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Biology and Biomembranes

The study of biological complexes and biomembranes are rapidly growing fields of research where the unique power of neutron scattering techniques is providing key information.

Crystallography

The Crystallography Group at ISIS carries out personal and collaborative research programs using neutron diffraction in various fields of physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering. We are also responsible for developing new time-of-flight diffraction instruments.

Disordered Materials

The ISIS Disordered Materials Group develops and operates diffraction facilities to characterize the atom- scale structure of liquids and disordered solids. It supports an extensive suite of data reduction computer programs and is generating novel computational techniques for interpreting diffraction data in terms of atomistic models.

Engineering

The group operates the Engin-x diffractometer, a world-leading instrument optimised for residual stress measurements.

Excitations

We operate some of the world's leading neutron spectrometers, able to measure magnetic and atomic excitatons over a wide energy and momentum-transfer range.

Large Scale Structures

There is an increasing trend towards materials with designed properties, whether electrical, thermal, biological, chemical, magnetic or physical. To design these materials scientists need to understand the underlying molecular structures. Neutrons are a tool to find this information.

Molecular Spectroscopy

Welcome to the Molecular Spectroscopy Group. The group is responsible for four spectrometers: Iris, Osiris, Tosca and Vesuvio. The instruments are used for investigations of dynamics in condensed matter science including: chemistry, physics, biology, materials science and geology.

Muons

In addition to neutron production, ISIS is the world's most intense source of pulsed muons for condensed matter research.

RIKEN-RAL Muon Group

The RIKEN-RAL Muon Facility uses beams of positive and negative muons for a variety of condensed matter and molecular studies, together with atomic and nuclear physics investigations.

Theory

The ISIS Theory group carries out theoretical science work on topics that benefit from experiments performed with neutron scattering, X-ray and muon techniques. Areas include electronic and magnetic properties, with an emphasis on features that have their origin in the quantum mechanics of identical particles.

Polarized neutrons

The polarized neutron group at ISIS specialise in the development of polarized 3He neutron spin filters for use on ISIS instruments.

Operational

Accelerators and Targets

Specialist teams of physicists, engineers and technicians work hard to ensure that the production of neutron beams operates reliably at optimum efficiency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Synchrotron Physics

Accelerator Physicists in the Synchrotron Group are involved in a range of projects, centred on the optimisation, development and upgrading of the ISIS synchrotron and facility. An essential and increasing part of this work is R&D into high intensity limitations of proton rings, and this underpins plans for future accelerator upgrades. In addition there is a significant contribution to some major ISIS projects.

Experimental support

Sample Environment

ISIS provides a wide range of state-of-the-art sample environment equipment, support labs and technical expertise to support ISIS users with their science programmes.

ISIS Support Laboratories

The ISIS support labs offer users a range of facilities to aid in the preparation and analysis of your samples.

Computing Group

The role of the group involves many different aspects of the work at ISIS, such as the collection, storage, retrieval and visualisation of experimental data, in addition to operating and maintaining a large multi-platform network of computers.

Research Networks

STFC Centre for Molecular Structure and Dynamics

The Centre for Molecular Structure and Dynamics (CMSD) is a research network funded and managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

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