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Europe and Japan Burst Ahead on Neutron Facilities

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Science  09 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5276, pp. 729
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5276.729


To the envy of U.S. researchers, neutron science enjoys strong support from European and Japanese governments. Last week German officials broke ground on a $500 million research reactor outside Munich that is expected to consolidate Europe's position as the leader in the field for at least the next two decades. Meanwhile, Japanese researchers are awaiting final approval for a neutron source to be added to the $700 million Japan Hadron Project. Ironically, U.S. companies remain preeminent in their use of neutron sources—but their quest for the best facilities increasingly takes them across the ocean.