Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)
ORNL's crown jewel is the Spallation Neutron Source, which allows researchers from the United States and all over the world to use neutrons to understand the most fundamental structures and processes of matter, transforming it for uses that were unimaginable even a few short years ago. SNS offers unprecedented performance for neutron-scattering research with the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world.
This $1.4 billion one-of-a-kind facility provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research and industrial development. Medicine, food, electronics, and cars and airplanes have all been improved by neutron-scattering research.
Neutron research also helps scientists improve materials used in a multitude of different products, such as high-temperature superconductors, powerful lightweight magnets, aluminum bridge decks, and stronger, lighter plastic products.