Services for Advanced Neutron Environments

ILL is an institutional member of the International Society for Sample Environment with 19 other facilities and 12 companies.

Sample Environment Joint Research Activity

With more than 50 colleagues from European facilities, we are developing novel equipment to ensure innovative, successful and cost-efficient use of beam time at existing and future large scale facilities.

This Joint Research Activity is supported by the European Commission through the SINE2020 project (World class Science and Innovation with Neutrons in Europe 2020).

ILL is a corporate member of the Cryogenics Society of Europe.

17 Tesla on SANS

The horizontal field 17T cryomagnet funded by EPSRC and owned by T. ForganA. Holmes and E. Blackburn is available on D11D22 and D33. It provides a +/-11° scattering angle through sapphire windows and allows the sample in the vacuum to be cooled down to 1.6K. The sample can also be used at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. This magnet is available to users in collaboration with the owners listed above.

Recycling Helium

ILL's commitment to the environment spans decades.

Since 1972, we have delivered more than 2.762.000 litres of liquid He, recycled 88.2% of He and saved more than 16.4 M€. 

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40 Tesla down to 2 K

You can now perform experiments at 40 Tesla down to 2 K. The pulsed field magnet, financed by the Agence National de la Recherche, is now made available to anyone on IN22. In the coming years, it will be also available on XtremeD.

Designed and built by the LNCMI-Toulouse, the coil produces a horizontal field up to 40 T with the 1.15 MJ transportable pulsed field power supply. The coil is installed inside a cryostat developed by the ILL. As for counting times, a few to 12 hours arenecessary to measure the field evolution of a Bragg peak.

Cryocradle in Cryopad

Plan to carry out spherical polarimetry experiments on D3 with Cryopad? Request our non-magnetic Eulerian cradle cooled down to 3.2K so that you won't need to re-align your sample…

Easy crystal alignment in cryostats/magnets

We have developed a Goniostick for cryostats and cryomagnets based on the idea of Berneron et al. (D7 in the early 80s). This non-magnetic goniometer fits inside Ø38 bore cryostats and provides ±7° sample tilt with 0.02° resolution (0.14° backlash managed by control software). It can be controlled manually with micrometer screws or remotely with NOMAD. You are now invited to request it when submitting your proposals (available with Cryopad, the 10T magnets for TAS and TOF instruments and the 4T horizontal field magnet).

Vertical high-field on IN5 in 2019

Since the upgrade of the ToF spectrometer IN5 with reliable position sensitive detectors, the demand for single crystal experiments combined with magnetic fields has increased dramatically as it allows an unprecedented exploration of the field effects on the dynamics through the entire reciprocal space.

To allow our neutron scattering community to tackle fundamental questions, we have decided to acquire a high-field magnet providing 90° horizontal access and ±15° vertical access. The commissioning of this magnet is planned this year.

Dilution Fridge Insensitive to Gravity

We have upgraded the 120 mK dilution refrigerator mounted in the cradle of D10 with a 3He distiller and a new control rack. This very special dilution fridge is now operated very reliably in closed loop to preserve 3He.

Order Liquid Helium

Please, order your helium at least 48 hours in advance so that we can satisfy your needs.


Out of hours support is provided in cryogenics during operating cycles. Local contacts, please call 66850 to reach our experts. 

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In trouble with an Orange cryostat ? Have a look at our Trouble Shooting Guide...

Book Equipment

The use of our equipment is organised in shared calendars. You can check your bookings, look for availabilities and submit booking requests.

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Safety & Magnets

Please be careful in the vicinity of cryomagnets! The mechanical limits must always be installed and checked before starting an experiment. 

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