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  • Who: Spallation Neutron Source

  • What: Most powerful pulsed spallation neutron source

  • Where: United States

The Spallation Neutron Source at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA) is the most powerful of its kind in the world. By using a proton beam to pound a mercury target with more than 300 kilowatts of energy, it is able to produce 4.8x10(^16) neutrons per second. These neutrons will eventually be focussed into beams that will allow the molecular analysis of advanced materials.

(^16) = to the power of 16.

 

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