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Spallation Neutron Source



Spallation Neutron Source


SNS is an accelerator-based neutron source in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. This one-of-a-kind facility provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research and industrial development.

The 80-acre SNS site is located on Chestnut Ridge and is part of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Although most people don't know it, neutron scattering research has a lot to do with our everyday lives. For example, things like medicine, food, electronics, and cars and airplanes have all been improved by neutron scattering research.

Neutron research also helps scientists improve materials used in a multitude of different products, such as high-temperature superconductors, powerful lightweight magnets, aluminum bridge decks, and stronger, lighter plastic products.

To support SNS's unprecedented capability, a world-class suite of instruments is being developed that makes optimal use of SNS and that is suited to the needs of users across a broad range of disciplines. Instruments are available to researchers with varying degrees of experience, from new graduate students and first-time neutron users to experienced users with an interest in instrument design.

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