NSSA Inducts John Root as Fellow
April 4, 2016
The Neutron Scattering Society of America announced its 2016 NSSA Fellows, including
Dr. John H. Root, Director of the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre at Chalk River Laboratories.
“For considerable leadership in the Canadian neutron scattering community.”
NSSA 2016 Fellows
Long-Range Plan for Neutron Scattering
April 1, 2016
The updated long-range plan for neutron scattering in Canada is now available.
The centrepiece of the plan is the Canadian
Neutron Centre (CNC) which is envisioned to be a world-class neutron source
with associated laboratories and infrastructure. If built, the CNC
will surpass the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor —
planned to be permanently shut down in 2018 — in the production
of neutrons for materials research. In addition,
the CNC could potentially continue the NRU reactor’s
functions in nuclear energy research or the production of
isotopes for industry and medicine.
Planning to 2050 for Materials Research with Neutron Beams in Canada (24 Mb file)
Investments in Canadian labs win Nobel Prizes
October 6, 2015
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Arthur McDonald and Takaaki Kajita for their discoveries of neutrino oscillations and neutrino mass.
Dr. MacDonald performed much of his prize work at Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, and began his work at Chalk River Laboratories.
Chris Wiebe, CINS President, writes in the Globe and Mail:
"We, as Canadians, should be proud of his accomplishments, which were made possible only
with key investments in national laboratories. Canada has a proud tradition of supporting such
large science initiatives, which have paid off in not only Nobel Prizes, but also in the
advancement of knowledge and the development of new technologies."
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Using neutrons to understand magnetic nano-structures will enable further advancement of computer memory.
Using neutrons to analyze polymer nano-coatings on implanted heart valves will minimize the chance of post-operative stroke or death.
Using neutrons to measure stresses in railroad tracks will help to prevent train derailments.