College Park, Maryland June 6 - 10 , 2004
The Second American Conference on Neutron Scattering will be hosted by the NIST Center for Neutron Research, and will be held in the Inn and Conference Center for the University of Maryland University College in College Park, MD June 6-10, 2004. The conference is being organized under the auspices of the Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA), and is sponsored by the North American neutron centers. It is planned to be hosted by one of the centers every other year, in years that do not coincide with either the International Conference on Neutron Scattering or the European Conferences on Neutron Scattering. The first conference was a resounding success, being hosted by the Spallation Neutron Source-High Flux Isotope Reactor User Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Knoxville, Tennessee, in June 2002.
The conference is intended to showcase recent scientific results in neutron science in a wide range of fields, including soft and hard condensed matter, liquids, biology, magnetism, engineering materials, chemical spectroscopy, crystal structure, fundamental physics, and developments in neutron instrumentation. This will be accomplished through a combination of invited and contributed talks, along with poster sessions. The conference will feature the presentation of the first Cliff Shull Prize for Neutron Science.
The conference is also intended to fulfill many of the objectives of a facility "users' meeting" but on a national scale. Hence the conference will feature presentations that will highlight the capabilities of the instrumentation available for users at the major neutron centers in North America and will provide a forum for users to ask questions and raise issues that relate to using these facilities.
The conference particularly encourages the participation of graduate students, postdocs, and new faculty, as well as established researchers in neutron scattering and allied disciplines. For the former groups, funds will be available to help defray travel expenses.
The first conference was held in Knoxville, Tennessee. For more information on the previous conference, visit http://www.sns.gov/acns
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