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This photo shows part of the neutron time-of-flight facility, n_TOF. It has been in operation at CERN since 2001 and studies neutron–nucleus interactions.

The name n_TOF comes from the fact that neutron kinetic energy is determined by time-of-flight. To produce neutrons, a pulsed beam of protons from the Proton Synchrotron (PS) is directed at a lead target.

Data produced by n_TOF are used in astrophysics to study stellar evolution and supernovae. Intense neutron beams are also important in hadrontherapy (the treatment of tumors with beams of hadrons) and studies of how to incinerate waste.

Learn more about n_TOF: http://cern.ch/go/Rd8p

Congratulations to +Bob Looter, the first to get the answer to Friday’s post.

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chrono-meter ! les maîtres du temps le mesurent...
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Looks a lot like the NIF reactor core at Lawrence Livermore.
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