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|Title: ||ANSTO annual report 2011-2012|
|Keywords: ||Progress Report|
|Issue Date: ||1-Nov-2012|
|Publisher: ||Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation|
|Abstract: ||For over 50 years, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
(ANSTO) has proudly been the home to Australia’s nuclear expertise.
Nuclear science and technology is a dynamic and exciting area of endeavour that focuses on
the basic building blocks of matter at the atomic level.
Many of the most important questions facing society today are within the domain of ANSTO’s
expertise; whether in the area of health, climate change or driving innovation for industry.
ANSTO’s state-of-the-art research facilities and our connection with other local and
international research centres, means our scientists have the resources and networks to
make a significant contribution today and in the future.
Central to realising the capabilities of some of Australia’s significant science infrastructure
are our people – ANSTO has over 1,100 dedicated scientists, engineers and support staff
who strive daily to exploit the opportunities nuclear science and technology offers, for the
benefit of all Australians.
As a Federal Government agency, ANSTO provides advice to the Federal Government
on all matters relating to nuclear science, technology and engineering. ANSTO supports
Australia’s international roles and obligations, contributing to nuclear non-proliferation and
participating in international decision making, keeping Australia at the forefront of nuclear
science and technology.
At the heart of ANSTO’s research capabilities is the OPAL reactor which is one of the world’s
best multi-purpose research reactors. OPAL is used for scientific research, the production
of medical radioisotopes, and the irradiation of silicon used in microelectronics in superfast
trains and hybrid cars.
OPAL facilitates specialised research using a growing suite of neutron beam instruments at
ANSTO’s Bragg Institute where scientists apply neutron scattering and X-ray techniques to
solve complex research and industrial problems such as developing renewable, clean
ANSTO also operates two particle accelerators, STAR and ANTARES, which are used to
analyse materials to determine their elemental composition and age, and are fundamental
to advancing knowledge in areas as important as climate change.
Development of the Federal Government funded Centre for Accelerator Science at ANSTO,
is now well underway. The new Centre will attract local and international scientists from
a wide range of scientific disciplines working in areas such as radiocarbon dating and
environmental studies, which are key in understanding past human activity (eg. rock art) and climate variability.|
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