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11th JCNS Laboratory Course - Neutron Scattering

3-14 September 2007 Jülich/Garching - Germany

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



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The next JCNS Laboratory Course will take place 1-12 September 2008. More detailed information and application forms will be available from this web page in Spring 2008.


The Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, organizes 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 will be presented. Lectures will be held at Forschungszentrum Jülich and the experimental part will take place at the new 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. The Forschungszentrum Jülich supports non-local students with free accomodation and half pension. Travel stipendia for foreign students are available by support from the European Neutron/Muon Initiative NMI3.

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


Lectures: Introduction to Neutron ScatteringExperimental Section
Start: 3 September 2007
End: 7 September 2007
Start: 10 September 2007
End:  14 September 2007
  • 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

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

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