Hungary: Our partner - MTA EK
The Centre for Energy Research (EK) in Budapest, Hungary is part of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) research network and was established in 2012. It consists of several science institutes. The Centre also runs the Budapest Neutron Centre (BNC) which operates the Budapest Research Reactor (BRR) in conjunction with the Wigner Research Centre for Physics.
The Budapest Neutron Centre (BNC) was formed in 1997 as a consortium of three academic research institutes. The Research Reactor itself, however, has been around since 1959, although it has been upgraded several times over the years from 2MW to 10MW. It currently runs 15 experimental stations including Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS), Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis (PGAA) and Powder Diffraction (PSD).
MTA EK are contributing to SINE2020 in three different work packages:
- e-learning and Schools
BNC runs the Central European Training School on Neutron Scattering (CETS), organized by Dr. Adél Len, and has taken on the role of co-ordination and reporting on Introductory Schools supported by SINE2020.
- Industry Consultancy
As one of the large scale facilities (LSFs) involved in SINE2020, the BRR is contributing to the Outreach tasks in the Industry work package, for example by performing measurements and handling the data for the free feasibility studies offered to industrial companies.
A neutron centre with experience on simulation (using Vitess and MCNP) and Spin Echo techniques means that MTA EK is well-placed to help with various tasks in the E-tools work package. They are assisting with the shielding tasks too.