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Institut Laue-Langevin

The ILL (Institut Laue-Langevin (link opens in a new window)) Facility located in Grenoble operates the most intense reactor based neutron source in world. It was established in 1967and the UK became an Associate in 1974.

The red magnet of PN1
The red magnet of PN1
Credit: 2007, Institut Laue-Langevin

ILL is owned, funded and managed by France (34% shareholding), Germany (33%) and the United Kingdom (the Associates, 33%). Each Associate country has an equal vote and all decisions are made by unanimous agreement of all of the Associates at the ILL Steering Committee, the governing body.

In addition, 9 further countries are Scientific Members of the ILL and contribute to the annual operational costs of the facility. The level of beam time allocated to the Associates is less than their ‘shareholding’ to allow for time to be allocated to the Scientific Members.

UK researchers are very successful in applying for beam time and are allocated a higher % of the beam time than requested, because UK researchers perform consistently well in the peer review process against researchers from other countries.

Page last updated: 01 April 2009 by Zahra Mogul