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German federal government bolsters neutron research in Garching
Date:12/17/2010

the responsible operator, and the three Helmholz Centers," says TUM President Professor Wolfgang A. Hermann. "The foundation for this cooperation is the unrivaled performance spectrum of our neutron source, which attracts researchers from across the globe. A joint chair with the Forschungszentrum Juelich in the field of neutron research would round things off perfectly."

Pursuant to this agreement, the TU Muenchen and the three Helmholtz Centers will operate the FRM II jointly for scientific uses in the future. The Technische Universitaet Muenchen remains the sole operator of the neutron source itself. That is why the State of Bavaria will continue to fund reactor operation and research with 25 million euros annually.

FRM II Scientific Director Professor Winfried Petry is proud of the awarded grant: "The involvement of the Helmholtz Centers and the BMBF is the best evidence that we are already performing exceptionally well. The FRM II provides researchers with neutron beams of the utmost brilliance and its instruments lead the pack. This grant will provide us with the opportunity to exploit the potential of the neutron source even better in supporting top level German and international research."

Concretely, the grant will be used to build new instruments, to upgrade existing instruments, and to increase technical and scientific staff. New office and laboratory space will also need to be created for the additional personnel. Currently, 24 instruments at the FRM II are already at the disposal of guest scientists from around the world. The number of large-scale instruments will rise to over 30 in the near future. Measurement slots at the FRM II are in high demand. They are overbooked at more than twice the available capacity and are awarded via an application system based on scientific excellence and run by independent experts.

The cooperation contract is an extension to a cooperation agreement from 2004 with the FZ Juelich
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Contact: Patrick Regan
regan@zv.tum.de
49-892-891-0515
Technische Universitaet Muenchen
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