• Season's greetings

    Wed, 22 Dec, 2021

      The BNC management wish the entire staff, users and fans a quiet Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2022. Following an almost two-year period of technical difficulties with the cold neutron source, the research reactor of the Budapest Neutron Centre has performed flawlessly during the automn cycles. Following the winter shutdown the reactor operation is scheduled to restart on 17 January, 2022. The approved reactor schedule for 2022 is available at
  • Science session of the ISAC annual meeting

    Thu, 11 Nov, 2021

        BNC webinar on "TOF spectrometer NEAT at HZB - an overview of the instrument design 
                                         and scientific performance"
                  by            Margarita Russina (Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin)
                  on            11 November, 2021     14:00 - 14:45 + discussion.   Lecture video


       BNC webinar on "Neutrons and bio-systems: exploring cell surface interactions"
                  by             Valeria Maria Rondelli (University of Milano)
                  on            11 November, 2021     15:00 - 15:45 + discussion.   Lecture video


       BNC webinar on "Presentation of the GNeuS program of MLZ institutes for post-doc projects in neutron science                                            and technology"
                  by             Flavio Carsughi (JCNS Science Office, Garching, Germany)
                  on            11 November, 2021     16:00 - 16:20 + discussion.   Lecture video

  • Tutorial lecture on SANS by Prof. José Teixeria

    Wed, 10 Nov, 2021


    Prof. emer. Jose Teixeira (CNRS, LLB Saclay), on his visit to Wigner RCP (host: prof. L. Pusztai), gave a 2-hour hybrid mode tutorial entitled: “Introduction to neutron scattering by disordered matter”. Fundamental concepts of neutron scattering, as applied for studying disordered materials, were introduced. Although the focus of the tutorial was placed on investigating nanoscale structure by SANS, time was devoted to related topics, such as revealing atomic/molecular level structure and dynamics. Instrumentational aspects were also covered. 

  • Facts and Figures - BNC's neutron school to recruit new neutron users

    Fri, 29 Oct, 2021


    CETS2021, BNC's Central European Training School on Neutron Techniques has been successfully completed. The 2021 event was the 14th of the series since launched in 2001. The 15 hour on-line introductory theory course was organized from 4 to 8 October and the 15 hour in-person hands-on training at the BNC neutron instruments from 25 to 28 October. See more...

  • BNC to study Death

    Wed, 27 Oct, 2021


    An iconic artefact of the Hungarian National Museum was x-ray analyzed today in BNC. The Mors figure, an allegorical depiction of Death, is believed to have been made in a workshop in Augsburg, Germany, in the late 16th century. The purpose of the X-ray examination was to obtain information about the preparation technique and the internal structure of the sculpture. See more...

  • BNC webinar on "Evolution of magnetic structures ... of perovskite manganites"

    Sat, 16 Oct, 2021

        BNC webinar on "Evolution of magnetic structures ... of perovskite manganites"
                  by            Indu Dhiman (BNC, Centre for Energy Research, Budapest)
                  on            3 November, 2021     14:00 - 14:45 + discussion.   
                                  Abstract and CV                                              Lecture video

  • Joint BNC - ITPM seminar on neutron & synchrotron studies of magnetism

    Thu, 30 Sep, 2021

        Joint BNC-ITPM seminar on "Large scale facilities and magnetism"
                  by            José María Porro Azpiazu (BCMaterials, Basque Foundation for Science, Leioa, Spain)
                  on            6 Oct, 2021     11:00 - 11:45 + discussion.  Abstract and CV    
                                  KFKI Campus Bldg. 26         Lecture video not available

  • CETS neutron school registration open (UPDATED!)

    Wed, 01 Sep, 2021


    The 14th Central European Training School on Neutron Techniques will be organized in a hybrid form this autumn. A virtual (on-line) theory module between 4 to 8 October, and the (off-line) hands-on training module between 25 to 28 October, 2021. Deadline for registration is 27 September. From this year on the course is accredited by the Doctorate School of Physics of Eötvös Loránd University and the Doctorate School of Physical Sciences of Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest. Read further...

  • Successful test to resume regular reactor operation (updated!)

    Fri, 06 Aug, 2021


    We gladly report that following the COVID-19-triggered struggles in the last six months, there are now good chances to resume regular operation of the reactor. Having solved the technical and staffing problems, the reactor was tested at full power on 21-22 July including cold cource operation. Another test will follow at the enf of August to fine tune further details. The full success of the test allowed for performing some short (remote) user experiments, too. The Management expects the Budapest Research Reactor to return to its regular operation schedule on 6 September.

  • CERIC call for proposals now open

    Thu, 05 Aug, 2021
      CERIC call for experiment proposals is now open. CERIC-ERIC, the Central European Research Consortium offers access  to more than 50 different and complementary state of the art techniques and support laboratories through a single entry point, by submission of a single or multi-technique proposal. To apply for beam time, log in to VUO at and use a link in the "CERIC Proposal Submission" section.
  • COVID-19 update #6

    Sat, 29 May, 2021



    The recent travel restrictions as well as health and quarantine issues related to the corona virus pandemia impacted the operation of many large-scale facilities, and, unfortunately, our neutron centre has not remained an exception. Therefore the Budapest Research Reactor has not operated since 1 March, 2021. We continue to make every effort to resume the reactor operation and restart our international user program at the earliest possible date, without compromising the high standards and the safety of operation dictated by our 60-years nuclear culture. As soon as our services can be resumed, and the international travel restrictions are foreseen to ease, the reactor schedule will be updated accordingly. The BNC User Office will inform the scientific and industrial partners via the BNC web pages, the user mailing lists and via personal emails about the developments. Thereafter, please contact the respective instrument scientists for further details about the schedule of your experiments.    BNC Management

  • BNC webinars on renewable energy

    Mon, 10 May, 2021

    BNC webinar #5 on Renewable Energy "N4DP - Neutron Depth Profiling Instrument  at MLZ"
                  by            Markus Trunk (Department of Physics Technical University Munich, Germany)
                  on            19 May, 2021     14:00 - 14:45 + discussion.       Introduction           

  • COVID-19 update #5

    Mon, 02 Nov, 2020


    Due to the fast spread of the corona virus, the number of readily available staff in reactor operation has decreased below the level of safe operation determined by law. Therefore we were forced to decide to delay the reactor cycles until further notice - effecting also the cycle scheduled to start this afternoon. Apologies for the short notice.  
    BNC Management

  • BNC webinars on pulsed X-ray sources and their applications

    Fri, 30 Oct, 2020


    BNC webinar #3 on  "Femtosecond X-ray pulses in action:
                                        molecular movies, ultrafast chemical reactions, magnetic switching and more..."

                                by    Zoltán Németh (Wigner Research Centre for Physics
                                on    Wednesday 4 November, 2020     14:00 - 14:45+discussion
                                        More details here          Zoom meeting link      Lecture video


    BNC webinar #2  on  "European XFEL - A New User Facility for Fundamental Science on ultra short timescales"
                                  by   Robert Feidenhans'l (Director General of EUXFEL
                    opening by    István Szabó (Vice President, NKFIH)
                                 on    Wednesday 21 October, 2020     13:30 - 14:20+discussion
                                         More details here          Lecure video 


    BNC webinar #1  on  "Pulsed x-ray sources and their applications"
                                 by   Gyula Faigel (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
                                on    Wednesday 7 October, 2020     14:00 - 14:45+discussion
                                        More details here.   Introduction    Lecture video

  • BNC Science Proposal deadline extended to October 18, 2020

    Fri, 02 Oct, 2020


    In spite of the restrictions affecting the User Program the Budapest Research Reactor in BNC will continue to operate according to the announcd schedule. However, user experiments are only possible to conduct remotely. The management of BNC encourages potential users to submit their proposals - possibly following a discussion with the respective instrument responsible - selecting the remote experiment option in the proposal.  Read more.

  • COVID-19 update #4 - Remote User Operation - Sept 07, 2020 on

    Mon, 07 Sep, 2020


    Due to the recently re-introduced governmental restriction of the international mobility and other regulations to control the spread of the corona virus, until further notice, the user program of BNC is restricted to remote experiments. According to the present plans the reactor operates on the announced schedule. Strict virus-related health regulations and social distancing measures will remain in effect on the reactor premises.

  • Neutrons Job Posting - Diffraction Instrument Scientist

    Wed, 02 Sep, 2020
      The Budapest Neutron Centre management invites applications for a Diffraction Instrument Scientist position on the MTEST neutron diffractometer. The job is initially announced for one year period with option to extension up to tenure. Please distribute this call for application to colleagues who may be interested.


  • BNC webinar #3 on Li-ion batteries

    Fri, 03 Jul, 2020

    BNC webinar #3  "Li-ion batteries: Neutron Scattering Results"
                  by            Mikhail Avdeev (Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, JINR, Dubna, Russia)
                  on            08 July, 2020     14:00 - 14:45 + discussion   
                                 More details here      Lecture video   Video meeting link

  • BNC webinar #2 on Li-ion batteries

    Thu, 18 Jun, 2020


    BNC webinar #2  "Li-ion batteries: New generation Li- and post-Li batteries"
                  by            Robert Kun (Centre for Natural Sciences, Budapest)
                  on            Wednesday 24 June, 2020     14:00 - 14:45+discussion
                                  More details here   Lecture video           Video meeting link

  • BNC webinar #1 on Li-ion batteries

    Wed, 10 Jun, 2020

    BNC webinar #1  "Li-ion batteries - an introduction. Electrochemistry, structure, function"
                  by            László Péter (Dept. Partially Ordered Systems, Wigner RCP Budapest)
                  on            10 June, 2020     14:00 - 14:45+discussion   
                                  More details here.          Lecture video            Video meeting (link).