Cost-effective and versatile testbed for novel neutron detectors

Coordinating university or institute

Lund University,



Project description

ESS aspires to be the world’s brightest neutron source. With this ambition comes the need for novel, highly sophisticated instrumentation able to handle record-breaking neutron fluxes. Such development, however, requires frequent and affordable access to neutrons. This need is addressed by the Source Testing Facility (STF) at Lund University. Operated by the SONNIG group, the STF is a fully functioning user facility. It boasts a complete range of gamma-ray and neutron sources and is equipped with advanced nuclear physics infrastructure for characterizations of detectors. As there are no reactors or accelerators involved, the STF provides a round-the-clock available locale for prototype development and commissioning to its ESS users.




Lund University, Division of Nuclear Physics:

  • Kevin Fissum, Doctor, senior lecturer in nuclear physics
  • Francesco Messi, Doctor, researcher in neutron instrumentation
  • Hanno Perrey, Doctor, researcher in neutron metrology

Core deliverables

  • Provide laboratory space
  • Design and construction of the facility
  • Purchasing of equipment
  • Commissioning of infrastructure
  • User support

Total budget

EUR 400,000


Procurement codes

Civil engineering, building and technical services
Information technology
Particle and photon detectors
Optics and photonics
Gases, chemicals, waste collection and radiation equipment

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