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NIST Summer School on Methods and Applications of Neutron Spectroscopy


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A one-week “Summer School on Methods and Applications of Neutron Spectroscopy” will be held from June 8 – June 12, 2015 at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). For information about the summer school go to

Please note that this year the school will not cover SANS or neutron reflectometry.

This school provides participants the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of neutron scattering techniques using instruments at NIST including the disk chopper spectrometer (DCS), backscattering spectrometer (HFBS), BT-7 double focusing triple-axis spectrometer, multi-axis crystal spectrometer (MACS), and neutron spin echo spectrometer (NSE). These powerful experimental techniques are used by researchers in a variety of scientific disciplines to probe the microstructure and dynamics of materials at length scales of approximately 1 nm to 500 nm and at time scales from 1 ps to 100 ns. This school emphasizes hands-on experimental training for the instruments mentioned above as well as a thorough theoretical overview of these measurement techniques.
Applications of structural and dynamical techniques will be illustrated by specific examples drawn from recent cutting-edge research for soft and hard condensed matter systems.
The course will enable attendees to assess the applicability of the techniques to their own research, and will provide the technical information needed to prepare effective experiment proposals.

The Summer School is sponsored by the Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering (CHRNS), jointly funded by the National Science Foundation and NIST. Limited support for graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty will be available.
Attendance will be limited to 35 participants, and only applicants from North American institutions will be accepted.

For further information, and/or to apply, please go to Early application is advised since attendance is strictly limited and typically we receive more applications than the maximum number of participants.

Deadline: April 1, 2015.


Yamali Hernandez and Yun Liu
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 6102
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-6102
Tel: (301)975-5295 (YH), (301)975-6235 (YL)

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