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Neutron Scattering

Postgraduate level course on Neutron Scattering

Course organiser: Professor Jon Goff
Location: T118, Royal Hollowaygraph neutron scattering
Availability: Autumn Term


To introduce students to the principles and methods of neutron scattering.
To enable students to appreciate the power and versatility of the technique in a variety of applications, particularly in strong correlations and nanoscience.

Teaching & Learning Methods

The teaching will be performed over the course of three days in the Resource Room at Royal Holloway. The basic material will be presented in a series of 11 lectures, and students will learn how to apply these skills in a series of three tutorials. The highly interactive nature of this course makes it unsuitable for video conferencing. Instead the course is held over three consecutive days and students from collaborating Universities in the South East are encouraged to stay at Royal Holloway for two nights to encourage networking.

Example course programme from 2010


Tuesday 16th November
  Neutron cross section
Fourier trasnforms & correlation functions
Tutorial I: Neutron fundamentals
Wednesday 17th November
 Magnetic scattering
Polarised neutrons
Inelastic scattering
Tutorial II: Strong correlations
 Diffuse scattering
Thursday 18 November
 Small angle scattering
 Neutron sources
Tutorial III: Nanomagnetism
 Neutron instrumentation

Key Bibliography

“Introduction to the Theory of Thermal Neutron Scattering” by GL Squires (Dover, 1996)

“Methods of Experimental Physics” Volume 23 Parts A, B & C (Academic Press, 1986)


Continuous assessment of tutorial coursework. Solutions to problems marked, and written and verbal feedback provided during tutorials.


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