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50th IFF Spring School

Scattering! Soft, Functional and Quantum Materials

11 – 22 March 2019 in Jülich, Germany


Spring School Programme 2019

 Lecture Schedule now available for download (PDF, 156 kB)

(Lecture Schedule last updated 20 September)


The IFF Spring School 2019 offers a solid introduction into the basics of scattering methods, starting from the interaction processes of X-rays and neutrons with matter via scattering theory and the application of correlation functions. An overview will be given of our current understanding of the structure of crystals and complex fluids, the dynamics of disordered systems and large molecules, and the collective excitations in crystalline matter.

Building on this firm foundation, we will then proceed to introduce sources and instrumentation, present-day synchrotron- radiation sources and reactor-based neutron sources as well as modern and future pulsed sources, such as free electron lasers and neutron spallation sources. The two European flagship projects, XFEL and ESS, will be highlighted as well as the most advanced development of High Brilliant Compact Neutron Sources, which will provide a new quality of research with neutrons particularly for nanostructured and biological materials.

Out of the enormous range of modern scattering techniques, some of the most advanced will be presented in detail. In this block, we will focus on techniques applicable to topical investigations, such as nanostructures, functional biological or quantum materials and correlated-electron systems.

To prepare students for research at these future sources, innovative scattering techniques at pulsed spallation sources or free electron lasers will be introduced. Examples of topical applications in various fields of science will allow the students to connect what they have learned to their own research.

We will point out the application of scattering methods for the grand challenges in information technology, energy materials and life sciences. The course will be rounded off by a comparison of scattering methods with complementary techniques, such as real space imaging.

Topics of the lectures include:

  • Scattering Theory
  • Structure, Dynamics & Excitations
  • Neutron- & Synchrotron Radiation Sources: X-FEL, ESS, HBS
  • Experimental Techniques
  • Topical Applications in Soft Matter, Life Science, Materials Sciences, Quantum- and Nano-Materials
  • Complementary Techniques: Imaging, Microscopies

The School provides around 50 hours of lectures, including discussions, and offers the opportunity to visit the participating institutes at Forschungszentrum Jülich.

All lectures will be given in English.

Poster Session

In view of suggestions taken from the evaluation form of previous Spring Schools, this year we would like to offer a Poster Session for the first time.

One reason to make a big effort with your poster - the Best Poster Award! The presenters of the winning posters will receive their award during the Farewell Session on 21 March 2019. Details will be given on the registration form.

Evening Lecture

The Evening Lecture "Shaken, not stirred! - James Bond in the Focus of Physics" will be given on 21 March 2019 at the Farewell Session by Prof. Metin Tolan.



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