Inside SINE2020

October 2017: e-newsletter 8

Dear colleagues,

My name is Anke Görg, as you may have heard, I am the new information manager of the SINE2020 team. Finally we are able to continue the great work of Inês Crespo, promoting SINE2020 and news from the world of neutrons.

The 8th edition of our Inside SINE2020 newsletter, after the summer break, will bring you the following news:

News of SINE2020:

  • New information manager
  • 1st interim payment after the successful mid-term review
  • 1st deliverable in WP10: Standard and Guidelines for data treatment software
  • WP4 organises the SYNERGI2018 event in Amsterdam
  • SINE2020 – a project dedicated to Education and Training

From the world of neutrons:

  • The latest neutron news
  • Job vacancies

Enjoy your reading!

Best regards,
The SINE2020 Coordination Team

SINE2020: Project News

New information manager

I would like to introduce myself to you as the new information manager of the SINE2020 project. My name is Anke Görg, as you may have heard, I am the successor of Inês Crespo and also based at the FRM II in Garching, Germany. For the last two years I have worked in strategic marketing, another four years, as a project manager specialized in marketing and (live-) communications, I was in charge of international clients from various sectors of industry such as automotive, logistics, pharmaceutical, real estate and maintenance.
Now finally it's science and especially my favorite: PHYSICS!

1st interim payment after the successful mid-term review

SINE2020 Project has delivered exceptional results with significant immediate or potential impact. The objectives and milestones of the project for the period to date have been fully achieved. For example, the impact of WP7 has been significant. Not only have the improvements in cryostat and furnace design enabled more efficient use of neutron beam time by reducing time spent cooling and heating samples and equipment, but also the transfer of these technology improvements has been transferred to a commercial company with worldwide sales. Or under WP9, the study of new detector technologies has enabled the development of cost effective detectors with high resolution and a high count rate capability.

Congrats on this achievement, let's keep it up!

SINE2020: Scientific Highlights

1st deliverable in WP10: Standard and Guidelines for data treatment software

In April 2017 was held the Workshop II at the ILL. The focus of the workshop was the first deliverable on Standard & Guidelines. This document aims to provide guidelines for how to write new and modify existing neutron data treatment software. Despite this rather technical topic, the number of participants exceeded the anticipations with 61 participants and with many external and potentials users. The development of Standard & Guidelines for development of data treatment software was presented and discussed at the workshop in plenum. There were sessions for imaging, SANS, reflectometry, Mantid for continuous sources + QENS, and simulations.

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SINE2020: Industry

WP4 organises the SYNERGI2018 event in Amsterdam

SYNERGI2018 will demystify analytical Research Infrastructures (RIs) for industry in the field of engineering, energy- and micro technology. Learn how RIs are already working with a wide range of businesses and build with us a future vision of how RIs could be better integrated into the regional and European innovation processes.

Detailed information and registration form are now available!

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SINE2020: Education & Training

SINE2020 – a project dedicated to Education and Training

Call for proposals – Organization of Neutron and Muon Introductory or Advanced Schools.
Education and Training within the SINE2020 networking activities has the mission of enhancing the preparation for new generations of future users of European neutron and muon facilities. The second call for the second half of the SINE2020 project is launched now, and refers to the period of 1 January 2018 – 30 September 2019.
Deadline for submission: 1 November 2017.

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From the world of neutrons:

New chairmen of the KFN

Astrid Schneidewind and Markus Braden new chairmen of the KFN. In May / June the neutron users in Germany elected their representatives, the 11th committee Forschung mit Neutronen (KFN). From a total of 15 election candidates Astrid Schneidewind (FZ Jülich) is the new KFN chairman and Markus Braden (University of Cologne) is the new deputy chairman.

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First neutrons for Chinese spallation source

The $330m China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) has produced its first neutrons. As the world's fourth pulsed spallation neutron source, CSNS has a wide range of applications in research areas like materials science, life sciences, physics, chemical industry, new energy. According to the schedule, the CSNS project will be fully completed and open to the domestic and international users by 2018.

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Gathering mushrooms for science

Elemental analysis of Morchella esculenta at the MLZ: Mushroom pickers never reveal their places of discovery and neither for Dr. Matthias Rossbach. Instead, they have sent him the dried mushrooms they collected in Bavaria, Lower Saxony and Brandenburg, for scientific research. Like almost all of the edible fungi, it is considered to be healthy because of its high mineral content and is even used medically to inhibit tumor growth, as an antioxidant, and to stimulate the immune system. But since Chernobyl both mushrooms and game are rarely, or not at all, to find on a German menu.

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Neutrons provide a novel picture of thermal conductivity in complex materials

Neutron experiments conducted by the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) and CNRS researchers provide a direct quantitative measurement of phonon lifetimes in a clathrate, providing a novel picture of thermal conductivity in complex materials. This study has highlighted the importance of neutron techniques in overcoming the challenging task of accessing and therefore successfully measuring phonon lifetimes.

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Unveiling the invisible

High-precision laboratory experiments with neutrons and atoms are converging to a verdict on 'chameleon fields' as a possible explanation of dark energy. In 2011, Brax and Pignol discovered that chameleon theories could nevertheless be tested by means of tabletop experiments. They suggested using quantum states of ultracold neutrons (UCNs) in the Earth's gravitational field. UCNs move very slowly, with velocities of a few metres per second. They are produced in sources like the PF2 neutron turbine at the Institut Laue–Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France.

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Film about the production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99)

Worldwide, more than 30 million medical examinations are conducted annually with the radioactive substance technetium-99m. The mother isotope molybdenum-99 can only be produced in research neutron sources. A new film shows the status of the upgrading at the FRM II (MLZ) in Garching, Germany towards the production of molybdenum-99.

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Job vacancies

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship – characterisation of ordered surface assemblies of nanomagnets – University of Auckland
  • Nuclear Safety Analyst – Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
  • Shull Fellowship – Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
  • Research Software Engineer – Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS)
  • Neutron Sciences User and Outreach Program Group Leader – Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Scientist in the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging (Useroffice (PSI))
  • Three post.doc. positions in neutron imaging and diffraction (Sören Schmidt)

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New on SINE2020 Calendar

October 2017

18. October 2017 – 19. October 2017
Rendez-vous Carnot

18. October 2017 – 30. October 2017
SEPAWA Congress

22. October 2017
GeCatS Infoday Synchrotron Radiation and Neutrons for Catalysis, Materials Research and Development

25. October 2017 – 26. October 2017

November 2017

13. November 2017 – 16. November 2017
EFFoST – Food Science and Technology conference

23. November 2017 – 24. November 2017
4th Workshop Energy for Sustainable Science at Research Infrastructures

March 2018

08. March 2018 – 09. March 2018

June 2018

11. June 2018 – 15. June 2018
European Conference on Non-Destructive Testing

New on Calendar

November 2017

07. November 2017 – 08. November 2017
Neutrons Matter VII International Workshop on Electron-volt Neutron Spectroscopy

16. November 2017 – 20. November 2017
The 9th AONSA/The 2nd Neutron and Muon School

29. November 2017 – 01. December 2017
6th Design and Engineering of Neutron Instruments meeting

February 2018

26. February 2018 – 09. March 2018
49th IFF Spring School

March 2018

01. March 2018 – 09. March 2018
38th Berlin School on Neutron Scattering

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This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654000.