SSURF Member Facilities

SSURF Member Facilities

The Advanced Light Source (ALS) is a specialized particle accelerator that generates bright beams of x-ray light for scientific research. Electron bunches travel at nearly the speed of light in a circular path, emitting ultraviolet and x-ray light in the process.

The Advanced Photon Source (APS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory provides ultra-bright, high-energy storage ring-generated x-ray beams for research in almost all scientific disciplines.

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility is the world’s premier ground-based observations facility advancing atmospheric and climate research. ARM is a multi-laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) scientific user facility, and a key contributor to national and international climate research efforts. 

The Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) explores the unique properties of materials and processes at the nanoscale.


The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies is a Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility that provides users from around the world with access to state of the art expertise and instrumentation.

The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provides a national and international user community access to expertise and equipment for a broad range of nanoscience research, including nanomaterials synthesis, nanofabrication, imaging/microscopy/characterization, and theory/modeling/simulation.

The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at Argonne National Laboratory is a premier user facility providing expertise, instrumentation and infrastructure for interdisciplinary nanoscience and nanotechnology research. 


ESnet is a high-performance, unclassified network built to support scientific research. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science (SC) and managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ESnet provides services to more than 50 DOE research sites, including the entire National Laboratory system, its supercomputing facilities, and its major scientific instruments.

The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) is a biological science facility at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, United States. At EMSL, our scientists focus on fundamental biological and environmental research. 


Operating at 85 MW, the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the highest flux reactor-based source of neutrons for research in the United States, and it provides one of the highest steady-state neutron fluxes of any research reactor in the world.

The Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has a mission to advance genomics in support of the DOE missions related to clean energy generation and environmental characterization and cleanup. 


The Laboratory for Laser Energetics of the University of Rochester is a unique national resource for research and education in science and technology.


The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at SLAC takes X-ray snapshots of atoms and molecules at work, revealing fundamental processes in materials, technology and living things.

The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) is the major experimental science facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The facility includes one of the nation’s most powerful linear accelerators (LINAC). LANSCE is unique because of the intensity and energy spectrum of the neutrons the LINAC produces. These intense pulsed protons are used for proton radiography and to produce the wide energy spectrum of spallation neutrons needed to interrogate various materials—materials that improve safety and security, advance nuclear technology, and have commercial applications.

The Lujan Center is one of five user facilities supported by the LANSCE accelerator, which is stewarded by NNSA. Together these instruments provide capability for basic and applied neutron science relevant to academia, national security, and industry.

The Weapons Neutron Research Facility (WNR) at LANSCE provides neutron and proton beams and detector arrays for basic, applied, industrial, and defense-related research. 

Los Alamos National Laboratory has used high energy protons as a probe in flash radiography for a decade. The proton radiography project (pRad) uses 800 MeV protons from the LANSCE accelerator facility to diagnose dynamic experiments, such as explosive and powder gun experiments, and pulsed-power implosions. 

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is the primary scientific computing facility for the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy. See the NERSC page>>>  

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is a large laser-based inertial confinement fusion research device located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. NIF uses lasers to heat and compress a small amount of hydrogen fuel with the goal of inducing nuclear fusion reactions. 


The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) is located on the campus of Michigan State University and is the leading rare isotope research facility in the United States. The NSCL is a national user facility with the mission to allow scientists from all over the world to make scientific discoveries about the inner workings of atoms and their role in the universe. Nearly 1000 scientists per year benefit from their unique capabilities to produce forms of the elements not normally found on Earth, called rare isotopes. For use in research, rare isotopes must be produced with a particle accelerator like the NSCL’s cyclotrons.

The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory is a national user research facility funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. NSLS-II creates light beams 10 billion times brighter than the sun, directing them towards specialized experimental stations called beamlines.

The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility is charged with helping researchers solve some of the world’s most challenging scientific problems with a combination of world-class high-performance computing (HPC) resources and world-class expertise in scientific computing.

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) is the first machine in the world capable of colliding heavy ions, which are atoms which have had their outer cloud of electrons removed.

The Spallation Neutron Source is an accelerator-based neutron source facility in the U.S. that provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research and industrial development. 

The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) s a Directorate of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), and is an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Stanford University.

The Molecular Foundry is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility that provides users from around the world with access to cutting-edge expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment.