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College Park, Maryland      June 6 - 10 , 2004

W3-A6: Breakout Session on Sample Environment at Neutron Scattering Facilities

K. J. Volin (Intense Pulsed Neutron Source, Argonne National Lab), D. C. Dender (NIST Center for Neutron Research), J. S. Fieramosca (Intense Pulsed Neutron Source, Argonne National Lab), L. J. Santodonato (Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Sample environment staff from some of the major US neutron scattering facilities will make presentations and facilitate open discussion on topics relevant to the use of sample environment for neutron scattering experiments. Presentations will be made on: a prototype system called the Fast Exchange Refrigerator for Neutron Science (FERNS1), a modular system that combines familiar cryogenic technology with more recent automation technology; modifying existing sample environment equipment beyond its originally designed operating parameters to accommodate newer and more demanding scientific studies; and pitfalls and successful strategies to employ when contracting for new equipment. Lessons learned during the performance of neutron scattering experiments using a variety of sample environments will also be presented and discussed, including experiences with equipment, operations, and procedures and how these experiences changed the way sample environments are handled.

1 A collaborative effort with R. Weber and J. Rix of Containerless Research, Inc., conducted under a Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research grant.

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