Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

China's first pulsed neutron source

The China Spallation Neutron Source is expected to produce its first beam in 2017. Hesheng Chen and Xun-Li Wang provide an overview of this user facility and what it means for science in China and elsewhere.

This is a preview of subscription content

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: Aerial photo of the China Spallation Neutron Source taken in April 2016.



  1. Keimer, B., Kivelson, S. A., Norman, M. R., Uchida, S. & Zaanen, J. Nature 518, 179–186 (2015).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Shrestha, U. R. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 112, 13886–13891 (2015).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Ma, D. et al. Phys. Rev. Lett, 108, 085501 (2012).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Spooner, S., Hubbard, C. R., Wang, X-L., Payzant, E. A. & Wright, M. C. Neutron News 10, 26–30 (1999).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Grosse, M. & Ottlinger, P. Mater. Sci. Eng. A 437, 88–92 (2006).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Mason, T. E. Phys. Today 59, 44 (May, 2006).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding authors

Correspondence to Hesheng Chen or Xun-Li Wang.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Chen, H., Wang, XL. China's first pulsed neutron source. Nature Mater 15, 689–691 (2016).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

Further reading


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing