The goal of this two-day virtual workshop was to bring scientists and engineers from around the world together to discuss the construction of a world class facility for Muon Spectroscopy (μSR) at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

µSR is a technique that uses spin-polarized muons implanted in a material to provide extremely sensitive measurements of the static and dynamic properties of the local magnetic field distribution within the sample.

The opportunity to leverage the existing accelerator and scientific infrastructure, as well as combine scientific and industrial capabilities with combined Single Event Effects (SEE), will allow us to realize a project that would likely cost close to $1 billion if constructed as a standalone facility. 

This workshop, co-sponsored by the Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences, and the National Science Foundation, brought together experts on scattering techniques to discuss a road map for a future muon facility in the United States. Given the scale of the proposed facility, a bi-agency collaboration is important to ensure the success of the project.



Despina Louca

Despina Louca
University of Virginia

Gregory MacDougall

Gregory MacDougall
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Travis Williams

Travis J. Williams
Oak Ridge National Laboratory