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ANSTO's facilities in Sydney include access to neutron beam instruments, X-ray and infrared instruments, biological and chemical deuteration, accelerators, and an array of other capabilities and techniques.

ANSTO is committed to the health and wellbeing of our people, users, collaborators and communities. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are making changes to support continuity of operations. At this time, access to research infrastructure across our Lucas Heights, Clayton and Camperdown campuses remains open with some restrictions. Support for researchers affected by travel restrictions may also be available. We are making these changes to slow and help suppress the spread of the virus and to ensure that ANSTO continues to support vital research and maintain the critical supply of nuclear medicine. Please review our update. Contact our User Offices for specific questions +61 02 9717-9111 or +61 03 8540 4217.

ANSTO operates extensive facilities for users from the national and international scientific community and industry. Each year thousands of scientists and investigators visit an ANSTO facility to conduct experiments.

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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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