D17: the new reflectometer at the ILL
The reflectometer D17 has been operational for a year and has already proved to be an excellent tool for investigating surfaces and interfaces in the realms of physics, biology and chemistry. The instrument has two modes of operation, time-of-flight and monochromatic, the latter incorporating the polarised-neutron option. Both modes are flexible in the wave-vector-transfer (q) resolution. The loosest resolution required to resolve the sample structure can be chosen (and hence the highest flux), enabling the lowest reflectivities and hence the widest q-range to be measured.