New world-class research technology unveiled at AECL's Chalk River Laboratories

    CHALK RIVER, ON, June 15 /CNW/ - Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)
congratulates the National Research Council (NRC) on the official opening of
Canada's first neutron reflectometer for the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre
(CNBC) located at AECL's Chalk River Laboratories.
    A ceremony was held today at AECL's Chalk River Laboratories to
inaugurate the neutron reflectometer, a new world-class research instrument
that will help to ensure Canada's future in nuclear science remains as strong,
vibrant and innovative as its past.
    "This is a very proud day for AECL as this event demonstrates the level
of support for maintaining Canada's health and science research at the
world-wide cutting edge," said AECL's Vice-President of Nuclear Laboratories
Brian McGee. "The facilities at AECL Chalk River have long been at the leading
edge of Canadian science, and we look forward to continuing that legacy."
    The new reflectometer is supplied with neutrons from AECL's National
Research Universal reactor (NRU). NRU has operated since 1957, and has been
the birthplace of many scientific achievements. In 1994, Canadian physicist
Dr. Bertram Brockhouse won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his seminal work at
NRU using neutron scattering to explore materials. In the last three years,
scientists from 114 institutions in 14 countries around the world have used
the Chalk River facilities in both independent research and collaborative
projects with NRC-CNBC.
    On November 3, NRU will mark its 50th year of operation - a milestone
that is truly second to none. Through five decades of innovation, the NRU has
made it possible for the Canadian nuclear industry to develop and lead the
world in health and science research. With continued support to the CANDU
design, through the production of the majority of the world's medical isotopes
and through the supply of neutrons that allow the NRC-CNBC to forge ahead with
groundbreaking scientific discoveries, the NRU reactor continues to perform
admirably for the benefit of human health and scientific discovery.

    About AECL

    AECL is a full-service nuclear-technology company providing services to
nuclear utilities around the world. Established in 1952, AECL is the designer
and builder of CANDU technology.
    AECL specializes in a range of advanced nuclear-energy products and
services that are an important component of clean-air energy programs on four
continents. AECL's 4,300 employees provide research and development, support,
design and engineering, construction management, specialized technology,
refurbishment, waste management and decommissioning in support of CANDU
reactor products. More information on AECL and CANDU technology can be found

For further information:

For further information: Dale Coffin, Director, Corporate
Communications, AECL, Direct: (905) 403-7457

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