Duke-ORNL Neutron Sciences Workshop

The 1st ORNL-Duke Workshop on Neutron Sciences, co-organized by Oak Ridge National Lab’s (ORNL) Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) and Duke University, was held on September 18th 2015. The goal of this Workshop was to establish stronger links between ORNL’s Neutron Sciences Directorate and researchers at Duke University, other Research Triangle institutions, and industrial R&D.

Neutron scattering, neutron diffraction, and neutron imaging provide information that is highly complementary to that from other microscopic scattering techniques, and more recent technical developments have fueled the expansion of the field, originally focused on condensed matter physics, into materials science, soft matter and biomolecular systems, engineering, and the arts.

The NScD operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor-based neutron source and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering, neutron diffraction, and neutron imaging research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation.

Exciting opportunities exist, for specialists as well as non-specialists, to do neutron research at ORNL’s state-of-the-art facilities, either through collaborations with ORNL researchers or as external users (contact Christine Erlien at cme13@duke.edu for more information).

View some of the presentations here.