Judith E. Houston
European Spallation Source, Lund, Sweden

The European Spallation Source (ESS) is a multi-disciplinary research facility currently under construction in Lund, Sweden, next to the synchrotron light source MaxIV. It has been designed to provide world-leading performance, making full use of the world’s brightest neutron beams for the study of all types of materials ranging from biological systems and soft matter to engineering materials, structural chemistry and magnetism.
Here, we will describe the motivation for such a neutron facility and the path to the ESS. A brief overview will be given of the huge construction project, the instrument suite, as well as key scientific features which will allow an unprecedented degree of flexibility and performance. Highlights will be given of the main scientific areas which are expected to benefit from the facility. The breadth and diversity of the European user community will be key to enabling this facility to take its place as the regional hub for neutron scattering science.

E-mail of the corresponding author: judith.houston@esss.se