Neutrons Canada

Canada’s infrastructure program for research and development with neutron beams

Neutron Beam Operations

Neutrons Canada will operate Canada’s domestic neutron beam facilities

International Partnerships

Neutrons Canada will secure access to world-leading neutron laboratories

Building for the Future

Neutrons Canada will manage national initiatives for future neutron sources

Domestic Operations

Neutrons Canada will operate Canada’s domestic neutron beam facilities.

McMaster University has received $35M in capital investments to develop a national neutron beam user laboratory at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor.

Two beamlines are to open as user facilities soon, with three more to be completed over the next several years. The latter three are funded through the CFI 2020 Innovation Fund project “Building a Future for Canadian Neutron Scattering,” proposed by a collaboration of 17 universities.

These facilities will be operated by Neutrons Canada in the coming years.

International Partnerships

Neutrons Canada will secure access to world-leading neutron laboratories by facilitating Canadian participation in international partnerships.

McMaster University has received $11M through the CFI 2020 IF project “Building a Future for Canadian Neutron Scattering” for partnerships with the Spallation Neutron Source and the NIST Center for Neutron Research, both in the United States.

More partnerships with foreign neutron sources are under development. The University of Windsor is requesting $10M for such partnerships through the CFI 2023 Innovation Fund proposal, “Building a Future for Canadian Neutron Scattering, Part 2,” a collaboration of 18 universities.

Neutrons Canada will manage Canada’s international partnerships for
materials research with neutron beams in the coming years.

Building for the Future

Neutrons Canada will manage national initiatives for future neutron sources needed for the long term, including projects that explore and develop new technologies for neutron sources and beamlines.

Through the CFI 2023 Innovation Fund proposal, “Building a Future for Canadian Neutron Scattering, Part 2”, the University of Windsor is requesting $20M to design and build a prototype compact, accelerator-based neutron source. This source will be used to test neutron source technologies, as well as to conduct materials research and to develop and demonstrate an innovative a cancer therapy using a neutron beam.

The neutron beam community is also developing its long-range plan, considering all technology options for a high-brightness national-scale neutron source.