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High-pressure studies of rare earth material could lead to lighter, cheaper magnets
— Sometimes you have to apply a little pressure to get magnetic materials to reveal their secrets.

New Wigner Fellow Travis Williams Welcomed to Neutron Sciences Directorate
— As part of the prestigious Wigner Fellowship program for recent doctoral degree recipients, Travis Williams is joining the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Neutron Sciences Directorate as a staff associate. Each year the program selects a few exceptional scientists and engineers who are no more than 3 years out of a doctoral program and have proven to be talented, motivated researchers.

SNS Lobby Display wins Platinum MarCom Award
— The Spallation Neutron Source Lobby Display has won a Platinum Award in the Ads/Trade Show Exhibit category of the 2013 MarCom Awards.

Aerodynamic levitator allows samples to 'float on air'
— Both liquids and glasses are disordered materials in which the atoms don't establish long-range patterns. Using neutron scattering to probe that disordered system at the atomic level researchers can learn how to make new and potentially better glasses for applications such as lasers and fiber optics, as well as gain a better understanding of geological materials.

ORNL team wins R&D 100 award for wavelength-shifting scintillator detector
— A team of eight scientists and technicians in the Neutron Sciences Directorate has won a prestigious R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazinefor developing a highly efficient new detector system that helps take pressure off dwindling worldwide supplies of 3He as an active neutron converter.

Neutron Sciences Staff Receive 2012 ORNL Awards Night Honors
— Each year, ORNL contracting manager UT-Battelle, LLC, announces Awards Night honors for outstanding employees. The awards are presented at the annual Awards Night celebration in November.

Spallation Neutron Source returns to action
— The Spallation Neutron Source, after rocky times this fall due to back-to-back target vessel failures and a two-week shutdown during the holidays, is up and running again, and there are plans to keep it in a production mode through the end of May to make up for lost ground.

International Workshop Focuses on How to Speed Up Analysis of Neutron Data
— Some 40 attendees from the United States and abroad spent the last days of June at the Spallation Neutron Source at an intensive workshop on the challenges of data analysis and storage for the neutron sciences.

New detector array improves neutron count capability at HFIR’s Bio-SANS
— Bio-SANS, the Biological Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Instrument at HFIR recently had a detector upgrade that will provide significantly improved performance that is more in line with the instrument’s capability.

 
 
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