When completed, the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) will be the world's foremost
neutron-scattering facility. It will be an important scientific tool for basic research in
materials science, life sciences, chemistry, solid state and nuclear physics, earth and
environmental sciences, and engineering sciences. Approximately 1,000 to 2,000 users
are expected to conduct research at the SNS facility each year. The facility is being built
in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as a partnership among six of the Department of Energy's
national laboratories. The $1.4 billion project, currently under construction, is scheduled
for completion in June 2006.