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This course focuses on presenting the scattering of neutrons (or more generally non-relativistic particles) by crystalline material and the physics of synchrotron radiation. Its objective is to familiarise students with neutron scattering and synchrotron radiation, to enable them to plan a scattering experiment and analyse its results with confidence. It contains three parts:

The first part will describe the technique used, the neutron sources and the instrumentation, and will illustrate the method with recent research examples (from fundamental physics through to biology and including materials studies).

The second part will be devoted to the theory of non-relativistic particle scattering, which is essential for the interpretation of experimental data.

The third part covers synchrotron radiation.

Recommended prerequisite

A good knowledge of the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics is, however, an essential pre-requisite to fully benefit from this course.