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Suggested Citation:"Conclusions." National Research Council. 2008. An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research: Fiscal Year 2008. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12495.
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Suggested Citation:"Conclusions." National Research Council. 2008. An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research: Fiscal Year 2008. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12495.
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Conclusions The NIST Center for Neutron Research is a national user facility whose mission is to ensure the availability of neutron measurement capabilities to meet the needs of U.S. researchers from industry, academia, and government agencies. Developing the next generation of neutron scattering scientists and engineers is also a vital part of the NCNR’s program. The NCNR continues to provide reliably a high flux of neutrons to an evolving suite of high-quality instruments and sample environments. The array of thermal and cold neutron instruments available at the NCNR enables measurements over a wide range of time, energy, and length scales. These capabilities of the NCNR play a critical role in advancing science and developing new technologies in the United States and enable NIST to fulfill its role of promoting science, standards, technology, and the American Competitiveness Initiative. The new instruments and upgrades associated with the planned facility expansion will ensure that the NCNR continues to provide users with access to internationally competitive instruments. 15

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) is a national user facility whose mission is to ensure the availability of neutron measurement capabilities in order to meet the needs of U.S. researchers from industry, academia, and government agencies.

A panel of experts from the National Research Council evaluated the NCNR by the following criteria: (1) the technical merit of the current laboratory programs relative to the current state of the art worldwide; (2) the adequacy of the laboratory facilities, equipment, and human resources, as they affect the quality of the laboratory technical programs; and (3) the degree to which the laboratory programs in measurement science and standards achieve their stated objectives and desired impact.

This book finds that NCNR is an extremely reliable and comprehensive neutron scattering facility. Even as the other neutron source in the nation-the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)-becomes increasingly operational and the Oak Ridge High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) comes back online, the NCNR will continue to be a vital resource for meeting the broad spectrum of user needs for and scientific objectives related to neutron scattering.

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