Spain, July 31st– Agust 3rd, 2012
Union for Compact Accelerator-driven Neutron Sources (UCANS)
Accelerator Site in Bilbao, Spain
Union for Compact Accelerator-driven Neutron Sources- opens up new opportunities for organizations to enter the field of neutron physics with modest investments and without the proliferation and safety concerns associated with building a new research reactor. Such facilities can be used in fields as diverse as materials science, nuclear physics, medical physics, engineering, and cultural heritage. A satellite meeting to the ICANS-XIX Meeting (March 2010, Grindelwald, Switzerland) offered an opportune occasion to consolidate an alliance among institutions interested in constructing and operating such facilities. At this meeting participants unanimously acceded to the establishment of the Union for Compact Accelerator-driven Neutron Sources (UCANS). The members are: from the USA, Argonne National Lab (ANL) and Indiana University, from Japan, the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Hokkaido University, Kyoto University and RIKEN, from China, Peking University and Tsinghua University, from Italy INFN Legnaro and INFN Frascati. Jack Carpenter of ANL serves as the initial spokesperson of UCANS. The participants of this new collaboration are united in their firm believe that UCANS is complementary to ICANS membership in both collaborations is encouraged.
The commissioning of the facilities in Indiana (LENS) proved the technical viability and the scientific importance of medium intensity sources based on accelerators. The impact of the scientific work performed at LENS in the area of moderators and the growing interest of the international scientific community in these advances are an evidence of the potential of this kind of facilities.
After two successful meetings, the next UCANS event will take place at the Accelerator Site in Bilbao, in summer 2012 July 31st- Agust 3rd.