Small angle neutron scattering is a neutron technique able to probe structures at length scales from around 1 nanometre to more than 100 nanometres. It has a wide range of applications from studies of polymers and biological molecules to nanoparticles to microemulsions and liposomes used for cosmetics and drug delivery.
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.
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.