Neutron scattering

The Croucher Summer Course on Neutron Scattering, a 5-day intensive course, is an introduction to neutron scattering aimed at postgraduate students and early-career researchers.  Thanks to the generous support by the Croucher Foundation, the summer course will be offered again this year, on July 8-14, 2018, at the City University of Hong Kong.  Building on the success of prior summer courses, this year’s course will continue to focus on fundamental scattering theory and hands-on data analysis.  The techniques to be covered include diffraction, small angle scattering, quasielastic neutron scattering, and inelastic neutrons scattering.

 

Monday 9 July: Welcome and Fundamental Theory

09:00

Welcome

09:30

Elementary theory for neutron scattering by Prof. Felix Fernandez-Alonso (ISIS, UK)

10:30

Coffee Break and Group Photo

11:00

Neutron source and instrumentation by Prof. Felix Fernandez-Alonso (ISIS, UK)

12:00

Lunch

14:00

Structure of materials - theory by Prof. Takashi Kamiyama (KEK, Japan)

15:00

Coffee Break

15:30

Inelastic neutron scattering - theory by Prof. Brent Fultz (Caltech, USA)

16:30

Student breaking into groups for data analysis

17:00

Poster Session

18:00

Adjournment

Tuesday 10 July: Introduction of Data Analysis

09:00

Fundamentals of small angle neutron scattering (SANS) by Dr. Yun Liu (NIST, USA)

10:00

Coffee Break

10:30

Fundamentals of Quasielastic Neutron Scattering (QENS) by Prof. Bernhard Frick (ILL, France)

12:00

Lunch

14:00

(Group 1,2,3,4) Introduction of data analysis and example data set; Good practice of data collection (Parallel sessions for Diffraction, SANS,QENS, INS)

15:30

Coffee break

16:00

Analysis of example data set

17:00

Adjournment

17:30

Evening (Student working on data analysis and presentation)

Wednesday 11 July: Application Examples and facility access

08:30

Structure of materials - examples by Prof. Takashi Kamiyama (KEK, Japan)

09:30

Coffee Break

10:00

Inelastic neutron scattering - phonons by Prof. Brent Fultz (Caltech, USA)

11:00

lunch

13:00

Analysis of example data sets

14:30

Coffee break

15:00

Analysis of example data set

16:00

Adjournment

19:00

Students working on data analysis and presentation

Thursday 12 July: Application Examples and Facility Access

09:00

Applications of neutron scattering to industrial problems by Prof. Xun-Li Wang (CityU, Hong Kong)

09:30

Neutron scattering and computer simulation by Prof. Brent Fultz

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

How to apply for neutron beamtime (practical tips for writing a winning proposal) by Prof. Dehong Yu (ANSTO, Australia)

12:00

Lunch

14:00

Students working on data analysis and presentation

15:30

Coffee break

16:00

Students working on data analysis and presentation

Friday 13 July: Student's Presentation

09:00

Student's presentation of analysis of example data sets

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Student's presentation of analysis of example data sets

12:00

Lunch

13:30

Student's presentation of analysis of example data sets

15:00

Coffee break

15:30

Best presentation awards

16:00

Closing remarks

17:00

Night cruise at Victoria Habour

Saturday 14 July: Optional tour to China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS)

08:45

Meet at Hung Hom train station

09:24

Train no. Z812 to leave for Dongguan

10:36

Arriving at Dongguan and to be picked up by CSNS bus

11:30

Welcome introdcution

12:00

Lunch

13:30

Tour of CSNS

15:30

CSNS bus leave for Dongguan train

16:22

Train no. Z825 to leave for Hong Kong

17:24

Arriving at Hung Hom

Speakers

  • Data Professor Felix Fernandez-Alonso Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Felix Fernandez-Alonso is the Head of the Molecular Spectroscopy Group at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, a role that he has combined with professorial appointments at University College London in the United Kingdom and the University of Rome in Italy. He has a PhD from Stanford University, following undergraduate studies at Hamilton College and Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of its Neutron Scattering Group Committee. Over the past decade, he and his group have been leading efforts at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to develop new instrumentation and methods, as well as to foster the use of state-of-the-art neutron spectroscopy and computational modeling for materials discovery, including the direct involvement of the industrial sector. With 200+ publications, current research projects range from the study of intercalation phenomena in nanostructured and soft layered media to energy transport and storage in carbon-based and hybrid organic-inorganic materials. Jointly with David Price, Felix has been the editor of a new book series on the fundamentals and applications of neutron scattering, a global venture involving academic and industrial researchers from 20+ countries across 5 continents.
  • Data Professer Brent Fultz California Institute of Technology Brent Fultz received his undergraduate degree from MIT, and his Ph.D. from U. C. Berkeley in 1982. He was a Presidential Young Investigator, and he received an IBM Faculty Development Award and a Jacob Wallenberg Scholarship. More recently, he won the 2010 TMS EMPMD Distinguished Scientist Award, the. 2016 William Hume-Rothery Award of TMS. He was elected Fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America in 2016, full member of the Society of Sigma Xi in 2017, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2017. He serves on review boards of the Advanced Photon Source and the Spallation Neutron Source. He consulted for an electronics testing company, Everett Charles Technologies, for the Defense Science Board, was a member of the Science Advisory Board of Actium Materials, Contour Energy, and the Materials Project. Fultz has authored or co-authored approximately 400 publications.
  • Data Professor Takashi Kamiyama KEK Professor Kamiyama was awarded his PhD in physics by Tohoku University in 1987. He has worked at the Tohoku University and University of Tsukuba. He currently works for the High Energy Accelerator Organisation and Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Sokendai. He has been a leading scientist in powder diffraction instrumentation in both the former KENS and present J-PARC. He is a leader of development of the neutron powder diffraction data analyses software suite, Z-Code, for all powder diffractometers at J-PARC.
  • Data Professer Bernhard Frick Institut Laue-Langevin Dr. Bernhard Frick is a senior researcher at the ILL. He has received his diploma in Physics at the University Tübingen, Germany, carried out his PhD at the Research Centre Jülich and received his Ph.D. degree in 1984 from the University Cologne, D. In 1986 he joint the ILL, Grenoble, France, as an instrument responsible on the TOF-instrument IN6, then the backscattering spectrometer IN10. Since 1991 he was in charge of the development of the backscattering spectrometer IN16 and its science community, with an intermediate sabbatical stay in 1993-1994 at the NIST, Gaithersburg, USA. More recently he developed the neutron backscattering spectrometer IN16B at ILL, a very versatile new reactor backscattering spectrometer which went into operation in 2014 and which holds several world records. His research activities are focused on the dynamics of the glass transition, soft matter and disordered systems, on the dynamics of molecules in confined geometries and on the dynamics of energy materials. Dr. Frick has served on review boards for different neutron scattering facilities worldwide.
  • Data Professor Dehong Yu Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization Dr Dehong Yu is responsible for the PELICAN Time-of-Flight Spectrometer at the OPAL reactor at ANSTO. His expertise includes studies of magnetic materials, thin films and nano-scale materials with neutrons, electrons and synchrotron radiation.Prior to joining ANSTO, Dehong Yu was an ARC research fellow at the University of Western Australia, working on spin-dependent interactions in atoms as well as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Munster University in Germany, for one and half years, working on electronic structure in magnetic nanostructures. He is now responsible for the PELICAN Time-of-Flight Spectrometer at the OPAL reactor at ANSTO.    
  • Data Dr Lunhua He China Spallation Neutron Source Dr Lunhua He is team leader of GPPD (general purpose powder diffractometer) at CSNS. She received her Ph.D. degree in 2002 in condensed Matter Physics from State Key Laboratory for Magnetism, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P.R. China. She was responsible for the design and construction of GPPD. The scientific goal of GPPD is to provide a flexible and versatile powder diffractometer for a wide range of novel materials development and discovery. Her current research interests focused on the studies of neutron diffraction and scattering of magnetic materials and battery materials.    
  • Data Dr Yun Liu National Institute of Standards and Technology Dr. Yun Liu received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Science Engineering at MIT, where he worked on protein-protein interactions using scattering techniques. After obtaining his Ph.D., he joined the Center for Neutron Research in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) working on various research topics. He is currently a physicist and SANS instrument scientist at NIST, and is also an affiliated associate professor at the department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and the department of Physics & Astronomy in University of Delaware. He won Kathrine B. Gebbie Young Scientist Award of NIST Sigma Xi in 2014 for his contributions to the field of soft matter, and the Science Prize from Neutron Scattering Society of America in 2016 for discovering dynamic cluster ordering in complex colloidal and protein systems. His research interests cover neutron/x-ray scattering technique and theories, biophysics, colloidal science, energy materials, and gas adsorption/desorption in porous materials.    
  • Data Dr Dennis Kim University of California, Los Angeles Dennis received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the California Institute of Technology in 2017 investigating materials thermodynamics using inelastic neutron scattering and ab initio computational methods. He joined the Coherent Imaging Group as the STROBE postdoctoral fellow in the summer of 2017 and plans to utilize the group's recent advances in imaging techniques to study various materials and their properties.
  • Data Professor Xunli Wang City University of Hong Kong In August 2012, Professor Xun-Li Wang joined the City University of Hong Kong as a Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Physics and Materials Science. In July 2017, the department split and Professor Wang assumed the headship of the new Department of Physics.Prior to coming to Hong Kong, he had been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US, rising through the ranks to Distinguished Staff Member. As a senior scientist in the Neutron Science Directorate, he led innovative research, using neutron scattering as a primary tool, to understand deformation and phase transformation behavior in complex materials.Professor Wang received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University and B.S. from Peking University, both in Physics. He is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his early work on welding residual stresses was awarded an A. F. Davis Medal by the American Welding Society.