Space still available on LANSCE jaunt

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By The Staff

Monday at 8 a.m. is the deadline for anybody interested in taking a tour of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) accelerator at LANL, in conjunction with the Rosenfest Lectures.

The tour is scheduled for Friday, May 20, and it will start at 1 p.m. and end by 5:30 p.m.

Anybody interested in the tour must submit an application at http://rosenfest.lanl.gov/tour_application_form.shtml.

Tour organizer Leilani Conradson said applications only will be accepted from U.S. citizens as the deadline for foreign nationals has already passed.

In addition, Rosenfest organizers are offering a special tour time-slot for teachers and students beginning at 3:30 p.m. to accommodate school schedules.

LANSCE is Los Alamos National Laboratory’s signature science facility. At LANSCE, a stream of protons (hydrogen ions) are accelerated to nearly the speed of light in a linear accelerator. The protons are then used for a variety of applications, from national-security science, to health and materials science, to fundamental research that helps provides a better understanding of physical processes or the workings of the universe.

“LANSCE has always been a cornerstone of scientific research, and it will continue in that capacity in the future as the basis for MaRIE, the Laboratory’s planned next-generation facility that will enable researchers to understand and control the behavior of matter in extreme environments,” said Alan Hurd,
director of the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at LANSCE and chair of Rosenfest. “This is a rare opportunity for the public to learn firsthand about the facility’s proud past and promising future.”

Tour attendees can expect to see many facets of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, including areas along the linear accelerator beam line, the control room area, and one or more experimental areas. A windshield tour is also being planned for people with limited mobility.

Before arrival at LANSCE, everyone will be provided a visitor badge to be worn on the upper torso for the duration of the tour; visitor badges must be returned at the termination of the tour. To receive a visitor badge for the tour, you must present a photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport.

Details for tour transportation are being arranged and will be posted on this website once finalized. A windshield tour for persons with limited mobility is being planned.

Expected stops on the tour include the Injector, sites along the accelerator beam, the Central Control Room, the switchyard, and one or more flight path experimental areas.

Escorts and guides will be available during the tour to answer questions and provide assistance.

Security requirements at LANL and LANSCE include the following:

• Personal cell phones, cameras, and other recording devices, if brought by tour participants, must be left on the bus during visits to accelerator facilities.

• No photography, video recording, or sound recording is allowed by tour participants while on Laboratory property.

• No equipment with radio frequency, infrared, or other wireless transmission capability, including Bluetooth, portable computers (including laptops), personal digital assistants (PDAs), BlackBerries, iPods, or similar electronic devices is allowed.

• Portable electronic storage devices are not allowed, including thumb drives, CD/DVD write-drives, flash memory cards, external hard drives, and other electronic storage capabilities.

• Visitors may not bring weapons, explosives, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs and associated paraphernalia, or other prohibited articles.


 Contact Leilani Conradson at leilani@lanl.gov or at 665-9505.