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2019/2020

Applied Neutron Diffractometry

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11AND ZK 2 2 Czech
Lecturer:
Monika Kučeráková (guarantor), Stanislav Vratislav (guarantor)
Tutor:
Monika Kučeráková (guarantor), Stanislav Vratislav (guarantor)
Supervisor:
Department of Solid State Engineering
Synopsis:

This lecture introduces the neutron diffraction method as the method used in solid state physics research and the materials sciences. The basic principles of the nuclear and magnetic neutron scattering are given, as well as the comparative properties to the X-ray method. The basic concept of this method is illustrated by many practical examples.

Requirements:

Knowledge of structure of solid state and solid state theory (lectures SPL1, SPL2, TPL1 and TPL2 at FNSPE)

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Introduction to the diffraction methods

2. Thermal neutrons, principles of scattering by atoms and crystals

3. Scattering amplitude b (nuclear) and p (magnetic)

4. Absorption, comparative properties of X-rays and neutrons

5. Fields of application in solid state physics and materials research

6. Experimental technique (diffractometers, resolution function, diffraction mode).

7. Experimental technique (research reactors, pulsed neutron sources, detectors).

8. Experimental technique(refrigenerator, pressure chambers, heaters, texture goniometers).

9. Experimental technique (computer control, data processing)

10. Rietveld analysis (code: RIET-N, GSAS, FULLPROF, RIETAN)

11. Structure analysis (zeolites, high temperature superconductors, ionic conductors).

12. Magnetic structure and magnetic transition characterisation (perivskites).

13. Quantitative texture analysis (code: TODF-N, popLA, GSAS).

14. Small angle scattering, inelastic scattering

Syllabus of tutorials:
Study Objective:

Knowledge:

Solid state physics.

Skills:

Diffraction of thermal neutrons, the applications in the study of solid state.

Study materials:

Key references:

[1] G.E.Bacon: Neutron Diffraction, Clarendon Press, 1975.

[2] V.F.Sears: Neutron Optics, Oxford University Press, 1989.

Recommended references:

[3] R. A. Young: The Rietveld Method, IUCr, Oxford Science Publications, 1995.

[4] A. Furrer, J. Mesot, Th. Strassle: Neutron Scattering in Condensed Matter Physics, World Scientific Printers, London, 2009.

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