JCNS Key Visual

Navigation and service

13th JCNS Laboratory Course - Neutron Scattering

7-18 September 2009 Jülich/Garching - Germany

Organised by Forschungszentrum Jülich in cooperation with RWTH Aachen and WWU Münster.



Registration is closed!



The Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, organises in cooperation with the University of Münster (Prof. D. Richter, Dr. R. Zorn) and the RWTH Aachen (Prof. G. Heger, Prof. T. Brückel) a laboratory course in neutron scattering

The laboratory course will consist of lectures and an experimental section. The lectures will encompass an introduction to neutron sources, into scattering theory and instrumentation. Furthermore, selected topics of condensed matter research will be presented. Lectures will be held at Forschungszentrum Jülich and the experimental part will take place at the research reactor FRM II in Garching close to Munich.

The laboratory course is part of the curriculum of the University of Münster and the RWTH Aachen.

It is the aim of the course to give a realistic insight into the experimental technique neutron scattering and its scientific power. Forschungszentrum Jülich supports non-local students with free accommodation and half board. Travel stipendia for foreign students are available.

T. Brückel, G. Heger, D. Richter, R. Zorn.

Lectures: Introduction to Neutron ScatteringExperimental Section
Start: 7 September 2009
End: 11 September 2009
Start: 14 September 2009
End:  18 September 2009
  • Introduction
  • Preparatory lectures: Fourier transform, quantum mechanics, crystal symmetries
  • Neutron sources
  • A neutron primer
  • Magnetic cross section, polarisation analysis
  • Correlation functions
  • Continuum description
  • Applications of neutron scattering
  • Diffractometer
  • Small angle scattering
  • Inelastic crystal spectrometers
  • Time-of-flight spectrometer and neutron spin echo
  • Structure determination
  • Phonons and magnons
  • Structure of complex fluids and macromolecules
  • Dynamics of soft matter
  • Correlated electrons
  • Nanomagnetism
  • Backscattering spectroscopy
  • Polarisation analysis
  • Reflectometer
  • Neutron spin echo
  • Small angle scattering
  • Ultra-small angle scattering
  • Single crystal diffraction
  • Triple-axis spectroscopy1
  • Powder diffractometer2
  • Time-of-flight spectrometer3
  • Residual stress and texture diffractometer3
  • Neutron resonance spin echo3

1,2,3 made available by 1Universität Göttingen, 2Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and
3Technische Universität München

The participating students will be divided into groups
of five. Each group will perform one neutron
scattering experiment per day, i.e. each group will
work at five different instruments. The experimental
data measured will be analysed by the students
assisted by the scientist responsible for the