An Accelerator to Boost Neutron Science

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Science  23 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5350, pp. 471
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5350.471

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Nuclear reactors are the traditional tool of neutron scientists, providing a copious, steady flood of neutrons for probing materials and molecules. Most of those scientists agree, however, that the intense bursts of neutrons from the accelerator-driven Spallation Neutron Source, which may be built at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (see main text), would be every bit as good for neutron science--and, all in all, might be better.