LARMOR neutron microscope

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The LARMOR neutron microscope is a planned microscope based on the principle of neutron scattering. It is named in honor of Joseph Larmor and the principle of larmor precession that will increase resolution and accuracy.[1] It will be built at the ISIS facilities in Oxfordshire.[1][2]


LARMOR will be used to make high-precision, deep images of physical objects.[1][3][4] Since neutrons bear no electrical charge, neutron beams can penetrate deeply into materials. By examining the few interactions that neutrons do have with atoms they encounter and enhancing the imaging using larmor precession, the microscope is predicted to create images with an atom-level resolution.[1][3] The microscope will allow for observation of magnetic materials, complex liquids and living specimens.[1] An example of application of this research is improved electronics and charge storage in lithium-ion batteries.[5]

LARMOR is a joint project of the Delft University of Technology, the Eindhoven University of Technology, the University of Groningen and the Science and Technology Facilities Council's ISIS neutron source.[1][2] It is funded jointly by the participating Dutch universities and ISIS, and the Dutch NWO will contribute 2.3 million Euros.[1][4] One-third of the microscope's time will be reserved for research from the Netherlands.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Heirbaut, Jim (22 June 2012). van den Brink, Erwin, ed. "Neutronenmicroscoop Larmor voor universiteiten" [Neutron microscope for universities]. De Ingenieur (in Dutch). Veen Magazines. 124 (10/11): 7. ISSN 0020-1146. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "UK-Netherlands collaboration will build neutron super-microscope". ISIS. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "LARMOR Neutron scattering instrument". LARMOR weblog. TU Delft. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Indra Waardenburg (21 June 2012). "NWO investeert 15,5 mln in apparatuur". Technisch Weekblad. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Neutron super-microscope to be built at ISIS". Pan European Networks. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.