Neutron scattering: a powerful method for materials research

Neutron scattering: a powerful method for materials research

The discovery and development of new materials hinge on our understanding of their structures and dynamics. Neutron scattering is a powerful and versatile method to characterize the structure and dynamics of materials. Originally developed as a tool for physics, it has led to major advances in many areas of science and technology such as clean energy, pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology, materials engineering, information technology and fundamental physics.

  • 9 July — 14 July, 2018

What you'll study

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. Building on the success of prior summer courses, the 2018 Croucher Summer Course on Neutron Scattering 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.


The last few decades have brought about tremendous advances in neutron scattering sources and instrumentation. This includes the new China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) in Dongguan, about 60 miles north of Hong Kong.  CSNS produced its first neutrons at the end of August, 2017.  Three Day-1 instruments are being commissioned and the first scientific paper is already in press.  Over time, CSNS is destined to become an international hub for materials research. This summer course will be a rare chance for students to become familiar with the techniques that will be employed there.


The 2018 summer course will be followed immediately by two other special events: the 13th International conference on quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS), and the 8th Workshop on inelastic neutron scattering (WINS), also at City University of Hong Kong.  These conferences provide the students opportunities for continuing learning, especially for those who are interested in applying quasielatic and inelastic neutrons scattering techniques. 


More detailed information regarding the course can be found here:

Course directors

Karen Wan
Karen Wan

Executive Officer, Research Grants and Contracts Office, CityU

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