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Always on Fridays….

This blog has a history.

Between February and August 2014, the research neutron source was shut down due to a maintenance break. On March 2nd, 2004, the reactor had gone critical for the first time, and ten years after this event several tests were mandatory. In short: No neutrons, no positrons for around six months. This meant to us: No users the User Office could take care for! With our blog, we wanted to answer the question what we did instead and thus the readers could take a look behind the scenes always on fridays.

The maintenance break ended on August 22nd, 2014. In the mean time, blog writing became a lot of fun and therefore we decided to carry on. And this is why this blog still exists!

And new from cycle 38a on: Here we inform you about unexpected shutdowns. On more reason to subscribe to our feed!

  • 24.06.2016
    And another thimble-type tube!
    And another thimble-type tube! 20160624_Blog_Fingerhutrohr

    Carfully secured for the transport to Garching. © Ch. Großklaus (FRM II)

    Carfully secured for the transport to Garching. © Ch. Großklaus (FRM II)

    The fourth thimble-type tube is produced and delivered! The other three tubes that arrived last week, had meanwhile been installed and did pass the leak test successfully.

    Ok, there is some more work, but it is looking pretty good at the moment!

    A big “Thank you!” to our colleague who took the photo at the manufacturer!

  • 17.06.2016
    Eager expected!
    Eager expected! 20160617_Blog_Lieferung-Fingerhutrohr

    Ch. Ziller will conduct the leak test of the new thimble-type tubes. © A. Pichlmaier (FRM II)

    Ch. Ziller will conduct the leak test of the new thimble-type tubes. © A. Pichlmaier (FRM II)

    How delightful! The delivery of these three narrow wooden boxes gave us a pleasure. At first glance, they appear quite inconspicuous and only after unpacking, the new thimble-type tubes can be recognised.

    Do you remember? In the end of February we already wrote about them and explained them and their purpose. This week, three brand-new tubes arrived (we are waiting for another one that will be delivered next week). Now, work at Garching starts – you can’t install them the easy way. We have to do several tests and checks and the installation will be quite tricky due to the lack of space.

  • 10.06.2016
    Ready for EM 2016!
    Ready for EM 2016! 20160610_Blog_EM © MLZ
    © MLZ

    Regarding the necessary preparations for the European Football Championship 2016 we stick to the timetable – easily to recognise at this colleague’s car.

    We are looking forward to thrilling and beautiful matches!

    We like to make the wait until the first kick off more pleasant for you: Which teams do you think does this colleague cheers for?

  • 03.06.2016
    What's happening here?
    What's happening here? 20160603_Blog_Feuerwehr

    At a run. © MLZ

    At a run. © MLZ

    One is strolling unsuspectingly around the site, when suddenly a lot of fire engines zoomed in with sirens and flashing blue light. Is there any danger?

    No, not at all. The fire brigade practises again at the FRM II. This happens periodically – because in a hopefully never occuring emergency, every move has to be perfectly executed! In order to make it more thrilling, special scenarios are made up: Maybe an injured person has to be found and saved or the build-up of smoke complicates the task.

  • 27.05.2016
    Long weekend!
    Long weekend! 20160527_Blog_Blumen © MLZ
    © MLZ

    On time for the last long weekend (in Bavaria, Corpus Christi) is a holiday), the weather forecast is really positive – we wish sunny days to all our readers!

  • 20.05.2016
    Supplement
    Supplement 20160520_Blog_Stopfen-fertig

    Looking at the new plug’s lid. © MLZ

    Looking at the new plug’s lid. © MLZ

    During April, we gave a detailed report about the exchange of the beam plug. But until now, a photo auf the truly built-in plug was missing. In the meantime, our Neutron Optics Group calibrated and adjusted it and built in three neutron guides.

    By the way: In the next newsletter that will be published in July, we will show exclusive photos of the installation in the Experimental Hall – the User Office had only been allowed to take photos during the training…

  • 13.05.2016
    Done!
    Done! 20160513_Blog_Proposals

    Take a leaf out of their book! © A. Steffen (JCNS)

    Take a leaf out of their book! © A. Steffen (JCNS)

    Did you submit your proposal last week? Then you deserve some time out. Now, lean back, enjoy the view, and wait – while we work diligently behind the scenes.

    Our referees will meet on June 30th and July 1st – you will informed about the results during the following two weeks via email.

    We thank all proposers and wish everybody a nice long weekend!

  • 06.05.2016
    Why did I tie a knot in my handkerchief?????
    Why did I tie a knot in my handkerchief????? 20160506_Blog_Katze

    Today wide-awake! © A. Steffen (JCNS)

    Today wide-awake! © A. Steffen (JCNS)

    Oops, it is high time to submit a proposal to MLZ before the deadline today!

    Just read the Call for Proposals and start:

    For instruments supported by TUM, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, and Max-Planck-Gesellschaft:
    The digital FRM II User Office

    For instruments supported by Forschungszentrum Jülich:
    The digital JCNS User Office

    Thank you!

  • 29.04.2016
    We want YOUR PROPOSAL!
    We want YOUR PROPOSAL! 20160429_Blog_Deadline_Katze-1

    Come on, there is still time to have a nap! © MLZ

    Come on, there is still time to have a nap! © MLZ

    You have one week left to submit your proposal for beam time at the MLZ: Our next deadline is on Friday, May 6th.

    Please note that in beautiful Bavaria there will be a holiday on Thurdsday (May 5th) – on that day nobody will be available!

    We are looking forward to receiving your proposal!

  • 22.04.2016
    How to exchange a beam plug?! (3/3)
    How to exchange a beam plug?! (3/3) 20160422_Blog_Stopfenwechsel_3 © MLZ
    © MLZ

    After the shielding flask had been positioned in front of the pulled out beam plug, it is screwed on thightly. Now, the plug can be divided into two parts – that one in the shielding flask and the other one. Why are we doing that? Because the whole thing would be too heavy and it would not be possible to transport it. For the same reason, the new beam plug is assembled within the Experimental Hall!

    Well wrapped, both removed parts had been transported to the Neutron Guide Hall East and waited for collection – you can see the containers on the photo below. In the Experimental Hall, the colleagues of the Neutron Optics Group meanwhile adjusted the new plug’s neutron guides.

  • 15.04.2016
    How to exchange a beam plug?! (2/3)
    How to exchange a beam plug?! (2/3) 20160415_Blog_Stopfenwechsel_2 © MLZ
    © MLZ

    Last week, we learned how to pull out a beam plug. During the whole process, our radiation protection department stays there and checks any radioactivity so that no limits will be exceeded. In order to protect the project team, a shielding wall had been constructed. Beforehand, several cameras had been installed in the Experimental Hall and now they can use them for their work. This way, the crane as well as the machine for the exchange of beam plugs can be operated.

    For the plug’s front part, a special shielded flask had been constructed – you can have a look inside in the picture at the top of the left. Once the plug is on the machine’s sledge, the shielding flask is positioned by using the crane and put down on the plug.

  • 08.04.2016
    How to exchange a beam plug?! (1/3)
    How to exchange a beam plug?! (1/3) 20160408_Blog_Stopfen_1 © MLZ
    © MLZ

    This week the time has come for the beam plug’s exchange! Due to safety reasons, we can’t do a live report – but we got the opportunity to take part in a training session at the mock-up (we had introduced that in February) and will therefore explain the procedure in more detail in the next few entries.

    First of all, the machine for the exchange of beam plugs is located in the Experimental Hall directly in front of the beam plug (above on the left: the machine; on the right: the (training) plug). It pulls out the plug by using the sledge it is mounted on (you can see the sledge above on the left). Once the plug is pulled out, the shielding gate that had been positioned directly at the reactor’s wall, is closed (below on the right).

  • 01.04.2016
    Tubes on tour
    Tubes on tour 20160401_Blog_Rohre_Trisp © A. Steffen (JCNS)
    © A. Steffen (JCNS)

    In order to make room in the Experimental Hall for the neutron guides that will provide neutrons to the Neutron Guide Hall East, for example the three axes spin echo spectrometer TRISP had to be dismantled. When it will be reconstructed in the new hall, it won’t need its cladding tubes anymore. Yesterday, a special transport fetched them (they are in that yellow box). They will be stored temporarily before the conditioning.

  • 24.03.2016
    Happy Easter!
    Happy Easter! 20160324_Blog_Ostern

    We wish all our readers some nice and relaxing Easter holidays – no matter what the weather will be! © MLZ

    We wish all our readers some nice and relaxing Easter holidays – no matter what the weather will be! © MLZ

  • 18.03.2016
    Reaching the lowest point
    Reaching the lowest point 20160318_Blog_Galileo

    Panoramic view. © MLZ

    Panoramic view. © MLZ

    Since we casted an eye over GALILEO’s building site that is located directly in front of our area, five months have gone by (it was on Oct. 30th, 2015) and quite a lot has happened: They digged. They digged very deep. And then a little deeper…. But now they are obviously deep enough: In the picture at the bottom left, you can see that the next construction phase started with the first part of the floor slab.

    By the way, this very deep pit shall once contain a two-storey underground car park!

  • 10.03.2016
    Bye bye Regensburg!
    Bye bye Regensburg! 20160310-blog-dpg © MLZ
    © MLZ

    Day 4 at Regensburg: One shall always leave at the best moment! It was a great time and a big thank you to the perfect organisation as well to all visitors – we are looking forward to receive your proposals!

  • 09.03.2016
    Early in the morning...
    Early in the morning... 20160309-blog-dpg3 © MLZ
    © MLZ

    Day 3 at Regensburg: This is what it looks like before about 5000 participants enter the lecture halls and flood the corridors.

  • 08.03.2016
    We are waiting for YOU!
    We are waiting for YOU! 20160308-blog-regensburg2 © MLZ
    © MLZ

    Day 2 at Regensburg: booth is ready and looking nice – from today on we are awaiting you and all your questions!

  • 07.03.2016
    On the road
    On the road 20160307-blog-dpg-1 © MLZ
    © MLZ

    This week, we are at the DPG Spring Meeting at Regensburg.

    1. day: location reached, material for the booth had been delivered – now everything has to be built up!

  • 04.03.2016
    Keeping up good neighbourly relations
    Keeping up good neighbourly relations 20160304_Blog_Enten-sind-zurück

    Did you discover the cat? © MLZ

    Did you discover the cat? © MLZ

    It’s March and the ducks are back again!

    We dedicated our fourth blog article to them, we were happy when they came back last year – and in the meantime, they are a trio instead of a couple! Two drakes escort the lady across the pond. They are out to impress at least our cat – she looks a little bit scared, doesn’t she?

    On our own behalf: Will we meet next week? The User Office will be at the DPG Spring Meeting at Regensburg – find our booth in the “Lichthof” (booth no. 11) from Tuesday on.

  • 26.02.2016
    Restart shifted
    Restart shifted 20160226_Blog_Fingerhutrohre

    A rare view: Looking up from the bottom of the moderator tank (photo during construction phase, 2000, still without heavy water.) © MLZ

    A rare view: Looking up from the bottom of the moderator tank (photo during construction phase, 2000, still without heavy water.) © MLZ

    Although we announced April 12th for the FRM II’s restart, we have to shift it to July 19th. That means, one of the planned cycles will be dropped. Delays in the schedule for the change of the beam plug as well as the long delivery time of the thimble-type tubes is to blame for this.

    The tubes are located inside the moderator tank and contain elements to measure the heavy water’s temperature. Due to an ullage, one of them had been removed. By endoscope one could find similar results on the other – identical – tubes. Thus, all of them have to be replaced. For sure, this was not planned! Unfortunately, you can’t buy such tubes off the peg but they have to be manufactured individually.

    Luckily, we have had the material in stock since 2012 but due to the production time we have to wait now…

    (Thanks to our Reactor Department for information and picture!)

  • 19.02.2016
    Jülich Centre for Neutron Science becomes 10 years!
    Jülich Centre for Neutron Science becomes 10 years! 20160219_Blog_10JahreJCNS

    Invitation to and audience at the celebration at Jülich, Feb. 17th © Forschungszentrum Jülich + MLZ

    Invitation to and audience at the celebration at Jülich, Feb. 17th © Forschungszentrum Jülich + MLZ

    Just a few months before the Jülich research reactor DIDO was shut down in 2006, the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) was founded.

    For the last ten years, JCNS has successfully developed and operated world-class neutron scattering instruments at the best neutron sources worldwide. At Garching for example, ten and a half instruments (BioDIFF is a joint instrument of TUM and FZJ) wait for users and their experiments – and there will be even two more in the new Neutron Guide Hall East.

    Our congratulations!

  • 12.02.2016
    The proof of the pudding is in the eating
    The proof of the pudding is in the eating 20160212_Blog_Testaufbau © MLZ
    © MLZ

    Our machine for the exchange of beam tubes is already used diligently. All has to go well once it is show time! For this purpose, a mock-up had been constructed in the Neutron Guide Hall East. In the meantime, the team responsible for the exchange practises here. The process has to be fixed well in advance and furthermore has to be checked officially.

    Our picture shows the shielding gate (blue) that will be constructed directly at the reactor’s wall. On the left, there will be the reactor pool – here you can see the “built-in” beam plug (light grey). The machine for the exchange of beam tubes is on the left outside the image section.

  • 05.02.2016
    Awoken
    Awoken 20160205_Blog_Strahlrohwechselmaschine

    The machine’s rear end. © MLZ

    The machine’s rear end. © MLZ

    In our entry on January 15th, a mysterious machine was visible in the background. That is our machine for the exchange of beam tubes. It is not new but was shaken out of its sleepy way of life: During the construction of the FRM II it had already been used to fit the beam tubes into the reactor pool. Since then, the customised design had dozed in an external warehouse. Quite a while ago, it was fetched back, modified, and now waits for the mission. It not only loiters about – but that story will be told next week!

    To all readers celebrating carnival: Alaaf and Helau!!

  • 29.01.2016
    No more reimbursement of travelling expenses via the EU
    No more reimbursement of  travelling expenses via the EU 20160129_Blog_Geld

    Money makes the world go round. © MLZ

    Money makes the world go round. © MLZ

    On January 31st, the current NMI3 project ends. Via this project, we granted the financial support for European users until now. We are working on a continuation project but in the meantime, the MLZ partners will bridge the gap. Although the budget is limited, we like to support as many experiments as possible. Therefore we will reimburse the expenses for only one person per eligible experiment in the future.

    You are keen to learn more? You find detailled information on our web page. We will also be happy to answer all your questions – just contact us!

  • 22.01.2016
    Two become three
    Two become three 20160122_Blog_Strahlkanaele

    Neutrons for POWTEX, SAPHiR, TOPAS, and TRISP. © MLZ

    Neutrons for POWTEX, SAPHiR, TOPAS, and TRISP. © MLZ

    After we celebrated the beam plug’s arrival last week, maybe some of our readers wondered about why we are in need of such a new plug.

    The current plug has only two beam channels. But 40 m away, in the Neutron Guide Hall East, four instruments are eagerly waiting for neutrons. Of those, POWTEX and SAPHiR will share a neutron guide. Therefore we need three neutron guides and thus three beam channels. Unfortunately it is not possible to gouge a hole into the plug later: A new one had to be manufactured.

    Further news: The planned reactor cycles for 2016 are online!

  • 15.01.2016
    Welcome to the new year!
    Welcome to the new year! 20160115_Blog_Stopfenankunft

    Arrival at dawn. © MLZ

    Arrival at dawn. © MLZ

    The User Office team managed the turn of the year quite well and we hope that you did this, too!

    But not only the team is present again – the new beam plug had also been delivered! Our current break is mainly due to the exchange of this plug at beam tube 5 because this will create the possibility to provide the Neutron Guide Hall East with neutrons. Thus, we will have a closer look on this topic here on the blog during the next weeks.

    First of all the spectacular arrival of the beam plug on January 8th, 2016. By the way, it was manufactured at the Forschungszentrum Jülich by the Central Institute for Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA) – Engineering and Technology (ZEA-1) during 2015.

  • 18.12.2015
    We turn 100!
    We turn 100! 20151218_Blog_100

    With our 100th blog article, we like to wish happy holidays and a Happy New Year to all our readers. We will be back on January 15th!

  • 11.12.2015
    Newsletter #15 online!
    Newsletter #15 online! 20151211_Blog_News15

    Enjoy! © MLZ

    Enjoy! © MLZ

    You are now able to rummage online in our latest newsletter. In the feature, we present the possibilities of small angle neutron scattering at the MLZ. Furthermore, we have a look at the new chopper at SPHERES and are in at the opening of the primary cell – just mentioning two topics among many more!

    The printed copies are shipped to our subscribers next week. You are no subscriber but like to get a copy? Just send us an !

  • 04.12.2015
    Next deadline for proposals published!
    Next deadline for proposals published! 20151204_Blog_naechsteDeadline

    First entry in next year’s calendar! © MLZ

    First entry in next year’s calendar! © MLZ

    The next deadline for proposals is fixed. You will be able to submit your proposal until May 6th, 2016 at the latest. Please do not forget to contact the instrument scientists in advance – they will have a handful of insider hints for you!

    Even earlier is the deadline for Rapid Access proposals: It will be on February 23rd, 2016.

    Detailled information about the whole process can be found on our webpage.

  • 27.11.2015
    Snow!
    Snow! 20151127_Blog_Weihnachtsbaum

    You are right – not much snow but at least there is some! © MLZ

    You are right – not much snow but at least there is some! © MLZ

    The Christmas Tree is ready – even snow was delievered on the dot!
    Let’s enjoy this without further words.

    Have a nice first Sunday in Advent!

  • 20.11.2015
    This week's news from the User Office
    This week's news from the User Office 20151120_Blog_NeueZyklen © MLZ
    © MLZ

    While working on the light weight hall still goes on (it is not as easy as the name seems to suggest…), we were able to inform all users who had submitted a proposal for the last deadline on September 11th about the reviews’ results. You have not yet received an email? Just have a look at your spam folder – or just contact us!

    Congratulations to all those who received beam time, we are looking forward to seeing you in Garching next year. BTW, the period for the first cycle after our longer break is fixed now – but please be aware that it can be shifted on short notice!

  • 13.11.2015
    Good weather? Start building something!
    Good weather? Start building something! 20151113_Blog_Leichtbauhalle © MLZ
    © MLZ

    The fog stepped aside for a nice golden November – and we take full advantage of the sunshine. The next building is put up! This time, it is a light weight hall – storage capacity is always needed!

    Looking around on our site and also outside, sometimes the thought touches one that maybe we all are only figures in a real-time strategy

    For sure an unfounded suspicion….

  • 06.11.2015
    Strange it is, wandering through mists!
    Strange it is, wandering through mists! 20151106_Blog_Nebel

    View from the User Office: No neutrons, no users…. nothing at all???? © FRM II/ TUM

    View from the User Office: No neutrons, no users…. nothing at all???? © FRM II/ TUM

    Autmn keeps a firm hand on Garching and it does its popular nickname Niflheim justice.

    It dates back to the first students participating in the lectures and seminars on the TUM’s Garching site. Due to the lack of tubes as well as buses, they had to march across the fields or ride a bike. Doing this, one often had to fight ones way through thick fog. The river Isar is not that far away!

  • 30.10.2015
    Large building site
    Large building site 20151030_Blog_Luftaufname_Baustelle

    Compare the dimensions by looking at the Atomic Egg! © www.graf-flugplatz.de

    Compare the dimensions by looking at the Atomic Egg! © www.graf-flugplatz.de

    Between our site and the underground station, GALILEO is built up industriously this year. It will become a large complex hosting a hotel, a boarding house, conference rooms, a main lecture hall as well as shops.

    In fact, this is a really impressive building site and it can be best seen from above. It looks a little bit as if the kids forgot to tidy away toys after playing wit them…

  • 23.10.2015
    A lot of proposals - no neutrons
    A lot of proposals - no neutrons 20151023_Blog_Review-langePause

    Nice contrast: 0 MW power and preparations for the review panels’ meeting © FRM II/ TUM

    Nice contrast: 0 MW power and preparations for the review panels’ meeting © FRM II/ TUM

    This week’s Tuesday saw the last neutrons before next spring time. This planned longer break will be used to prepare the new Neutron Guide Hall East instruments’ supply with neutrons.

    Despite the lack of neutrons, the review of the proposals submitted for Round 20 is in full swing since yesterday. It will lead to the distribution of available beam time – you will learn within the next two weeks, if – and in case “yes” – how many beam days you will get.

    We push for all our users!

  • 16.10.2015
    A new building!
    A new building! 20151015_Blog_Transformator

    Welcome! © FRM II/ TUM

    Welcome! © FRM II/ TUM

    That’s really fast, isn’t it? It took just one morning and our site got one more building. No, unfortunately it won’t offer offices – it is a transformer installation. The housed transformer had been outside until now and moved to the MLZ site.

    After the foundation had been laid some time ago, the little house was delievered completely assembled. It just had to be lifted to the right position with the help of a big crane.

    Now, cables have to be laid and finally, a nice covering will be installed – it will match our other small buildings then!

  • 09.10.2015
    We have reported about nearly everything...
    We have reported about nearly everything... 20151009_Blog_Katze

    Job interview with the User Office. © FRM II/ TUM

    Job interview with the User Office. © FRM II/ TUM

    … but a SWEET cat photo was still missing!

    Just before the trend sinks into oblivion, we like to make our quick contribution to it. Since a few months, a cat has materialised on the site every now and again. And she stands out due to her curiosity and her desire to cuddle!

  • 02.10.2015
    Prepared for the German Unity Day
    Prepared for the German Unity Day 20151002_Blog_Einheit © FRM II/ TUM
    © FRM II/ TUM

    Tomorrow, the German Unity Day will be celebrated for the 25th time. It reminds on the reunifcation of the two German states in 1989. Have a nice day!

    We have already smartened ourselves up:

  • 25.09.2015
    O'zapft is!
    O'zapft is! 20150915_Blog_Oktoberfest

    Bavaria celebrates itself. © FRM II/ TUM

    Bavaria celebrates itself. © FRM II/ TUM

    (Bavarian for “Beer is available” at the start of the Oktoberfest)

    The famous Oktoberfest is in full swing and rules whole Bavaria. Whole Bavaria? Yes, even Garching. To several users’ great surprise, it is impossible to organise hotel rooms at an affordable rate on short notice. This year, many users were really smart and applied for their visit well in advance. Thank you for that – our colleagues at the Visitors’ Service are really happy that they managed to find a bed for all of them!

    Short information on our own behalf in order to prevent further enquiries: No, we are not able to book tables at the Oktoberfest. The same goes for next year :(

  • 18.09.2015
    Some already started celebrating, the others are still working...
    Some already started celebrating, the others are still working... 20150918_Blog_Dyproso-LabCourse

    Easy guess: Which photos are from the DyProSo (© FRM II/ TUM), which from the LabCourse (© A. Steffen/ JCNS)?

    Easy guess: Which photos are from the DyProSo (© FRM II/ TUM), which from the LabCourse (© A. Steffen/ JCNS)?

    While the User Office Team wades through so many submitted proposals (Thank you!), the 35th DyProSo (Dynamical Properties of Solids) conference took place at Freising. Despite a lot of talks and posters, there was enough time for lively discussions – for example during the Bavarian conference dinner on Wednesday evening.

    At the same time, the annual JCNS LabCourse took place here at Garching. More than 50 students from different disciplines used our instruments in order to put their theoretical knowledge (won at the lectures at Jülich last week) into action.

    That was really a thrilling week!

  • 11.09.2015
    Proposal Deadline!
    Proposal Deadline! 20150911_blog_proposaldeadline

    Did you mark it in red, too? © FRM II/ TUM

    Did you mark it in red, too? © FRM II/ TUM

    Did you cancel all appointments for today and withdraw to your desk? Experience shows that many proposal are submitted on the last day…

    In case you forgot your password or have any question: Please don’t hesitate to send us an email or give us a ring!

    We are looking forward to receiving your proposal :)

  • 04.09.2015
    ECNS' last day
    ECNS' last day 20150904blogecns © FRM II/ TUM
    © FRM II/ TUM

    Yesterday evening all participants gathered for the conference dinner. Spanish wine and food as well as a lot of small talk made it a really nice evening. There was also the opportunity to dance afterwards – who could say no to that?

    We will build down our booth today. From and to Zaragoza, is only left to say muchas gracias and ¡adios!

  • 02.09.2015
    Middle of the week!
    Middle of the week! 2015-blog-ecns © FRM II/ TUM
    © FRM II/ TUM

    Today, half of the conference is already over. That mens, it is time for the official conference photo. Those photos are not so easy to take: The crowd has to be arranged in order to be seen, the photograph has to be rescued from falling down the ladder…

    That beautiful red brochure by the way is a common one of the German neutron scattering facilities. It was inserted into the conference bags – but many participants take another one from our booth. Do you want to have a look at it even if you are not at Zaragoza? No problem, you can find it online!

  • 01.09.2015
    There are not so many neutrons....
    There are not so many neutrons.... 20150901_blog_ECNS © FRM II/ TUM
    © FRM II/ TUM

    Our second day in the beautiful city of Zaragoza.

    We are located at booth no 3. This number is used in the map as well as in the booth’s title. And after reading it, most of our visitors have to laugh (including ourselves)….

    Those who overlooked that have to smile after discovering the new HZB bags. Nobody can resist to offer a new home/ castle to such a sweet little “Forschergeist”!

  • 31.08.2015
    Far far away..
    Far far away.. 20150831_blog-ecns

    First impressions © FRM II/ TUM

    First impressions © FRM II/ TUM

    Summer break is over! What will we do now?

    First flying above the Alps – what a thrilling view! From Barcelona we went to Zaragoza by train and finally reached the Auditorio. Here the ECNS takes place and we had to build our booth yesterday.

    How about you? Are you also in Zaragoza? Just pay us a visit if you like!

  • 07.08.2015
    Starting for the summer holidays!
    Starting for the summer holidays! 20150807_Blog_Sommerpause

    One can picture the week this way. © FRM II/ TUM

    One can picture the week this way. © FRM II/ TUM

    This week, the User Office team had to unpack a lot: all the brochures we had worked on during the last months and weeks were delivered. We had to store three pallets… Now we are so happy looking at the new “Blue Book”, our compilation of instruments and facilities open to users! In addition there is a common introduction of all MLZ partners including the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin about Neutrons in Science in Germany. 800 copies will be sent to Zaragoza where they will be inserted into the conference bags. We will be there for the ECNS during the first week of September and look forward to all visitors at our booth!

    This afternoon, cycle 38a will end and the neutrons will start their summer holidays – and the blog will join them happily. We will be back online from the ECNS and by then, we wish a sunny August to all our readers!

  • 31.07.2015
    And the Oscar goes to...
    And the Oscar goes to... 20150731_Blog_Filmaufnahmen

    A look behind the scenes (top right: M. Hermann/ Tricklabor; rest: Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH)

    A look behind the scenes (top right: M. Hermann/ Tricklabor; rest: Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH)

    A touch of Hollywood in the Neutron Guide Hall West last month: powder brushes, searching looks, commands, and heavy camera equipment were the props. Requested by JCNS, film recordings with instrument scientists were done at BioDiff and DNS.

    Why? Because two movies of about five minutes shall explain basics of quantum mechanics to students and everybody else interested in this topic in order to promote and present neutron scattering. To apply the explanations to scientific research at JCNS, the recording was done at Garching – to make everything a little more juicy…

    We are looking forward to the result!

  • 24.07.2015
    Reading matter
    Reading matter 20150724_Blog_News14

    Enjoy! © FRM II/ TUM

    Enjoy! © FRM II/ TUM

    Due to the prevailing temperatures here in Bavaria, one can only
    1) search for a shady spot,
    2) slurp some ice tea, and
    3) read something exciting.

    You have to take care for points one and two yourself – but for point three, we like to provide you with the new MLZ newsletter.

    We hope our subscribers have a lot of fun reading it! It is also available as a PDF here – and in case you have not been a subscriber yet, just send us an email and we will be happy to provide you with it!

  • 22.07.2015
    NEUTRONS ARE BACK!

    Since noon, experiments are running again!

  • 20.07.2015
    NEUTRONS WILL BE BACK ON JULY 22ND!

    Good news: Everything looks very fine and therefore we expect to see neutrons again during the course of Wednesday (July 22nd).

  • 17.07.2015
    We celebrated the summer
    We celebrated the summer 20150717_Blog_Sommerfest

    Enjoying sunshine and small talk © FRM II/ TUM

    Enjoying sunshine and small talk © FRM II/ TUM

    The world was so beautiful on Wednesday afternoon! In the morning, everything was put up for this years’ summer open air under an overcast sky. But in the afternoon, the sun presented its best side.

    At that moment, we were all very happy about the successful start into the new cycle…

  • 16.07.2015
    NO NEUTRONS BEFORE WEEK 30

    Unfortunately there will be no more neutrons this week. We will inform you as soon as a new start date is fixed.

  • 15.07.2015
    NO NEUTRONS

    Due to technical reasons, the FRM II was shut down around 19:30 today and will not be available for scientific experiments during the next days. Further information will be available here as soon as possible.

  • 10.07.2015
    Invitation to clamber
    Invitation to clamber 20150710_blog_Kletter-Ei

    Let’s start immediately! © FRM II/ TUM

    Let’s start immediately! © FRM II/ TUM

    Four weeks ago, a huge crane was needed to climb up the Atomic Egg. This became far easier at the new sports field of TUM kitty-corner of the MLZ site. There, a reproduction of the Atomic Egg (ok, inspired by….) invites to boulder. And don’t be anxious, it is really suitable for beginners! BTW, you can also play beachvolleyball or basketball there.

    In case you have to wait during your next measurement – give it a try!

  • 03.07.2015
    Lights switched off at the MLZ
    Lights switched off at the MLZ 20150702_Blog_Stromabschaltung

    Rien ne va plus… © FRM II/ TUM

    Rien ne va plus… © FRM II/ TUM

    This weekend, the department of building inspection will conduct a power off at the whole research campus Garching. The FRM II is also affected by this – and therefore, we have to say goodbye to the virtual world from today at 11 o’clock. Our computers and networks will already be powered down before we all have to leave the site at noon. Our Online User Office System will not be available from then on, the same goes for the MLZ-website as well as the User Office team: emails as well as calls will be to no avail.

    We allow ourselves a good weekend of Digital Detox – and from Monday (July 06th) on we will be available again on all channels!

  • 26.06.2015
    It's Long Night of the Sciences tomorrow!
    It's Long Night of the Sciences tomorrow! 20150626_Blog_Zeltaufbau

    Hopefully the weather conditions won’t change! © FRM II/ TUM

    Hopefully the weather conditions won’t change! © FRM II/ TUM

    Tomorrow, the public can dabble in everywhere on the research campus Garching. Of course, there are also the famous and popular tours of the FRM II! One has to register at the Physics Department before entering the site with a group. Today, the tent is already put up – it will be used as the cloakroom tomorrow.

    Like every year, we are looking forward to many visitors!

  • 19.06.2015
    New flyers available!
    New flyers available! 20150619_Blog_newFlyer

    They are beautiful, aren’t they? © FRM II/ TUM

    They are beautiful, aren’t they? © FRM II/ TUM

    At present, we are producing printed matter like crazy. We already reported about the revised experimental facilities brochure, furthermore we are working on the newsletter, and some more….

    It is always such a pleasure when something had been finalised and the printed copies are delivered. This was the case this week: The new flyers (in corporate design!) arrived! They inform about the cooperation partners forming the MLZ and present our suite of instruments on a folded plan.

  • 12.06.2015
    The Egg gets a crack on the head!
    The Egg gets a crack on the head! 20150812_Blog_Deckel_Ei © FRM II/ TUM
    © FRM II/ TUM

    And once again sitting at the User Office and letting the gaze wander over the small kingdom – when suddenly someting caught the eye: people climbing around an the Atomic Egg !

    First, they only had a look, after that a crane was mounted and a working platform installed before work could be started: The Egg’s top had to be remediated. The building is not that new anymore and the top had started to leak. During this week, it was cleaned (look at the photo below right: it is really shiny now!) and properly sealed.

    In case one dares to go up with the crane, the view is fantastic – the most of you will recognise the Allianz Arena!

    Many thanks to K. Frey-Grottenthaler for sharing that view!

  • 03.06.2015
    Long weekend!
    Long weekend! 20150605_Blog_Stork

    From the archive’s bottom! © FRM II/ TUM

    From the archive’s bottom! © FRM II/ TUM

    The User Office team signs off for four days off – hopefully in brilliant sunshine here in Bavaria!

    A little treat for all of those not being on holiday: Even in 1973, one thought of us bloggers… Or is there any other explanation for this photo of a stork on the Atomic Egg?

  • 29.05.2015
    Keep cool!
    Keep cool! 20150529_Blog_Coolingtowers

    Beautiful lights flatter everything! © FRM II/ TUM

    Beautiful lights flatter everything! © FRM II/ TUM

    If you have ever been on-site, you maybe realised our cooling towers. They are one part of our three cooling circuits. They are explained very well on the recently relaunched webpages of the FRM II.

    At night, they are an amazing eyecatcher: They are illuminated by spotlights using changing colours.

    When conducting your next nightly measurements at Garching, just use a wait for a short visit!

  • 22.05.2015
    All the best!
    All the best! 20150522_Blog_Bonsai

    We look forward to the next five years! © FRM II/ TUM

    We look forward to the next five years! © FRM II/ TUM

    Today we will not only wish happy Whitsun to all our readers – and hopefully better weather conditions than those this week here at Garching.

    At the same time, we celebrate our most silent User Office colleague’s birthday: Five years ago, a grateful user presented us with this Ficus microcarpa. It was a cute bonsai and since has developed into a real (small) tree; it exudes a pleasant sense of calm, never asks annoying questions but listens carefully, and each spring it delights us with new leaves – although it has suffered several dry seasons during its time with us…

  • 15.05.2015
    Another fellow occupant
    Another fellow occupant 20150515_Blog_Fishes

    Can we get something? © FRM II/ TUM

    Can we get something? © FRM II/ TUM

    We have not yet introduced these inhabitants of the FRM II site to you, have we? In the pond in front of the Neutron Guide Hall East not only mallards and edible frogs (see our blog on June 20th, 2014) feel really comfortable but obviously also fishes or to put it more precisely: common rudds.

    They swarm near as soon as somebody gets close. By now, they have learned that the probability is really high to be served some breadcrumbs each time such a tall and frightening shadow appears on the edge.

  • 08.05.2015
    Never put off till tomorrow ...
    Never put off till tomorrow ... 20150508_Blog_blueBooks

    … what you can do today © FRM II/ TUM

    … what you can do today © FRM II/ TUM

    This we resolved to do at the User Office this year. Therefore we have already started working on the third edition of our Experimental Facilities brochure. We plan to distribute it from late summer on, for example at the ECNS in Zaragoza.

    It is easy to see that the brochure is redesigned to meet the MLZ Corporate Design – but we have not yet chosen the cover….

  • 01.05.2015
    May 1st: Labour Day
    May 1st: Labour Day 20150501_Blog_Parkplaetze

    Be careful! © FRM II/ TUM

    Be careful! © FRM II/ TUM

    Matching Labour Day, a photo of building sites (once again….). At the moment, shallow pits are digged on several places on-site. Looks a little bit strange, but it is for a good cause! Comfortable parking lots are created there and they are already hot-selling.

    Therefore, first sneak previews are carried out. Und guess, who also takes the opportunity? Our couple of ducks. Meanwhile, it got luckily access to the pond (see April 10th, 2015) and is now especially interested in the nearest parking lots.

    Make your guess: For which of them will they opt – and what sort of a car do ducks drive? Let’s think about it during the long weekend!

  • 24.04.2015
    There is always a building site nearby....
    There is always a building site nearby.... 20150425_Blog_Baustelle_outside

    MLZ behind, roadworks ahead! © FRM II/ TUM

    MLZ behind, roadworks ahead! © FRM II/ TUM

    We already took you for a trip to one or the other building site – mostly on the MLZ site. Today we head outside, because there a whole road had been moved. Doing this, spare room for the buidling of a media canal was provided. The media canal will once supply the complex of the “Neue Mitte” (see our entry on November 4th, 2014).

    What does this mean to us? Sometimes breakneck jumps into bushes trying to escape from disoriented car drivers, and every lunchtime a much longer walk to the canteen. But hiking shall be very healthy!

  • 17.04.2015
    Spring is coming!
    Spring is coming! 20150417_Blog_Flowers

    A show of flowers © FRM II/ TUM

    A show of flowers © FRM II/ TUM

    Finally, springtime arrived also at Garching. And we won’t withhold this from our readers – who knows how long we can enjoy it?

  • 10.04.2015
    A fable
    A fable 20150410_Blog_ducks

    Nevertheless: Welcome back! © FRM II/ TUM

    Nevertheless: Welcome back! © FRM II/ TUM

    Sharp eyes are in demand in order to spot the ducks hanging around in a small puddle. About a year ago (on March 07th, 2014), we introduced them here on the blog. Then, they visited our nice pond in front of the Neutron Guide Hall East.

    Why do they have to make do with the puddle this time? We are afraid, but it is true: They did not give enough notice for their visit. Different departments are involved in all the preparations necessary to grant access to our site. They need some time and forward planning.

    Therefore we like to remind all ducks to apply for a visit via the User Office Online System three weeks in advance. Please note that we aim for equal treatment: This is valid not only for ducks but also for all our users!

  • 03.04.2015
    Happy Easter!
    Happy Easter! 20150403_Blog_Easter © FRM II/ TUM
    © FRM II/ TUM

    In case you ever visited Garching, you surely recognise the swan’s well. For the approachng holidays, it was decorated in a really beautiful manner.

    We like to use the opportunity and wish “Happy Easter” to all our readers – and hopefully some sunbeams!

  • 27.03.2015
    Eclipse of the sun
    Eclipse of the sun 20150327_Blog_SoFi

    © Top: C. Hesse (FRM II/ TUM); bottom: A. Ostermann (FRM II/ TUM)

    © Top: C. Hesse (FRM II/ TUM); bottom: A. Ostermann (FRM II/ TUM)

    Although the User Office stayed at Berlin last week, our colleagues at the MLZ were not be idle. Of course, the total eclipse of the sun thrilled everybody! Equipped with suitable devices they set out for the event’s observation. Some were kind enough to remember the blog and took some pictures. For example on their own desk or on the annual report’s back cover…

    Thank you!

    Important news for our users: The reactor cycles for 2015 had been updated. The longer break – in the first place planned from May on – is shifted to October.

  • 20.03.2015
    From Garching to Berlin
    From Garching to Berlin 20150320_Blog_DPG_Berlin

    Impressions © FRM II/ TUM

    Impressions © FRM II/ TUM

    While at Garching the FRM II had a (meanwhile finished) short break, the User Office had travelled to Berlin for the DPG Spring Meeting and represented the MLZ there.

    It was spring time in the capital – quite suitable for this conference! At our booth, we could explain the unbeatable advantages of experiments at a research neutron source to a lot of curious visitors. Furthermore we were happy to meet well-known users and colleagues – there was no time to be bored!

  • 13.03.2015
    And we are packing suitcases again...
    And we are packing suitcases again... 20150313_Blog_Kulis

    Aid to write publications. © FRM II/ TUM

    Aid to write publications. © FRM II/ TUM

    And for what reason this time? Because next Monday, the User Office will go to Berlin for the DPG Spring Meeting. With our booth, we participate in the exhibition of physical equipment and literature. We look forward to meeting many users and users-to-be! Just drop in and visit us in the foyer on the ground floor. The photo shows it: We will have ballpoints on ourselves!

    Furthermore, we like to congratulate all users who got beam time from proposal round 19! The emails were sent on Wednesday – in case you have not received a feedback on your proposal yet, please check your spam folder!

  • 06.03.2015
    Spinning heads
    Spinning heads 20150306_Blog_Review19

    During the welcome. © FRM II/ TUM

    During the welcome. © FRM II/ TUM

    You may remember that we stayed at Ismaning last week during the User Meeting. Now we are back there for the review. Since yesterday, all proposals submitted for round 19 (401!) have to be reviewed.

    The referees are diveded into seven groups. During the last weeks, they participated in the online reviewing procedure: They worked the proposals through and formed an opinion. Now, they are meeting for the discussions. They will lead to a common suggestion for the distribution of the available beam time. This suggestion will be presented to the MLZ directors – and they will made the final decision.

    This means to all users who had submitted a proposal for this round: You will receive your application’s the result in two weeks at the latest!

  • 27.02.2015
    User Meeting: That was really great!
    User Meeting: That was really great! 20150227_Blog_UserMeeting

    Top of the left: R. Bruchhaus (JCNS); the others: FRM II/ TUM.

    Top of the left: R. Bruchhaus (JCNS); the others: FRM II/ TUM.

    A picture is worth a thousand words. We like to thank all participants!

  • 20.02.2015
    User Meeting: Last preparations
    User Meeting: Last preparations 20150220_Blog_PrepUM

    Real art! © FRM II/ TUM

    Real art! © FRM II/ TUM

    Last week you could glance briefly at the abstract booklets. In the meantime, the boxes are packed with all the things we will need at Ismaning during the two days. Apart from this, we designed, printed, and prepared the participants’ badges (it is always tricky to insert the paperbadges into the plastic holders…) and finalised the programme.

    To speak frankly: Now we can really kick off!

  • 13.02.2015
    User Meeting: Status update
    User Meeting: Status update	20150213_Blog_AbstractBooklet

    They do have style, don’t they? © FRM II/ TUM

    They do have style, don’t they? © FRM II/ TUM

    Next week, we will be completely busy with the last preparations for the User Meeting that will take place on February 23rd and 24th. One thing is already history: The printed abstract booklets were delivered!

    Did we go to trouble with it? Hardly ever: We developed a layout, arranged the submitted abstracts, set them, looked for special characters, standardised affiliations, corrected typos, produced a table of contents, a list of participants, an index, and finally processed everything for the printery…

    Now, the copies are dozing in cartons and dreaming of all the readers – they will get their copy at the conference office in a few days!

  • 06.02.2015
    Everything together
    Everything together 20150206_BLOG_Topas

    A hard day at work. © R. Bruchhaus (JCNS)

    A hard day at work. © R. Bruchhaus (JCNS)

    On December 12th, we wrote about the the first delivery for the detector chamber of TOPAS, the thermal time-of-flight spectrometer with polarisation analysis. The others arrived this week on a really beautiful but ice-cold winter’s morning here at Garching.

    In the Neutron Guide Hall East, a mobile crane had to be installed in order to be able to unload the heavy duty truck. You can see that the colleagues of JCNS had their hands full before everything arrived on the spot.

    Unfortunately, the parts will have to wait a while. But we will keep close to it and report as soon as there are news!

  • 23.01.2015
    As if (nearly) nothing had happened....
    As if (nearly) nothing had happened.... 20150123_Blog_Construction ready

    A kind of bleak but tidy. © FRM II/ TUM

    A kind of bleak but tidy. © FRM II/ TUM

    On July 18th, 2014 we reported about the start of the preparatory construction work on the new buildings. In those days, our big meadow had been teared up in order to construct a walkable supply route.

    It took until the end of last year – but now dust can settle a little bit. Until it will go on with the work dedicated directly to the new office and laboratory buildings, because they shall be ready for occupation in 2018!

  • 16.01.2015
    Happy New Year!
    Happy New Year! 20150116_Blog_Deadline © FRM II/ TUM
    © FRM II/ TUM

    We are back to work after a nice long time off and we hope that our readers enjoyed the turn of the year!

    We arrived early at the office this morning because it is proposal deadline and there is always a lively athmosphere on this day. The phone rings, the mail programme plings, and there are many questions we are happy to answer.

    The six most frequent questions – including yours?

    • Which instruments do you have? (The Call for Proposals helps)
    • I forgot my password! (Don’t worry, we give you a new one)
    • How do I complete the proposal form? (Have a look at the manual)
    • I can’t upload my 5 pages PDF! (The system accepts only 2 pages)
    • When do I get the result? (About two weeks after the review meeting on
      March 5th-6th)
    • How about financial support? (All details can be found at our web page)

    Well, have you already submitted your proposal?

  • 23.12.2014
    Season's Greetings!
    Season's Greetings! 20141223_Blog_Weihnachten

    Thanks to all our readers – we we will be back on January 16th! © FRM II/ TUM

    Thanks to all our readers – we we will be back on January 16th! © FRM II/ TUM

  • 19.12.2014
    Newsletter on its way!
    Newsletter on its way! 20141219_Blog_VersandNewsletter

    Looks like real work, doesn’t it? © FRM II/ TUM

    Looks like real work, doesn’t it? © FRM II/ TUM

    Phew, that was really exhausting! This morning, the printery had delievered the newsletter’s thirteenth issue. Then it was the time for action: nearly 1000 copies had to be provided with address stickers, to be sorted according to destinations, and to be placed into the post boxes. And don’t forget to take care about the wastepaper!

    We hope our subscribers have a lot of fun reading it! It is also available as a PDF here – and in case you have not been a subscriber yet, just send us an email and we will be happy to provide you with it!

  • 12.12.2014
    Is it Christmas already?
    Is it Christmas already? 20141212_blog_TOPAS_delivery

    Welcome to Garching! © FRM II/ TUM

    Welcome to Garching! © FRM II/ TUM

    December 9th – a foggy morning in the North of Munich. A heavy duty truck shunts carefully on-site. It doesn’t park under the Christmas tree, it transports its mysterious freight right into the Neutron Guide Hall East. The colleagues of JCNS can’t tame their curiosity and peep underneath the tarpaulin. It tips the scales at 9.7 t – that’s really hard work!

    But what is it?

    It is the first delivery for TOPAS, the thermal time-of-flight spectrometer with polarisation analysis: a part of the detector chamber. The detector itself will consist of 289 3He position sensitive tubes.

  • 05.12.2014
    Will we meet in Berlin?
    Will we meet in Berlin? 20141205_blog_DPG-Booth-booked

    You will find us near the main entrance. © DPG, revised by FRM II/ TUM

    You will find us near the main entrance. © DPG, revised by FRM II/ TUM

    No, we don’t have a suitcase at the capital – but a conference booth at the DPG Spring Meeting in Berlin between March 15th and 20th, 2015. The booths at the exhibition on industry and literature are always really popular and therefore they are allocated very quickly after the online booking portal opened. This year, it was on December 02nd at ten o’clock. We are still more than happy, that our typing training during the last weeks was so successful that we were able to conquer a booth within seconds!

    We are looking forward to meeting a lot of our users there!

  • 28.11.2014
    MLZ User Meeting 2015: Register now!
    MLZ User Meeting 2015: Register now! 20141128_blog_registrationUMopened

    Will we meet in February? © FRM II/ TUM

    Will we meet in February? © FRM II/ TUM

    Today, we like to invite you to the MLZ User Meeting on February 23rd and 24th, 2015. Deadline for registrations is on January 08th, for the submission of abstracts January 21st. All abstracts will be accepted as posters.

    You may have already recognised: this time it will be a different Meeting compared to the former ones. The talks will be held by invited speakers and they shall initiate the discussion about our users’ wishes and demands on us. Our goal is to work out a road map for the next decade: How can we improve our instrument suite even more? Which methods will become more interesting? What has our sample environment to be able to do?

    Use the opportunity! Register immediately: Registration

  • 21.11.2014
    From the hard-working User Office
    From the hard-working User Office 20141121_blog_news_start

    Today we took some photos! © FRM II/ TUM

    Today we took some photos! © FRM II/ TUM

    By the way, what are we doing at the moment?

    On the one hand, the reactor delivers neutrons to the instruments again since Tuesday and we are happy about a lot of users just dropping in at the User Office for a short chat. On the other hand we are preparing the online registration for the next User Meeting in February. It will be opened next week – so watch out for our circular!

    And finally the next newsletter shall be sent out before Christmas. So we are collecting articles, correct, rewrite, shorten, extend, and typeset them before we can sent out the proofs, incorporate amendments, improve photos…. It is a mound of work – but we enjoy doing it!

  • 14.11.2014
    The New Centre
    The New Centre 20141114_blog_construction-Galileo

    Below: Future. Above: Present day. © FRM II/ TUM

    Below: Future. Above: Present day. © FRM II/ TUM

    Today, we invite our readers for a tour outside. Let’s have a look at the New Centre (“Neue Mitte”)! This is a very ambitious plan that aims for establishing a lively campus: congress centre, hotel, a main lecture hall that can also serve as a concert hall or a cinema, shops selling everyday necessities, catering trade, and even a doctor’s surgery are planned.

    At the moment, all of this is not easy to imagine. During the last weeks, the soil was cleared away and since a few days, pipes have been laid out, and there is the usual chaos at building sites. We just show this picture because we hope that users whose beamtime is allocated in the last cycle 2014 (= from next week on), won’t get that anxious when they come up from the underground!

  • 07.11.2014
    Wanted: Reading matter?!
    Wanted: Reading matter?! 20141107_Blog_iMPULSE

    Happy searching and reading! © FRM II/ TUM

    Happy searching and reading! © FRM II/ TUM

    Fresh and new on the MLZ web pages: Our new publication database iMPULSE (= MLZ PUblications Library SystEm – we still accept suggestions for the meaning of i). It is based on the open source software INVENIO developed at CERN and among others used by the library cooperation project JOIN2 (GSI, DESY, Forschungszentrum Jülich, RWTH Aachen, DKFZ, MLZ). The project is open for new partners!

    Just have a quick check if all your publications resulting from experiments at the MLZ have already been added. In case not – just provide your local contact with the data and don’t forget the DOI. It will be really easy for him to update the database: entering DOI – controlling the automatically completed mandatory fields – ready!

    We are looking forward to receiving many publication data!

  • 31.10.2014
    MLZ nails its colours to the mast
    MLZ nails its colours to the mast 20141031_blog_flag

    Things are looking up. © FRM II/ TUM

    Things are looking up. © FRM II/ TUM

    This week the moment has finally arrived: The new MLZ flag was delivered and could be hoisted. Now it is fluttering in front of the entrance building together with those of the partners Technische Universität München, Forschungszentrum Jülich, and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht as well as that of the FRM II.

    The design came from the User Office and therefore we were very, very keen to see the result in real life. We like it very much – and what do our readers think?

  • 24.10.2014
    Sonic barrier broken - we are five-digit!
    Sonic barrier broken - we are five-digit! 20141024_Blog_10000Proposals

    2014: 10 years FRM II = 10.000 proposals! © FRM II/ TUM

    2014: 10 years FRM II = 10.000 proposals! © FRM II/ TUM

    Today we have only a very small picture for our readers – but it shows a really large number for us: Our User Office database deals with a total of 10.000 proposals now!

    The number is composed of the external ones submitted by our users for the two deadlines per year, of those for internal research and of those for things like maintenance work or improvements at the instruments.

  • 17.10.2014
    Help, burglars!?
    Help, burglars!? 20141017_blog_firebrigade

    At a dizzy height. © FRM II/ TUM

    At a dizzy height. © FRM II/ TUM

    Imagine this: Sitting in the User Office, working on emails, claim forms for travel expenses etc., and enjoying the calm early morning. But suddenly from the corner of your eye you recognise persons! That would not be that surprising if you are not aware of the three long stairs you have to climb every morning to reach your desk. So: floating villains, scoundrels, riff-raff?

    No, quite the opposite: it is the fire brigade. They bring their own elevator and have a glance into the office. The reason for their excursion was maintenance work at the reactor building’s exterior wall. Wearing helmet and safety harnass, the worker was directly driven to his site of operation.

  • 10.10.2014
    Tomorrow, the crowd will flock
    Tomorrow, the crowd will flock 20141010_blog_TdoT

    Preparations for the Open Day © FRM II /TUM

    Preparations for the Open Day © FRM II /TUM

    Today, the last preparations have to be done for the Open Day at the research campus here at Garching tomorrow. The FRM II will open its doors from 11 o’clock on and everybody can participate in a guided tour.

    These tours are fully booked really fast – many like to cast an eye over the neutron source and listen to explanations of its and the instruments’ functioning. The scientists who guide the groups enjoy this day, too – it is always a pleasure to bring ones own work home to the public.

    The User Office is responsible for all graphic issues and our colleagues of the Visitors’ Service organise and coordinate the tours. An exhausting day!

  • 03.10.2014
    Today we are off work!
    Today we are off work! 20141003_blog_AtomicEggFromAbove

    View into depth. © FRM II/ TUM

    View into depth. © FRM II/ TUM

    Today, we celebrate the Day of German Unity that reminds on the reunifcation of the two German states in 1989. Have a nice day!

    We digged really deep in our achives and found this thrilling view – only suitable for those who don’t suffer from vertigo! The photo was taken from the hghest point of the Atomic Egg. On the right you can see the reactor pool on the highest floor. The instruments are located deep down.

  • 26.09.2014
    A trip to Bonn
    A trip to Bonn 20140926_Blog_SNI © FRM II/ TUM
    © FRM II/ TUM

    As announced last week, we travelled to Bonn for the SNI2014 from September 21st to 23rd. Now we are back with a lot of photos!

    At the bottom left you can see the conference centre. It was really tricky to get a nice photo of it because of all the building sites around. On the right you look into the impressive foyer where breaks and poster sessions took place.

    It was our booth that was in the centre of attention, what else? We can’t think of another explanation for all those users and colleagues who looked in on us in order zu say “Hello”!

    At the top on the left the participants flock into the plenary hall. It was a really special feeling to take a seat on the former chairs of the members of parliament – or even give a talk there like Winfried Petry, one of the Scientific Directors of the MLZ (on the right).

  • 19.09.2014
    Three mysterious edges...
    Three mysterious edges... 20140919_Blog_Textmarker

    ??? © FRM II/ TUM

    ??? © FRM II/ TUM

    Can you recognize what the photo shows?

    Just rack your brains! You solved the mystery? Then just pay a visit to the MLZ booth at the SNI2014 at Bonn between Sunday and Tuesday and fetch your prize – we are looking forward to welcoming many visitors!

  • 12.09.2014
    Garching, half past eight in the morning
    Garching, half past eight in the morning 20140912_Blog_LabCourse

    The calm before the storm. © FRM II/ TUM

    The calm before the storm. © FRM II/ TUM

    After all those quiet weeks of the maintenance break, we are very busy this week! The User Office is located in the Hall East and it is here where once a year the participants of the JCNS LabCourse set up there one-week-camp. This time, 55 students from Germany, Russia, Italy, Sweden, the US, etc. take the opportunity. Divided into handy groups, they work on the different instruments after they haerd about neutron scattering in theory at Jülich last week.

    And this is what it looks like at half past eight in the morning: The white coats can take a rest for another half an hour – then their temporary owners will arrive and the last day of experimenting starts!

  • 05.09.2014
    What is arriving?
    What is arriving? 20140905_Blog_Konverteranlage

    A rare event. © FRM II/ TUM

    A rare event. © FRM II/ TUM

    After all those dull days, yesterday noon even the sun became curious and watched closely (together with the notorius User Office) a very special delivery’s arrival here at Garching.

    First, the roof was lifted. The transport containers inside were taller than a man and they could only be opened with cohesive forces. Their lids had to be removed with the help of a crane, too.

    And what was inside? Each one contained one new converter plate for the FRM II’s converter facility. It is explained in detail here. There you can also learn what the dimensions of such a plate are: only about 18 cm x 25 cm! In the midst of this impressive delivery scene it lost its importance…

  • 29.08.2014
    HOW TO...
    HOW TO... 20140829_blog_userinfocards

    Upps, and there is one more… In case you you need to recreate a little bit – how about learning some Bavarian words? © FRM II/ TUM

    Upps, and there is one more… In case you you need to recreate a little bit – how about learning some Bavarian words? © FRM II/ TUM

    On time for the restart, our new HOW TO cards were published! Right when you arrive you find them at the reception and on-site in the users’ offices. Or you pay a visit to us at the User Office and fetch them here.

    What is this about? One card deals with the most important places on-site, another one with the possibilities to find something to eat. In case you have a smartphone, you can even use the qr-codes to rummage for the meal planes. Two cards are dedicated to the public transport, explaining how to reach the hotels at Garching as well as the airport and main station. Qr-codes for the vending machine at the underground stations shall help to provide you always with the right ticket.

    Do you have feedback? Don’t hesitate!

  • 22.08.2014
    Back to Work!
    Back to Work! 20140822_blog_20mw

    Yeah! © FRM II/ TUM

    Yeah! © FRM II/ TUM

    Keeping your fingers crossed was really helpful: Neutrons and positrons are back again! This morning, our radiation protection team does the clearance measurements at the instruments and thus, operation starts again.

    A big thank you to the reactor division: They did a really great job during the last days and especially the last night!

    And what about this blog now? The User Office can now again take care for the users – work ist back… But we came to like blog writing and therefore we decided to continue :)

  • 21.08.2014
    UPDATE 19:38
    UPDATE 19:38 2014_blog_100kw © FRM II/ TUM
    © FRM II/ TUM

    Meanwhile, the reactor reaches 100kw!

  • 21.08.2014
    RESTART! (15:58)
    RESTART! (15:58) 20140820_Restart_01

    Here goes! © FRM II/ TUM

    Here goes! © FRM II/ TUM

    At the FRM II, the restart procedure has just been initiated.

    Now is the time for keeping the fingers crossed – and also all readers of this blog are in demand! If we try hard to do so, 20 MW will be reached tonight and user operation reopened tomorrow.

    Stay tuned!

  • 15.08.2014
    Wait and read MLZ News 12...
    Wait and read MLZ News 12... 20140815_blog_newsletter

    Our work during the last weeks. © FRM II/ TUM

    Our work during the last weeks. © FRM II/ TUM

    Theoretically, the restart of the FRM II had been planned for August, 19th.

    “Theoretically” sounds a little bit suspicious, doesn’t it? You are right…. Our reactor devision is working at full stretch but after the break of six months we have to wait a few more days. This blog will update you as soon as there are news – just have a look during the next week!

    It’s always good to have something to look forward to – and we try to shorten this waiting time for you with the latest newsletter, published online today. Next week, printed copies will be sent to the subscribers.

    You have not subscribed yet but like to get your copy? Just send us an email!

  • 08.08.2014
    Exclusive from the snake pit
    Exclusive from the snake pit 20140808_blog_SavingTheSnake

    By the way: Grass snakes bring luck in Bavaria! © FRM II/ TUM

    By the way: Grass snakes bring luck in Bavaria! © FRM II/ TUM

    Wednesday afternoon, the door opens and a voice asks: „By the way, are you fond of animals?“ With that, a special adventure started for some of our colleagues. The User Office was happy to accompany this as press photographer (we are really interested in anybody who could be an external user….).

    At the bottom of a light well, a snake had curled up. After a visiual inspection – in everybody’s opinion, it was a harmless grass snake being in difficulties – and a short discussion, a task force was formed quickly and the intrepid rescue operation introduced. After climbing carefully in the light well through a cellar window, the reptile could be directed into a bucket. Only a few metres away, liberty lured. It was released near the fence that borders on the surroundings of the river Isar.

    Applause to all persons involved!

  • 01.08.2014
    A glimpse into the future
    A glimpse into the future 20140108_blog_HallEast

    One can already see something! © FRM II/ TUM

    One can already see something! © FRM II/ TUM

    Today we will look ahead. This photo was taken on the visitors’ gallery of the Neutron Guide Hall East. In future, visitors will stay here and listen to the explanation of the instruments.

    Some things you can already recognise: on the left in red and white the six anvil press for high pressure radiography and diffraction SAPHiR and in the centre a green object – there the thermal time-of-flight spectrometer with polarisation analysis TOPAS is constructed. In the background, at the end of the hall, there is the EDM, the neutron electric dipole moment measurement.

    Neutrons will come from the right, via the guides from the reactor building traversing the connecting building.

    And by the way: The User Office is located directly above the hall!

  • 25.07.2014
    Everything new in July!
    Everything new in July! 20140725_blog_newfeatures

    At the moment, it is still quiet…. © FRM II/ TUM

    At the moment, it is still quiet…. © FRM II/ TUM

    During the last weeks, the User Office team and much more the IT-group (a big thank you to them!) worked diligently: Two new features should be ready before the end of the long maintenance break.

    On the one hand, it will be no more possible to carry out an experiment without entering all samples in our new Sample Tracker beforehand. When doing this you will be immediatly informed about which samples you have to register with our radiation protection team personally.

    On the other hand, we abolished the instruction movie. Instead of that, wie provide a slide-based instruction. You can easily access it online and carry it out before visiting us in Garching.

    All information can be found here.

    Any of your queries regarding these two new features will find an answer at the User Office – just contact us!

    P.S.: Our next deadlines are fixed!

  • 18.07.2014
    Construction work!
    Construction work! 20140718_blog_pit

    A deep pit. © FRM II/ TUM

    A deep pit. © FRM II/ TUM

    Two weeks ago, we pointed out at the mysterious pit in front of the Atomic Egg. Today, the secret is disclosed: It is the first step towards our new office and laboratory buildings!

    Within the pit, a walkable media canal is constructed. Cables for electricity, data, communication and steering technique as well as pipes for heating, fresh and waste water need quite a lot of space – even more because in case of necessity, repair work shall be easy and comfortable. It will also connect the two planned buildings to the prevailing system. The photo shows the start of planking.

    We are really looking forward to the new buildings – but what was teared up there was the meadow where our summer party always took place. That makes us a little bit sad….

  • 11.07.2014
    Proposal round 18: Done!
    Proposal round 18: Done! 2014_blog_proposalmail

    Sending out the emails. © FRM II/ TUM

    Sending out the emails. © FRM II/ TUM

    It was yesterday afternoon, when we spread the results of the proposals’ review via email. The main proposers were informed which of their proposals had been accepted and which had been rejected. For accepted proposals, allocated days and instrument were told. In case the proposal had been rejected – please keep in mind that our instruments are heavily overbooked! – the email gave you a hint regarding the reason. You got the abbreviation “E1”? Then you will get another email explaining the reason in detail in the next days.

    Congratulations to all users who received beam time – we look forward to meeting you at the MLZ after the long maintenance break!

    An announcement on our own behalf: The User Office System will be offline for about one hour on today’s Friday between 13:00 and 15:00. Please accept our apologies for this inconvenience!

  • 04.07.2014
    Somewhere over the rainbow...
    Somewhere over the rainbow... 20140704_blog_rainbow

    Spectacle of nature. © Alexandra Steffen/ JCNS

    Spectacle of nature. © Alexandra Steffen/ JCNS

    Today, we take the credit for somebody else’s efforts.

    Rainbow and Atomic Egg – und both in the evening of the soccer game Germany vs. Algeria in the round of the last sixteen! Our colleague could not resist the subject and therefore whipped out her mobile phone on Monday. She was so kind to give us permission to use it here. Now we hope it will be a lucky charm for tonight’s game of the German team against France…

    By the way, if you are wondering about the strange pit in the foreground: That will be next week’s topic!

  • 27.06.2014
    Sporty referees
    Sporty referees 20140627_blog_review

    Will there be another goal? © FRM II/ TUM

    Will there be another goal? © FRM II/ TUM

    Yesterday and today, the review panels’ meeting dealing with round 18 took place. That means, 60 scientists meet and discuss all proposals very concentrated during these two days. When scheduling the meeting, nobody could guess that the German soccer team had to play against that of the USA this Thursday evening .

    Therefore this time they had to be focussed even more. By this, we managed to watch the second half between the end of the first day’s discussions and the traditional dinner. Fortunately, the conference centre offered public screening and we could keep our fingers crossed and finally celebrate like the other guests!

    By the way: The User Office team keeps its fingers crossed also for all our users. We hope, you will celebrate, too – when we spread the review’s results via email in about two weeks!

  • 20.06.2014
    Refreshing Water
    Refreshing Water 201406_blog_frogs

    Our Waterpark on-site. © FRM II/ TUM

    Our Waterpark on-site. © FRM II/ TUM

    Not only a couple of ducks (see our blog on March 7th, 2014) enjoys the assets of the little pond in front of the Neutron Guide Hall East. Edible frogs are its main beneficiaries. During the hot days last week, we all became really envious!

    But we are envied, too: Receiving a call at the User Office with the window wide open, the callers often ask suspiciously our whereabouts. The loud craoking is quite audible also on the phone! So everybody imagines us enjoying ourselves sitting comfortably by an enchanted lake.

    Fine it would be, were this the case!

  • 13.06.2014
    Surrounded by Greenery
    Surrounded by Greenery 20140613_blog_container

    Idyllic! © FRM II/ TUM

    Idyllic! © FRM II/ TUM

    The offices within our area are bursting at the seams. Therefore, preparation work for the construction of two new office and laboratory buildings started. In August, two old buildings from the fifties, will be teared down. But what to do with those colleagues thus loosing their workspaces?

    The answer: “Off to Container!” And this is why there had a new container building been errected just behind the TUM’s Physics Department. During the last few weeks, the teams of MEPHISTO, NEPOMUC, and RESEDA had moved to the country.

    For safety reaasons, the building is monitored by closed-circuit TV – but (unfortunately?) a live link-up is and will not be provided…

  • 06.06.2014
    Happy Pentecost!
    Happy Pentecost! 160514_Blog_Pentecost

    Happy holidays to all our readers – we keep our fingers crossed for nice weather! © FRM II/ TUM

    Happy holidays to all our readers – we keep our fingers crossed for nice weather! © FRM II/ TUM

  • 30.05.2014
    MLZ celebrates Summer
    MLZ celebrates Summer

    Hustle and bustle at the party © FRM II/ TUM

    Hustle and bustle at the party © FRM II/ TUM

    The annual summer festival took place on Wednesday. With a cool drink, not quite as warm temperatures and an even cooler ice cream it is always really nice to chat with colleagues of other departments who one normally doesn’t meet that often. Also many retired employees seize the opportunity to talk about old times.

    This year it was a special party because we invited also the families. Many accepted the invitation and therefore it became a really nice and splendid party!

  • 23.05.2014
    First scientific review of MLZ
    First scientific review of MLZ 20140523_Blog_MLZ_Review

    Young scientists presenting their research. © Wenzel Schürmann/ TUM

    Young scientists presenting their research. © Wenzel Schürmann/ TUM

    On May 19th and 20th, science at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum was reviewed for the first time. All colleagues were involved: For example, the instrument teams presented their machines in talks and live during the tour of the halls. The science groups’ leaders dealt with highlights, and young scientists answered to the international reviewers. The goal was not only to show what we had done so far – those reviews are very helpful to get new impetus and suggestions how to improve even more.

    And what did the User Office do? Apart from countless statistics dealing with user operation, we designed and produced the whole event’s style: One could find it from the report of nearly 400 pages to the name badges.

  • 16.05.2014
    Internal MLZ-Workshop on EMI/ EMC
    Internal MLZ-Workshop on EMI/ EMC 20140516_Blog_Workshop-EMC/EMI

    Organizer N. Arend during the coffee break. © FRM II/ TUM

    Organizer N. Arend during the coffee break. © FRM II/ TUM

    Yesterday and today, a workshop intended to provide a theoretical and practical introduction on how to avoid Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) issues at our instruments by following a strict concept and guidelines. Since this concept does not only include electrical installations, but also IT, media, as well as structural and mechanical components, all those aspects must be considered during planning and implementation of instrument infrastructure.

    Invited by N. Arend, head of the Project Group “Electronics/Instrument Control and Detectors”, about 80 participants discussed lively between the talks given by K.-H. Otto (Sachverständigenbüro Otto), P. Göttlicher (DESY) und G. Vehres (JCNS-1, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH). Practical demonstrations by Mr. Otto illustrated the theoretical concepts.
    (Details: N. Arend)

  • 09.05.2014
    Art and architecture
    Art and architecture 2014509_blog_front_connection building

    Close up © FRM II/ TUM

    Close up © FRM II/ TUM

    Yesterday, the connection building’s scaffolding could be dismantled after the front had been finished during the last days.

    From a distance it looks like a simple black wall. But on closer examination, it turns out to be a sophisticated crosswise textured plaster. You as this blog’s reader are always really close: Form an opinion about it by clicking on the picture!

  • 02.05.2014
    Deadline!
    Deadline! 20140502_Blog_Deadline

    Do you have a question, too? © FRM II/ TUM

    Do you have a question, too? © FRM II/ TUM

    Today is proposal deadline’s day! That ist always one of the most thrilling days at the User Office during the year, because most problems occur last-minute. Forgetting the password, the web is broken down – or there is a question of vital importance…

    UO: MLZ-User Office, hello!
    User: Hi, I am just completing the proposal form and there is a question.
    UO: How can I help you?
    User: I shall decide if I like to get internal beam time or not.
    UO: You have to check “no”. As a normal user you don’t have access to internal beam time.
    User: That is not very nice, I think. I understood that the next beam time will be scheduled in winter time.
    UO: ???
    User: That will be really cold if I have to be outside for the whole experimental time. What can I do to get beam time inside?

    Have you already submit your proposal?

    (The call’s content is in accordance with the facts, but it is no recording.)

  • 25.04.2014
    Now hurry!
    Now hurry! Blog_one-week-before-deadline

    Please remember! © FRM II/ TUM

    Please remember! © FRM II/ TUM

    The next deadline for proposals will be next Friday. Use this time and submit your proposal online to our User Office system! You will find detailed information about the procedure and helpful hints here. Furthermore you can read our current Call For Proposals here.

    For instruments operated by TUM, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and Max-Planck-Gesellschaft please use this link, for instruments operated by Forschungszentrum Jülich this one.

    Any further questions? Don’t hesitate to give us a call or , we will be happy to help you!

    We are looking forward to receiving many, many proposals!

  • 18.04.2014
    Happy Easter!
    Happy Easter! 201404_blog_atomicegg-bus

    Glimpse of the past. © TUM/ FRM II

    Glimpse of the past. © TUM/ FRM II

    Happy holidays to all our readers and their families! What would be just the right picture for such a greeting? The Atomic Egg, the FRM II’s predecessor!

    In this picture belonging to the initial phase (we assume it was shot in the end of the fifties), you can marvel on the one hand at its futuristic appearance due to the very gleeming surface, on the other hand at the clean bus driver (who had taken some high-ranking guests just a few minutes before).

    When looking at this favourite photo, one question always occurs: Where did the wooden chair come from???
    In case you have an idea – don’t hesitate to contact us!

  • 11.04.2014
    Insight
    Insight 20140411_ConnectionBuilding-Inside

    What is it looking like? © FRM II/ TUM

    What is it looking like? © FRM II/ TUM

    On February 28th, we reported on the ongoing construction work at the connection building. In the mean time, the roof is ready and the scaffolding could be partly removed. Everybody can see this from outside – but what is inside? Today, we therefore offer an exclusive glance!

    We are standing between Neutron Guide Hall East (left) and reactor building (right). On the left you can see three light surfaces and another, bigger one, on the right behind the deposited things. These are the prepared wall penetrations for guides delivering neutrons to the instruments in the new hall. Starting all together from the reactor building, they will fan out inside the connection building and separately enter the Neutron Guide Hall East.

  • 04.04.2014
    A Farewell to the DPG Spring Meeting
    A Farewell to the DPG Spring Meeting blog_dresden_packed

    Byebye Dresden! © FRM II / TUM

    Byebye Dresden! © FRM II / TUM

    Upon departure, we were able to minimise all the stuff for our booth at the DPG Spring Meeting that much! You missed the conference and didn’t see our booth? Just click here!

    We enjoyed the time at Dresden very much and therefore we like to thank all our visitors for their curiosity and nice chats!

  • 28.03.2014
    Almost ready to go!
    Almost  ready to go! 20140321_Blog_Packing-DPG

    All you need for a booth. © FRM II/ TUM

    All you need for a booth. © FRM II/ TUM

    It was a week of painstaking collecting at the User Office! Next week, we will be at our booth at the DPG Spring Meeting of the Condensed Matter Section at Dresden.

    We are looking forward to welcomig many visitors – just drop in at our booth! It will be really easy to find us: We are at the “Hoersaalzentrum” near the main entrance.

  • 21.03.2014
    Impressive!
    Impressive! 20140321_Blog_moderator-blog

    Pressure curve of the moderator tank. © A. Kastenmüller/ FRM II

    Pressure curve of the moderator tank. © A. Kastenmüller/ FRM II

    Several tests due to the ten-year operation of the FRM II are the long maintenance break’s reason. The first big one was carried out this week:
    The moderator tank bore an over-pressure examination.

    Preparations had been extensive. First of all, the moderator tank has to be freed from heavy water and vacuum dried. Afterwards, light water could be poured in. In the figure, you can clearly see the pressure’s step-by-step increase within the tank from March 13th on. 24h later, the maximum operating pressure of about 2 bar was reached. Finally on March 18th, an over-pressure of nearly 2.5 bar could be kept for the required period of 60 min. An expert supervised the successful procedure.
    (Figure and detailed information: A. Kastenmüller, Technical Director FRM II)

  • 14.03.2014
    Accomplices
    Accomplices Brochures at the FRM II's anniversary

    Selection of brochures © FRM II/ TUM

    Selection of brochures © FRM II/ TUM

    VIPs, fellow travellers, colleagues, and some users gathered in Garching on March 12th in order to celebrate the FRM II’s 10th birthday.

    Big events don’t organise themselves and therefore many, many helping hands are necessary. The User Office contributed four hands and we had a lot of fun like always! In the run-up, we designed invitation cards, the celebration brochure, programme cards as well as the guests’ and helpers’ badges. On Wednesday, we were asked to show commitment: We took part in construction, receiving the guests, and filling up the brochures. At 22:30, all organisers and helpers were very exhausted but at the same time really happy about the successful party. We are looking forward to the next event!

  • 07.03.2014
    Harbingers of spring
    Harbingers of spring Blog_Ducks

    On a sightseeing tour © FRM II/ TUM

    On a sightseeing tour © FRM II/ TUM

    At the moment we lack neutrons and users – but instead a couple of ducks paid a visit to our little pond in front of the Neutron Guide Hall East. Swimming around in the sunshine, they inspected everything very carefully.

    We are now awaiting their proposal. Incubation periods as well as breeding places can of course only be accepted and allocated after a thorough review!

  • 28.02.2014
    Climbing the roof
    Climbing the roof Blog_Working-on-the-roof

    Only one way to go: Upwards! © FRM II/ TUM

    Only one way to go: Upwards! © FRM II/ TUM

    Construction work at the connecting building between reactor building (in the picture at the right) and Neutron Guide Hall East (left) is progressing nicely.

    This week, a scaffolding was put up in order to start sealing the roof. The User Office is located above the building site – so we won’t miss anything!

  • 21.02.2014
    A profitable topic: Reimbursement
    A profitable topic: Reimbursement Claim forms

    Hello claim forms! © TUM/ FRM II

    Hello claim forms! © TUM/ FRM II

    After each cycle’s end, a lot of claims for travelling expenses show up at the User Office. Many users will probably know already that they have to submit them within five months.

    But this time… Maybe some of them fear the break and link it to a lacking ability to pay by any chance? It is long ago that we worked through a staple more than four centimetres high on one single day!

    Just check it – did you already send everything for your last visit’s reimbursement? We could surpass ourselves…

  • 14.02.2014
    Six months holiday!?
    Six months holiday!? 0.0 MegaWatt

    Byebye, neutrons! © TUM/ FRM II

    Byebye, neutrons! © TUM/ FRM II

    In the night of February 9th, the last neutrons were delivered to the users’ experiments before the long maintenance break started.

    Therefore the User Office team was welcomed on Monday: “What are you doing here? Don’t you have six months holiday?”

    That is not quite the case. We write a blog now.

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