• DOE and NSF, partnering with the National Institutes of Health and NIST, should create a consortium4 focused on research and development needs required for next-generation light sources. The consortium, with an independent chairperson, should include stakeholders from universities, industry, and government (both laboratories and agencies). The consortium should formulate a light source technology roadmap and make recommendations on the research and development needed to reach milestones on the roadmap for a new generation of light sources, such as seeded x-ray free-electron lasers, energy-recovery linear-accelerator-driven devices, and other promising concepts. The consortium should also take into account cost containment and the internationalization of research facilities. The sponsoring agencies of the consortium should fund the R&D needed to reach the milestones on the roadmap.

  • DOE should complete the instrument suite for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, together with provision of state-of-the-art ancillary equipment for these instruments, in order to gain the maximum benefit from the recent investment in the SNS.

  • DOE and NSF should support the CMMP community’s needs for electron microscopy instrumentation at universities on a competitive basis. Cutting-edge electron microscopy technique development (such as the DOE TEAM [Transmission Electron Aberration-corrected Microscope] project) should be continued in order to fully reestablish U.S. competitiveness in developing the next generation of electron microscopes.

  • NSF should continue the support of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and high-magnetic-field instrumentation development following the priorities recommended by the NRC report Opportunities in High Magnetic Field Science.5

Without strong support for basic research, U.S. leadership in CMMP is unlikely to survive. Such a loss could cause the United States to miss critical opportunities in growing new markets and could significantly hamper U.S. economic innovation. The recommendations of the Committee on CMMP 2010 focus on ensuring U.S. leadership in this intellectually exciting field that is technologically and economically vital to the nation.


The committee used the term “consortium” in the sense of a partnership among the stakeholders described in the recommendation for developing a light source technology roadmap. The committee expects that the “consortium” will follow federal rules for providing advice to federal agencies.


National Research Council, Opportunities in High Magnetic Field Science, Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, 2005.

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