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

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The first half of the school will introduce the muon spectroscopy technique and various science areas. The second half will focus on an in-depth discussion of its application to different science areas. There will be a series of lectures on each science subjects. The students will be asked to make short presentations (single slide for 2 min each) to their peers about their current research projects and how muon spectroscopy can help them. There will also be tutorials to work in pairs to write a beamtime proposal, data analysis and muon site calculations. The students will also have 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 include:

  • 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 will include 

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)


Accommodation and breakfast will be provided at the Ridgeway House, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Afternoon and evening meals will be provided in the RAL Restaurant (Building R22).

Application and Fees

Application: To apply for the school you will need to submit both a personal statement and a statement from your academic supervisor that will be used in the selection process. Applications should arrive no later than the 17th of June 2019. The course usually is highly oversubscribed, so we encourage applicants to apply in plenty of time, as late applications will not be accepted. Applicants are selected for the course based on their requirements for muon spectroscopy techniques as part of their present and future research activities. Applicants will be notified shortly after the outcome of their application. The school is open to all applicants worldwide.

To apply please visit the school registration page.

Fees: The school fee is £520 per residential student which includes the cost of an en-suite room during the school, breakfast, afternoon and evening meals, teaching materials, drinks reception and the gala dinner. There are 50 residential places available. There will be a few non-residential places available for students who do not require local accommodation, with a reduced fee of £150. Fees will be payable once the names of successful applicants have been announced.

Social programme

A lively social programme is planned including a drinks reception and gala dinner and quiz evening. Details to follow soon.

Further information

If you cannot find the information you need about the School on our website, please drop us an email at and we will try to answer your questions.

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: Biswas, Pabitra (STFC,RAL,ISIS)