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AN ASSESSMENT OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER FOR NEUTRON RESEARCH FISCAL YEAR 2011 Panel on Neutron Research Laboratory Assessments Board Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS Washington, D.C. www.nap.edu
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PANEL ON NEUTRON RESEARCH TONYA L. KUHL, University of California, Davis, Chair MEIGAN ARONSON, Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory FRANK S. BATES, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis DONALD M. ENGELMAN, Yale University PAUL A. FLEURY, Yale University CHRISTOPHER R. GOULD, North Carolina State University PETER F. GREEN, University of Michigan ALAN J. HURD, Los Alamos National Laboratory JAMES R. LEE, Sandia National Laboratories JOHN B. PARISE, Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory SUNIL K. SINHA, University of California, San Diego Staff JAMES P. McGEE, Director CY BUTNER, Senior Program Officer LIZA HAMILTON, Administrative Coordinator EVA LABRE, Program Associate iv
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Contents SUMMARY 1 1 THE CHARGE TO THE PANEL AND THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS 5 2 GENERAL ASSESSMENT OF THE NIST CENTER FOR NEUTRON 7 RESEARCH 3 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AT THE CENTER 12 4 FACILITIES AND HUMAN RESOURCES 19 5 THE CENTER AS A USER FACILITY 21 6 CONCLUSIONS 24 vii