The NSUF offers researchers access to a broad range of facilities with beamlines, including accelerator facilities for radiation damage experiments, synchrotron radiation studies, neutron diffraction and imagining, and positron and neutron activation analysis.
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Argonne National Laboratory
The Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscopy (IVEM)-Tandem Facility at Argonne National Laboratory combines ion beam irradiation capability with in-situ characterization using a transmission electron microscope. A total dose of 100 dpa can be achieved in about a day. Capabilities include continuous recording to provide real-time observation of defect formation and evolution during irradiation and well controlled experimental conditions (constant specimen orientation and area, specimen temperature, ion type, ion energy, dose rate, dose and applied strain). A radiological facility, the Irradiated Materials Laboratory (IML), located in the same building as the IVEM-Tandem, can receive, handle, prepare, and store radioactive samples. User Guide
Brookhaven National Laboratory
BNL's National Synchotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) enables the study of material properties and functions with nanoscale resolution and exquisite sensitivity by providing world-leading capabilities for X-ray imaging and high-resolution energy analysis. The NSLS-II is a medium energy (3.0 GeV) electron storage ring designed to deliver photons with high average spectral brightness exceeding 1021 ph/s in the 2 – 10 keV energy range and a flux density exceeding 1015 ph/s in all spectral ranges. This performance requires the storage ring to support a very high-current electron beam (I = 500 mA) with a very small horizontal (down to 0.5 nm-rad) and vertical (8 pm-rad) emittance. The electron beam will be stable in its position (<10% of its size), angle (<10% of its divergence), dimensions (<10%), and intensity (±0.5% variation). User Guide
Illinois Institute of Technology
The Materials Research Collaborative Access Team (MRCAT) offers a wide array of synchrotron radiation experiment capabilities, including X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption (XAS), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and 5µm spot size fluorescence microscopy. User Guide
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
LLNL's Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS) hosts a 10-MV FN tandem Van de Graaff accelerator, a NEC 1-MV tandem accelerator and a soon to be commissioned 250KV single stage AMS deck to perform up to 25,000 AMS measurement per year, as well as a a NEC 1.7-MV tandem accelerator for ion beam analysis and microscopy. The research and development made possible by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) and ion beam analytical techniques is diverse and includes geochronology (for archaeology, paleoclimatology, paleoseismology, and other disciplines); neotectonics; geomorphology; ground water hydrogeology; carbon-cycle dynamics; oceanic and atmospheric chemistry; bioavailability, and metabolism of chemicals, toxic compounds, and nutrients; forensic reconstruction of Hiroshima and Chernobyl dosimetry; detection of signatures of nuclear fuel reprocessing for nonproliferation purposes; material analysis and modification studies; as well as nuclear physics cross-section measurements and nuclear chemistry studies. Website
Los Alamos National Laboratory
The Lujan Center at Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANS) features instruments that operate in time-of-flight mode, receiving neutrons from a tungsten spallation target. Four moderators provide epi-thermal, thermal and cold neutrons to specialized beamlines. The instrument suite available to NSUF participants includes the Spectrometer for Materials Research at Temperature and Stress (SMARTS); High-Pressure-Preferred Orientation instrument (HIPPO); Flight Path 5 for energy-resolved neutron imagining; and other beamlines as available. User Guide
North Carolina State University
The PULSTAR reactor facility offers a selection of dedicated irradiation beam port facilities, neutron powder diffraction, neutron imaging, intense positron source and ultra-cold neutron source. An intense positron source has been developed to supply a high-rate positron beam to two different positron/positronium annihilation lifetime spectrometers. User Guide
Sandia National Laboratory
The In-Situ Ion Irradiation Transmission Electron Microscope (I3TEM) Facility at the Sandia Ion Beam Laboratory offers ion irradiation, including in-situ irradiation in a transmission electron microscope (TEM) with specialty specimen stages available, such as heating, cooling, strain, compression, and changes in specimen environment. The I3TEM Facility offers the capabilities of a 200 kV JEOL 2100 high-contrast TEM combined with the implantation/irradiation capabilities of the 10 kV Colutron and the 6 MV Tandem accelerators housed in the Sandia Ion Beam Laboratory. User Guide