ILL - Institut Laue-Langevin

Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France, is one of the world’s most intense neutron sources. The facility serves as a giant microscope, enabling the study of materials and processes at the atomic level.

ILL is an international research facility established in 1967 in Grenoble, France. ILL is owned by France, England and Germany. In addition, twelve countries, including Denmark, are scientific members of ILL.

The value of Danish membership

The ILL reactor, to the left, is situated close to the synchrotron radiation facility, ESRF, at the European Photon and Neutron (EPN) Science Campus in Grenoble, France. Photo: ESRF/P. Ginter
The membership contribution of ILL allows access for Danish researchers to use the facility. The experiments conducted at ILL are decided through a selection process in which international experts in the field are involved. Access to conduct experiments at the ILL facility is highly competitive.

Access to modern high-intensity neutron facilities such as ILL is vital to the build-up of the Danish research community in the field of neutron research. This is also the case for further knowledge on the construction of instruments to neutron source facilities. This is important in order for Denmark to be able to reap the full benefits of the neutron scattering facility, European Spallation Source (ESS), in Lund, Sweden.

Neutron sources are used in research within many scientific disciplines, for example research on climate change. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is an attempt to mitigate the effect of carbon dioxide emissions on global warming.

Danish contribution to the membership

In 2019, Denmark signed a new contract with the ILL covering the period of 2019-2023. The Danish share of the contribution over the five-year period is DKK 12, 1 million yearly. This allows Danish researchers access to 1,57 per cent of the total measuring time. 

DANSCATT - Instrument centre for Danish users of synchrotron and neutron sources and free-electron X-ray lasers organises the Danish users of ILL.

last modified May 16, 2019