Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering

ANSTO logoSituated 40 km from the centre of Sydney surrounded by Australian native bush, the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (formerly the Bragg Institute) is the Australian centre dedicated to research with neutrons and the premier neutron user facility in the southern hemisphere.

ACNS is an integral part of ANSTO, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.

Founded in 2002 as Bragg Institute, the centre is a relatively newcomer in the family of user facilities devoted to research with neutrons. However, in a short time, it has established itself not only as one of Australia’s most significant user institution but also as an important global player.

The facility is open to researchers from around the world, with a user program based on a peer-review system offering a complete suite of instruments, quirkily enough, named after the Australian local and unique fauna.

Four laboratories allow the preparation of sensitive samples near to the measurement stations and with a large number of different sample environments, materials can be studied under specific physical parameters.

The sample environment team provides a high level of support to users with experiments performed under challenging environments. Combinations of different physical parameters and multiple techniques, like in situ photon spectroscopy in a wide wavelength range, can also be made available with solutions for specific experiments realised on request.

ACNS is a user-friendly facility willing to offer a hassle-free experience, enabling high-level scientific outcomes from the experiment performed with our instruments.


  1. Multiple techniques (Including DSC and spectroscopy)
  2. High Voltage experiments
  3. Gas and Vapour dosing
  4. Magnetism
  5. Cryogenics