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Basic Concepts for Neutron Instrumentation

Module PH2230

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH2230 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 50 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2230 is Peter Böni.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


  • Introduction: instrumentation with neutrons
  • Applications of neutron beams
  • Neutron sources
  • Layout of beamlines
  • Brilliance of moderators
  • Transport of Neutrons
  • Extraction of Neutrons
  • Design of beamlines
  • phase space transformation
  • Focusing optics
  • Filtering of beams
  • Polarized neutrons
  • Software for data analysis

Learning Outcome

After participation in the module the student is able to

  • understand the properties of essential components of a beamline
  • understand the operation of instruments for neutron physics
  • apply concepts of neutron optics to improve instrumentation
  • design a beamline
  • optimize a beamline.


Bachelor degree in physics
suggested: course in solid state physics

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 4 Basic Concepts for Neutron Instrumentation Böni, P. Thu, 08:30–10:00, PH 2224

Learning and Teaching Methods

The learning outcomes of the module will be achieved via frontal lecture, written and verbal lecturing and powerpoint presentations. The lecture will be complemented by exercises classes, where students will solve problems under supervision of tutors.


  • lecture
  • exercises
  • books
  • papers
  • internet


  • G. Shirane, S. M. Shapiro, J. M. Tranquada: Neutron Scattering with a Triple-Axis Spectrometer: Basic Techniques, Cambridge University Press (2002).
  • A. Furrer, J. Mesot, T. Strässle: Neutron Scattering in Condensed Matter Physics, World Scientific, London (2009).
  • G. L. Squires: Introduction to the Theory of Thermal Neutron Scattering, Dover Publications, N. Y. (1966).
  • G. Bauer in Lecture Notes of the first School on Neutron Scattering:
  • P. Böni in Complementarity between Neutron and Synchrotron X-Ray Scattering, Proceedings of the 6th Summer School on Neutron Scattering, edited by A. Furrer, (World Scientific, Singapore, 1998), 305-327.
  • I. S. Anderson et al. in Frontiers of Neutron Scattering, Proceedings of the 7th Summer School on Neutron Scattering, edited by A. Furrer, (World Scientific, Singapore, 1999), 44-71.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In a written exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as an oral exam. In this case the time duration is 25 minutes.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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