Neutron Sciences Directorate
ORNL has a long history in neutron scattering. In fact, the field was pioneered at ORNL in 1946 by Clifford G. Shull. Shull went on to be a corecipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics for his groundbreaking work. Today, ORNL has become a preferred destination for neutron scattering research, where scientific advancements at these state-of-the-art facilities will continue for years to come.
The Neutron Sciences Directorate manages and operates the Spallation Neutron Source and the High Flux Isotope Reactor, two of the world's most advanced neutron scattering facilities. Both facilities are funded by the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences.
The goal of the directorate is achieving excellence in science. Through safe, reliable operation and continual development, we strive to provide researchers with unmatched capabilities for understanding the structure and properties of materials, macromolecular and biological systems, and the fundamental physics of the neutron.
Neutron scattering science was pioneered at ORNL in 1946 by Clifford G. Shull, who went on to be a co-recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics for his groundbreaking work. Today, ORNL has become one of the world's foremost centers for neutron scattering, capitalizing on the capabilities of two of the world's highest-flux pulsed and continuous beams of neutrons.
The directorate is composed of about 600 staff and is led by Associate Laboratory Director Kelly Beierschmitt. The Neutron Sciences Directorate manages neutron science research through the following divisions: