Canadian Neutron Beam Centre

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The NRC Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC) is Canada's national user facility that enables researchers to use neutron beams as tools for world-class materials research. The CNBC is located at the Chalk River Laboratories, where Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) owns and operates the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor. CNBC has been a global leader in the development of materials and products for businesses.Like most other neutron beam laboratories, the CNBC operates beamlines as a service to external researchers. In a typical year, about 250 individuals participate in research that relies on access to its suite of 6 beamlines at the CNBC.[1]


The neutron beam laboratory now known as the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre was transferred from AECL to the National Research Council in 1997.

March 7, 2013 - Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) will fully fund, govern and operate the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC) for a two-year period effective April 1, 2013 according to an agreement recently signed with the National Research Council (NRC). The NRC staff of the CNBC will continue to be NRC employees while working in alignment with AECL’s direction.

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The NRU reactor is a multi-purpose research reactor that supports science and industry in three areas simultaneously: 1. It is Canada’s only major neutron source, supplying neutrons for the CNBC. 2. It is Canada’s only major materials testing reactor, supporting nuclear energy research and development. 3. It is one of the two largest global producers of medical radioisotopes.


  1. ^ "About CNBC". AECL homepage. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 

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