The NCNR User Services Team was established in 2009 to meet the needs of the thousands of users who visit the NCNR annually. Under the direction of Yamali Hernandez, the User Services Team manages all general use sample environment, the sample preparation laboratories and supports education and outreach programs.
An array of high-temperature, cryogenic, magnetic and pressure systems are available to all users who have an experiment at the NCNR. During the proposal writing process, our users can select their preferred sample environment equipment based on the experimental needs. If a single sample environment does not meet the users needs, please contact an instrument scientist to discuss further options.
Laboratory facilities are available for our users to prepare samples and load sample cells. We provide an array of chemicals, supplies and equipment to our users. If a user requires a specific chemical or piece of laboratory equipment, special arrangements can be made.
- Laboratory projects:
- Finish construction of new user laboratory.
- Update the laboratory website to include new laboratory spaces, equipment, supplies, and safety information
- Begin the planning process for future laboratory renovations (six new laboratories and the renovation of an existing laboratory)
- Complete web-based laboratory training presentation for users.
- Implement a new user sample preparation area.
- Closed Cycle Refrigerator and Cryostat Projects:
- Maintenance of entire cryostat fleet, including ILLs and low-T cryostats.
- Maintenance of bottom-loading CCR fleet, including testing and deployment of swivel fittings for hose management.
- Development and commissioning of newly improved high temperature bottom loading CCRs
- Magnet Projects:
- Installation and testing of new variable-temperature insert in 10T magnet and deployment of helium-3 refrigerator for 7T magnet.
- Recommissioning of the 11.5 Tesla magnet with dilution refrigerator.
- Other Projects:
- Acquisition of support equipment including new sample positioners, vacuum pumps, and sensors among others
- Commissioning of a computer controlled gas-loading manifold
- Development of a SANS multi-stage sample block changer designed for fast temperature equilibration