Facility Manager and User Questionnaires

The following two questionnaires (and accompanying cover letter) have been prepared by the committee to gather information about the spectrum of smaller facilities within the United States and to solicit input from the broader community. The first questionnaire is aimed at facility managers and the second is aimed at users (and potential users) of smaller facilities. The questionnaires will be made available at the town meetings held in the spring; the American Physical Society meeting in March 2004 will draw persons from material, condensed matter, and chemical physics and the Materials Research Society meeting in April 2004 will include persons from materials science and engineering. To help broaden the distribution and questionnaire response rate, the questionnaires have also been sent to specific facilities such as the NSF Materials Research and Engineering Centers and the DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers. Because of the usual sensitivity of survey results on population subsample response rates, the committee does not plan to make any sweeping generalizations based upon the information returned. The dissemination of these questionnaires has only begun; plans for broader distribution will continue to evolve.

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