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Detectors for the European Spallation Source


  • Richard Hall-Wilton
  • Carina Höglund
  • Mewlude Imam
  • Kalliopi Kanaki
  • Anton Khaplanov
  • Oliver Kirstein
  • Thomas Kittelmann
  • Bjorn Nilsson
  • Julius Scherzinger

Summary, in English

The European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden will become the world's leading neutron source for the study of materials by 2025. First neutrons will be produced in 2019. It will be a long pulse source, with an average beam power of 5 MW delivered to the target station. The pulse length will be 2.86 ms and the repetition rate 14 Hz. The ESS is presently in a design update phase, which ends in February 2013 with a Technical Design Report (TDR). Construction will subsequently start with the goal of bringing the first seven instruments into operation in 2019 at the same time as the source. The full baseline suite of 22 instruments will be brought online by 2025. These instruments present numerous challenges for detector technology in the absence of the availability of Helium-3, which is the default choice for detectors for instruments built until today. Additionally a new generation of source requires a new generation of detector technologies to fully exploit the opportunities that this source provides. This contribution presents briefly the current status of the ESS, and outlines the timeline to completion. The number of instruments and the framework for the decisions on which instruments should be built are shown. For a conjectured full instrument suite, which has been chosen for demonstration purposes for the TDR, a snapshot of the current expected detector requirements is presented. An outline as to how some of these requirements might be tackled is shown. Given that the delivery of the ESS TDR is only a few months away, this contribution reflects strongly the content of the TDR.








2012 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference Record (NSS/MIC)




IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.


  • Natural Sciences
  • Physical Sciences


  • Scattering
  • Neutron
  • Boron Carbide
  • Boron
  • Helium 3 crisis
  • He-3
  • ESS
  • Spallation
  • Detectors

Conference name

IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium / Medical Imaging Conference Record (NSS/MIC) / 19th Room-Temperature Semiconductor X-ray and Gamma-ray Detector Workshop

Conference date

2012-10-29 - 2012-11-03




  • ISSN: 1082-3654