(Yicai Global) March 27 -- China Academy of Sciences has put into operation the country's first accelerator-based neutron source for measuring the microstructure of materials at a facility in Dongguan in China's southern Guangdong province.
CAS has completed technological testing of the China Spallation Neutron Source, the fourth such facility to be built globally, at the Institute of High Energy Physics, Dongguan, Xinhua News Agency reported. The accelerator will be used for the fundamental research and high-tech research & development in the fields of material science and technologies, bioscience, resources and environment, and new energy.
The neutron source's construction took six-and-a-half years to complete with investment amounting to CNY2.3 billion (USD365 million).
The accelerator is made up of a linear accelerator, a rapid recycling synchrotron, a target station, and a unit consisting of three neutron spectrometers used for neutron-scattering experiments. More than 90 percent of the devices used were made by domestic manufacturers. The source succeeded in targeting for the first time in August 2017 and thereby producing neutron steaming.