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)

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)​


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)