The Neutron Science Laboratory is dedicated to advancing the fundamental understanding and applications of neutron science, particularly the development of radiation detection materials, devices, and systems. The lab space (~2500 ft2) is equipped with DD and DT neutron generators, a variety of standard advanced radiation detectors, and a range of nuclear electronics. Extensive modeling and simulation capabilities using Geant4 and MCNP are available.
The Applied Nuclear Science Instrumentation Laboratory (ANSIL) was established in the new Nuclear Engineering Building in April 2017. This facility features approximately 1000 ft2 of quality space and supports the development of advanced instrumentation for a wide range of projects in ANSG. Some examples of current research in ANSIL include the development of novel neutron and antineutrino detectors and detection methodologies for applications in nuclear security, nonproliferation, nuclear power, and fundamental scientific research.
The Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. CUOS was sponsored as a Science and Technology Center by the National Science Foundation during 1990-2001, and as a College of Engineering Center continues its research in ultrafast optics with funding from a variety of government agencies and industry. Its mission is to perform multidisciplinary research in the basic science and technological applications of ultrashort laser pulses, to educate students from a wide variety of backgrounds in the field, and to spur the development of new technologies.
These ultrafast lasers enable a tremendous range of applications in fundamental science and applied technology; further information on these applications may be found on About CUOS page, and details of specific research programs may be found under Research Groups. CUOS houses a 500-terawatt HERCULES laser, which has held a Guinness world record of the highest focused intensity of 2×1022 W/cm2 for 10 consecutive years and is under expansion into the flagship high-intensity laser user facility in the United States, under the name ZEUS (Zettawatt-Equivalent Ultrashort pulse laser System). ZEUS will reach the peak power of 3 petawatts and is supported by the National Science Foundation.