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Weapons Neutron Research Facility at LANSCE

The Weapons Neutron Research Facility (WNR) provides neutron and proton beams, and detector arrays for basic, applied, industrial, and defense-related research.

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  • LANSCE Weapons Physics Group Leader (acting)
  • Paul Koehler
  • (505) 606-0743

Weapons Neutron Research

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The Neutron and Nuclear Science Research Facility (WNR) provides neutron and proton beams, and detector arrays for basic, applied, industrial, and defense-related research. Neutron beams with energies ranging from about 0.1 MeV to more than 600 MeV are produced in Target 4 (an unmoderated tungsten spallation source) using the 800 MeV proton beam from the LANSCE linac. In the Target-2 area (Blue Room) samples can be exposed to the direct 800 MeV proton beam. Three low-energy nuclear science flight paths at the Lujan Center (Target 1) view a moderated target and have neutron energies that range from sub-thermal to approximately 500 keV.

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