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The Center For High Resolution Neutron Scattering (CHRNS)

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Maximizing access for the scientific community
to transformative neutron scattering instrumentation

The Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering (CHRNS) is a national user facility that is jointly funded by the National Science Foundation under Agreement Number DMR-1508249, and by the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). CHRNS develops and operates state-of-the-art neutron scattering instrumentation with broad applications in materials research for use by the general scientific community. Combined, CHRNS instruments can provide structural information on a length scale of 1 nm to ~10 microns, and dynamical information on energy scales from ~30 neV to ~100 meV. These are the widest ranges accessible at any neutron research center in North America. The instruments are used by university, government and industrial researchers in materials science, chemistry, biology and condensed matter physics to investigate materials such as polymers, metals, ceramics, magnetic materials, porous media, fluids and gels, and biological molecules. Proposals for use of the CHRNS facilities are considered solely on the basis of scientific merit or technological importance.

CHRNS currently operates five neutron scattering instruments:

Getting Great Data with CHRNS: Video and Sketchnote

For additional information regarding CHRNS activities, please click on one of the following links:

Scientific highlights
Organization Chart
Education and outreach activities (including the CHRNS/NCNR summer school)
Instrument Web pages
Instrument schedules
Instrument publication lists
Sample environments
User laboratory facilities
Acknowledging CHRNS in publications and presentations

The Disk Chopper Spectrometer (DCS) is no longer supported by the NSF.

Contacts: Dan Neumann, CHRNS Director, (301)975-5252,
  Julie Borchers, CHRNS Associate Director, (301)975-6597,

Last modified 12-July-2017 by website owner: NCNR (attn: Przemek Klosowski)