Experimental Opportunities

As of 2005, the Reactor Institute Delft is there to facilitate your research. With our facilities, you can see aspects of matter that cannot be probed any other way. So an opportunity indeed!

There are various modes of operation available to acccomplish this, depending on who you are and what you need. Also, there are various ways of covering the cost of the experiments. In the following, we describe a few of these as examples. In your particular case, we might even have to think of yet another way of cooperating.

One way of grouping our techniques is according to the nature of the experimental result and the desireability of your presence in Delft.

Collaboration opportunities
Some of our techniques are clear-cut and give results that can be understood without having to understand any of the underlying details of the methodology. Examples are Instrumental Neutron Ativation Analysis (INAA), where element concentrations are determined, and Neutron Depth Profiling (NDP). In these cases, you might wish to simply send us the samples and receive the analysis report.

Other techniques yield graphs that can be difficult to interpret without the assistence of our scientific staff. Examples are Spin-echo Small-angle neutron scattering (SESANS) and Poly-axis Neutron Depolarization Analysis (PANDA). With these, you might prefer to come over with your samples and participate in the experiments.

Secrecy and financial consequences
The TU Delft scientists, same as their peers,  like seeing their names as co-authors on scientific papers. But our instruments are expensive to maintain and operate. So depending on the type of cooperation, the cost of the experiments must be covered somehow.

One option is to submit a research proposal together, and find a third party who is willing to sponsor the research. In The Netherlands, the "Stichting Technische Wetenschappen" (STW) finances research of high quality aimed at industrial applications. The results of such research are public. The same is true for fundamental scientific work sponsored by government bodies.

All neutron and positron instruments can be used by European (and associated states) scientists through the Transnational Access Mechanism of the European FP7 NMI3 project.

You may wish to investigate something together with our scientists, but keep the results secret for a defined period of e.g. five years. In this case, you will have to cover all costs yourself, including the time of the cooperating scientists.

More information
You might wish to set up shop within our building, in order to prepare samples, do experiments and handle radioactive materials on site. This is also possible.

We hope we have illustrated the variety of opportunities offered - options not mentioned are quite likely to be feasible as well. For more information, you can contact us.

Name author: M. Blaauw
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