Working Groups

The League of advanced European Neutron Sources (LENS) activities are executed by standing and ad-hoc working groups.

WG1: Strategy, Promotion & Policy

Led by the European Spallation Source (ESS), this group focuses on:

  • Promotion and communication
  • Neutron strategy/landscape analysis
  • New funding schemes
  • User access policies

WG2: Neutron Usage and Innovation

Led by Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, this group focuses on:

  • Education
  • Awards
  • User organisation
  • Industrial users
  • New user communities
  • Assessment
  • Best practice

Photo: Robert Cubitt/ILL

WG3: Synergies in Technological Development and Operation

Led by Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) and Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), this group focuses on:

  • Moderator systems
  • Neutron delivery systems
  • Technologies for polarized neutrons
  • Detectors
  • Sample environments
  • Deuteration technologies
  • Future sources
  • Standardisation

Photo: Serge Claisse/ILL

WG4: Computing, Data

Led by the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) and Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ), this group focuses on:

  • Artificial intelligence technologies
  • Open data, Data DOI’s
  • Computing/data-management/-analysis
  • Automatization and robotics
  • Instrument control systems
  • Joint software repository


Ad-Hoc Group: Compact Neutron Sources (CNS)

Led by Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB) and Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), the CNS group is investigating the possibilities for using compact neutron sources in Europe.

As part of these efforts, the ad-hoc Working Group has published the LENS Report on Low Energy Accelerator-driven Neutron Sources, explaining how CNS could contribute to more widespread use of neutron scattering techniques in Europe.

Focus areas are currently indicative  and subject to change.