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EUFRAT – European facility for nuclear reaction and decay data measurements

Transnational Access of external users to JRC nuclear facilities

The unit Standards for Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards (SN3S unit) of the Directorate for Nuclear Safety and Security of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Geel, Belgium, operates a unique nuclear research infrastructure dedicated to the measurement of accurate nuclear reaction and decay data. These measurements serve the needs of safe operation of nuclear reactors, safe handling of nuclear waste and the radiological protection of the safety of the citizen and the environment.

Via the transnational access programme EUFRAT, JRC offers external researchers from the EU Member States and 3rd countries experimental possibilities at its nuclear facilities. There is a permanent call for proposals for experiments. Selection of experiments is based on peer review by international experts representing the stakeholder community.

The eufrat-facilities of JRC Geel encompass:

  • a 150 MeV linear electron accelerator (GELINA) with a high-resolution neutron time-of-flight (TOF) facility;
  • a 7 MV Van de Graaff facility for the production of continuous and pulsed proton-, deuteron- and helium ion beams which is serving as a source of well characterised quasi-monoenergetic neutrons;
  • a broad set of experimental set-ups used for nuclear decay measurements;
  • a low-level radioactivity laboratory in the deep-underground facility HADES;
  • a unit for the preparation and characterisation of actinide and stable targets needed for nuclear data measurements. 

External researchers from the EU Member states and 3rd countries can propose an experiment at these facilities, provided JRC experimental infrastructure can offer a significant added value to the project proposal. JRC launches a permanent Call for Proposals. Proposals are peer reviewed by a Programme Advisory Committee (PAC).

The following experiments can be accepted and supported:

  • Collaborative experiments: experiments where the visiting groups have expertise valuable for the research performed at the SN3S unit. The proposed experiments must be closely related with the on-going JRC nuclear projects and their results must have a clear added value for the Euratom Work Programme.
  • Associated experiments: other experiments in related domains that have a clear scientific value and where there is a proven need for the use of one of the JRC facilities.

For each experiment approved by the PAC, JRC will offer the best possible measurement conditions according to the specifications of the users and guaranteeing an optimal data output.

For collaborative projects user groups can also be supported for their travel and the accommodation and subsistence costs during the time required for the experiment, within the financial boundaries defined by the PAC.

If interested, please visit How to apply and perform an experiment supported by EUFRAT (a procedure in six steps).