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Muon Spectroscopy Training School

ISIS Muon Training Course

Sean Giblin and Iain McKenzie (ISIS) with students on the ISIS muon training course loading a cryostat.
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ISIS runs training schools on how to use muons as a research tool. These include a variety of lectures and workshops on the muon technique given by experienced researchers, and also the chance to perform muon experiments.

The last ISIS Muon Spectroscopy Training School was run 14th - 18th March 2016. Further details can be found here.

Registrations for the 2016 school closed on January 6th and applicants have been informed of their results. Materials from the school will be available online as soon as possible after the school finishes.

Muons are a valuable and versatile probe of condensed matter. The µSR (muon spin rotation / relaxation / resonance) spectroscopic techniques are used to investigate magnetic, superconducting, semiconducting, molecular, ionic and metallic systems.

The aim of the Muon Spectroscopy Training School is to provide a practical training course for Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers on the use of muons in condensed matter research. 

The cost of the school, accommodation and reasonable travel costs for UK researchers to attend is met by ISIS. We will also cover the costs for European participants. Researchers from outside the UK and Europe have to meet their own travel and subsistence costs, although Newton Funding may be available to participants from eligible countries.

MSTS Schedule 2016

Muon Training School Schedule 2016
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Applications and Selection Criteria

The application procedure for the training school is conducted by electronic submission of a form requiring sections to be filled out by the applicant and their supervisor/advisor. 

For further information about the training school please contact Dr Peter Baker (peter.baker[at]stfc.ac.uk) or Dr Fiona Coomer (fiona.coomer[at]stfc.ac.uk) directly.

The ISIS Muon Spectroscopy Training School is funded by ISIS.

Further Information

The ISIS Pulsed Source, at the STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), is home to the world's most intense beam of pulsed muons for condensed matter investigations. Topics covered will enable participants to gain the maximum benefit from future facility time, provide valuable experience of working at a large, international facility and improve knowledge in related fields such as computing and cryogenics.

The Muon Spectroscopy Training Schools run for five days and consist of lectures in the muon technique to complement experiments using the four muon spectrometers at ISIS; each participant will have the opportunity to perform two different experiments. They are run by ISIS Muon Facility staff, who between them have over one hundred years of experience in muon spectroscopy, together with external researchers who are experts in their respective fields of condensed matter science. Full notes accompany the lectures and practical work.

Previous muon training courses were held in 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, and 2005. The lecture notes and group photos are available on the following web pages:

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