The China Spallation Neutron Source

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The spallation neutron source is always a large-scale scientific facility that reflects the comprehensive strength of a country's scientific and technological level, economic level and industrial level. It is also an advanced experimental platform for multi-disciplinary research.

The China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) is the first pulsed neutron source facility in developing countries. Thus it is expected to have positive effects in promoting the development of fundamental sciences and technology.

CSNS locates at Dalang Town of Dongguan City, the heart of the Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area. It includes a powerful linear accelerator, a rapid circling synchrotron, a target station and three Phaes I neutron instruments. It aims to provide a powerful platform for both fundamental scientific research and high-tech development in many application fields such as material science, life science, resource environment, new energy, etc.

The CSNS Main Building

Neutron scattering technology is widely used in physics, chemistry, life sciences, materials science and technology, resource environment, nanotechnology, etc. It is expected to achieve breakthroughs in important frontier research fields such as quantum regulation and high temperature superconductivity. The development of high-intensity proton accelerator technology also helps building a professional team with experiences in construction and operation of large-scale scientific facilities, which lays a solid foundation for applications such as developing proton therapy and accelerator-driven subcritical system (ADS).

CSNS has made a series of significant innovative technology achievements in particle accelerators, neutron target station and instruments, which has greatly enhanced the country’s experience and innovation capability in related industrial technology, especially in fields like magnets, power supplies, neutron detectors and electronics. CSNS has also pushed forward research into high-intensity proton accelerators and neutron scattering in China.


Aerial View of CSNS

For the purpose of building and operating CSNS, IHEP opened its first branch - Dongguan Campus in 2013. The mission of Dongguan Campus is to finish the construction of CSNS, and to develop CSNS into a cutting-edge comprehensive research base for dimensional academic subjects. 

Currently there are more than 400 scientists and engineers working together in Dongguan on the CSNS project.  CSNS will always support research teams, including many from China and other countries, in addressing significant global challenges that range from healthcare and security to ecology and fuel technology. 

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