The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), with its strong tradition of hiring and developing excellent scientific and technical staff, is one of the leading institutions worldwide in neutron instrumentation, technology, and science. It is a very well-managed user facility. With the recent completion of a $95 million expansion, performed on time and on budget, it has enhanced its instrumentation capabilities and has constructed a new guide hall. This expansion further enhances NCNRâ€™s ability to meet high user demandsâ€”a factor of two higher than capacityâ€”for experimentation to conduct cutting-edge research. NCNR's high scientific productivity is due, in part, to effective communication between the management and staff and with the internal and external user communities.
This report assesses the quality and effectiveness of the NIST measurements and standards laboratories, of which there are now six, including two user facilities, as well as the adequacy of the laboratoriesâ€™ resources. An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research considers the merit of the current NCNR scientific and technical programs relative to current state-of-the-art programs; the degree to which the NCNR scientific and technical programs achieve their objectives and fulfill the mission of the NCNR; and the adequacy of the NCNR facilities, equipment, and human resources, as they affect the quality of the NCNRâ€™s scientific and technical programs.
Table of Contents
|1 The Charge to the Panel and the Assessment Process||3-4|
|2 General Assessment of the Management and Operation||5-6|
|3 NCNR in Relation to Neutron Facilities Nationally and Internationally||7-9|
|4 External Engagement of the NCNR||10-13|
|5 Science and Technology||14-17|
|6 Challenges and Opportunities||18-18|
|7 Findings and Recommendations||19-21|
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