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.


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.


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

Excitations and Polarized Neutrons

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. We also provide polarized 3He spin-filter cells across ISIS for use with polarized neutron scattering techniques.

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

We develop and operate a set of cutting edge neutron spectrometers which provide chemical probes of structure and dynamics ranging from diffusion/rotation, through phonon/bond vibrations, to the ability to observe quantum effects in the zero point energy. The range of science studied is vast, but we have a particularly strong track record in catalysis, gas storage, energy conversion devices and polymer science.


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.


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 runs the FLYNN polarized 3He filling station at ISIS. This provides 3He spin-filters to instruments across ISIS. The group is involved in polarization projects on: LET WISH LARMOR ZOOM


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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