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"7th High Brilliance Neutron Source" Workshop and "ELENA Focal Area Meetings"


29.09.2021

From 21-24 September 2021, the seventh international workshop on High Brilliance Neutron Sources based on a compact accelerator system took place as virtual conference organized by the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS). Again due to the still ongoing pandemic situation the workshop was a virtual meeting instead of being held at its traditional place in the small village of Unkel on the banks of the river Rhine. In addition, the original two-day workshop was expanded by two extra days to host the “Focal Area Meetings” of the ELENA association.  

HBS Workshop 2021Screenshot taken during the online workshop.
Copyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich

More than 30 presentations from colleagues from Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Spain and Russia filled the workshop with a broad set of presentations, truly international and covering time zones from Asia to North America. On average more than 45 participants followed the presentations on all four days. They were welcomed by Prof. Thomas Brückel, director of JCNS, on the first day. In the ELENA Focal Area Meetings a distinct number of presentations in the field of accelerators, moderator systems, neutron target and neutron instrumentation were presented. They all raised intense discussions in the chat system and made the meetings a lively event.

The workshop started with short summaries on the Focal Area Meetings before a series of comprehensive reports on recent work and status of projects for compact accelerator-based neutron sources (CANS) in Europe, Canada and Japan were given. In the last session of the workshop, Robert McGreevy (ISIS), chair of the “League of Advanced Neutron Sources” (LENS) reported on recent activities and the European Association as well as the relevance of CANS to the future landscape of neutron sources in Europe. Thomas Brückel (JCNS), chair of the “European Low Energy accelerator-based Neutron facilities Association” (ELENA) gave an update of recent activities and future plans. The workshop came to end with a presentation by Ian Swainson (IAEA) on the topic of CANS from the view point of the IAEA.

The next HBS Workshop will be held, hopefully in the well-known format, once more at the Rheinhotel Schulz in Unkel, Germany, in September 2022.

Further information on the HBS 2021 Workshop