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Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (Neutron Source)

Description The Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) is the most powerful neutron source in Germany and reaches worldwide the highest neutron flux (8•1014 n/cm2s) relative to its thermal power (20 MW). It is a beam tube reactor designed to provide neutrons for scientific experiments as well as for industrial and medical applications. The facility is operated as an integrative research centre by the Technische Universität München (TUM) in Garching near Munich, Germany. Its first criticality was achieved in March 2004. The FRM II is equipped with cold, thermal, hot and fast fission neutron sources and covers a broad range of applications, including experiments with positrons. An ultra-cold neutron source is under construction. Today, 27 instruments are operational. Furthermore, 7 irradiation systems for isotope production, silicon doping and analytical purposes are in service. An irradiation facility for the production of the medical isotope Mo-99 is under construction. For research purposes, a new neutron guide hall is being connected to the reactor building offering even more high-performance neutron scattering instruments in future. The FRM II is a user facility, which is organized under the name “Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ)”. The MLZ represents the cooperation between the Technische Universität München (TUM) and two research centres of the Helmholtz Association, namely Forschungszentrum Jülich and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) to exploit the scientific use of the FRM II. The MLZ is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts (StMWFK) as well as the partners themselves. By offering a unique suite of high-performance neutron scattering instruments, scientists are encouraged and enabled to pursue research in diverse fields such as physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences, engineering, material science, or even cultural heritage. Scientists interested in performing experiments with neutrons or positrons are welcome to apply for beam time twice a year by using the MLZ proposal system (www.mlz-garching.de/user-office).
URL http://www.frm2.tum.de/en/
Status Operational since 2004
Scientific Domains Environmental Sciences
Biological and Medical Sciences
Material Sciences and Analytical Facilities
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Social Sciences and Humanities
RI Categorization Intense Neutron Sources
Location Lichtenbergstr. 1, Garching, 85748, Bavaria, Germany
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15662