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ESS Seminar by Paul Henry

What can neutrons do for me?

On October 20, you are cordially invited to attend a seminar on the use of neutron science in materials research. The seminar will be given by Professor Paul Henry who is an instrument scientist at ESS and Adjunct Professor in Neutron Scattering at the Department of Chemical Engineering, CTH, Gothenburg.

Time: Tuesday October 20 at 3pm

Where: Conference room M:3152 on the 3rd floor of the M-building at the LTH campus

Please indicate your tentative (i.e. non-binding) intent to attend the seminar in an e-mail to


This seminar is intended to give a broad overview of how researchers can add neutron-based techniques to their characterization toolbox, with several illustrative real-world examples to highlight possibilities. With the construction of the European Spallation Source underway and MAX-IV nearing completion, the complementarity of X-ray and neutron techniques to investigate scientific problems is increasingly in focus. While all university centers are familiar with laboratory-based X-ray techniques, fewer groups are active users of synchrotron X-ray and neutrons sources. Part of the reason for this is the need to submit proposals to the large scale facility several months in advance of the experiment and the fact that most groups are non-expert users. Here, I will cover the complementary properties of X-rays and neutrons, how these techniques fit in the length/time/energy scales that are accessible using other techniques and the questions that need to be addressed when applying for neutron beam-time at a large scale facility. There are several major user facilities for neutron-based experiments in Europe that have a similar beam-time application process and I will highlight the process with several examples of do’s and don’ts. LU and ESS have a matchmaking process where interested groups from LU can discuss the possibilities using neutrons in their scientific research with experts at ESS in diffraction, imaging, SANS, reflectometry, quasi-elastic and inelastic neutron spectroscopies. As a result, new neutron user-groups can access support and guidance in all the processes I will describe.