SANS August 20-24, 2018 in Lund

SwedNess Course Code:  GSn_004
English Course Title:         Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS)
Svenskt Kursnamn:           Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS)
Credits:                               3 hp

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Educational Level:              Third Cycle
Subject Area:                       Neutron Scattering
Grade Scale:                        Pass/Fail

This course will provide an introduction to Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) theory and practice, including how to analyse SANS data.

Learning Outcomes
Important concepts in this course are

  • Scattering Length density
  • Form-/Structure Factor 
  • Magnetic Scattering
  • Contrast Variations
  • Small Angle Neutron Scattering Instrumentation 
  • Experimental Design
  • Model Independent Analysis (approximations)
  • Geometrical Models 
  • Applications of Small Angle Scattering
  • Hands-On Data Modeling using SasView
    • Spheres vs. cylinders
    • Polydispersity
    • Resolution
  • Complementarity SANS & SAXS

With completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Calculate scattering length density
  • Describe the components of a SANS instrument
  • Compare time-of-flight and continuous beam SANS instruments
  • Describe the relationship between instrument configuration and measurement capabilities.
  • Design a small angle scattering experiment
  • Describe the relevance of small angle scattering to nanoscale structure analysis
  • Analyse small angle scattering data using approximations
  • Analyse small angle scattering data using geometric models

Course Content

  • Lectures on :
    • SANS Theory
    • SANS Instrumentation
    • Applications of SANS
    • Data Analysis Methods
  • Computer lab work on analyzing SANS data
  • Presentations from students on how they would apply SANS to their research.

1 full week of lectures and exercises + home work          
Teaching Language: English

Tentative Schedule

Week 34


13:00 – 16:00

Introduction to Small Angle Scattering I


09:00 – 12:00

Introduction to Small Angle Scattering II

13:00 – 16:00

Small Angle Scattering: Instrumentation & Methods


09:00 – 12:00

Analysis of Small Angle Scattering Data

13:00 – 16:00

Computer Lab – Data Processing & Analysis


09:00 – 16:00

Computer Lab – Data Processing & Analysis


09:00 – 12:00

Report Writing & Presentation Prep.

12:00 – 16:00

Individual Presentations

Eligibility & Prerequisites
PhD students within SwedNess + other MSc/PhD students and Postdocs at Swedish/Nordic institutions.

Literature TBA

Tentative Lecturer TBA

Examination & Requirements for final grade TBA

Examiner and contact person for the course:
Dr. Andrew Jackson                    E-mail:  
Lund University                           Phone: +46 – (0)46 – 222 45 04
Division of Physical Chemistry