Muon Training Course 2005
02 Sep 2009



ISIS Muon Training Course - February 2005


A 5-day training course in pulsed muon techniques was held at ISIS in February 2005.  It was attended by 17 researchers from the UK, Europe and South Africa who were new to the muon technique.  The course included a variety of lectures on the basics and applications of the muon technique, together with two days of experiment time on the ISIS muon instruments.​


The course was funded by ISIS and by the EC through the FP6 ISIS Muon Facility Access contract.

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):

Introduction to RAL and to ISIS (Philip King)

Introduction to µSR (Steve Cox)

Introduction to µSR - background paper (Steve Cox)

Introduction to muon relaxation functions (Bob Cywinski)

The ISIS muon beamlines (James Lord)

Muon instrumentation and practical aspects of µSR (Steve Cottrell)

Radio-frequency µSR (Steve Cottrell)

Pulsed muon environments at ISIS (James Lord)

Practicalities of data analysis (Francis Pratt)

Complementary of muons with other techniques (Bob Cywinski)

Fast and slow muons at PSI (Thomas Prokscha)

The RIKEN-RAL muon facility (Tei Matsuzaki)

Applications of µSR 1: Superconductivity (Bob Cywinski)

Applications of µSR 2: Magnetism (Steve Blundell)

Applications of µSR 3: Ionic conduction (James Lord)

Applications of µSR 4: Molecular systems (Upali Jayasooriya)

ISIS future developments (Philip King)

Writing beamtime applications (Philip King)

Handouts describing the practical sessions can be found here:

Building a µSR spectrometer

Modeling hydrogen impurity in the wide-gap semiconductor CdS

High-Tc superconductor - practical notes

High-Tc superconductor - background article 1

High-Tc superconductor - background article 2

Spin glass

Antiferromagnetic phase transition

Muon diffusion in copper

Useful references for the muon technique can be found here.