Window to the nanoworld open

Upgraded pulsed fast neutron reactor IBR-2 in Dubna, which is figuratively called the "window to the nanoworld", its design capacity of 2 MW.

Received over a hundred applications from people of many countries to conduct research on this unique base setting of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research — in physics, chemistry, materials science, biology, geophysics, medicine and other areas of application.

A report on the results of the physical and power start of the IBR-2 at the 35th session of the Programme Advisory Committee for Condensed Matter Physics, held in Dubna, 16-17 January 2012, was made chief engineer of the Laboratory of Neutron Physics I. Franck Alexander Vinogradov.

"At the end of last year, — Alexander Vinogradov, in an interview with journalists — We have completed all the planned works on power reactor start-up (physical start, remember, was completed in mid-2011) and we can say that the results obtained by measuring the characteristics of the reactor in terms of operational safety and in terms of user characteristics, we are fully satisfied. Today the reactor completely, technically and organizationally ready to start regular operation for physics experiments. It remains to take the final step provided by law — licensing. Now the results that we got out in the form of various documents required to obtain a license. We hope that in February, will provide the necessary documents to Rostekhnadzor and after three or four months will be able to get a license to start regular operation of the reactor for at least the next 5 years. In this case, in 2012 we will begin a program of regular physical experiments: their preliminary program is available, the tentative schedule of thought. This versatile research: today, few engage in purely fundamental physics, it is important to participate in the solution of applied problems, including medicine, life sciences and human welfare, the environment — such studies represent a significant part of the program for future experiments on the reactor. "

Head of the department of scientific and experimental neutron studies of condensed matter FLNP Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Denis Kozlenko presented the results of the first experiments that were conducted during the measurement characteristics of the improved reactor, including neutron radiography. He called a specific number of requests for scientific experiments on spectrometers, created to work on a modernized IBR-2 from January to November 2011 they received 106, mostly — from other research centers (the proportion of the "external" applications is 80.2 percent). Most applications — 37.7 percent — is applied to experiments in physics. The second largest share — 23.6 percent — up research proposals in the field of materials science. 16 percent of applications submitted for research in chemistry, 11 percent — in the fields of biology, other applications focused on solving problems in the field of medicine, geophysics, and other application areas.

"106 applications from many scientific centers — this is a very good sign, — Emphasizes the JINR Vice-Director Professor Michael Itkis. — This means that we want to go, want to work with us. "

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