[Neutron] Invitation to Attend ORNL Users Week - October 8-11, 2007

Ekkebus, Allen E. ekkebusae at ornl.gov
Fri Aug 24 14:32:08 CDT 2007

Please forward as appropriate to colleagues, faculty, postdoctoral
fellows, and graduate students.  Opportunities are available for poster
presentations and scholarships.

ORNL Users Week 2007, October 8-11, 2007
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

This meeting focuses on the scientific resources of four ORNL user
facilities funded by the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

*         Spallation Neutron Source - The SNS is an accelerator-based
neutron source that will provide the most intense pulsed neutron beam in
the world for scientific R&D.  User experiments are underway on the
first three instruments of the SNS and eight more instruments will begin
commissioning in the next year.  

*         High Flux Isotope Reactor - The HFIR is the highest flux
reactor-based source of neutrons for condensed matter research in the
U.S.  There are users at five HFIR instruments with two others being

*         Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences - The CNMS is a
collaborative nanoscience user research facility for the synthesis,
characterization, theory/modeling/simulation, and design of nanoscale
materials. It provides users with access to a complete suite of
nanoscience research capabilities (facilities and expertise) housed in a
new 80,000-ft2 building and will mark its second anniversary as a user
facility in October.  

*         Shared Research Equipment - ShaRE is electron beam
microcharacterization facility providing access to a suite of advanced
instruments and staff scientists for the mm-to-nm-scale characterization
of materials.  

Goals and Expected Outcomes

1.	Showcase the important scientific research challenges that are
being addressed at these Oak Ridge facilities by both users and facility
2.	Receive feedback on developments in next-generation
instrumentation, such as 

	*	Developing time-resolved techniques suitable for
studying non-equilibrium phenomena at microsecond timescales, e.g. in
pump-probe experiments; 
	*	Multi-parameter sample environments (perhaps high
magnetic field and high pressure and low temperature simultaneously,
biological systems); 
	*	Multiple characterization techniques on the same
instrument, such as x-ray, neutron, electron transport, and mechanical
	*	Computational needs and capabilities for neutron
scattering and nanoscience; 
	*	Nanoscale synthesis and characterization; and 
	*	Environmental electron microscopy. 

3.	Acquaint current and prospective users with the research
capabilities of the user facilities through presentations, tours, and
4.	Introduce prospective users to the user proposal process. 

Why Should I Attend? 

What makes ORNL Users Week different from other scientific society
events is an opportunity for speakers and attendees to provide an input
to our future direction and capabilities. Sessions are designed to focus
on at least one of the four goals, answering questions that would guide
the future development of the SNS, HFIR, CNMS, and SHaRE capabilities.
What are the exciting science topics? What new techniques take best
advantage of a high-power pulsed neutron source? What are the current
frontiers and limitations of the experimental capabilities? What
equipment should the ORNL facilities add? What do our users want to do
here that we should be able to do better than anyone else? Speakers are
invited to specifically address these points and leave sufficient time
in their talks to solicit and receive feedback from the audience on
these topics. Discussions on the neutron scattering portion will be
summarized during session W2, the SHUG Meeting and Discussion Summary.  

ORNL Users Week is the first User Meeting to report on results of
experiments using the newly commissioned instruments at the pulsed
Spallation Neutron Source and the steady-state High Flux Isotope
Reactor.  We expect interest in these facilities will dramatically
increase because of the potential of these instruments and others in the
design and construction phase.  This will provide an opportunity for
biologists, chemists, materials scientists, and physicists to describe
their needs for experimental apparatus including sample environments and
new instruments.  The neutron scattering portion, SHUG2007, will provide
an unprecedented opportunity both for those experienced with neutron
scattering and those new to the technique to learn about the
capabilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Through personal
interactions between users and potential users representing academia,
industry, and government research laboratories and ORNL staff, we
believe this meeting will continue the enthusiasm demonstrated at
previous user meetings.

ORNL staff will also solicit feedback on user processes, services, and
support capabilities. 

As part of this meeting: 

*	Tours of the SNS, HFIR, and CNMS will be provided; 
*	Demonstrations of the proposal system used to submit experiment
proposals to these ORNL user facilities; 
*	Poster session will highlight current research; and 
*	Workshops will be held for new users. 

Complete details, including scholarships, agenda, and registration are
available at http://neutrons.ornl.gov/workshops/users2007/index.shtml




Allen E. Ekkebus

Neutron Scattering Science Division User Office

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

1 Bethel Valley Road

P.O. Box 2008, Box 6460

Oak Ridge, TN  37831-6460

Telephone: (865) 241-5644       FAX: (865) 576-0174


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