Muon Advanced School
03 Sep 2009



An ideal platform to learn the theory, techniques and applications of muon spectroscopy for academics, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.




About the School

This was a new theoretical school where advanced concepts of muon spectroscopy will be taught across a wide range of science areas. It was the first school of this type since the 1998 Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics held at St Andrews University. The international experts gave lectures and tutorials covering the theory and practice of muon spectroscopy and complementary techniques. Students gained a comprehensive grounding in modern techniques and applications at both continuous and pulsed muon sources and had the opportunity to hear about the latest research being carried out with the method.

The school lecturers combined to write an introductory textbook published by Oxford University Press and edited by Stephen Blundell (Oxford), Roberto De Renzi (Parma), Tom Lancaster (Durham), and Francis Pratt (ISIS). More details on the book can be found at:

Printable version


The first half of the school introduced the muon spectroscopy technique and various science areas. The second half focussed on an in-depth discussion of its application to different science areas. There were a series of lectures on each science subject. The students made short presentations (single slide for 2 min each) to their peers about their current research projects and how muon spectroscopy can help them. There were also tutorials to work in pairs to write a beamtime proposal, data analysis and muon site calculations. The students also had the opportunity to visit the ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Facility and attend some evening lectures from prestigious names from the muon community.

Topics covered during the school included:

  • Magnetic materials
  • Superconductors
  • Energy materials
  • Semiconductors
  • Molecular materials
  • Studies of thin films and interfaces
  • Reaction kinetics
  • Muon spectroscopy under Extreme Environments
  • Muon site determination & DFT

Lecturers and Tutors included

Alex Amato (PSI)
Peter Baker (ISIS)
Adam Berlie                    (ISIS)
Pabitra Biswas                (ISIS)
Stephen Blundell (Oxford)
Pietro Carretta (Pavia)
Stephen Cottrell (ISIS)
Stephen Cox                   (ISIS)
Pierre Dalmas (CEA)
Roberto De Renzi (Parma)
Jon Gluyas                      (Durham)
Adrian Hillier (ISIS)
Rustem Khasanov (PSI)
Tom Lancaster (Durham)
Leandro Liborio (STFC-SCD)
James Lord (ISIS)
Martin Månsson              (KTH)
Iain McKenzie                 (TRIUMF)
Francis Pratt (ISIS)
Robert Scheuermann (PSI)
Simone Sturniolo (STFC-SCD)
Jun Sugiyama (J-PARC)
Andreas Suter (PSI)
Mark Telling                     (ISIS)
Rui Vilão         (Coimbra)
Koji Yokoyama (ISIS)

The link to the playlist on YouTube​ of all the lectures given at the course can be found here.

Copies of lectures given at the course can be found below in .pdf format (please be aware that some of these are several Mb in size):​

Thursday15th August 2019

Perspectives of the muon - Francis Pratt.pdf

Making muons - Peter Baker.pdf

Muons in magnetism - Adam Berlie.pdf

Superconductivity - Pabitra Biswas.pdf

Ionic diffusion - Peter Baker.pdf

Reaction Chemistry - Stephen Cottrell.pdf

Soft matter - Mark Telling.pdf

Muons in semiconductors - James Lord.pdf

Low-energy muons - Pabitra Biswas.pdf

Charge states - James Lord.pdf

Quantum muon 1 - Stephen Blundell.pdf


Friday 16th August

Relaxation Functions 1 and 2 - Pierre Dalmas.pdf

Magnetism lecture 1- Tom Lancaster.pdf

Quantum muon 2 - Stephen Blundell.pdf

Magnetism lecture 2 - Tom Lancaster.pdf

Quantum muon 3 - Stephen Blundell.pdf

History of µSR - Steve Cox.pdf


Saturday 17th August

Chemistry - Iain McKenzie.pdf

Magnetism lecture 3 - Tom Lancaster.pdf

Spin simulation with QUANTUM - James Lord.pdf

Pulsed Techniques - Stephen Cottrell.pdf

Monte Carlo methods - James Lord.pdf


Monday 19th August

Muon Instrumentation (Alex Amato)

Muon Instrumentation 2 - Adam Berlie.pdf

Ionic motion 1 (Martin Mansson)

Superconductors 1 - Roberto De Renzi.pdf

Semiconductors 1 and 2 - Rui Vilao.pdf

Muon site 1- Experiment - Alex Amato.pdf

Muon site 2 - Simulation methods - Leandro Liborio.pdf


Tuesday 20th August​

Ionic motion 2 (Martin Mansson)

Superconductors 2 - Roberto De Renzi.pdf

Elemental Analysis - Adrian Hillier.pdf

Mu-minus-SR - Jun Sugiyama.pdf

Superconductors 3 - Roberto De Renzi.pdf

Muon site 3 - Francis Pratt.pdf

Muography - Jon Gluyas.pdf


Wednesday 21st August

Low energy muons 1 2- Andreas Suter.pdf

Doing the experiment (Pabitra Biswas)

Case study - Reaction kinetics - Stephen Cottrell.pdf

High pressure - Rustem Khasanov.pdf

Case study: MnSi (Alex Amato)

Case study: MnSi (Roberto De Renzi)

Case study - Type I elemental superconductors - Rustem Khasanov.pdf

Case study: Muons and DNA (Isao Watanabe)

Planning experiments and applying for beamtime - Adrian Hillier and Alex Amato.pdf


Thursday 22nd August

Magnetic resonance and muons - Pietro Carretta.pdf

Neutrons x-rays and muons - Andrew Harrison.pdf

Stimulation Methods 2 - Laser - Koji Yokoyama.pdf

Muons under extreme conditions 2: high field (Robert Scheuermann)

Bulk techniques and muons - Pietro Carretta.pdf

Case study: CeIrGe3 (D T Adroja)​

Main organiser

  • Pabitra Biswas (ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK)
  • Francis Pratt (ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom)


  • Alex Amato (Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland)
  • Stephen Blundell (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Adrian Hillier (ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom)

Organising committee

  • Alex Amato (Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland)
  • Peter Baker (ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom)
  • Pabitra Biswas (ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK)
  • Stephen Blundell (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Stephen Cottrell (ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom)
  • Adrian Hillier (ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom)
  • Hubertus Luetkens (Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland) 
  • Francis Pratt (ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom)
  • Thomas Prokscha (Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland)

Contact: Baker, Peter (STFC,RAL,ISIS)