Background information

The Budapest Research Reactor (BRR) turned 60 – it went critical for the first time on March 25, 1959. Since then BRR has remained the largest operating Research Infrastructure in the Central-European region. Besides basic research, innovation and technology transfer as well as commercial applications has been always in the focus of BRR’s activities. The Budapest Neutron Centre provides services to applications of neutrons for industry, healthcare, Cultural Heritage (CH) and various other fields with high society impact. Support for the automotive industry, for nuclear and alternative energy research as well as energy saving, pharmacology, food technologies are among the country’s priority areas, where neutrons can make relevant contribution. Some unique features of the neutrons – their non-destructive interaction with matter; their deep penetration into the bulk of components; sensitivity to hydrogen atoms, thus revealing structure of biological matter; their spin to unveil magnetism – make neutron techniques indispensable in complement other scientific methods and ideal for supporting pre-competitive and commercial R&D. They provide unique insights into existing products, help resolve technical uncertainties, validate alternative materials testing tools, so enabling innovation. Neutron research was so far
mostly limited to nuclear reactor sites. For the coming decade a new paradigm is expected: compact accelerator based neutron sources will come into operation. The lower cost and ease in handling these sources will make neutron beam studies much more accessible in industrial and university environment. The first European prototype of such facility is being built in Martonvásár (Hungary).