General information

Course type AMUPIE
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Aleksandra Pajzderska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Asocc. Professor
Faculty Faculty of Physics
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 04-E-INS-30-4Z


Module aim (aims)

The main goal of the module is to present principles of neutron scattering techniques and instrumentations, as well as their applications in different areas of research including physics, chemistry, biophysics, soft-matter  or  nanotechnology.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge of solid state physics and spectroscopy


Learning content:

Neutron properties, basic theory of neutron scattering,

Elastic (neutron diffraction), quasielastic and inelastic neutron scattering (neutron spectroscopy)

Neutron scattering facilities and productions of neutrons

Neutron detection, instrumentations and instrument components of spectrometers, diffractometers and reflectometers

The comparison of neutron scattering with complementary spectroscopic methods, like Xray diffraction, infrared absorption, dielectric and NMR spectroscopy

Examples of using neutron methods in condensed physics and soft matter, in particular: in materials for energy conversion and energy storage, ionic and conducting systems, fuel cell, thin films, nanocomposites, porous systems, photovoltaic systems, biological systems, membranes, proteins, etc.




Reading list

  1. Hempelmann, Quasielastic neutron scattering and solid state diffusion, Claredon Press, Oxford, 2009
  2. Liyuan, Liang, Rinaldi, Romano, Schober, Helmut, Neutron Applications in Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Springer; 2009 
  3. L. Squires: Introduction to the Theory of Thermal Neutron Scattering, Dover Publications, New York (1996).
  4. Furrer, J. Mesot, T. Strässle: Neutron Scattering in Condensed Matter Physics,World Scientific, Singapore (2009).