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First European XFEL research results published

30 years Committee Research with Neutrons: 1987-2017

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European XFEL prepares for user operation: Researchers can hand in first proposals for experiments

The FXE instrument, which is currently being assembled in its hutch in the European XFEL experiment hall, will enable studies of ultrafast processes such as decisive intermediate steps of chemical reactions. The X-ray laser flashes enter the instrument from the right side of the picture and travel through a series of complex optics and diagnostics before arriving at the sample interaction region. A yellow robot arm for one of the instrument’s detectors is seen in the background to the left.

For the first time, scientists from around the world can now submit their proposals for experiments at the European XFEL. The user programme is expected to begin in the second half of the year, with two of the planned six instruments being initially available, that is the Femtosecond X-Ray Experiments (FXE) instrument and the Single Particles, Clusters, and Biomolecules and Serial Femtosecond Crystallography (SPB/SFX) instrument. FXE enables investigations of ultrafast processes and the creation of “molecular movies”, which show the progression of an individual reaction with high precision. SPB/SFX is specialized for research into biomolecules and other biological materials. [more]

Call for Expressions of Interest for new instrumentation as part of Phase 2 of the Endurance Upgrade Programme at ILL

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The ILL is launching an open call for Expressions of Interest for new instrumentation as part of Phase 2 of the Endurance Upgrade Programme. Please submit your ideas using the WORD template file by 27th February 2017. [more] [archive]

Nobel Prize in Physics for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter: neutron experiments confirm

David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz

The award-winning work of David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz served as the theoretical underpinning of the science of quantum topology. It is being recognised now largely due to validation provided by experiments performed at neutron sources over the last 25 years. That research has led to advances in the understanding of fields as diverse as superconductivity, lasers, superfluids and thin magnetic films. [more] [archive]

German Neutron Scattering Conference 2016: more than 200 participants registered

Ausschnitt aus dem DN2016-Logo

German Neutron Scattering Conference 2016 takes place in Kiel from September 20 to 22. This year, minisymposia will focus on "Proteins: dynamics and interactions", "High brilliance compact neutron sources - status and perspectives", "Neutron spectroscopy for dynamics in confinement" and „Materials characterisation". Registration is possible until September 20 (fee: 75 €). The programme on the website contains links to all abstracts. [more]

JCNS-videos demonstrate quantum mechanics and neutron scattering

JCNS-Neutronenfilm

Quantum mechanics is one of the central pillars of modern physics. This mathematically complex theory which allows the properties and laws of matter to be described is, however, rather to understand intuitively. The videos clarify fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics using neutron scattering experiments from research undertaken at the Jülich institute. The videos are around 5 and 4 minutes in length respectively, and are appropriate for use in an introductory lecture course in quantum mechanics or for self-study purposes. Video 1 looks at the topics of quantization, quantum phase transitions and scattering at lattices; Video 2 deals in more detail with quantum phase transitions. [more] [archive]

What the KFS does

EisebittThe Committee Research with Synchrotron Radiation (KFS) represents scientists, who work with synchrotron radiation in the context of the BMBF-Verbundforschung Condensed Matter. The committee consists of seven elected members and of guests. The main task of the KFS is promoting the research with synchrotron radiation. To get an idea what the KFS is currently dealing with, have a look at the minutes (in German only) or at the email newsletters that are sent out quaterly. [more] [archive]

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Anatoliy Senyshyn received the Wolfram-Prandl-Prize

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On 21st of September 2016 Dr. Anatoliy Senyshyn (TUM) has received the Wolfram-Prandl-Prize 2016 of the Komitee für Forschung mit Neutronen during the German Neutron Scattering Conference DN2016. The Wolfram Prandl Award 2016 is given to Dr. Anatoliy Senyshyn for his outstanding research on operando studies of Li-ion batteries, which has greatly enhanced our understanding of the fatigue mechanisms in such devices. The price is awarded by the KFN to young scientist for excellent work which is based mainly on the methods of neutron scattering.[more] [archive]

Neutrons Verify New Quantum State

An international research team has proved the existence of spin-spirals in a quantum liquid.


An international research team has proved the existence of spin-spirals in a quantum liquid. They emerge at low temperatures from the magnetic moments ("spins") of manganese scandium thiospinel single crystals (MnSc2S4). Neighbouring spins fluctuate here collectively as spirals, but when spatial distances are involved, they do not take on any particular order, just as water molecules will only form structures with neighbouring water molecules. [more] [archive]

 

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