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50th IFF Spring School

Scattering! Soft, Functional and Quantum Materials

11 – 22 March 2019 in Jülich, Germany


The IFF Spring School & Scattering Methods in Jülich

The annual IFF Spring School has a long-standing tradition dating back to 1969 when the Institut für Festkörperforschung (IFF) was founded. Since then, the Schools have made it possible for students and young researchers to gain a two-week insight into current topics related to condensed matter research. Since the restructuring in 2011, research in the area of electronic systems and information technology became part of the Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI) named after IFF’s Nobel Prize winner (Physics in 2007). Biophysics and soft matter research has found a home in the Institute of Complex Systems (ICS). Two method-oriented institutes which emerged from the IFF are the Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS), which focuses on applying high-performance computing and the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS), which is dedicated to the operation of neutron scattering instruments and the application of advanced scattering methods to topical problems in condensed matter science.

2019 marks the special anniversary of the IFF Spring School: for 50 years we have introduced some 250 students each year to a topical research area in condensed matter science. This anniversary will be celebrated with a special surprise event. It coincides with the anniversaries of groundbreaking scientific discoveries, such as the “birthday” of research on magnetism with neutrons.

The 50th Spring School 2019 is organized jointly by ICS-1/JCNS-1 for neutron scattering and soft matter and PGI-4/JCNS-2 for quantum materials and collective phenomena. The Jülich Centre for Neutron Science develops and operates leading edge instruments at some of the world’s best neutron facilities such as the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum MLZ in Garching, Germany, the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France, the Spallation Neutron Source SNS in Oak Ridge, USA, or the European Spallation Source ESS in Lund, Sweden. JCNS provides these instruments to users from academia and industry through a peer review proposal process. JCNS also undertakes research on functional materials for the energy revolution, and a new Institute for Neutron Analytics for Energy Research is being founded.

The IFF Spring School is organized in close collaboration with universities, research institutions, and industry. The school offers about 50 hours of lectures plus discussions as well as the opportunity to visit the participating institutes at Forschungszentrum Jülich. All lectures will be given in English. Each registered participant will be given a copy of the lecture notes in form of a hardcover book, which contains all the material presented during the school.


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