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ESS infrastructure ‘on track’, director insists

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The European Spallation Source under construction in Lund, Sweden, is on course to open for experiments in 2023 as originally planned, its director-general has said.

“We’re on track,” John Womersley told Research Europe in February. “We’re confident we can deliver science to the European user community in 2023.”

The ESS is one of Europe’s largest research infrastructure projects and will produce pulses of neutrons that scientists can use to probe the properties of materials. Host countries Sweden and Denmark will cover a combined 47.5 per cent of the original €1.84-billion construction costs.

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