Physics Colloquium: The Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation and the future of Neutron Scattering in Canada

Event Details

  • Speaker(s): Dr. John Root
  • Date:
  • Time: 3:30 PM
  • Location: MacN 101

Abstract

In March, 2011, the province of Saskatchewan committed $30M of funding to help place the province among global leaders in nuclear research, development and training. A new Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation has been established to apply this baseline commitment to foster partnerships in academia, industry and other government agencies to support three key activities: (1) academic programs; (2) projects; and (3) stewardship of selected nuclear facilities. Building a community of participants and local expertise in the nuclear domain is intended to build the capacity for the province to make informed decisions on nuclear topics, ranging through health, materials-research, energy, environmental and social considerations. One issue that may soon be considered is the future of Canada’s capability for materials research with neutron beams. Canada’s only major source of neutron beams, the NRU reactor, has operated for more than 54 years at Chalk River. At some point, a decision will be made about whether and how (and where!) Canada might rejuvenate its infrastructure for supporting materials research with neutron beams. This presentation will include an overview of recent developments relating to the future of neutron scattering in Canada.