Spallation Neutron Source Funding

Thom Mason masont at
Mon Oct 5 16:57:33 CDT 1998

To All Neutron Users:

The Congress has approved 130 million dollars for the 1999 fiscal year (which
started Oct. 1) to start work on the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), a 1 MW
pulsed neutron facility to be built at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  The
construction line item was included in the Energy and Water Appropriations
passed by both the House and the Senate.  This new facility will produce the
most intense neutron beams in the world and includes an initial suite of
instruments for neutron scattering as well as R&D funds which will help lay
groundwork for subsequent instruments. 

The current neutron source at Oak Ridge, the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR),
will see major advances in its capabilities with planned upgrades, including a
new cold source, over the next few years. 

In view of the importance of these initiatives to the neutron community in the
US, and worldwide, we would encourage anyone with an interest to attend the:

SNS Neutron Instrumentation Workshop and Oak Ridge Neutron Users Meeting
                        November 9-11, 1998 
                        Hyatt Regency Knoxville 
                        Knoxville, TN

The purpose of the Instrumentation Workshop is to discuss scientific community
needs for instrumentation at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). Topics to be
covered include: 

*Update on the current status and expected performance of the Spallation
Neutron source. 
*Priorities for the initial suite of 10 instruments to be built at the high
power target station as part of the SNS reference design. 
*The science case for a second target/instrument suite optimized for long
wavelength neutrons. 

In addition, the first meeting of Oak Ridge Neutron Users will be held. This
will include current and potential users of both the SNS and the High Flux
Isotope Reactor (HFIR). Topics to be covered include: 

*Approval of By-Laws for the Users Group 
*Discussion of user policies and concerns for SNS and HFIR 
*Presentations describing upgrades to the neutron scattering facilities at
currently underway 

Anyone with an interest in the use of neutron scattering to study the
and dynamics of materials is encouraged to attend. There may be limited funds
available to help defray the costs of attending the workshop for participants
who could not otherwise attend. 

The Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences web site at
has more information, including on-line registration, accommodation
information, preliminary program, etc.  Note that the deadline for hotel
reservations at the conference rate is October 15, 1998!!

Sponsored by the US Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

Thom Mason
Spallation Neutron Source Project 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory 
104 Union Valley Rd., SNS Building 
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-8218
E-mail: masont at  Phone: (423) 241-1499
Fax: (423) 576-3041  WWW: 

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