[Neutron] BNC call for Science Proposals - deadline April 25, 2021

Bottyán László bottyan.laszlo at wigner.hu
Tue Apr 13 20:46:02 CEST 2021

BNC call for Science Proposals


*Proposal**deadline: April 25**, 2021*

**The Budapest Neutron Centre (BNC), the largest research infrastructure 
in Central Europe operates the 10MW Budapest Research Reactor and 
provides excellence-based open access to the national and international 
user community to the experimental stations.

The BNC user program currently includes 14 (thermal and cold 
neutron-based) instruments, to carry out research in physics, chemistry, 
biology, materials, medical and cultural heritage sciences. Typically 
180 experiments per year are performed, involving ~140 scientists on 
average from Hungary and abroad. Upon negotiations with theUserOffice 
<mailto:useroffice at bnc.hu>, BNC also provides access to special 
facilities for mirror testing, isotope production and neutron irradiation.


/The emergency regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic presently in 
force in Hungary, do not allow users to visit the BNC premises. It is 
still unforeseen when such restrictions may be lifted./

*/However/**/, having had detailed discussions with 
the/**//**/instrumentresponsible <https://www.bnc.hu/contacts> remote 
experiments are possible and are encouraged to conduct. Namely, the 
samples are to be sent in advance to BNC via post and the experiment is 
performed by the BNC instrument scientist, amid a continuous 
communication with the user. Therefore do not hesitate to submit your 
proposal now, and indicate in the proposal if you choose the remote 
experiment option. This is especially important for urgent experiments./*

Instruments offered in the BNC user program 
(https://www.bnc.hu/instruments <https://www.bnc.hu/instruments>):

MTEST <http://www.bnc.hu/mtest>: 4-circle Material Test Diffractometer
PSD <http://www.bnc.hu/psd>: Powder Diffractometer with Position 
Sensitive Detector
TOF-ND <http://www.bnc.hu/tof-nd>: High Resolution General Purpose 
Time-Of-Flight Diffractometer

SANS-YS <http://www.bnc.hu/ys-sans>: Small Angle Neutron Scattering 
Instrument ("Yellow Submarine")
FSANS <http://www.bnc.hu/fsans>: Time of Flight Small Angle Neutron 
Scattering Instrument (Due to an upgarde, peresently not available for 
user experiments)
GINA <http://www.bnc.hu/gina>: Vertical Sample Cold Neutron Beam 
Reflectometer with Polarized Beam Option
REF <http://www.bnc.hu/ref>: Cold Neutron Beam Reflectometer for neutron 
optics testing

TAST/HOLO <http://www.bnc.hu/tast>: Thermal Neutron Triple Axis Spectrometer
ATHOS <http://www.bnc.hu/athos>: Cold neutron triple axis spectrometer - 
(Due to an upgarde, peresently not available for user experiments)

RAD <http://www.bnc.hu/rad>: Static/Dynamic thermal-neutron and X-ray 
Imaging Station
NORMA <http://www.bnc.hu/norma>: Neutron Optics and Radiography for 
Material Analysis

NAA <http://www.bnc.hu/naa>: Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis
PGAA <http://www.bnc.hu/pgaa>: Cold Beam Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis
NIPS <http://www.bnc.hu/nips>: Neutron-Induced Prompt Gamma-ray Spectroscopy
DOME <http://www.bnc.hu/dome>: Low-Level Gamma-Spectrometer

BAGIRA-4 <http://www.bnc.hu/bagira>: Reactor irradiation loop (Due to 
large backlog, not available in the current call)
BIO <http://www.bnc.hu/bio>: Biological irradiation channel (Due to 
large backlog, not available in the current call)

Tolearn more about BNC, please visithttps://www.bnc.hu 

Inorder to get beam time on a BNC instrument, users must prepare and 
submit an experimental proposal. The proposal template may be downloaded 
from the BNC website 
<http://www.bnc.hu/sites/default/files/BNC_reg_prop_form.doc>to fill in 
and submit electronically via e-mail touseroffice at bnc.hu 
<mailto:useroffice at bnc.hu>. We encourage potential users to contact the 
respectiveinstrumentresponsible <https://www.bnc.hu/contacts> when 
planning experiments and writing proposals. They will be glad to assist 
you and will help you to submit your proposal in due time.

Proposalswill be reviewed by the internationalUserSelection Panel 
<https://www.bnc.hu/USP>for technical feasibility, safety and potential 
for high-impact science.

/As//announced earlier -- high preference is to be given to proposals on 
R&D related to the fight against the COVID-19./

The submitted experimental proposals involving user-program instruments 
of BNC will be evaluated staring from Monday, May 3, 2021.

The principal investigators will be notified about the referees' 
decision by May 31, 2020. Beam time assigned as a result of the present 
call will be negotiated with the PI to be scheduled for the period 
September 1, 2020 through April 15, 2022.
Experimenters of the approved projects will be required to prove access 
liability and training history prior to their on-site experiment.

The present call is BNC's general Science Proposal call for the majority 
of the beam time on the instruments. BNC also participates is various 
thematic international programs, in which beam time on part of the 
instrument pool may be applied for. The deadlines for those proposals -- 
aimed at different user groups -- are called at different times of the 
year. The evaluation procedure and the referee committees may also vary 
from project to project. Please check all such projects and proposal 

BNC User Office

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