Conference: Italy-UK partnership in Neutron Science: Thirty Years and Beyond

logo_event-20151126-hpRome, 26th November, 2015

Italy-UK partnership in Neutron Science: Thirty Years and Beyond

Location: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Aula Marconi, Piazzale Aldo Moro, 7 – Roma, Italia

A Conference celebrating thirty years since the first Italy-UK collaboration agreement for Neutron Science at ISIS Spallation Neutron Source, with a look to the future of Neutron Science in the European landscape.

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Conference: NEUTRONS FOR ITALY: opportunities for new developments in science with neutrons – 2a edition


7th – 8th October, 10:00 – 17:30 Rome

Location: CNR, via dei Taurini, Room PT

The conference is organized by the CNR with support from the Italian scientific community involved in the development of science with neutrons.

In this second edition we intend to highlight the scientific and industrial repercussions of the Italian participation in the construction of the European Spallation Source, with particular reference to the design of beam lines from European scientific context.

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Meeting: META Projects achievements in WP1 and WP2

final-report_Milestone-M1-11_MO_coverOn the days 26th and 27th of May 2015, representatives of the research groups from Bratislava, Roma and Oak Ridge,met at the Center for Nanoscale Materials Science at the Oak Ridge National laboratories to analyze and discuss the results obtained during the course of META project. The final meeting was an opportunity to discuss the META Projects achievements in WP1 and WP2 and plan future joint activities.

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New: Lettuce on the Moon and Mars, the space takes off agriculture

Lattuga nello spazio

Italy in the front row, with vertical greenhouses and test in Antarctica

The microorganisms capable of surviving extreme environments are the focus of research conducted at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” from the group of Daniela Billi.

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Seminar: When the Chips Are Down

4_frost_june2015_final8th June 2015, Rome

A neutron irradiation facility for space applications

Prof. Christofer Frost (ISIS neutron facility, UK)

Location: ASI, Sala Cassini – Via Del Politecnico snc, Roma




The negative effect of atmospheric neutrons on the reliability advanced electronic devices has been of interest for a number of years as the decreasing scale and increasing complexity of such devices increases the potential impact of this natural radiation environment for safety critical and commercial devices and systems. In this talk a new instrument, ChipIr, at the ISIS facility Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK will be briefly described. The instrument is designed to provide accelerated testing of electronics by providing a high flux, high energy and broad neutron field matching the atmospheric spectrum. At ISIS this has been achieved by alteration of the Second Target Station to provide the fast neutron beam from a target which was primarily design to produce thermal and cold neutrons for generalised condensed matter science. The instrument also incorporates various features to make testing easy and efficient and the flexibility to potentially alter the beam with filters to enable testing in other regimes.

Workshop: New Opportunities in Neutron Scattering – Paris, May 18-19 2015

LLB-workshopmay2015_FlyerParis, May 18-19, 2015

LLB Workshop: New Opportunities in Neutron Scattering

Location: Hotel Saint-Petersbourg – 33 & 35 rue Caumartin – 75009 Paris FRANCE

The workshop will begin on Monday, May 18 at 1:00 PM and end on Tuesday, May 19 2015 4:30 PM.

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Workshop: A neutron irradiation facility for space applications


8th June 2015, Rome

Neutron beam facility for neutron radiation testing in Space Environments

Prof. Roberto Senesi (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Center NAST)

Location: ASI, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana
Sala Cassini – Via Del Politecnico snc, Roma

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Seminar: Chemical Dynamics and Spectroscopy with Pulsed Neutrons

20th February 2015 – 12:00

Prof. Felix Fernandez Alonso (ISIS Rutherford Appleton Laboratory & University College London, UK; Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom)

Aula Seminari
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche
Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”



This talk provides an overview of current scientific capabilities and ongoing developments in chemical dynamics and spectroscopy at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom [1]. In particular, we emphasize the uniqueness of short-pulse spallation neutron sources to explore a broad range of structural and dynamical phenomena of chemical interest with unrivalled resolution, from relaxation phenomena and stochastic diffusion at sub-THz frequencies to atomic quantum thermometry using electron-volt neutrón spectroscopy [2]. These capabilities remain unique to ISIS, with a growing number of applications in physical and materials chemistry, including the study of novel charge-storage media and carbón-based functional materials [3]. We also illustrate the pivotal role currently played by first-principles materials-modelling methodologies to interpret increasingly complex neutron-scattering experiments, as well as parallel infrastructure developments for in-situ and operando studies under realistic conditions.

[2] F. Fernandez-Alonso and D.L. Price (Eds), Neutron Scattering – Fundamentals (Academic Press, New York, 2013).
[3] For some recent examples, see: