Rex P. Hjelm, a New Mexico Consortium scientist, recently was invited to speak at the National Science Foundation Workshop on Scientific Need of Combined Neutrons and X-rays. This workshop was held in San Jose, California, 1-4 June 2022.
Hjelm spoke as a subject matter expert on compact neutron and x-ray sources. He gave a presentation and chaired discussions on the need for neutrons and x-rays for soft matter research and the design of a compact small-angle neutron scattering instrument. Hjelm is currently writing a narrative on these two topics for an NSF report.
This NSF workshop gave participants an overview of existing infrastructure now and in the next 15 years. Topics included neutron infrastructure in Europe and the NCNR today and in the next 15 years and new facility design, experience with combined X-ray/neutron scattering. Also included were talks on X-ray infrastructure and advances in X-ray imaging. Other topics include large-scale facilities with photon, ion, and neutron production with Peta Watt Laser in Europe, dissemination and outreach to universities, industry, diversity at ORNL, and gaps in instrumentation that limits science opportunities.
Thank you to the US National Science Foundation for sponsoring this workshop (Grant CHE-2219790)