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Neutron and Proton Science at LANSCE

Serving an international user community in support of civilian and national security research

LANSCE Capabilities

For more than 30 years the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) has provided the scientific underpinnings in nuclear physics and material science needed to ensure the safety and surety of the nuclear stockpile into the future. In addition to national security research, the LANSCE User Facility has a vibrant research program in fundamental science, providing the scientific community with intense sources of neutrons and protons to perform experiments supporting civilian research and the production of medical and research isotopes.

The LANSCE User Program plays a key role in training the next generation of top scientists and in attracting the best graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career scientists. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)—the principal sponsor of LANSCE—works with the Office of Science and the Office of Nuclear Energy, which have synergistic long-term needs for the linear accelerator and the neutron science that is the heart of LANSCE.

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The LANSCE accelerator is experiencing difficulties with one of the accelerating structures that requires repair. This repair will delay the startup of the 2019 run-cycle, originally planned for June 19. Given the complexity of the operation, it is difficult to predict a date when we will begin normal beam operations. At this time given additional weld cracks that had to be repaired we are looking at a tentative August 28 start date.