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topological insulator AFM coupling

NIST collaboration heats up exotic topological insulators
paper in Nature Materials
press release (UCLA)
news item in IEEE Spectrum

neutron hologram

Move over, lasers: scientists can now create holograms from neutrons, too
paper in Optics Express
news item in Physics Today

nanoparticles reduce polymer viscosity

Nanoparticles can make polymers flow more easily
paper in Physical Review Letters

CNxHy Anion

For rechargeable batteries that crush the competition, crush this material

The Center For High Resolution Neutron Scattering (CHRNS), supported by the National Science Foundation and NIST, is an important component of the NCNR, providing users with access to five neutron scattering instruments.

nSoft is a NIST-led consortium for the advancement of neutron-based measurements for manufacturing of soft materials.

Neutron Techniques
Crystallography The diffraction of neutrons from a crystalline sample
furnishes information about the structural arrangement of the atoms
that compose it.
Reflectometry   probes the nanoscale structure of surfaces and interfaces
Small Angle Neutron Scattering    is a powerful method for characterizing the nanoscale structure of solids, liquids, plastics, and macromolecules.
Spectroscopy  The energy scale of neutrons ( meV ) makes them ideal probes of the dynamics of materials.
Chemical Analysis  Several nuclear methods are used at the NCNR, including prompt-gamma neutron activation analysis, instrumental neutron activation analysis, and cold-neutron depth profiling
Other Methods  Neutron interferometry, neutron radiography, and fundamental physics using neutrons are active research areas at the NCNR
Why Neutrons?  The properties of neutrons enable powerful measuement methods applicable across many fields of science and engineering.

NCNR Seminar Schedule
The deadline for the current call, March 14, 2017, has passed. Proposals submitted are under review. Successful proposals will be allocated time from June through October 2017. Because of facility maintenance, only about 3/4 of the usual time given through proposals will be allocated in this round.

We have posted some proposal statistics summarizing the last five calls.


Starting July 21, 2014, driver's licenses from 7 states/territories will not be accepted as valid ID for NCNR access. Only US citizen users are affected.
The NCNR is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to support research involving neutron research and spectroscopy; specifically, NCNR seeks proposals aimed at providing technical assistance to visiting researchers at NCNR, developing new instrumentation and measurement capabilities. The deadline is May 8, 2017.

User survey and NCNR response
The NCNR Users Group has summarized the results of a recent user survey. We encourage all to look at it, and at our response.
-Summary of survey results (external site not associated with the NCNR)
-NCNR full response

See differently with neutrons at NIST
Watch a 2½ minute animated explanation for a general audience of what we do at the NCNR. watch!

Held Aug. 21-22, 2014, Potomac, MD. Executive Summary of outcome

NIST now accepts basic radiation safety training from other U.S. neutron facilities in place of the NIST offered on-line training.



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