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Neutrons for Science (NFS) at SPIRAL2

13 - 14 December, 2004 - GANIL, France

The accelerator and experimental facilities at GANIL (Caen, France) will be transformed over the next 5-10 years. At the heart of the new project, called SPIRAL-2, will be a new superconducting linear accelerator, which will act as a driver accelerator providing with deuterons of 40 MeV energy (5mA; 200kW). With this primary beam a huge number of neutrons (~1015 n/s) will be produced on a rotating carbon converter in the energy range between 1 keV and 40 MeV. As initially projected, intense high quality beams of neutron-rich nuclei, created in neutron-induced fission of the depleted uranium, will become available at SPIRAL-2. The facility is expected to be operational in 2009.

The main goal of this workshop is to examine the possibility of using a linear deuteron accelerator in combination with the rotating target-converter for other purposes, namely,

  • material irradiations with high-energy high-intensity neutron fluxes, and
  • time-of-flight (ToF) measurements with pulsed neutron beams.

In addition, this workshop is intended

  • to publicise the new facilities;
  • to discuss and define the science which might be carried out with them;
  • to discuss the instrumentation and infrastructure required to exploit the new facilities;
  • to form collaborations of scientists wishing to design and to construct the equipment needed to undertake the scientific programme.

This meeting also aims at the formation of working group that will then write letters of intent on neutron physics experiments one is willing to carry out at SPIRAL-2. These letters of intent will become an integral part of the SPIRAL-2 white paper to be prepared in the beginning of 2005. In this context we would like to invite the participants to present possible experiments with SPIRAL-2 neutrons in one of the following topics:

  • Neutron physics & nuclear data
  • Nuclear astrophysics
  • Material irradiations & material analysis
  • Energy applications & radioactive waste
  • Nuclear biology & medicine
  • Radioprotection & safety
  • Safeguards & security
  • Other related topics
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