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Richard K. Osborn Lecture and Webcast

"History, Development and Applications of Neutron Sources"
Friday, December 6, 2013 4:00:00 PM EST - 5:00:00 PM EST

This talk is (mostly) about sources of neutrons for slow-neutron scattering research. Not about nuclear power reactors—that would be über-presumptuous of me, especially in the surroundings.

Webcast registration through MconneX

This lecture will touch on:

  • Discovery of the neutron
  • Neutrons as waves
  • What is spallation?
  • Cosmic-ray protons
  • The first nuclear reactor
  • A2R2
  • Accelerator-based neutron sources
  • About spallation neutrons
  • Early spallation neutron sources
  • ZING-P, ZING-P’, IPNS. K. F Graham, ING data, MTA
  • History of research neutron sources
  • Slow-neutron scattering in materials science
  • Spallation neutron sources today

Hosted by Ron Gilgenbach, Chair, NERS

Speaker Bio

John M. Carpenter; Senior Physicist, retired

Carpenter served as Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Michigan from 1964 until 1975. He moved to Argonne National Laboratory in 1975 to assume responsibility for development of pulsed spallation neutron sources. There, he and his colleagues built and operated the first-ever pulsed spallation neutron sources equipped for neutron scattering, ZING-P and ZING-P’.

These led to IPNS in 1981 and to other sources elsewhere: MW-plus installations SNS at ORNL, MRF at JAERI in Japan, and ESS in Sweden, and others of smaller scale, ISIS in UK, KENS in Japan, LANSCE at LANL, and SINQ in Switzerland. He is a co-founder (with R. G. Fluharty (LANL), M. Kimura (Japan), and L. C. W. Hobbis (UK)) in 1977 of the International Collaboration on Advanced Neutron Sources. He has served on advisory committees of most of the current spallation neutron source projects world-wide.

Sponsored Lecture: Part of the Richard K. Osborn Lecture series by the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences department. Webcast sponsored by MconneX. Contact Sandra Hines at MconneXion@umich.edu with questions about webcasting.