The ESS Instrument Data group at the Data Management and Software Centre is developing the Mantid Open Source Project together with STFC’s ISIS...
The European Spallation Source
The European Spallation Source (ESS) is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), a multi-disciplinary research facility based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. The unique capabilities of this new facility will both greatly exceed and complement those of today's leading neutron sources, enabling new opportunities for researchers across the spectrum of scientific discovery, including life sciences, energy, environmental technology, cultural heritage and fundamental physics.
Model of the future ESS. Click to enlarge. PHOTO: ESS
Advanced research requires advanced tools. Improved visualization techniques enable researchers to observe our world and universe better. From the very large to the very small, when science moves forward, it is often due to breakthrough improvements in the tools available for scientific experiments.
The Hubble Telescope, Voyager 2, and the Very Large Array allow us to directly and indirectly investigate the distant places and hidden elements of our universe. In the same way, a neutron source and its instruments enable scientists to see and understand basic atomic structures and forces. It can be compared with a giant microscope for the study of different materials – from plastics and pharmaceuticals, to engines, protiens, molecules and nanotechnology. ESS is a significant step forward in the science of everyday life.
The European Spallation Source is one of the largest science and technology infrastructure projects being built today. The facility design and construction includes the most powerful linear proton accelerator ever built, a four-tonne, helium-cooled tungsten target wheel, two dozen state-of-the-art neutron instruments, a suite of laboratories, and a supercomputing data management and software development center. In the context of its history and future as a scientific organisation, however, it is more than the sum of its parts. It is a brand new organisation, built from the ground up.
Europe’s need for an advanced, high-power neutron spallation source was articulated 20 years ago. The European Spallation Source is a pan-European project with 15 European nations as members and Sweden and Denmark as host nations. The ESS facility is being built in Lund, while the ESS Data Management and Software Centre (DMSC) is located in Copenhagen. Around two to three thousand guest researchers will carry out experiments at ESS each year. Most of the users will be based at European universities and institutes, others within industry.
The construction of the facility began in the summer of 2014, and the planning for the ESS user programme is ongoing. Scientists and engineers from more than 100 partner laboratories are working on updating and optimising the advanced technical design of the ESS facility, and at the same time are exploring how to maximise the potential of the facility. These partner laboratories, universities and research institutes are also contributing human resources, knowledge, equipment, and financial suport through In-Kind Contributions that will comprise up to 40 percent of the construction budget.
The German postdoc is working with researchers at the MAX IV Laboratory and Lund University to develop a new method for probing protein structures using X-rays and neutrons. The expanding field of...
The European Spallation Source will be the first spallation neutron facility to operate a low-dimensional moderator as part of its target systems. Hungary's Wigner Research Centre at BNC is building...
Continuing cooperation between the European Spallation Source and Japan’s world-leading spallation source benefits both facilities and neutron science around the world.
The rigorous four-part licensing process of ESS has cleared the second milestone, allowing for the installation of technical components in the Accelerator, Target and Gallery buildings to advance.
“This is indeed a very encouraging approach to overcome one of the great challenges faced by pharmaceutical technology, namely being able to predict the release profiles of complexed drugs.”
Neutron experts from Sweden and Germany gathered in Lund to discuss the future perspectives for the Röntgen-Ångström Cluster.
The Memorandum of Understanding will bring cooperation on instrument and software development between what has long been the world’s leading neutron science facility, ILL, and ESS, the future global...
The ESS Council voted for continuity as the project reaches its peak, re-electing the current Chair and choosing a leading European research expert as Vice-Chair. As the project reaches one-third...
On 19 June 2017 journalists from well-known media outlets in Spain visited the European Spallation Source in Lund.
The European Spallation Source and MAX IV Laboratory signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding today that will underpin short- and long-term cooperation between the two neighbours.