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World Directory of SANS Instruments

The instruments of the Large Scale Structures (LSS) group of the Institut Laue-Langevin are all dedicated to measuring structures on the scale of 1 to several 100 of nanometers. A vast range of science is covered: from magnetism to polymers and colloids to biological structure, in solution, in the solid state or in very thin films.

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World Directory of SANS Instruments

World Directory of SANS Instruments available for outside users

Founded by Konrad IBEL (1938 - 2017)

Konrad IBEL passed away on 03-Nov-2017 in Munich. He joined the ILL in 1970 and constructed the SANS instrument D11. Konrad left the ILL in 1994. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

Maintained by Roland MAY

Since 2007 maintained by Ralf SCHWEINS
E-mail: schweins(at)

Institut Laue - Langevin,
71 Avenue des Martyrs, CS 20 156, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9, France
Phone +33 4 7620-7091 Fax: -7120


Special thanks go to Adrian Rennie for his help on getting updated information!



Lucas Heights (updated: February 23rd, 2017)



The Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights, NSW 2234, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9717 7276, Fax: +612 9717 3606.


·  Elliot Gilbert (instrument QUOKKA)
Phone: +61 2 9717 9470
Email: elliot.gilbert(at)

·  Katy Wood (instrument QUOKKA)
Phone: +61 2 9717 7100
Email: kathleen.wood(at)

·  Chris Garvey (instrument QUOKKA)
Phone: +61 2 9717 9328
Email: chris.garvey(at)

·  Jitendra Mata (instrument QUOKKA)
Phone: +61 2 9717 7221
Email: jitendra.mata(at)

·  Chun-Ming (Charlie) Wu (instrument QUOKKA and BILBY)
Phone: +61 2 9717 7213
Email: chun-ming.wu(at)

·  Anna Sokolova (instrument BILBY)
Phone: +61 2 9717 7288
Email: anna.sokolova(at)

·  Andrew Whitten (instrument BILBY)
Phone: +61 2 9717 3582
Email: andrew.whitten(at)

·  Liliana De Campo (instrument BILBY and KOOKABURRA)
Phone: +61 2 9717 7339
Email: liliana.decampo(at)

·  Christine Rehm (instrument KOOKABURRA)
Phone: +61 2 9717 9649
Email: christine.rehm(at)

Deadlines for the submission of proposals: 2 rounds, one in March and one in September each year

The Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering at ANSTO operates two pinhole SANS instruments and a Bonse-Hart USANS instrument. Cold neutrons are produced from the 20MW OPAL reactor with a liquid deuterium moderator.

·  QUOKKA is a monochromatic instrument equipped with a neutron beam polariser and focusing lens optics.

·  BILBY is a ToF instrument (very similar to the D33 instrument at ILL) giving access to a wide Q-range and the ability to readily tune the wavelength resolution (the instrument can also be operated in a monochromatic mode if required).

·  KOOKABURRA is a monochromatic USANS instrument and extends the range of experimentally measurable length scales currently accessible on the pinhole instruments by between one and two orders of magnitude into the micrometre regime.

For all other questions regarding use of the experimental neutron beam facilities, please contact

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National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia
(updated: January 22nd, 2007)

Neutron Scattering Laboratory
Gedung 40 Kawasan Puspiptek Serpong, Tangerang 15314, Indonesia,
Tel. +62 21 7566727, Fax. +62 21 7560926.


The G. A. Siwabessy research reactor is a light-water open-pool type reactor that uses materials testing reactor (MTR) type fuel element of U3Si2Al MTR with U-235 low enrichment (19.75%). The reactor, whose nominal thermal power is 30 MW, will have a thermal neutron flux as high as 2.5 x 1014 n cm2 sec-1 at the center irradiation position in the core. The 36 meter BATAN SANS spectrometer (SMARTer) is installed at the end of a 49-meter long neutron guide and situated in the neutron guide hall. The neutron beam is monochromatized by a mechanical velocity selector with 11 ? 19 % wavelength resolution, the incident neutron wavelength is 2.74 - 5.66 Å. The 2-dimensional position sensitive detector has a sensitive area of 60 x 60 cm2 that is divided into 128 x 128 detection elements. SMARTer covers the Q -range of 0.002 < Q-1) < 0.6. A detailed instrument description including measured samples is available in the SMARTer web page.

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Berlin (updated: September 08th, 2009)

In January 2009 HMI and BESSY have merged to form the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien and Energie (HZB). The HZB operates two large scale research facilities: the reactor BER II on the Lise-Meitner-Campus in Berlin-Wannsee (user office HZB-Neutrons) and the third generation synchrotron source BESSY II on the Wilhelm-Conrad-Röntgen-Campus in Berlin-Adlershof (user office HZB-Photons).

       Glienicker Str. 100,
       D-14109 Berlin-Wannsee

  • Uwe Keiderling (Instrument: V4-SANS)
    Phone: +49 30 8062 2339
    Email: keiderling(at)
  • Vasyl Ryukhtin (Instrument: V4-SANS)
    Phone: +49 30 8062 3099
    Email: vasyl.ryukhtin(at)
  • Astrid Brandt (Instrument: V4-SANS)
    Phone: +49 30 8062 2169
    Email: brandt(at)

  • Wolfgang Treimer (Beuth Hochschule Berlin; Instrument: V12a-USANS)
    Phone: +49 30 8062 2221
    Email: Treimer(at)

  • Daniel Clemens (Instrument: V16-VSANS)
    Phone: +49 30 8062 2280
    Email: clemens(at)
  • Karsten Vogtt (Instrument: V16-VSANS)
    Phone: +49 30 8062 3022
    Email: karsten.vogtt(at)

Deadlines for the submission of proposals: 1 March and 1 September

The 10 MW reactor BER II supplies a thermal neutron flux of 1.2 x 1014cm-2s-1; it is equipped with a cold source. Instrument V4-SANS (0.001 < Q/Å-1 < 0.85) with multidetector of 4K elements of 10 mm x 10 mm cross section and up to 16 m secondary flight path. Double Crystal Diffractometer V12a-USANS (0.00003 < Q/Å-1 < 0.02) with an asymmetric Si crystal in the (111) Bragg reflection as monochromator and an elastically bent asymmetrically cut Si crystal in the (111) Bragg reflection as analyzer; the scattering diagram is recorded as a whole by a two-dimensional position sensitive detector. Instrument V16-VSANS (0.0001 < Q/Å-1 < 0.85; under commissioning) is equipped with a detector  made of 112 PSD tubes of 1m height giving pixels of about 10x10 mm2 on 1 m2. A low-q mode runs with multi-pinhole collimation and a 30x33 cm2 area detector (2x3 mm pixels).

The experimental program is dedicated preferentially to fundamental and applied Materials Science, Magnetism and Soft Condensed Matter research. Polarised neutrons are available on V4-SANS1. Up to 70% of the beam time is available for external users.

Applications for access to the HZB facilities (neutrons and photons) should be made by using the General Access Tool GATE which provides web applications to submit proposals, experimental reports, publications etc. For more information please contact the user office HZB-Neutrons, Phone: +49 30 8062 2304 or +49 30 8062 2778, Fax: +49 30 8062 2523, Email: neutrons(at)

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Budapest Neutron Centre,
Research Institute for Solid State Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest, Hungary

[updated 09 September 2008 ]

Proposal deadlines: end of May and end of October.

The 10 MW Budapest Research Reactor, equipped with a liquid H2 cold source, supplies a neutron flux at the sample position of 5 x 105 cm-2s -1 (λ = 4 Å; Δλ/λ = 20 %). The SANS instrument is equipped with a BF3 filled multidetector of 64 x 64 cm2 area, pixel size 1 x 1 cm2. The momentum transfer range is 0.004 < Q-1 < 4.5. Proposers are requested to contact the scientists in charge of the instruments.


BNC is supported by the EU NMI-3 Access Program.



Instrument group homepage:

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European Spallation Source (ESS), Lund, Sweden


The site decisison for building the European Spallation Source has been taken. The ESS will be built in Lund, Sweden. Curretn General Director of the ESS is Colin Carlile, The Science Director is Christian Vettier.

The ESS design update phase shall be finished in 2012, followed by the construction phase (2013-2018).

Garching (updated: December 17th, 2012)

Neue Forschungs-Neutronenquelle FRM-II,
Lichtenbergstraße 1, D-85747 Garching, Germany
Fax : +49 89 289 14995

The 20 MW reactor FRM-II supplies an unperturbed thermal neutron flux of up to 8 x 1014 cm-2s-1, it is equipped with a cold source.



The new instrument SANS-1 with a collimation length 20 m and a sample-to-detector distance 20 m is in operation at beamline 4a. The parameters include a neutron cross section of 50 mm x 50 mm, wavelength resolution of Δλ/λ = 10 % and 1m x 1m detector. As an option a chopper system is planned. Typical applications of the new SANS-1 instrument will be: alloys, conformation of polymers, vesicles, magnetic and non-magnetic thin films, magnetic structures in nanocrystalline bulk material, chiral strucutres etc.

Further details are communicated by Ralph Gilles, TU München, phone: +49 89-289-14665, fax: +49 89-289-14666, Email: ralph.gilles(at)
or Andre Heinemann, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, phone: +49 89-289-14534, fax: +49 89-289-14666, Email: andre.heinemann(at)



REFSANS is an horizontal reflectometer operating in time of flight (TOF) mode.

It has been optimized for soft matter samples and liquids but is very often used for other types of systems as well.

The instrument can be used in two distinct modes, namely

1) conventional reflectometry (specular and off specular) with a beam of up to 170X12 mm2  provided by a collimation composed of lateral super mirrors delivering a large horizontal divergence and a reduced vertical divergence.

2) Grazing Incidence Small Angle Neutron Scattering (GISANS) which enables the resolution of latteral structures in thin films and interfaces in a range between nanometer and microns. The super mirrors are moved out of the beam in this configuration and The beam size and divergence are further reduced by pinholes in order to remove the horizontal smearing used in conventional reflectometry.

In case of large (up to 80mm wide) samples, GISANS can be performed using a multi beam option where a radial collimator is used to illuminate the full sample surface and get a single focus point on distant detector (9 meters from the sample, ensuring a high angular resolution and a low background) 


The chopper system resolution can be tuned between ca. 1% and 10 to 20%.

The detector is a 500X500mm2 3He multiwire detector with very low gamma sensitivity. It can be positioned in vacuum at any distance between 1.5 and 12m from the sample and its height can be adjusted in order to cover up to 6 degrees scattering angle at the largest distance.

The sample position is normally equipped with a Huber goniometer (200 kg maximum load) but this can be replaced by any user setup. Large systems such as sputtering chambers and large magnets can be accommodated.

Beam polarisation can be provided for beams up to 30 mm in width (an upgrade to a full 170 mm beam width is in progress with commissioning planned for 2013)



Jean-François Moulin, HZG-GEMS

Phone: +49 (0)89 289 10762



1. E. Sackmann, M. Tristl, R. Kampmann and M. Haese-Seiller: "Reflectometer (REFSANS)" in the brochure intitled: Experimental facilities at FRM-II, edition 2001. The brochure is available from Gert von Hassel, Pressestelle FRM-II, Phone: +49 89 289 12184, Fax: +49 89 289 12162, Email: ghassel(at) or frm2(at)
2. R. Kampmann, M. Haese-Seiller, M. Marmotti, J. Burmester, V. Deriglazov, V. Syromiatnikov, A. Okorokov, F. Frisius, M. Tristl, E. Sackmann: The Novel Reflectometer REFSANS for Analyses of Liquid and Soft Surfaces at the New Research Reactor FRM-II in Munich/Germany, Proceedings of the International Conference on Neutron Scattering ICNS '01, Applied Physics A 74[Suppl.] 249-251 (2002).
3. R. Kampmann, M. Haese-Seiller, V. Kudryashov, V. Deriglazov, M. Tristl, Ch. Daniel, B. Toperverg, A. Schreyer, E. Sackmann: Potential of the Horizontal Reflectometer REFSANS / FRM-II for Measuring Low Reflectivity and Diffuse Surface Scattering, Proceedings of the Euroropean Conference on Neutron Scattering ECNS '03, Applied Physics A, in press.

General information: Winfried Petry, TU München, Germany, Phone: +49 89-289-14704, Email: wpetry(at)

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Jülich (updated: August 26th, 2009)

Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institut für Festkörperforschung,
D-52425 Jülich, Germany,
Fax: +49 2461 61 2610 or +49 2461 61 2550, Telex: 833556-0 kf d

The Jülich Reactor has been shut down, the instruments KWS-1, KWS-2, KWS-3 have been transfered to the Munich Reactor FRMII and are currently rebuilt. KWS-2 started user operation recently. The newly founded Jülich Center for Neutron Science JCNS regroups the Jülich neutron activities worldwide.



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Geesthacht (updated: November 7th, 2003)

Geesthacht Neutron Facility (GeNF),
Forschungszentrum Geesthacht, Postfach 1160, D-21494 Geesthacht,
Fax: +49 4152 87 2534
  • GKSS stopped operating its research reactor. Some instruments have been moved to FRM2.
  • Responsible for GeNF :
    Prof. Dr. Andreas Schreyer

    Phone: +49 4152 87-1254
    Email: schreyer(at)

  • Responsible for SANS-1:
    PD Dr. Regine Willumeit
    Phone: +49 4152 87-1291 or +49 170 4316430, Fax: +49 4152 87-1356
    Email: willumeit(at)

    Dr. Vasyl Haramus

    Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1290, Fax: +49 4152 87-1356
    Email: vasyl.haramus(at)
  • Responsible for SANS-2:
    Dr. Klaus Pranzas
    Phone:+49 (0)415287-1326, Fax:+49 (0)4152 87-1338
    E-mail: Klaus.Pranzas(at)

    Helmut Eckerlebe

    Phone:+49 4152 87-1202, Fax:+49 4152 87-1338
    E-mail: Helmut.Eckerlebe(at)

  • Responsible for USANS (DCD):
    Dieter Bellmann
    Phone:+49 4152 87-2803, Fax:+49 4152 87-2840
    E-mail: Dieter.Bellmann(at)




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Kjeller (updated October 10th, 2002)

Institutt for energiteknikk, P.O. Box 40, N-2007 Kjeller, Norway
Fax: +47 63810920


Deadlines for the submission of proposals: none

An upgraded SANS instrument has recently been commissioned at the 2 MW IFE reactor. The instrument is installed on an LH2-filled cold moderator, and is equipped with a velocity selector (Dornier), providing wavelengths in the range of 4.5 to approx. 10 Å. Fast neutrons (below 4 Å) and gamma radiation is removed by means of Be- and Bi- filters. The detector is a circular (58 cm diameter) 3He-filled Risø-type detector that is translated inside a 3.5 m long shielded tank. The sample is mounted on a rotatable 7-position thermally controlled stage located inside a steel chamber. The chamber can be evacuated in order to reduce air scattering, and also for working with air sensitive samples. The Q-range for this instrument is 0.008-0.32 Å-1. Beamtime is allocated on a collaborative basis. Annual reactor shut-downs are from first week of July through the first week of August, Christmas, New Year and Easter.

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Grenoble (updated: November 22nd, 2017)

Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin,
Large Scale Structures Group (LSS),
CS 20 156, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9, France



Deadlines for the submission of proposals: around September15th and February 15th.

The 58 MW High Flux Reactor supplies a thermal neutron flux of 1.3 x 1015 cm-2s-1; it is equipped with two cold sources. The reactor is operated in approx. 4.5 cycles of 50 days per year. - Instrument D11 (0.0006 < Q-1 < 0.3) with multidetector of 4K elements of 10 x 10 mm2 cross section and up to 36.7 m secondary flight path. - Instrument D16 (0.02< Q-1 < 2) with a wavelength resolution of about 0.01. - Instrument D22 (0.001 < Q-1 < 1) with multidetector of 16K elements of 7.5 mm x 7.5 mm cross section. Instrument D33 offers both TOF-SANS and selector SANS. - Main research interests are: polymers, colloids and microemulsions ( PL, RS, IG, LP ); biological structures ( PC); biological membranes, biopolymers ( BD, IG ); magnetic structures ( CD, RC ). - Proposers from non-member countries must seek collaboration with member countries (Germany, Great Britain, Italy, France, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tchech Republic, Austria). Guides: "A Computing Guide for Small-Angle Scattering Experiments", by R.E. Gosh, S.U. Egelhaaf and A.R. Rennie, ILL98GH14T, September 1998. "Guide to Neutron Research Facilities at the ILL", ed. H.G. Büttner, E. Lelièvre-Berna, F. Pinet, December 1997.
General information: Giovanna Cicognani, Scientific Co-ordination Office; Phone: +33 4 76207179, Email: cico(at), user-office(at)

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Argonne (updated: August 26th, 2009)

IPNS has closed!

Intense Pulsed Neutron Source,
Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439-4814, USA
Fax: +1 630 252 4163




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Didcot, UK (updated: March 09th, 2016)

ISIS Facility
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory,
Harwell Campus, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 0QX, UK
Switchboard: +44 1235 44 5000


    • Sarah Rogers (SANS Team Leader)
      Phone:             +44 1235 44 5020       
    • Stephen King
      Phone:             + 44 1235 44 6437       
    • Diego Alba-Venero
      Phone:             + 44 1235 44 5822       
    • James Doutch
      Phone:             + 44 1235 56 7110       
    • Robert Dalgliesh (Spin-Echo SANS)
      Phone:             + 44 1235 44 5687       
  • Deadlines for the submission of proposals: April 16th and October 16th

General information available online or from the ISIS User Office , Phone: +44 1235 44 5592 (Answerphone), Fax: +44 1235 44 5103, E-mail: isisuo(at) Online proposal form and submission system. SANS Xpress Access available (contact Stephen King). SANS Commercial Access available (contact christopher.frost(at) Pulsed neutron source with 2 target stations.

TOF-SANS instrument LOQ (on TS-1) with two fixed area detectors: time-averaged flux at sample: 3x105 cm-2s-1; wavelength range: 2.2 < λ / < 10; range of momentum transfers: 0.008 < Q /-1 < 0.25 with low-angle detector; high-angle detector bank at 0.5 m from the sample extends this range to Q /-1 < 1.4 in one single setting. Wide range of sample environment available including 20-position sample changer, pressure cell, CSR/CSS rheometer, stop-flow apparatus, temperature-jump apparatus, and 2T electromagnet (field can be transverse or solenoidal). Standard cryostats and furnaces are also available. Contact Stephen King.

TOF-SANS instrument SANS2D (on TS-2) with two moving  area detectors: time-averaged flux at sample: at least 1x106 cm-2s-1; wavelength range: 1 < λ / < 16; range of momentum transfers: 0.002 < Q /-1 < 3. Wide range of sample environment available including 40-position sample changer, pressure cell, CSR/CSS rheometer, stop-flow apparatus, temperature-jump apparatus, and several magnets (2T electromagnet with transverse or solenoidal field, 7T cryomagnet with transverse field, and 17T cryomagnet with solenoidal field by prior arrangement. Standard cryostats and furnaces are also available. Also suitable for GI-SANS. Contact Sarah Rogers.

Spin-Echo SANS instrument LARMOR (on TS-2) In commissioning: capable of measuring length scales from 5 nm to >20 μm in real-space. Limited sample environment currently available but includes a sample changer. Contact Robert Dalgliesh for the latest information.

TOF-SANS instrument ZOOM (on TS-2) Under construction: expected operational 2017. Slit-collimated instrument with optional polarisation. Also suitable for GI-SANS. Contact Diego Alba-Venero or James Doutch.

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Tokai (updated: November 12th, 2003)

Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute,
Tokai Research Establishment,
Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki
319-1195, Japan, Fax: +81 29 282 5939

Deadlines for the submission of proposals: November 1st

The 20 MW reactor JRR-3M supplies a thermal neutron flux of 2 x 1014 cm-2s-1; it is equipped with a cold source. It operates in seven cycles a year, each of which consists of four week continuous operation. Instruments: SANS-J (0.001 < Q-1 < 0.6) with multidetector of 16 K elements of 5 mm x 5 mm cross section and up to 10 m secondary flight path; SANS-U (0.0005 < Q-1 < 0.5; Fax: +81 29 283 3922) with multidetector of 16K elements of 5 mm x 5 mm cross section and up to 16 m secondary flight path. General information: Yukio Morii; Phone: +81 29 284 3816.



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Dubna (updated: August 24th, 2016)

Joint Institute for Nuclear Research,
Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics (FLNP),
Moscow region,141 980 Dubna, Russia
Fax: +7 49621 65429 or +7 49621 65882 or +7 49621 65085

Deadlines for the submission of proposals: May 16th and October 16th.

The pulsed reactor IBR-2 has an average thermal capacity of 2 MW; the peak power is 1500 MW at a pulse repetition rate of 5 Hz. The halfwidth of the pulse is 215 µs and the useful duty time per pulse is 122 ms. The instrument YuMO (named in honour of Yurii M. Ostanevich) is located on the beamline 4 of the reactor. The useful wavelength range is 0.7 < λ/Å < 8, the range of momentum transfers is 0.007 < Q-1 < 0.5. The time averaged neutron flux at the sample is up to 4 x 10 7 cm-2s-1. The present experimental program comprises: membrane structure (especially as influenced by detergents); micelle to vesicle transitions and micellar structures under high pressure; ribosomes; block co-polymers. General information:

1) The chairman of the user committee, László Cser (P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest); Phone: +36 1 395 9220; Fax: +36 1 395 9165, Email: Cser(at)
2) The User Policy Secretary, V. Sikolenko, Email: Sikolen(at)
For information about instruments, user policy and proposal submission see also URL.



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Taejon (updated: July 23rd, 2001)

Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute
P.O. Box 105, Yusong, Taejon,
305 600, The Republic of Korea,
Fax: +82 42 868 8448
  • Young-Soo Han
    Phone: +82 42 868 8441

Deadlines for the submission of proposals: May 31st and October 31st.

The 30 MW High-flux Advanced Neutron Application Reactor (HANARO) supplies a thermal neutron flux of up to 5 x 1014 cm-2s-1. The SANS instrument has been installed at the CN beam port (without cold neutron source) which is equipped with a liquid nitrogen cooled single crystal bismuth and polycrystalline beryllium gamma ray/fast neutron filte. The neutron beam is monochromatized by a high speed velocity selector with 10 % wavelength resolution, the incident neutron wavelength is 4 < λ/Å < 10. The two dimensional position sensitive detector has a sensitive area of 64.5 x 64.5 cm2 which is divided into 128 x 128 detection elements. The instrument covers the Q -range of 0.006 < Q -1 < 0.6. General information: Chang-Hee Lee; Phone: +82 42 868 8443.

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High Energy Accelerator Research Organization
1-1 Oho, Tsukuba-shi, 305, Japan
Fax: +81 298 64 3202 Telex: (0)3652-534

Deadlines for the submission of proposals: End of October and end of April.

Two time-of-flight small/wide-angle neutron diffractometers are installed at the pulsed source KENS. Both instruments are viewing a solid methane cold moderator at 25 K. Instrument SWAN simultaneously covers a wide Q range (0.007 < Q-1 < 12) using incident neutron wavelengths of 0.5 < λ/Å < 11. SWAN has 80 3He linear position-sensitive detectors (PSD) for the small-angle detector bank (0.25° < 2 θ < 10°), 48 conventional type 3He detectors for the medium-angle (12° < 2 θ < 20°) detector bank, and 96 PSDs for the high-angle (35° < 2 θ < 155°) detector bank.


Instrument WINK covers the Q range of 0.015 < Q-1 < 20 using incident neutron wavelengths of 0.5 < λ/Å < 16. A wide solid-angle (1.5° < 2 θ < 145°) is covered by conventional type 3He detectors of 12.5 mm and 25 mm diameter.

Only SWAN is accepting users' proposals.



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Laboratoire Léon Brillouin,
Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay,
F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France
Fax: +33 1 69 08 95 36 or +33 1 69 08 14 82

Deadlines for the submission of proposals: October 1st.

The 14 MW reactor supplies a thermal neutron flux of 3 x 1014 cm-2s-1; it is equipped with two cold sources and one hot source. Instrument PACE with multidetector of 30 rings, mostly for isotropic scattering. Instrument PAXE with multidetector of 4K elements. Instrument PAXY with multidetector of 16K elements. Instrument PAPOL with polarized beam at λ = 8 Å and multidetector of 16 K elements. User guide: "Equipements Experimentaux", ed. R. Kahn, January 1995.

General information: Scientific Secretary, Mme. Claude Rousse, Phone: +33 1 69 08 54 17; Fax: +33 1 69 08 82 61, Email:



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Los Alamos

Manuel Lujan Jr. Neutron Scattering Center,
LANSCE, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
Fax: +1 505 665 2676

Deadlines for the submission of proposals: March 2001, for the 2001 run; accepted year-around for exceptional cases. Future proposal submissions dates will be announced. See for information.


Pulsed neutron source operated for five months starting July 2001; eight months operation is planned in 2002 starting in May. Instrument LQD was upgraded to a second generation TOF SANS instrument, including a zero time chopper, a frame definition chopper and a new collimation and gravity focussing system. A new partially decoupled cold moderator and an upgrade of the source to support a proton current of 100 µA make gives LQD the brightest cold pulsed available. A new high data rate detector will be installed for 2002. General information and proposal forms:


Contact information: LANSCE User Office, Mail Stop H831, Los Alamos, NM 87545, Phone: +1 505 665 1583, Fax: +1 505 667 8830, Email: lansce_users(at)


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University of Missouri Research Reactor, Reserach Park, Columbia, MO 65211, USA, Fax: +1 573 882 3443

The MURR SANS instrument has been removed from the reactor; it is in storage for an undetermined period with no immediate plans to reinstall it.

General information: James J. Rhyne, Phone: +1 573 882 6506, Fax: +1 573 882 4195, Email: rhynej(at)



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Gaithersburg (updated: August 26th, 2009)

National Institute of Standards and Technology,
NIST Center for Neutron Research, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-0001, USA
Fax: +1 301 921 9847

Deadlines for the submission of proposals: calls for proposals issued twice per year; deadlines are posted at the above URL

NIST's research reactor operates at 20 MW, with a liquid hydrogen cold source. Two 30 m SANS instruments are in operation; one with a polarized beam option. The instruments have velocity selectors with wavelength resolution from 10 % to 30 % and multidetectors of 65 cm x 65 cm sensitive area and 0.5 cm x 0.5 cm pixel size. With conventional pinhole collimation, the Q-range of each instrument is 0.0015 Å-1 to 0.6 Å-1. The instruments are equipped with sets of biconcave lenses near the sample position to focus the beam, thereby improving the low-Q limit to about 0.0008 Å-1. Up to 50 % of the beam time on the instruments is available for visiting researchers who submit proposals. Main research interests are: mesoporous materials (CG and DH); polymers (BH and DH); biology (SK); metallurgy and ceramics (JB); colloids and microemulsions (SRK and LP). In the case of substantially equal proposals, preference will be given to US researchers. The NG3 SANS instrument is partially supported by the US National Science Foundation through its Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering (CHRNS) that is part of the NIST Center for Neutron Research. General information and proposal forms are available on the Web at the above URL.

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Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Neutron Scattering Facilities, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6393
Fax: +1 865 574 6268

(last update: August 26th 2009)

  • Ken Littrell (CG-2)
    Phone: +1 865 574 4535, Fax: +1 865 574 6268
  • Gary Lynn (Bio-SANS)
    Phone: +1 865 574 0088, Fax: +1 865 574 6268
    Email: lynngw(at)
  • Dean Myles, Center Director (Bio-SANS)
    Phone: +1 865 574 0548, Fax: +1 865 241 5177
    Email: mylesda(at)

Deadlines for the submission of proposals: 3 copies should be submitted, at any time, to the User Facilities Coordinator (address see below)

The 85 MW High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) supplies a thermal neutron flux of 1.5 x 1015 cm-2s-1. About 30 % to 50 % of beam time is allocated for user experiments. Over the period 2000-2005, a number of projects habe been undertaken at HFIR to improve neutron scattering capabilities. These include the installation of larger beam tubes and shutters, a high-performance hydrogen cold source, new beam lines and neutron scattering instrumentation, including two completely new SANS instruments: CG-2 and Bio-SANS. The upgrades commenced during an extended reactor outage which began in 2000, for the regularly scheduled replacement of the beryllium reflector. Proposal forms, guest assignement request forms and general information on the upgrades may be obtained by contacting the User Facility Coordinator, Solid State Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Bldg. 3025, ORNL, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6033, Phone: +1 865 576 1865, Fax: +1 865 574 4143, Email: carterjk(at), or by contacting the Internet server.


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Paul Scherrer Institut, Abteilung Spallations-Neutronenquelle (ASQ)
CH-5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
Fax: +41 56 310 3131

Details of the SINQ - call for proposals are available on the web page

The concept of the spallation neutron source SINQ is that of a steady state neutron source. The SANS instrument (0.0006 < Q-1 < 1) is installed at the end of a 50 mm x 50 mm neutron guide facing a liquid-D2 cold moderator. The neutron wavelength is selected by a mechanical velocity selector at the entrance of an 18 m variable collimator; a detailed instrument description including measured values of neutron flux are communicated in the new WWW-page. The 2-dimensional multidetector has a sensitive area of 96 cm x 96 cm with 16 K elements of 7.5 mm x 7.5 mm cross section and up to 20 m secondary flight path. You can submit the proposals either as an Email attachment sinq(at) or by standard means to Stefan Janssen, SINQ Scientific Coordination Office, Bldg. WHGA/147, Phone: +41 56 310 2087, Fax: +41 56 310 2939.


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Risø National Laboratory
Condensed Matter Physics and Chemistry Department, FYS-108, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark
Fax: +45 4237 0115

The Risø reactor was permanently stopped in 2000, and can accordingly not offer SANS beamtime. However, the Risø SANS instrument is now installed at PSI. The allocation of beam time will be given jointly between Risø and PSI. Contact person: Kell Mortensen, Risø.



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Konrad Ibel's coordinates: Konrad Ibel, Königinstraße 65, D-80539 München, Germany, Phone & Fax: +49 89 33066266, E-mail: K.Ibel(at)gmx.DE

Konrad IBEL passed away on 03-Nov-2017 at the age of 79. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

Ultracold Neutron (UCN) Scattering Instruments: The origin of the study of UCN was essentally independent of the development of SANS instruments with cold neutrons. Nevertheless the two disciplines overlap, see the World Directory of Cold and Ultracold Neutron Sources (CNS-UCN)

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