Nuclear Analysis and Radiography Department

Department Head:

Dr. László Szentmiklósi
Tel: +(36-1)-392-2222/ extension 3153
Fax: +(36-1)-392-2533

The mission of the laboratory is to carry out basic and applied research in the fields of nondestructive element analysis, material science, and nondestructive material testing by means of neutrons produced at the Budapest Research Reactor, as well as the development of facilities and techniques for the following tasks:

  • prompt-gamma activation analysis and imaging
  • neutron activation analysis,
  • handheld X-ray fluorescence analysis,
  • neutron radiography, -tomography with cold and thermal neutron beams,
  • dynamic neutron- and X-ray radiography and coupled nondestructive techniques,
  • in-situ element analysis and radiography in special sample environments,
  • determination of nuclear cross-sections, nuclear structure data and spectroscopic data to be used in NAA and PGAA,
  • radioactive tracing,
  • Mössbauer spectroscopy.

Five large-scale facilities are operated by the Laboratory:

The above listed facilities use the neutrons produced at the Budapest Research Reactor. The equipments utilize the interaction between the neutrons and the matter of the sample to obtain analytical, radiographic and spectroscopic information on the sample. Four of the five facilities (PGAA, NIPS/NORMA, NAA and RAD) are available for external users as part of the Budapest Neutron Centre (BNC). We participate or operate user-access programs funded by the EU FP7 or H2020 for users coming from the European Union:

  • EU FP7 NMI3-II (grantnumber: 283883) It supports research proposals that can be solved using the facilities of BNC
  • EU H2020 IPERION CH (grant number: 654028) It supports research proposals in the field of archaeometry on the FixLab facilities
  • EU FP7 CHANDA (grant number: 605203) It supports nuclear data measurements and related topics at the PGAA-NIPS facility
  • CERIC-ERIC a distributed research infrastrtucture of Central-European countries for interdisciplinary material science

We are open to bilateral collaborations as well as industry-driven R&D activities.

The colleagues of the department