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Call for Proposals
Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering

Call for Proposals

 

Proposals at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS) and National Deuteration Facility (NDF)

UPDATE: Deadline extended to 15 February 2022, for beam time between July and December 2022.

Important Notes for 2022-1 Proposal Round:

  • The ACNS & NDF 2022-1 round deadline has been extended due to the significant experimental backlog that has been created due to the COVID lockdown in Sydney. It is estimated that the backlog will be cleared by June 2022.
  • The ACNS & NDF 2022-1 round is open in the the ANSTO Research Portal (ARP) and you will need to create a new account in the ARP if you do not already have an account in the ARP. Please refer to the ACNS & NDF ARP user guide.
  • ANSTO is undertaking an Anonymised Review Trial for the ACNS & NDF 2022-1 Proposal Round which requires users to comply with the requirements outlined on the Anonymised Review Trial webpage. We encourage you to participate in one of the information sessions which will be run every Wednesday up to the proposal deadline (see the Anonymised Review Trial webpage for full details).

Discretionary Access:

  • Discretionary requests will be considered for Early Career Researchers where the progress of a student thesis program or Early Career Researcher’s career would be detrimentally affected (e.g. where the success is at risk or not able to submit thesis). It is expected that experiments would be undertaken in-person where possible.

  • Please email requests at anytime to ACNS Enquiries along with justification on how the request meets the above requirements. If agreed it meets the requirements a proposal will need to be submitted for scientific, technical & safety review.

Mail-in Proposals for Powder Diffraction & Small-Angle Neutron Scattering: 

The Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering is open for proposals for the following neutron-beam instruments and facilities:

Echidna (high-resolution powder diffractometer)

Wombat (high-intensity powder diffractometer)

Koala (Laue diffractometer)

Joey (neutron Laue camera) (in conjunction with other neutron-beam instruments)

Kowari (strain scanner)

Dingo (neutron radiography/tomography/imaging)

Platypus (reflectometer)

Spatz (reflectometer)

Quokka (pinhole small-angle-neutron scattering)

Bilby (TOF small-angle-neutron scattering)

Kookaburra (ultra-small-angle neutron scattering)

Taipan (thermal-neutron 3-axis spectrometer)

Beryllium-filter option on Taipan

Sika (cold-neutron 3-axis spectrometer)

Pelican (cold-neutron time-of-flight spectrometer)

Emu (high-resolution backscattering spectrometer)

Sample environment equipment available for use on the neutron-beam instruments

Small-angle X-ray scattering and X-ray reflectometer (in conjunction with QuokkaBilby, Platypus or Spatz)

Physical Properties Measurement System (in conjunction with other neutron-beam instruments and only in a collaborative mode with ANSTO staff)

The National Deuteration Facility is open for deuteration proposals:

Important notes:

  • The user portal has been transitioned to the ANSTO Research Portal (ARP) and you will need to create a new account in the ARP if you do not already have an account in the ARP. Please refer to the ACNS & NDF ARP user guide.
  • ANSTO is undertaking an Anonymised Review Trial which requires users to comply with the requirements outlined on the Anonymised Review Trial webpage.
  • It is probable that international travel restrictions to visit Australia will remain in place until Mid-2022, which will restrict international users from participating in approved experiments. ANSTO will consider running ACNS experiments in mail-in mode (where feasible) or alternatively Australian collaborators could attend ANSTO and run your experiment for you. Where experiments are undertaken as mail-in, costs including sample mailing and importation fees will be charged back to users.
  • Applicants should ideally discuss their proposal with the appropriate ACNS Instrument Scientist and/or NDF scientist before submitting.

Planned user program days: 

  • 2021-2 Round - July-December 2021
    • 126 reactor days - approximately 100 days for user program
  • 2022-1 Round - July-December 2022
    • 153 reactor days - approximately 100 days for user program

Questions? Please contact us