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Title: OPAL: Australia's world-class research reactor.
Keywords: ANSTO
OPAL Reactor
Issue Date: Jan-2006
Publisher: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Abstract: OPAL, Australia’s new world-class research reactor, will help this country maintain its advanced position at the frontiers of international science. OPAL will be the centre-piece of the facilities we offer at ANSTO, where our nuclear expertise supports health, environmental, industrial and national security objectives. Similarly, it will enhance our ability to provide high-quality radiopharmaceuticals for nuclear medicine and produce radioisotopes and neutron beams for scientific and commercial uses. To maximise the use of OPAL, ANSTO has established the Bragg Institute as a regional centre of excellence in neutron scattering science. The Bragg Institute is Australia’s leading group in the use of neutron and X-ray scattering techniques to solve complex research and industrial problems. The Institute is named in honour of the Australian Nobel Prize for Physics winners, William and Lawrence Bragg. OPAL will replace HIFAR, Australia’s first nuclear reactor. It will perform in the top five per cent of more than 250 existing international research reactors, and at a similarly high level in its group of multi-purpose reactors. It can operate 340 days a year, a significant increase over the operating levels typically achieved by comparable overseas facilities.
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