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Neutron Scattering

Module PH9029

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.

Module version of SS 2017

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
SS 2018SS 2017SS 2013

Basic Information

PH9029 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Service Modules for Students of other Disciplines

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
120 h 45 h 4 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH9029 in the version of SS 2017 was Peter Böni.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions

Content

  • Production of Neutron Beams
  • Scattering Theory
  • Nuclear Elastic Neutron Scattering: Structure Determination
  • Nuclear Inelastic Neutron Scattering: Phonons
  • Neutron Scattering from Disordered Systems: Gases, Liquids

Learning Outcome

After participation in the module the student is able to:

  • apply the kinematic theory of elastic neutron scattering
  • understand the use of various instruments for neutron scattering
  • judge the use of various scattering methods for the determination of the structure of various materials
  • analyse x-ray and neutron scattering diffraction data from powder and single crystals
  • determine and analyse phonon dispersion curves
  • determine and analyse phonon density of states
  • understand diffraction data from non-crystalline materials

Preconditions

  • Bachelor degree in physics
  • suggested: course in solid state physics

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

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 a weekly exercise class, where students will solve problems under supervision of a tutor.

Media

  • lecture
  • exercises
  • books
  • internet

Literature

  1. A. Furrer, J. Mesot, T. Strässle: Neutron Scattering in Condensed Matter Physics, World Scientific, London (2009) .
  2. G. L. Squires: Introduction to the Theory of Thermal Neutron Scattering, Dover Publications, N. Y. (1966).
  3. S. W. Lovesey, Theory of Neutron Scattering from Condensed Matter I, II, Oxford Science Publ., Oxford (1984).
  4. A. Furrer: Frontiers in Neutron Scattering, World Scientific, London (1999).
  5. G. E. Bacon: Neutron Diffraction, Oxford (1962).
  6. P. A. Egelstaff: Thermal Neutron Scattering, Acad. Press, London (1965).

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

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