Synchrotron and Neutron Users' Group  
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Research conducted at synchrotron and neutron sources is critical to every sector of the economy:

Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology

Electronic Materials and Devices

Energy Production, Storage and Conversion

National Security

New Medicines and Disease Treatments

Environmental Sciences

Human and Molecular Biology

 

And yet...constrained funding for 35 years has slowed US progress:

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IMPORTANCE AROUND THE WORLD

Synchrotrons and neutron sources were invented out of fundamental physics at U.S. laboratories.

While the U.S. invented these machines, in recent years other nations of the world have hastened to build their own:

  • 10 synchrotrons worldwide in 1980
  • greater than 50 synchrotrons worldwide today
  • with more under construction
  • Major construction of neutron sources underway in Europe and Japan

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Considering only beam ports on 3rd generation synchrotrons worldwide, by 2009 the U.S. will be outnumbered by the rest  of the world 7:1 

 

 

The US is rapidly losing its edge in R&D Investments and High-Tech Industry Exports:

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