Access to Major International X-Ray & Neutron Facilities

APS Committee on International Scientific Affairs

This study explored how access to major international X-ray and neutron scattering facilities is evolving both in the United States and internationally.  "Access" is defined as the opportunity to conduct an experiment at a major facility with assistance from the facility as needed to be successful.  The study describes how the user community, the availability of facilities , and the nature of experiments at facilities are evolving, and it describes the perceived impact of these changes on access to major international facilities.

The findings of the report also provide an overview of:
  • Access policies
  • Why scientists seek access to facilities abroad
  • Specific means of obtaining access
  • Factors that limit access
Study Members and Authors:
  • Henry Glyde (Chair), University of Delaware
  • Robert Briber, University of Maryland
  • Sunil Sinha, University of California, San Diego
Approvals and endorsements:
  • Approved by the APS Committee on International Scientific Affairs, 9 September 2008
  • Endorsed by the Neutron Scattering Society of America, 16 July 2008
  • Approved by the APS Executive Board, 30 April 2009
Access to Major International X-Ray and Neutron Facilities:
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Complete Study format_pdf

Study by Section (PDFs):
  1. Title Page
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Executive Summary
  4. Section 1: Goals and Purpose of the Study
  5. Section 2: Origin, Scope and Method
  6. Section 3: Nature of Use of Synchrotron X-Ray and Neutron Facilities
  7. Section 4: Analysis of Responses to Questionnaire to Facilities
  8. Section 5: Responses to Questionnaire to User Groups and Societies
  9. Section 6: Terms, Conditions, and Future of Access
  10. Section 7: Report Findings
  11. Acknowledgements
  12. Appendices