for Physics Research at OPAL, the Australian Replacement Research Reactor
R. A. Robinson
The Bragg Institute,
4-5 p.m., Thursday,
14 April, 2005 .
School of Physics
Room 64 Old Main Building
The University of New South Wales
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
including graduate students, are invited to meet the speaker 15 minutes
beforehand over wine and cheese in the Physics Common Room.