37th Berlin School on Neutron Scattering

2 - 10 March 2017

Lise Meitner Campus / Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie


A Practical Introduction to Neutron Scattering

The Berlin Neutron School is one of the oldest established neutron schools. It was founded in 1980 by Prof Hans Dachs and is organised by the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB). The aim of the school is to provide an introduction to neutron scattering with an emphasis on hands-on, practical experience using the instruments at the BERII reactor.

The first three days of the school consist of detailed lectures on the principles and techniques of neutron scattering followed by a tour of the instruments and an introduction to sample environment. As well as the course lectures given by members of HZB, external guest lecturers will be invited to review current issues in the field of neutron research. In the past, Dr Paul Henry (ESS) discussed the planned European Spallation Source and Dr Andrea Denker (HZB) has lectured on neutron auto-radiography of paintings and artifacts.

After attending the lectures the students begin the hands-on experiments. They are divided into groups of four to five people from similar subject areas and do triple-axis spectroscopy, powder diffraction, small angle scattering, reflectometry, time-of-flight spectroscopy, tomography and residual stress analysis under the guidance of the instrument scientists. The experiments last three hours each and take place over three and a half days. Furthermore, we will hold a students´ poster session which will give the students the opportunity to present their work and discuss with the HZB scientists how neutron scattering could benefit their research. The poster session will be followed by the Neutron School dinner. Finally, on the last day of the school the students will attend lectures on how to use neutron scattering as a tool for research in various subject areas e.g. biology, chemistry, engineering and physics, and how to apply for neutron beamtime at HZB.

This school is primarily aimed at advanced students who have completed their Bachelor degree in physical, engineering and life sciences, and early stage researchers e.g. PhD students and postdocs. The course is part of the curriculum of the Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences at the Technical University Berlin.

Organised by Professor Bella Lake

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