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24th JCNS Laboratory Course -
Neutron Scattering 2020


Organized by Forschungszentrum Jülich in cooperation with RWTH Aachen


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 24th JCNS Laboratory Course Neutron Scattering cannot be held in the originally planned format.

This year the course is limited to materials available online.

Applications are now CLOSED but we encourage you to apply for the next JCNS Laboratory Course which is planned to take place 30 August - 10 September, 2021. Applications will open in January 2021.



Please note: In order to follow the course, you will need an elementary knowledge of applied mathematics, solid state physics and quantum mechanics, which is usually taught as part of a BSc in natural sciences.

The course is aimed at young scientists beginning their studies in neutron scattering and is not intended for post-docs who already have experience in this field.

Prospective curriculum:

Lectures and Exercises:
Introduction to Neutron Scattering
Experimental Work
  • Introduction: Neutron Scattering in Contemporary Research
  • Neutron Sources
  • Elastic Scattering
  • Properties of the neutron
  • Diffraction
  • Nanostructures Investigated by Small Angle Neutron Scattering
  • Macromolecules (structure)
  • Spin Dependent and Magnetic Scattering
  • Structural Analysis
  • Neutron Reflectometry
  • Magnetic Nanostructures
  • Inelastic Scattering
  • Strongly Correlated Electrons
  • Polymer Dynamics
  • Applications of Neutron Scattering - an Overview
  • Backscattering spectroscopy
  • Polarisation analysis
  • Reflectometer
  • Neutron spin echo
  • Small angle scattering
  • Ultra-small angle scattering
  • Cold neutron triple-axis spectrometer1
  • Single crystal diffraction
  • Triple-axis spectroscopy2,3
  • Powder diffractometer3,4
  • Time-of-flight spectrometer3
  • Time-of-flight reflectometer3,5

1 - 4 made available by:

1 RWTH Aachen University

2 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
3 Technische Universität München,
4 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

5Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht