Workshop on Fundamental Neutron Physics
at the
Spallation Neutron Source
(FNPSNS 2001)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN, USA

September 20 and 21, 2001

First Announcement

Second Announcement

As was described in our first announcement, a Workshop will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on September 20 and 21, 2001, for the purpose of providing community input to the preparation of a proposal to DOE requesting funding for dedicated facilities at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) for fundamental research with cold neutrons. The fundamental neutron physics opportunities have been considered in depth at the workshop on "Fundamental Physics with Pulsed Beams" held in North Carolina June 1-3, 2000. At the current workshop, we will consider more specifically which experiments are best suited to be performed at the SNS in its first few years of operation. In addition to these physics considerations, an important aspect of the Workshop will be to define the functional requirements of the beamline and to collect related technical information that will be required for the proposal.

A second purpose of the Workshop will be to initiate activities leading to the establishment of a fundamental neutron physics "Instrument Development Team" (IDT). IDTs provide the mechanism at the SNS by which beamlines that are not funded by the SNS project are built and operated, and the IDTs also provide the organizational structure for the construction and operation of such beamlines. Attendance at the Workshop is open to all and it is our hope to involve all researchers who are interested in participating in the design and construction of the beamline as well as all those who are interested in carrying out experiments when the beamline is complete. For a detailed discussion of potential beamline design decisions, please read Geoff Greene's note. Two possible layouts of the beamline(s) are shown in PowerPoint format.


The Workshop will be held at ORNL in Building 6008. It will begin at 9 AM on Thursday, September 20. We have a tentative program on the Web. There is no need for participants to check in at the ORNL visitor center. Sign-in will take place at the registration desk in the lobby of Building 6008 and badges will be issued there. Parking is available directly in front of the building.


The laboratory has maps showing the location of Building 6008, which is located near the lower left-hand corner. Maps of Oak Ridge and of the route from the Knoxville Airport to Oak Ridge can be found at:
No local transportation will be provided and it is recommended that participants who plan to travel to Oak Ridge via plane make arrangements for rental cars to be picked up and dropped off at the Knoxville airport.

Meals and breaks

Catered lunches will be provided to all participants on Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided from 8:30 in the morning and during the breaks. There will be no registration fee. The evening of Thursday, September 20, is free and participants are asked to make their own arrangements for dinner. There are restaurants available in Oak Ridge. Additional restaurants may be found in Knoxville. (The area of Knoxville located closest to Oak Ridge is West Knoxville. You might try a search on "Fine Dining" and "West". To the three restaurants that show up under this combination, I would add the "Italian Market and Grill" also located in West Knoxville.)


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the government rate of $55/night at the Garden Plaza hotel (1-800-342-7336) and at the Hampton Inn (1-865-482-7889). Participants are requested to make their reservations directly with the hotels before August 30 at the Garden Plaza, or before September 5 at the Hampton Inn. After these dates the blocks of rooms will be released. Please mention the "Workshop on Fundamental Neutron Physics" in order to obtain the above rate.

Further Registration

If you know of others who might be interested in participating in this workshop, it is not too late for them to do so. Please direct them to this webpage and the first announcement on this page. A can be found at this location, and it should be returned as soon as possible via the "cut-and-paste" method to In the case of non-U.S. participants, we must receive the form at least two weeks before the meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you to Oak Ridge.