Professor László Cser (1936-2017)

LCserWith great sadness we share with all, who has known László Cser that he passed away at his age of 81 on Saturday, July 15, 2017. His funeral organised by the Wigner Research Centre together with his wife Irina and son András, will take place on the

9th of August, 2017 at 13:30

in the Kerepesi Cemetery

Budapest, Fiumei út 16.

László Cser has played a key role in establishing the Budapest Neutron Centre after the modernisation of the 10 MW Research Reactor in 1992. His contribution was essential in the design and construction of the new instrument suit, cold source and supermirror guide system at BNC. He joined the institute he worked at practically until his death, called that time as Central Research Institute for Physics (KFKI) in 1963. His neutron carrier started in 1972. He spent 6 years at the Dubna Neutron Physics Laboratory as deputy director, then he was heading the Neutron Physics Department at KFKI until 1981, when he became deputy director of the Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics (RISP). Later he spent a few years at the Berlin Neutron Scattering Centre, then he returned to RISP as scientific advisor. In parallel, László Cser had become professor of the ELTE Budapest University in 1987. When the Wigner Research Centre was created in 2012, he still actively continued to work there as retired scientist, performing neutron experiments making scientific publication, leading PhD students. A few to mention of his major discoveries: demonstration of the atomic resolution neutron holography, invention and first demonstration of the time-of-flight technique used for neutron small-angle scattering studies, creation of various configurations in neutron optics etc. In 2010 he published the only comprehensive textbook on neutron scattering in Hungarian language. His former students are now leading scientist in Hungary and abroad.


  Neutron Imaging and Neutron Methods in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage conference

In the recent years, modern scientific methods have led to a wealth of information in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Research concerning the composition of artefacts both on a molecular level and on the mechanical built of objects that cannot be dismantled without destroying them. X-ray methods from radiography to fluorescence have become widespread, but the potential of neutron methods has barely been tapped. Neutrons easily penetrate thick layers of metals, even lead, while revealing organic material like wood, leather or bones in sealed metal or stone containers. Two- and three-dimensional imaging provides visual information, while neutron activation analysis delivers elemental composition information, and neutron scattering reveals alloys and textures.

NINMACH addresses archaeologists and conservators from museums and universities and aims to illustrate the potential of neutron methods in cultural heritage research.

 In order to participate, please register and submit your abstract at your earliest convenience via our INDICO WEB-PAGE.

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