The library was founded in 1953. The core of the current library formed the basis of the stocks of smaller department libraries which were merged to establish a unified, professional library in 1960.

Our library is the common research library for the Wigner Research Centre for Physics and other local HAS research institutes, Centre for Energy ResearchCER Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science. Our main task is to promote research for local HAS research centres located at the Csillebérc site, on the top of Buda Hills.

The library is also the home library for Physics science in Hungary. We offer Physics and Materials Science collections and also selections of Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics. We are limited open to the general public, however guest users are welcome.

Members of the library can get access to over 60000 books, 40000 journal issues, 41000 reports and a large range of digital resources.


Computer Networking Centre


The Computer Networking Center is responsible for planning, installation, and operation of the central server systems, planning and management of the campus-wide computer network and for user support of the five on-campus research institutes. CNC manages  Budapest Grid of KFKI RMKI.

CNC's research and development tasks comprise projects in the fields of data processing, computer science and information technology. The special field of the Laboratory of Speech Technology for Rehabilitation (LSTR) is the development a set of integrated text-to-speech tools for the blind, especially the BraiLab talking computer family.

CNC is a regional center of the National Information Infrastructure Development Institute.

For more information on network services, visit the Hungarian version of the CNC home page.


Wigner Datacenter (WDC)


INFRASTRUCTURE LEASING - The WDC's most basic service is the pure infrastructure lease, which includes the raw physical infrastructure consisting of a room prepared for hosting IT equipment, supplied with electricity and cooling.

ENHANCED HOSTING - A more value added service of ours is the enhanced hosting service provided for CERN. This includes – along with the basic infrastructure leasing – more value added services, involving mainly hardware maintenance and other interventions, along with network diagnostics.

ACADEMIC CLOUD - For the time being WDC Cloud provides an infrastructural service (IaaS) and platform service (PaaS) for its users, but this may serve as a basis for an eventual extension to SaaS services. This new cloud based infrastructure is significantly more effective and more cost efficient than former solutions following the more traditional concept of each partner institution using its own server park. Researchers and research projects are able to benefit from the resources of our data center by using our shared storage and computational resources. This new improved institutional infrastructure was the first milestone in an academic paradigm shift.

SECURED CLOUD - Our Secure Cloud service really distinguishes us from other commercial cloud vendors. As our cloud grew bigger, we became aware that security was becoming increasingly important. There is a strong need to think about how to comply with security and data privacy regulations for versatile scientific projects.

We build highly-secure, isolated, dedicated resources when needed, and are capable of maintaining the highest standard of IT security, along with physical security (with our data center being located within the boundaries of the guarded campus of KFKI). We mean to be the trusted cloud provider for the scientific community, by handling data with utmost security.
Project administrators can decide what level of security they require based on their data classification. We are flexible for any type of customization as per their requirements, and are ready to give advice to project leaders.

DATA SCIENCE - Data Science is our top level service, which enables us to utilize domain specific expertise of our partner institutions and merge them with information from other scientific fields. We are in partnership with various scientific disciplines including physics, energy research, astronomy, medicine, biology and even social studies.

KNOWLEDGE LAB - Modelled after CERN Open Lab, we have created our own lab service. Knowledge Lab works as an experimental showroom of new technology and testing ground for advanced solutions for different hardware and software vendors. In the Wigner Datacenter we have taken this model one step further and named it ’Knowledge lab’ in order to encourage the development of new ideas:

  • we encourage vendors to deploy their latest hardware
  • we encourage software deployment beyond traditional cloud application use
  • we work with scientists to leverage data science methodologies

We aim to give rise to Startups and Spinoff companies, and hope that our Knowledge Lab would function as a ‘project incubator’ for ventures that go beyond regular or traditional cloud applications. Our co-workers are able and willing to help in the development of these new ideas by providing Data Science assistance.


Research Reactor

The Budapest Research Reactor (BRR) is a tank-type reactor, moderated and cooled by light water. The reactor, which went critical in 1959, is of Soviet origin. The initial thermal power was 2 MW. The first upgrading took place in 1967 when the power was increased from 2 MW to 5 MW, using a new type of fuel and a beryllium reflector. A full-scale reactor reconstruction and upgrading project began in 1986, following 27 years of operation since initial criticality. The upgraded 10 MW reactor received the operation license in November 1993.

Main technical data:

Reactor type:..................................... Light-water cooled and moderated tank-type
reactor with beryllium reflector
Fuel:.................................................. VVR-SM(-M2)
Nominal thermal power:.................... 10 MW
Mean power density in the core:....... 61.2 kW/litre
Neutron flux density in the core:........ 2,5 * 1014 n/cm2s (thermal in the flux trap)
1 * 1014 n/cm2s (approx. max. fast flux in the fast channel)


Budapest Neutron Centre (BNC)

The Budapest Neutron Centre (BNC) is a consortium of institutes to co-ordinate research activities carried out at the Budapest Research Reactor. It hosts two neutron imaging facilities (RAD and NORMA) operated by the Centre for Energy Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and offers access to this scientific infrastructure for the domestic and international users.

The radiography station (RAD) at the thermal neutron beamline of the reactor gives a possibility to study relatively large objects by thermal neutron-, gamma- and X-ray radiography, and to benefit from the complementary features of the different radiations. RAD is being extended in 2014 with digital imaging and tomographic capabilities. The image detection is based on suitable converter screens. The static radiography and tomography images are acquired by a new, large area sCMOS camera, whereas the dynamic radiography is accomplished by a low-light-level TV camera and a frame grabber card.

The NORMA facility is designed to perform neutron radiography and tomography on small samples using guided cold neutrons. Here two non-destructive techniques are coupled to determine the chemical composition and to visualize the internal structure of heterogeneous objects. The position-sensitive element analysis with prompt-gamma activation analysis (PGAA) and the imaging with neutron radiography/tomography (NR/NT) are integrated into a unique facility called NIPS-NORMA. The goal of such a combination of these methods is to save substantial beam time in the so-called NR/NT-driven PGAI (Prompt Gamma Activation Imaging) mode, in which the interesting regions are first visualized and located, and subsequently the time-consuming prompt-gamma measurements are made only where it is really needed.


Open Labs

The aim of the open labs is to give access to the technology and equipments of MTA Wigner RCP.