Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
http://www.ill.eu
Core Data
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Legal Status
International or intergovernmental organisation or framework
Location
71, Avenue des Martyrs, Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin, Grenoble cedex 9, PO: 38043, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
Structure
Type Of RI
Single-sited
Coordinating Country
France
Participating Countries
Czech Republic
Denmark
United Kingdom
Austria
Slovakia
Poland
Sweden
Belgium
Germany
Switzerland
Italy
Spain
France
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational since 1973
Timeline
Being upgraded since 2016 to 2021
Being upgraded since 2000 to 2015
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The Institut Laue-Langevin is an international research centre at the leading edge of neutron science and technology. As the world’s flagship centre for neutron science, the ILL provides scientists with a very high flux of neutrons feeding some 40 state-of-the-art instruments, which are constantly being developed and upgraded.The ILL makes its facilities and expertise available to visiting scientists. Every year, some 1500 researchers from over 40 countries visit the ILL. More than 800 experiments selected by a scientific review committee are performed annually. Research focuses primarily on fundamental science in a variety of fields: condensed matter physics, chemistry, biology, nuclear physics and materials science, etc. Whilst some are working on engine designs, fuels, plastics and household products, others are looking at biological processes at cellular and molecular level. Still others may be elucidating the physics that could contribute to the electronic devices of the future. ILL can specially tailor its neutron beams to probe the fundamental processes that help to explain how our universe came into being, why it looks the way it does today and how it can sustain life. The ILL also collaborates closely and at different levels of confidentiality with the R&D departments of industrial enterprises.ILL is funded and managed by France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in partnership with 11 other countries (10 European and India.)The Institut Laue-Langevin is engaged in continuous modernisation programmes, such as the ILL 20/20 Upgrade Project. It is part of the institute’s wide-ranging Millennium Programme which contributes to planning for the next phase of development, called Endurance and planned for 2016 to 2021. Its purpose is to investigate infrastructure needs, together with potential methods for the optimisation of access and use of the site; it distinguishes the most cost-effective response to users’ requirements in both the short and medium term. ILL is a project on the ESFRI Roadmap of Research Infrastructures (RIs) of pan-European interest.

RI Keywords
Spectroscopy, Scattering, Diffraction, Neutrons
Classifications
RI Category
Intense Neutron Sources
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biological and Medical Sciences
Chemistry and Material Sciences
Information Science and Technology
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
Engineering and Energy
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Services
Access to 37 scientific instruments

4553 beam days were delivered in 2012.

Equipment
37 scientific instruments

Diffractometer (powder, liquid, polarised neutron, single crystal, large scale structures, small angle scattering, low momentum-transfer) Reflectometers Spectrometers (diffuse scattering and polarisation analysis, Three-axis, time of flight, backscattering, spin -echo) Nuclear physics instruments Fundamental physics instruments.

Additional Data
Access
Access Type
Physical, Industrial access, Remote
Access Mode
Excellence Driven
Access Webpage
https://www.ill.eu/users/
Users
Number of Users
Number Year
721 2017
1,306 2016
1,386 2015
Users Definition
Teams of individual researchers
User Demographics
European Users - 100.0% in 2017
European Users - 100.0% in 2016
European Users - 100.0% in 2015
Type of Users
Academic - 99.0%
Industry/private companies - 1.0%
Collaborations
ESFRI
RI is an ESFRI landmark
Networks
Neutron scattering and Muon Spectroscopy Integrating Infrastructure Initiative
EIROforum
SINE2020