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COVID-19 Update - 20th May

Access - Australian Synchrotron. ANSTO VIC

Access - Sydney facilities. ANSTO NSW

Dear Users,
Our 12 May communication to you advised of our plans to develop a staged, partial resumption of research infrastructure operations at Lucas Heights, Camperdown and Clayton.
As we prepare to recommence our user program, we will complete planned maintenance and infrastructure will be brought back to a state of operational readiness. We do not expect to resume operations at full capacity during this phase.
Our commitment is to:

  • Address first those approved experiments/projects postponed from the 2020-1 round due to COVID-19 measures. We will contact the impacted users soon to discuss restarting these experiments;  
  • Consider mail-in of samples, where possible, subject to agreement with Research Infrastructure contacts;
  • Progressively allow users on site, from local/state, national and international institutions depending on Government and respective institutional travel advice, and ANSTO risk assessments;
  • Award proposals under the 2020-2 (Lucas Heights) or 2020/2 (Clayton) rounds contingent on when user operations resume; and
  • Reopen new proposal submissions once back-log is addressed and normal operations re-established.
  • ANSTO VIC (Australian Synchrotron) will recommence regular user operations from June, following the principles outlined above.  As Government restrictions ease, ANSTO NSW will assess the risk of resuming a reduced level of user program that will permit the presence of users on site. 

Questions on this communication can be directed to respective User Office sites or for the capabilities required. 

Neutron Scattering

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Neutrons are produced at the OPAL multi-purpose reactor for a suite of 15 state-of-the art neutron scattering and imaging instruments at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering.

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Australian Synchrotron

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The Australian Synchrotron is an advanced third-generation design. The 3GeV 3 GeV storage ring allows for the production of light at frequencies that encompass a wide range of the electromagnetic spectrum, from far infra-red to hard x-rays. The broad range of available wavelengths allows scientists to investigate across a wide area. There are 10 operational beamlines and two beamlines under construction.

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Accelerator techniques

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Accelerator mass spectrometry and ion beam analysis are undertaken on the four accelerators that are operated at the Centre for Accelerator Science. The Centre operates associated 11 ion sources, 17 beamlines, sample preparation and chemistry laboratories and provides in-house expertise in AMD+S and IBA. Isotope tracing in natural systems using stable and radioactive isotopes are also undertaken on the accelerators.

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National Deuteration Facility


The National Deuteration Facility offers the facilities and expertise to produce molecules where all or part of the molecular hydrogen is replaced with deuterium chemically or biologically. This enables complex investigations of the relationship between the structure of molecules and their function using neutron scattering and other techniques. 

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Other instruments and systems 

Helium Polarising Station

ANSTO operates a number of other instruments and a range of capabilities to support experiments at the Centre for Neutron Scattering and the Australian Synchrotron.

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