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Suggested Citation:"7 Conclusions." National Research Council. 2009. An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research: Fiscal Year 2009. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12765.
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Suggested Citation:"7 Conclusions." National Research Council. 2009. An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research: Fiscal Year 2009. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12765.
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7 Conclusions The NIST Center for Neutron Research is successfully accomplishing its missions, as a national user facility, to ensure the availability of neutron measurement capabilities to meet the needs of U.S. researchers from industry, academia, and government agencies and to develop the next generation of neutron scattering scientists and engineers. 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, and technology in support of the U.S. economy. 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. 19

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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. This mission is aligned with the mission of NIST, which is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve the quality of life.

As requested by the Deputy Director of NIST, this book assesses NCNR, based on the following criteria: (1) the technical merit of the current laboratory programs relative to current state-of-the-art programs worldwide; (2) the adequacy of the laboratory budget, 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.

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