[Neutron] Reminder: BNC call for Science Proposals - deadline extended to 31 October 2022

László Bottyán bottyan at bnc.hu
Fri Oct 21 15:29:31 CEST 2022

Friendly reminder - BNC call for Regular Science Proposals

Proposal deadline: 31 October, 2022
Beam times assigned as a result of the present call will be scheduled for the 
period January through July, 2023.

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. BNC is presently one of the three 
operational neutron facilities in Europe.

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 over 120 experiments per year 
are performed, involving over 100 scientists from Hungary and abroad. Upon 
negotiations with the User Office, BNC also provides access to special 
facilities for mirror testing, isotope production and neutron irradiation.

No emergency regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic are presently in
force. However, experiments of granted proposals may be performed in-person or 
remotely. Please check further details at www.bnc.hu

For a remote experiment, the samples are sent in advance to BNC 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 your proposal if you choose the remote 
experiment option.

We encourage potential users to contact the respective instrument 
responsible when planning experiments and writing proposals. They will be glad 
to assist you and will help you to submit your proposal in due time. 

Instruments offered in the BNC user program

MTEST: 4-circle Material Test Diffractometer
PSD: Powder Diffractometer with Position Sensitive Detector
TOF-ND: High Resolution General Purpose Time-Of-Flight Diffractometer

SANS-YS: Small Angle Neutron Scattering Instrument ("Yellow Submarine")
FSANS: Time of Flight Small Angle Neutron Scattering Instrument 
GINA: Vertical Sample Cold Neutron Beam Reflectometer with Polarization
REF: Cold Neutron Beam Reflectometer for neutron optics testing

TAST/HOLO: Thermal Neutron Triple Axis Spectrometer

RAD: Static/Dynamic thermal-neutron and X-ray Imaging Station
NORMA: Neutron Optics and Radiography for Material Analysis
NAA: Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis
PGAA: Cold Beam Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis
NIPS: Neutron-Induced Prompt Gamma-ray Spectroscopy
DOME: Low-Level Gamma-Spectrometer

BAGIRA-4: Reactor irradiation loop - NOT AVAILABLE IN THE CURRENT CALL
BIO: Biological irradiation channel - NOT AVAILABLE IN THE CURRENT CALL

To learn more about BNC, please visit https://www.bnc.hu.

In order 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 at http://www.bnc.hu/sites/default/files/BNC_reg_prop_form.doc to 
fill in and submit electronically via e-mail to useroffice at bnc.hu.

Proposals will be reviewed by the international User Selection Panel for
technical feasibility, safety and potential for high-impact science.
The principal investigators will be notified about the referees' decision
by November 30, 2022.

Sincerely yours,

BNC User Office

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