Oxford Instruments has just received orders from two prestigious neutron scattering facilities: the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), US Department of Energy facilities, and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). These orders are for two high field superconducting magnets using Oxford Instruments' helium recondensing cryostat technology.
Recondensing cryostats use a cryocooler to capture evaporated gas and turn it back into liquid helium. Using recondensing technology considerably decreases the helium consumption of these magnets while enabling the stringent magnet designs required by neutron scattering applications.
In the past year, Oxford Instruments installed four similar systems in two other prestigious neutron scattering facilities, the ISIS Neutron Source (STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot) and the ILL neutron facility (Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble). ANSTO also installed one of Oxford Instruments' compact SpectromagTM split pair magnet systems for small-angle neutron scattering (SANS).
Dr John Burgoyne, Manager of the Magnets Business Group at Oxford Instruments says: "We feel privileged to have been able to develop this product in close collaboration with world's leading neutron scientists from ILL and ISIS. These further two orders demonstrate that this range of products is particularly well-suited to neutron scattering facilities. We are delighted to contribute to furthering scientific knowledge through innovation of class leading technology."