientists to make 3D maps of molecules to understand proteins and complex materials.

Construction work is due to start in the summer on the facility, which will be 30 times brighter than current neutron sources. That’s the difference between candlelight and the flash of a camera. […]

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