Information for VERITAS Users

  1. Sample shipping: Please visit the ORNL User Facilities Sample Handling and Shipping page for the correct address. Do not ship samples directly to the VERITAS instrument team members.
  2. Access to VERITAS data: Data files are accessible at the instrument using the Spectrometer Instrument Control Environment (SPICE) data acquisition system. Data may be accessed remotely from the website
  3. Sample Environments: VERITAS can accommodate a wide variety of sample environments. For more information, please visit the following page:
  4. Once you are notified of an approved proposal, please update your impossible dates in IPTS as soon as possible to ensure that they are accommodated in our instrument schedule.
  5. Note that there will be limited scheduling flexibility for all VERITAS experiments due to our sample environment block scheduling system.
  6. If you need to pre-align a single crystal with the neutron alignment station (CG-1B) before your VERITAS experiment begins, please email the VERITAS instrument team well in advance so alignment time can be reserved for you on the instrument. Note that we have a first come, first serve scheduling system for CG-1B. Also, let the VERITAS instrument team know if you are experienced with sample alignments or if you will require significant assistance.
  7. Links Related to Neutron Scattering and Crystallography

    Neutron scattering lengths and cross sections

    Calculate absorption, basic activation calculation

    Inorganic Crystallographic Structure Database (ICSD)

  8. User publications:

    As a condition for performing nonproprietary research, the US Department of Energy requires users to publish results from their research. Authorship of publications based on research from these facilities should reflect the normal considerations of recognizing collaborations. It is also important to take into account the considerable efforts of the instrument scientists in their role of designing, constructing, and/or operating the instrument and related facilities. Results are typically published in peer-reviewed journals, proceedings, or presentations at technical conferences. Proprietary users are not required to publish.

    Credit line: The VERITAS triple-axis spectrometer should be acknowledged in publications with the following statement: Research conducted at ORNL's High Flux Isotope Reactor was sponsored by the Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US Department of Energy.

    Publication Record: Please submit publications, theses, patents, etc., to PuSH (Publications of SNS and HFIR) to help us track instrument publications. Both the credit statement and PuSH link are on the Neutron Sciences Publications website.