Science at ILL

Neutrons are unique as probes into matter; they can reveal what other techniques cannot see. They therefore provide a powerful tool for investigating the natural world and have long played a role at the forefront of modern scientific research.

As particularly ingenious techniques and precise instrumentation has developed over the years neutron experiments have explored an ever-expanding range of complex scientific problems. Neutrons today provide answers to many questions in science, from the evolution of the Universe to the mechansims underlying complex natural phenomena.

The ILL has been performing experiments at the cutting edge of research for more than 40 years now, in fields as varied as molecular biology, chemistry, fundamental physics, materials science and the environment.

The examples of science in these pages give a flavour of what can be done with neutrons, in condensed matter and nuclear and particle physics. Many other examples can be found in our recent press releases, or in the many brochures available.