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14th JCNS Laboratory Course - Neutron Scattering

6-17 September 2010 Jülich/Garching - Germany

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


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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. G. Roth, 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, G. Roth, R. Zorn

Lectures and Exercises:
Introduction to Neutron Scattering
Experimental Section
Start: 6 September 2010
End: 10 September 2010
Start: 13 September 2010
End:  17 September 2010
  • Neutron sources
  • A neutron primer
  • Correlation functions measured by scattering experiments
  • Symmetry in crystals
  • Applications of neutron scattering
  • Magnetic cross section, polarisation analysis
  • Structural analysis
  • Inelastic scattering: phonons and magnons
  • Macromolecules and self-assembly
  • Dynamics of macromolecules
  • Correlated electrons
  • Nanomagnetism
  • Surfaces
  • Access to neutron scattering facilities
  • 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
  • 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 instrument.