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|Title: ||Research Selections 2012|
|Keywords: ||Research Programs|
|Issue Date: ||1-Aug-2012|
|Publisher: ||Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation|
|Abstract: ||ANSTO is an instrument of the Australian Government committed to Australian
scientists and researchers, Australian innovation and Australia’s future. ANSTO’s
existence is inextricably linked to efforts to protect and sustain Australia’s
environment, to improve our health, to find ways to better diagnose and treat
diseases, to produce nuclear medicines and to make a contribution to the global
progress of nuclear science and technology.
While ANSTO’s world-class infrastructure and science platforms are a demonstration
of the foresight of the Australian Government, through the work of our researchers -
and our collaborative thinking and strong partnerships - we contribute significantly to
momentum in scientific discovery: bringing ideas to life.
Through strong collaborations great advances are made. ANSTO’s local and
international partnerships, as evidenced by the articles in this year’s Research
Selections, are part of a scientific network that reaches into universities, government
and industry and other research organisations – all of which have a crucial
contribution to make to research outcomes and, by extension, our living world.
ANSTO is part of the international science and technology community and is a
hub for a vibrant research engagement and discovery. Each year hundreds of the
world’s top researchers who use nuclear techniques to advance knowledge head
to ANSTO. These collaborations enable us to magnify our influence and reach
across the geography of possibilities. Not least of all through the mechanism of
collaborative agreements with international organisations thereby ensuring a gateway
for Australian scientists to the best international facilities, including CERN’s Large
Hadron Collider - home to the intrepid Higgs Boson particle physicists.
Research Selections is a small sample of the vast amount of great science being
leveraged with our infrastructure. But science doesn’t stand still. To continue to
achieve great science and ensure Australia remains at the forefront of discovery and
innovation, we need to develop, grow and build on existing foundations of knowledge.
ANSTO is already custodian of OPAL – Australia’s only nuclear reactor and one of
the best research reactors in the world. Thanks to OPAL, we are able to supply vital
nuclear medicine for Australians, irradiate silicon for the global semi-conductor market
and, importantly, provide neutrons enabling researchers to probe matter at the nano
and atomic scale, unlocking mysteries that can lead to profound discovery.
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While OPAL puts ANSTO streets ahead of where it otherwise would be, we cannot
and are not resting on our laurels. In April 2012, approximately100 national and
international experts attended the Second OPAL Guide Hall Workshop to discuss the
medium- to long-term future of OPAL, an essential step towards the full exploitation
of this world-leading research infrastructure. They discussed the extremely rapid
advances in neutron beam instruments over the past few years and brainstormed
strategies for using these advances and building a second suite of beamlines and
instruments that will be at the forefront of neutron beam capabilities.
ANSTO is also taking great strides in accelerator science. Our particle accelerators
ANTARES and STAR are well established for analysing the elemental composition
and age of materials using ion beam analysis and accelerator mass spectrometry.
Two new accelerators will be established at ANSTO, as part of our Centre for
Accelerator Science which has been funded through investment by the Government.
These will enhance our capabilities in, for example, radiocarbon dating on historical
artefacts, environmental studies, and determining how fossil fuels are contributing to
climate change. The formation of the Australian Collaboration for Accelerator Science
between the Australian Synchrotron, the University of Melbourne and the Australian
National University is aimed at creating and maintaining a national pool of world
class facilities and accelerator expertise. This collaboration will ensure Australia
remains at the leading edge of accelerator capabilities and facilities.|
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