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11/11/91

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Stanford materials scientists invited to CMR open house today

The Center for Materials Research invites Stanford students, faculty and research staff to an open house today, Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the McCullough Building.

Stanford's center is one of nine university materials research laboratories funded by the National Science Foundation. It serves one of the largest university-based materials programs in the United States. More than 600 Stanford and visiting scholars from many different disciplines come together to use its facilities. The center itself supports more than 40 materials research projects annually, serving as a conduit for National Science Foundation funds.

Visitors to the open house will be able to view such facilities as the Advanced Materials Processing and Vapor Phase Synthesis Laboratories, where scientists produce new and rare single crystals and thin films for such uses as laser fabrication and superconductors. They can see many of the center's tools and techniques for analyzing and characterizing materials, including transmission electron microscopy; scanning tunneling microscopy, atomic force microscopy and a generalized focusing X-ray diffractometer developed at Stanford to analyze very thin films.

"This open house will be especially valuable to beginning graduate students, to show them the technical and analytical capabilities available to them for their research projects at the Center for Materials Research," said Turgut Gur, technical director of the center.

During the open house, research specialists will provide half- hour demonstrations of the facilities, located throughout the four floors of the McCullough Building. The event will conclude with refreshments.

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