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Tag archives: neutrons

Quantum Cheshire cat spotted in Grenoble

An illustration of a Cheshire cat

A most curious thing is the quantum Cheshire cat. (Courtesy: iStockphoto/koffeezilla)

By Hamish Johnston

Three months ago we ran a news article about a “quantum Cheshire cat” experiment that was proposed by Yakir Aharonov of Tel Aviv University and colleagues. Now, an international team of physicists has created a quantum Cheshire cat using polarized neutrons at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France.

The work was done by Yuji Hasegawa and colleagues at the Vienna University of Technology, ILL, the University of Cergy-Pontoise and Chapman University.

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Institut Laue-Langevin secures funding until 2023

 

Smiles all around as the Institut Laue-Langevin secures funding for the next decade (Courtesy: ILL)

Smiles all around in Paris. From left to right are ILL director-general Andrew Harrison, Hermione Gough of the British Embassy, the French minister for higher education Geneviève Fioraso and Peter Reuss of the German Embassy. (Courtesy: ILL)

By Hamish Johnston

Despite the tough economic conditions in much of Europe, scientists who use one of the continent’s leading scientific facilities have something to smile about. The UK, France and Germany have agreed to continue funding the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) neutron facility for at least another decade.

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View from the beamlines

By James Dacey

Photo of film shoot at ILL

This photo looks a little bit like we were filming the moment that I got down on my knee and popped the big question to Andrew Harrison, the Director General of the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL). While that would certainly make for an intriguing story worthy of a blog entry, the truth is that earlier this week we were interviewing Harrison for a short film about his international research facility. In case you are still wondering, the reason I am kneeling is so that we could frame our shot to include the dome that houses the ILL’s nuclear reactor, where neutrons are generated.

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