The NCNR is a national center for research, that uses neutrons to study a wide variety of materials and physical phenomena. To do this it creates and operates a large number of neutron instruments specifically designed for particular types of measurements. These facilities are available for scientist and engineers from industry, university and other government agencies from throughout the US as well as internationally for their research. The Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering (CHRNS) is a national user facility jointly funded by the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) which develops and operates several state-of-the-art instruments at the NCNR.
The NCNR provides tours of this unique research facility that are geared specifically for the particular group of visitors. Middle school students and their teachers, for example, learn about neutrons and why they are useful for research, see demonstrations to explain the concepts of neutron contrast and chain reactions, and visit several neutron instruments in the neutron guide hall. The goal of these tours is to encourage students to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Tours for university students and professors are more technical than our other tours and cater to students in science related majors. The goal of these tours is the promotion of the pursuit of advanced degrees in the sciences and further research.
These tours are designed around the audience, time availability and number of participants.
If you would like to tour our facility, please contact jdura [at] nist.gov?cc=rebecca.ogg [at] nist.gov (cc: rebecca.ogg%40nist.gov) (Joe Dura).