Some aspects of small physics research require the use of large so phisticated facilities not normally available in research laboratories such as synchrotron radiation and neutron sources, powerful electron microscopes and large reactors. A brief description of 23 national facilities for research related to the physics of condensed matter thai are available to qualified scientists from other laboratories is found in “National Facilities for Research in the Physics of Condensed Matter,” Review of Scientific Instrumentation, vol. 55, 1984, pp. 20-30.

The facilities are grouped according to this outline:
" I. Neutron Sources.
" II. Synchrotron Radiation Sources.
" III. Facilities for Microanalysis, Microfabrication and Surface Studies.
" IV. Electron Microscopes.
" V. Other Facilities.
User-contact information is given for each of the facilities listed.

“Big physics” research—high-energy and fusion physics, and much of that in nuclear physics—is performed at large facilities. The cost of one high-energy or fusion experiment...

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