Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering


ANSTO is home to the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS), which uses OPAL’s neutrons to solve complex research and industrial problems. At the ACNS neutrons are used to determine the internal structure of many classes of materials, helping scientists understand why materials have the properties they do, and helping tailor new materials, devices and systems.

Every year hundreds of scientists from Australia and the world access facilities at ACNS.





  • Characterising new battery materials with greater storage capacity and discharge capabilities, essential to improving energy efficiency and security
  • Studying the structural integrity of materials such as critical welds in pipes used to transport energy resources around Australia, enhancing energy security
  • Improving scientific understanding of the growing problem of food allergies through the observation of interactions between biological molecules such as proteins, viruses and cell membranes
  • Determining the structure and dynamics of materials used hydrogen fuel systems enabling more efficient and effective clean energy systems.



The 15 neutron beam instruments at ACNS are the:



  • ECHIDNA high-resolution powder diffractometer
  • WOMBAT high-intensity diffractometer
  • KOALA single-crystal Laue diffractometer
  • KOWARI strain scanner
  • JOEY crystal-alignment Laue diffractometer

Small-angle spectrometers:

  • QUOKKA small-angle neutron scattering instrument
  • BILBY time-of-flight small-angle neutron scattering instrument
  • KOOKABURRA ultra-small-angle neutron scattering instrument

Imaging & Reflectometry:

  • DINGO radiography/tomography/imaging station
  • PLATYPUS neutron reflectometer
  • SPATZ neutron reflectometer (under construction)

Inelastic spectrometers:

  • TAIPAN thermal-neutron three-axis spectrometer, with Be-filter option
  • SIKA cold-neutron three-axis spectrometer
  • PELICAN cold-neutron time-of-flight spectrometer
  • EMU high-resolution back-scattering spectrometer



For enquiries please contact our User Office on, call +61 2 9717 9111 or see the direct contact details for the responsible instrument scientist on the relevant instrument page.



Access to the ACNS is merit-based through a proposal submission via the ACNS User Portal.

Industry access to the ACNS is via the Industrial Liaison Office