A joint research project from CEA Saclay and JRC Geel in response to a call for proposals by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) in France was accepted.
The proposal entitled “Temporal and spatial detection of charged particles by neutron-induced reactions” aims at developing a neutron-transparent detector based on the Micromegas technology, capable of providing time, position and angular information. The proposal was submitted in the category “Project de Recherche Collaborative (PRC)” for which the success rate was 15%.
The project strongly relies on a collaboration with the JRC and in particular on experimental activities at the GELINA facility. The importance of the involvement of the JRC.G2 unit was recognized by the referees evaluating the proposal.
“Le projet est porté par 2 instituts renommés dans le domaine de la physique nucléaire, la détection de neutron et l’instrumentation …. le laboratoire JRC-Geel est un des seuls laboratoires au monde produisant des faisceaux de neutrons, en particulier une installation de mesure du temps de vol des neutrons.”
“The second partner of the consortium is the European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC) in Geel (Belgium). The leader of the group is perhaps one of the most competent researchers in the field of neutron reactions, worldwide, with an outstanding record of projects.”
“The range of competences required for the successful completion of the project are well covered by the two partners of the Consortium, IRFU and JRC-Geel, both of which expressing scientific and technological excellence. This is clearly a major strength of the proposed project, that ensures a high probability of success.”
The collaboration between the two groups is natural and synergic. The French group has the detector development lab and the expertise on the Microbulk Micromegas technology, whereas the Belgian group holds a neutron-beam facility, will produce the targets, and will be key for the integration and physics measurements.
- 10 november 2020