International Workshop on Neutron Laue Diffraction

Berlin, 11 December 2012, Colloquium Room (H132), Lise-Meitner Campus, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Wannsee

Since Max von Laue created the first diffraction pattern 100 years ago in Munich, we have seen huge advances in instrumentation from laboratory X-Ray sources to large-user facilities offering radiation over a wide range of wavelengths from both synchrotron X-Rays and neutrons.  The Laue technique offers the unique opportunity to generate an image of a large volume of reciprocal space in a single image.

Samples from as diverse a range of fields as protein crystallography to geoscience can be investigated using the Laue technique and an equally wide range of sample environments can be accommodated.  In recent years newer instruments have replaced neutron image plates with CCD technology enabling split-second measurements of samples.  We are also in the dawn of combined high-pressure / high-temperature studies of single crystals using neutron Laue diffraction.

The purpose of this workshop in Berlin is to present a summary of neutron Laue instruments around the world, to explore methods of data analysis for large amounts of data and to begin an investigation of user requirements for extreme sample environments.  The workshop will go on to cover current use of the Laue technique especially in hot science topics.  Therefore, scientific contributions from researchers in the field of renewable energy are particularly encouraged.