Thu Jan 23 19:09:51 EST 1992

                            Dear netters,
I would like to draw your attention to  the  new  opportunities  for
research institutions created by the recent changes  in  the  former
U.S.S.R. It is  widely known that the U.S.S.R. possessed a mammoth
military oriented research & development complex. What may be  not  so
well known is that some of the installations in the defense research
institutions and factories represent state-of-the-art in  the  field
and are sometimes unique. Now many of these  facilities  are  facing
closing down, because, in spite of all that talk about conversion, in
reality the  design  and  applications  of  that  machinery  is  too
peculiar to be converted into something commercially  productive  at
reasonable cost. However I believe it would be a waste just  to  let
it get rusty & dusty.
     Let's see if someone has a good idea (and  adequate  money)  in
order to use the following:  Small  uranium  reactor  (cylinder  270
millimeters  high  with  a  space  inside, where  the  samples   for
irradiation could be located). Its unique feature is that  it  works
in pulse mode producing very  high  neutron  flow  (up  to  10-to-21
degree neutrons per second in the interior space). The half-width of
the neutron burst profile is 60 microseconds). The  maximum  of  the
neutron energy spectrum is at 1 MeV. Due to  the  particular  design
there are no secondary distortions of the neutron energy spectrum of
the nuclear fission. The reactor itself has no protection and before
the operation is moved on the rails in a hall 18x8  m  which  allows
uniform irradiation of  the  big  samples  and  easy  adjustment  of
radiation dose intensity by selecting the position of the sample and
distance from the reactor. Of course there  is  reliable  biological
protection of the reactor hall. There is a  possibility  to  monitor
the sample during the irradiation. The institution is located  in  a
small town within an easy reach from Moscow (about  25  kilometers).
     The people responsible for the reactor are most  interested  in
the long-term cooperation providing adequate financial support for a
period of years. However they would welcome suggestions for  shorter
projects. In the  latter  case  operation  costs  will  be  charged,
proportional to the required  number  of  the  reaction  cycles.  If
someone is not sure whether he really  needs  this  thing,  a  short
preliminary experiment can be arranged free of charge.  If  you  are
interested please send your suggestions  and/or  requests  for  more
details to me:
Oleg Dmitriev

Universitaet Osnabrueck
Fachbereich Biologie/Chemie
Barbarastr.11, D-4500
Osnabrueck, GERMANY
FAX 0541-969-28-70
I would be grateful for further  distribution  of  this  information
among those who may be potentially interested in  this  opportunity,
particularly medical researchers,  physicists,  chemists,  technical
material scientists etc.
Oleg Dmitriev.

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