The meeting will be held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 27th June 2016 and will be of interest to academics and industry alike. The finalised programme will be available shortly and will include an opportunity to visit the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source as well as talking to members of the ISIS team about the techniques available.
A preliminary timetable is provided below:
Introduction to ISIS
Neutron Diffraction and Imaging
Large Scale Structures – Small-Angle Neutron Scattering and Neutron Reflection
Tours of ISIS
Coffee and Discussions
Neutrons are very useful probes when studying multi-component systems. Neutrons have specific advantages over other forms of radiation, such as X-rays and light, as they have a high penetrating power, they are non-destructive, they have a magnetic moment and they scatter from materials by interacting with the nucleus of an atom.
The final point is one of the most significant features of neutron scattering when studying multi-component systems. The neutron scattering power of atoms varies, randomly, from element to element and isotope to isotope. This means that light atoms, such as hydrogen, can be distinguished from heavier atoms, such as metals. Also, importantly, this dependence allows isotopes of the same element to have substantially different scattering powers and so by altering the isotopic content of a sample (switching the solvent from H2O to D2O, for example) or by using isotopic substitution with a molecule (D for H, for example) specific areas of interest within the system under investigation can have their scattering power enhanced without appreciably changing the chemical properties of the sample.
This meeting will give visiting scientists the opportunity to talk to experts in the areas of neutron spectroscopy and diffraction and learn how these techniques can be applied to great effect when studying multi-component systems.
ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
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Directions to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory can be found here.
The meeting is free of charge to attend.
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