Swedish Neutron Education for Science & Society

Neutron Spectroscopy, Nov. 2018 at Chalmers University

Course Code:                GSn_0xx
English Course Title:    Neutron Spectroscopy
Svenskt Kursnamn:      Neutronspektroskopi
Credits:                          5 hp (3 for part A and 2 for part B)

Registration:                  https://goo.gl/forms/VLG9GK2De3JRGNOA2‚Äč
Last registration date:   November 1st

Educational Level:          Third Cycle
Academic Level (A-D):    D
Subject Area:                  Neutron Scattering
Grade Scale:                   Pass/Fail

Learning Outcomes

Course Main Content
Inelastic and quasielastic neutron scattering.

  • Theory
  • Spectrometers
  • Different types of motions and excitations
  • Examples of material studies
  • Hands-on experiments
  • Data corrections and analysis
  • Complementary molecular dynamics simulations

12 – 16 November 2018         (Theory lectures at Chalmers)
20 hours of lectures (10 x 2 hours lectures) + 2 home exercises [3 ECTS]
26 Nov. – 30 Nov. 2018 (Hands-on / Data analysis at ISIS, details TBA) [2 ECTS]
Teaching Language: English

Basics theory part (A) 3 p:
1 week “winter school” at Chalmers with lectures (1.5 p)
Home exercises  (1.5 p)
Experimental part (B) 2 p:
2 hands-on training experiments (1.5 p)
Oral presentations of experimental studies (0.5 p)

Tentative Schedule

Primary:          PhD students within SwedNess
Secondary:      Other MSc/PhD students and Postdocs at Swedish/Nordic institutions.

Lecture notes
- Quasielastic Neutron Scattering. Principles and Applications in Solid State Chemistry, Biology and Materials Science. By M. Bée, IOP Publishing LtD 1988.
- Introduction to the Theory of Thermal Neutron Scattering. By G. L. Squires, Cambridge University Press 1978.
- Theory of Neutron Scattering from Condensed Matter. By S. W. Lovesey, Oxford Science Publications 1984

Examination & Requirements for final grade
Attendance in at least 80% of the lectures
Pass the two home exercises
Participate in two hands on experiments
Pass the oral presentation of the two hands-on experiments
Grading Scale: Pass/Fail

Prof. Jan Swenson                   e-mail: jan.swenson@chalmers.se
Chalmers                                 Phone: +46 – (0)31 – 772 56 80
Department of Physics
Biological Physics

Prof. Jan Swenson   
E-mail: jan.swenson@chalmers.se

Lecturers (part A)

  1. The scattering law S(Q,w) and related I(Q,t) and G(r,t)
  2. Basic theory of inelastic neutron scattering. Different types of excitations.
  3. Coherent and incoherent scattering of crystalline and amorphous materials
  4. Magnetic scattering
  5. Basic theory of quasielastic neutron scattering
  6. Different types of motions and how they can be distinguished
  7. Different types of neutron spectrometers, including the spin-echo technique
  8. Examples of material studies using inelastic and quasielastic neutron scattering
  9. Data analysis. Corrections of real experimental data
  10. Complementary molecular dynamics simulations

Lecturers (part B)

  1. Descriptions of the two hands-on experimental studies