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Status: Extended

Development of Experimental Facilities for Condensed Matter Investigations with Beams of the IBR-2 Facility

Leaders:     S.A. Kulikov
V.I. Prikhodko

Participating Countries and International Organizations:
Argentine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

Scientific Programme:
Development and construction of a control system of the cryogenic moderator CM-201 for IBR-2 beams N 1, 4, 5, 6, 9.
Design of equipment, electronics and software for the complex of IBR-2 spectrometers;
development of the FLNP information and computing infrastructure according to the needs of the Laboratory
and the development strategy of the JINR computer network.

Expected main results in 2018:
  • Development and testing of control system of the CM-201 moderator for beamlines ? 1, 4, 5, 6, 9. Routine modernization and operation of CM-202. Regular use of system for nitrogen-free charging of pellets and diaphragm for measuring gas flow rate at CM-201 and CM-202 moderators. Investigation of neutron-physical properties of alternative materials for the cold moderator to extend the period of its operation for physics experiments. Development of screw-type discharging device for the CM-201 moderator and its testing on laboratory test stand.

  • Investigation of radiation resistance of materials at the radiation research facility.

  • Development of new programs for simulation of full reflectometry experiments in kinematic approximation.

  • Completion of activities on manufacturing the “Astra-M” detector system for the FSD diffractometer. Development of technical design of backscattering detector for the HRFD diffractometer. Development of design of detecting module and data accumulation system for multi-detector system of the DN-12 spectrometer; tests of elements of the accumulation system on a neutron beamline. Development of prototype of the detecting module with analog electronics to upgrade the detector system of the NERA-PR spectrometer. Development of infrastructure for designing and constructing neutron detectors.

  • Development of technical design of continuous flow cryostat with helium-4 circulation using a closed-cycle cryocooler to obtain a temperature range below 2K; selection and purchase of equipment and components. Manufacturing of new windings and assembling of superconducting magnet for the DN-12 diffractometer.

  • Modernization of control systems of actuators of REFLEX and GRAINS spectrometers.

  • Maintenance and development of the Sonix+ software package at the request of users; adaptation of Sonix+ for operation with DAQ-controllers on the basis of USB-3 interface. Development of concept of central data storage with regard to FLNP specificity.

List of projects:
  Project Leader Priority
(period of realisation)
1. Development of PTH sample
environment system for the DN-12
diffractometer at the IBR-2 facility
A.N. Chernikov 1   (2015-2020)
2. BSD
Development of wide-aperture
backscattering detector
for HRFD diffractometer
V.V. Kruglov 1   (2018-2020)

List of Activities
  Activity or Experiment Leaders
  Laboratory or other
Division of JINR
Main researchers
1. Development and putting into
operation of control system of
CM-201 moderator for neutron
beams N 1, 4, 5, 6, 9
S.A. Kulikov
E.P. Shabalin
  FLNP M.V. Bulavin + 5 engineers, A.S. Kirilov + 1 engineer, A.P. Sirotin + 2 engineers, K.A. Mukhin
2. Calculations and simulation
of spectrometers’ elements.
Development of VITESS
software package
A.V. Belushkin
  FLNP S.A. Manoshin, S.A. Kulikov + 1 engineer
3. Investigation of radiation
resistance of materials and
electronic components
M.V. Bulavin
S.A. Kulikov
  FLNP E.P. Shabalin + 4 engineers
4. Tests of combined
cryostat with superconducting
magnet for DN-12 diffractometer.
Development and modernization of
cryostats on IBR-2 spectrometers.
A.N. Chernikov
S.E. Kichanov
  FLNP E.V. Lukin, N.A. Kovalenko + 2 engineers
5. Development of continuous flow
cryostats on the basis of
closed-cycle cryocoolers
A.N. Chernikov
  FLNP N.A. Kovalenko + 2 engineers
6. Development and implementation
of gas and scintillation detector
systems at IBR-2 spectrometers
A.V. Churakov
V.V. Kruglov
A.A. Bogdzel
  FLNP V.M. Milkov + 3 engineers, V.A. Drozdov +3 engineers, V.V. Zhuravlev + 3 engineers, A.S. Kirilov + 1 engineer
7. Development of data acquisition
systems, control and experiment
automation systems, as well as of
software package Sonix+ at IBR-2
V.I. Prikhodko
A.P. Sirotin
A.S. Kirilov
  FLNP A.A. Bogdzel + 4 engineers, V.V. Zhuravlev + 3 engineers, N.D. Zernin + 1 engineer, S.M. Murashkevich + 2 engineers
8. Development of FLNP network
infrastructure in accordance with
development strategy of JINR
computer network
V.I. Prikhodko
  FLNP G.A. Sukhomlinov + 2 engineers, A.S. Kirilov
+ 2 engineers, S.A. Manoshin + 1 engineer
  LIT V.V. Korenkov + 2 engineers

Country or International
City Institute or Laboratory
Argentina Bariloche CAB CNEA
Belarus Minsk BSTU
Bulgaria Sofia INRNE BAS
Czech Republic Rez NPI ASCR
Germany Berlin HZB
Julich FZJ
Hungary Budapest Wigner RCP
Republic of Korea Daejeon NFRI
Romania Bucharest INCDIE ICPE-CA
Russia Moscow NNRU "MEPhI"
Moscow, Troitsk INR RAS
Dubna Dubna Univ.
Gatchina NRC KI PNPI
Yekaterinburg IMP UB RAS
South Africa Pretoria Necsa
Sweden Lund ESS ERIC
Switzerland Villigen PSI
Ukraine L'viv LPNU
United Kingdom Didcot RAL

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