Swiss Academy of Sciences and CHIPP about DIAMON:

“A new neutron spectrometry method makes life easier”

When protons or ions collide with targets or each other, they produce lots of new particles. Some of these are wanted, some are unwanted, but whatever their desired status – they need to be well understood. Neutrons, which belong to these products, are a particular challenge. Their characteristics such as their energy, direction and number are a pain to measure, but knowing them well brings many advantages to various branches of science and its applications. A novel experimental approach based on a new neutron spectrometer recently tested by members of the Laboratory for High-Energy Physics at the University of Bern in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano and its spin-off company Raylab yields promising results that appear to be even more versatile than expected.

“Neutrons are strange animals,” says the University of Bern’s Saverio Braccini. Their behaviour and characteristics dramatically depend on their production circumstances; every detail of the nuclear reaction with which they are produced as well as the materials in the environment have an influence on their energy, direction and number and, consequently, the way they interact with matter.

CHIPP is an association uniting researchers active in particle, astroparticle and nuclear physics in Switzerland. It strengthens the Swiss participation in international projects and committees, coordinates research and teaching activities in Switzerland, and promotes public awareness of the field.

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Raylab would like to thank the LHEP team for their cooperation.