327-2130-00L  Introducing Photons, Neutrons and Muons for Materials Characterisation

SemesterSpring Semester 2022
LecturersA. Hrabec
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentOnly for MSc Materials Science and MSc Physics.



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
327-2130-00 GIntroducing Photons, Neutrons and Muons for Materials Characterisation Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
This block course takes place at the PSI Campus from June 20 - 24, 2022.
Registration at PSI website (Link) required by March 20, 2022.
40s hrsA. Hrabec

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AbstractThe course takes place at the campus of the Paul Scherrer Institute. The program consists of introductory lectures on the use of photons, neutrons and muons for materials characterization, as well as tours of the large scale facilities of PSI.
ObjectiveThe aim of the course is that the students acquire a basic understanding on the interaction of photons, neutrons and muons with matter and how one can use these as tools to solve specific problems.
ContentThe course runs for one week in June (20st to 24th), 2022. It takes place at the campus of the Paul Scherrer Institute. The morning consists of introductory lectures on the use of photons, neutrons and muons for materials characterization. In the afternoon tours of the large scale facilities of PSI (Swiss Light Source, Swiss Spallation Neutron Source, Swiss Muon Source, Swiss Free Electron Laser), are foreseen, as well as in depth visits to some of the instruments. At the end of the week, the students are required to give an oral presentation about a scientific topic involving the techniques discussed. Time for the presentation preparations will be allocated in the afternoon.



• Interaction of photons, neutrons and muons with matter

• Production of photons, neutrons and muons

• Experimental setups: optics and detectors

• Crystal symmetry, Bragg’s law, reciprocal lattice, structure factors

• Elastic and inelastic scattering with neutrons and photons

• X-ray absorption spectroscopy, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

• Polarized neutron scattering for the study of magnetic materials

• Imaging techniques using x-rays and neutrons

• Introduction to muon spin rotation

• Applications of muon spin rotation
Lecture notesSlides from the lectures will be available on the internet prior to the lectures.
Literature• Philip Willmott: An Introduction to Synchrotron Radiation: Techniques and Applications, Wiley, 2011

• J. Als-Nielsen and D. McMorrow: Elements of Modern X-Ray Physics, Wiley, 2011.

• G.L. Squires, Introduction to the Theory of Thermal Neutron Scattering, Dover Publications (1997).

• Muon Spin Rotation, Relaxation, and Resonance, Applications to Condensed Matter"

Alain Yaouanc and Pierre Dalmas de Réotier, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780199596478

• “Physics with Muons: from Atomic Physics to Condensed Matter Physics”, A. Amato

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Prerequisites / NoticeThis is a block course for students who have attended courses on condensed matter or materials physics.

Registration at PSI website (Link) required by March 20th, 2022.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersA. Hrabec
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationPresentation given at the end of the course week

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Restrictions

General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
Places25 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupMaterials Science MSc (338000)
Physics MSc (460000)
Waiting listuntil 03.04.2022
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 20.03.2022

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ProgrammeSectionType
Materials Science MasterElective CoursesWInformation
Physics MasterSelection: Solid State PhysicsWInformation