Friday, August 31, 2007

SNS: America Regains Leadership with World Record

This appears to be a breaking news from Oak Ridge National Lab regarding the Spallation Neutron Source.

Lab officials have announced that the Spallation Neutron Source, the Department of Energy’s $1.4 billion research facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has established a new record as the world’s most powerful accelerator based source of neutrons for scientific research.

The SNS surpassed the previous record for beam power 160 kilowatts, held by the United Kingdom’s ISIS facility, while operating at 183 kilowatts.

I wouldn't stamp it with the "leadership" medal yet, because the usefulness of such source depends more than just this parameter. Still, it is a good start at justifying all that money spent on building it.


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