Scientific and Technical News

2017 marks 30 years of operation of the Separated Sector Cyclotron.
A celebratory event is being planned for later in the year.

The neutron physics group from the nuclear physics department of iThemba LABS hosted a Neutron metrology workshop on 16 February. The current collaboration is between iThemba LABS – NMISA – UCT (SA), IRSN (France), PTB (Germany). The collaboration’s first objective is to assess the possibility of upgrading the quasi-monoenergetic neutron beam facility of iThemba LABS to meet the requirements of a metrology facility for neutron beams in the energy range of 30 MeV – 200MeV. There were presentations and discussions on technicalities around achieving this objective. Amongst those attending the workshop were Dr Faiçal Azaiez (iThemba LABS director), Dr Jörn Stenger (Deputy President PTB), Dr Wynand Louw (Research Director, NMISA), Dr Andy Buffler (Physics Department, UCT), and Mr Nndwakhulu Mukhufhi (CEO, NMISA).