The school programme consists of lectures, tutorials and problem classes with occasional evening lectures. In addition, students will be asked to give short presentations to their tutorial groups about their current research projects, including a neutron beam-time proposal writing exercise.

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Topics covered during the school include:

  • History and background: the neutron
  • Neutron production: fission and spallation sources
  • Neutron moderation: steady-state and pulsed sources
  • Methods & concepts of neutron scattering
  • Overview of instrument types and constructability
  • Components of neutron scattering instrumentation:
    • guides
    • shielding
    • choppers
    • polarisation devices
    • detectors
    • monochromators
    • sample environment
  • Instruments for:
    • Small Angle Neutron Scattering
    • reflectometry
    • diffraction: powder and single-crystal diffractometers
    • spectroscopy: direct- and indirect-geometry time-of-flight spectrometers, triple-axis and back-scattering spectrometers, eV spectrometers, neutron spin-echo spectrometers.
    • non-scattering experiments: chip irradiation, boron neutron capture therapy, imaging, activation analysis, fundamental physics