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The League of advanced European Neutron Sources, LENS, is a not-for-profit consortium working to promote cooperation between European-level neutron infrastructure providers offering transnational user programs to external researchers.

Neutron Science in Europe

In Europe, there is a world-leading network of international and national neutron sources serving a scientific community of more than 5,000 researchers with over 32,000 instrument days per year. Nine of these form a strategic consortium with the aim of strengthening European neutron science by enhancing collaboration among the facilities. LENS places emphasis on the relationship between user communities and funding organisations, continuous improvement of source facilities, optimising resources between and aligning policies among partners—all to ensure excellence to the communities they serve. Read more about LENS.

Recent Science Highlights from LENS Members

Roman coin study reveals thriving empires

A study of gold coins from different moments of the Roman Empire have revealed the thriving economy at the time of minting.
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Roman coin study reveals thriving empires

Revolution in imaging with neutrons

An international research team at the Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a new imaging technology. In the future, this technology could not only improve the resolution of neutron measurements by many times, but could also reduce the radiation dose for medical x-ray imaging.
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Revolution in imaging with neutrons

How crumpling helmets protected Samurai warriors from bullets

Microstructural details obtained from neutron diffraction experiments indicate that a 17th century kabuto protected its wearer from firearms in a manner similar to a car crumple zone.
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How crumpling helmets protected Samurai warriors from bullets

Triple switch for the nanoworld

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have succeeded in demonstrating the existence of a novel nanoswitch with the aid of neutrons.
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Triple switch for the nanoworld

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