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SINQ: The Swiss Spallation Neutron Source

Neutron scattering is one of the most effective ways to obtain information on both, the structure and the dynamics of condensed matter. A wide scope of problems, ranging from fundamental to solid state physics and chemistry, and from materials science to biology, medicine and environmental science, can be investigated with neutrons. Aside from the scattering techniques, non-diffractive methods like imaging techniques can also be applied with increasing relevance for industrial applications.

The spallation neutron source SINQ is a continuous source - the first of its kind in the world - with a flux of about 1014 n/cm2/s. Beside thermal neutrons, a cold moderator of liquid deuterium (cold source) slows neutrons down and shifts their spectrum to lower energies. These neutrons have proved to be particularly valuable in materials research and in the investigation of biological substances. SINQ is a user facility. Interested groups can apply for beamtime on the various instruments by using the SINQ proposal system.

Latest scientific SINQ highlights:

  • Tuning magnetic spirals beyond room temperature with chemical disorder M.Morin et al
    Nature Communications 7, 13758 (December 2016)
    DOI: 10.1038/ncomms13758
  • Magnetic Excitations and Electronic Interactions in Sr2CuTeO6: A Spin-1/2 Square Lattice Heisenberg Antiferromagnet P. Babkevich et al
    Physical Review Letters 117, 237203 (December 2016)
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.237203
  • Electromagnon dispersion probed by inelastic X-ray scattering in LiCrO2 S. Toth et al
    Nature Communications 7, 13547 (November 2016)
    DOI: 10.1038/ncomms13547


More SINQ highlights can be found on the Webpages of the NUM Division.