Considerable effort has been always devoted to methodical-instrumental development. To balance in the situation of using large scale instrumentation and modest financing, we had to practice to design and build spectrometers by our own effort with using minimum commercial components. Thus, our experimental equipment consists of at a large extent home-made optical and electronics component, selectors, detectors, shielding elements etc. The other aspect of the methodical development programme is the commercialization of neutron equipment via technology transfer to high-tech, spin-off companies.
Several SMEs at the KFKI site (ANTE, Mirrotron, RegTron …) form the industrial ensemble to provide a sizable production volume in neutron instrumentation. This strategy is also confirmed by numerous successful grant applications, in accordance with the policy of funding agencies (National Innovation Office) to sponsor collaboration of the academic sector with industry.
Education and professional training is an important mission for us: we are involved in graduate and professional training, (teaching at several universities, performing PhD works, organizing international training courses). The first comprehensive text-book on neutron scattering in Hungarian was recently published (L. Cser, Tipotex, 2009).
Organization and co-ordination of international relations at BNC level is also in the scope of our activity. The Hungarian membership to ILL in the context of the Central European Neutron Initiative (CENI, co-operation with AU, CZ, HU, SK) is managed also by our Department. Collaboration projects have been running, for example with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna) and the Kurchatov Institute Russian Research Center.