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Workshop on Opportunities with a Neutron Target Facility

August 19 - 20, 2019
Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Historic Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico


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LANSCE is a NNSA User Facility dedicated to national security science and a leading program of fundamental research.
Neutron-induced reactions play a key role in understanding such diverse scientific fields as nuclear astrophysics, stockpile stewardship, reactor performance, and nuclear forensics. For many of these endeavors, reactions on short-lived nuclei offer key insights into the physical environment. Neutron reactions on short-lived nuclei have presented particular challenges, however, as both beam and target are unstable.

In a revolutionary development, a first concept has been proposed for performing neutron induced reactions using thermalized neutrons from a spallation target with short-lived charged particles in a storage ring. One possible driver for the spallation target and an ISOL-based rare isotope beam factory is the proton accelerator at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center.

In this two-day workshop, we will discuss technical concepts for the spallation source, the ISOL source, and the storage ring as well as potential applications for stockpile stewardship, nuclear forensics, and basic science. Finally, we will open the discussion to possible applications of post-accelerated ISOL beams prior to ring injection.

Chairs, Aaron Couture (LANL) and Shea Mosby (LANL)

Workshop Registration

If you are interested in joining the workshop virtually, please use the registration link and indicate that you will participate remotely.

Hotel Reservation - Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe

Please use the following workshop booking information for online reservation or calling 1-800-955-4455.

The room reservation deadline is Friday, July 26.

Group Booking Link
Group Name: Opportunities- Neutron Target Facility
Group Code: 190815OPP



Day 1 - Monday, August 19th, 2019

8:30–8:15am Dr. Aaron Couture & Dr. Shea Mosby – Los Alamos National Laboratory
Session 1: Technical Capabilities for a Neutron Target
Neutron Production and Retention
ISOL Rare Isotope Production
Rare isotope acceleration
10:00–10:30am Coffee Break
1-20 MeV/u Storage Ring and Detection
Ring storage < 1 MeV/u
Reaction Detection
12:00–2:00pm Lunch & Followon Discussions (no host)
Session 2: Opportunities for Defense Programs
Stockpile Stewardship
3:30–4:00pm Coffee Break
Technical Nuclear Forensics


Day 2 - Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Session 3: Opportunities in Applications and Basic Science
Nuclear Energy
10:00–10:30am Coffee Break
Nuclear Astrophysics
12:00–2:00pm Lunch & Followon Discussions (no host)
Session 4: Secondary Opportunities with ISOL beams
Transfer Reactions
3:30–4:00pm Coffee Break
Nuclear Structure and Spectroscopy