Colloquia 2005

Opportunities for Physics Research at OPAL, the Australian Replacement Research Reactor

Dr. R. A. Robinson
Head, The Bragg Institute,
ANSTO

Date

4-5 p.m., Thursday, 14 April, 2005 .

Location

School of Physics Common Room
Room 64 Old Main Building
The University of New South Wales

Abstract
The 20-MW Australian Replacement Research Reactor, OPAL, represents possibly the greatest single research infrastructure investment in Australia's history. The project includes a large state-of-the-art liquid deuterium cold-neutron source and supermirror guides feeding a large modern guide hall, in which most of the instruments are placed. Alongside the guide hall, there is good provision of laboratory, office and space for support activities. While the facility has "space" for up to 18 instruments, the project has funding for an initial set of 8 instruments, which will be ready when the reactor is fully operational in July 2006. Instrument performance will be competitive with the best research-reactor facilities anywhere, and our goal is to be in the top 3 such facilities worldwide. I will discuss the opportunities for world-class physics research at OPAL.

The audience, including graduate students, are invited to meet the speaker 15 minutes beforehand over wine and cheese in the Physics Common Room.

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