The ILL neutron source has restarted and is ready for science

- News, General news

The second 2024 reactor cycle at ILL started today, 14 May. It will last 56 days, until 9 July, at a power of 47.2 MW.

Over the next 56 days, the ILL will welcome to Grenoble researchers from all over the world, who will perform hundreds of scientific experiments. Exceptionally, there will be only two cycles in 2024. We will, however, return to our normal three-cycle schedule in 2025.

Neutrons are a unique and powerful probe of materials and processes. The ILL is the world-leading facility for neutron science and technology. Its high-flux reactor delivers the world’s most intense neutron beams to a state-of-the-art suite of more than 40 public instruments. ILL’s instruments, complemented by a comprehensive suite of labs and scientific support services, enable cutting-edge research across a wide range of scientific domains, including physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science.

The ILL works closely with industry to develop an impactful programme addressing societal challenges in health, energy, the environment, and quantum technologies. It is a Landmark Facility on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap. 

(photo credits: Jean-Louis Baudet)