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Suggested Citation:"6 Conclusions." National Research Council. 2011. An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research: Fiscal Year 2011. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13252.
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6 Conclusions The NIST Center for Neutron Research is a national user facility. Its mission is to ensure the availability of neutron measurement capabilities to meet the needs of U.S. researchers from industry, academia, and government agencies. The development of the next generation of neutron-scattering scientists and engineers also remains a vital part of the NCNR’s program. The NCNR continues to provide a reliable, high flux of neutrons to a suite of high-quality instruments and sample environments that continue to evolve. The suite of thermal- and cold-neutron instruments at the NCNR enables important measurements over a broad range of time, energy, and length scales. The NCNR is an excellent facility, with outstanding management and staff and with programs that serve well the research community and the nation. The capabilities of the NCNR play a crucial role in advancing science and in developing new technologies in the United States. They also enable NIST to satisfy its role in promoting science, standards, and technology. The upgrades and new instruments associated with the Expansion Project will enable the NCNR to continue to provide its users with access to internationally competitive instruments and to continue its preeminence as a neutron- scattering facility. 24

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Since 1959, the National Research Council (NRC), at the request of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has annually assembled panels of experts to assess the quality and effectiveness of the NIST measurements and standards laboratories. In 2011, the NRC evaluated three of the six NIST laboratories: the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) and the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). Each of these was addressed individually by a separate panel of experts; this report assesses NCNR.

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