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Fundamentals of Neutron Spin Echo (NSE) Spectroscopy for Biology and Soft Matter Workshop


An educational workshop on fundamentals of NSE spectroscopy applied to soft matter and biology, will prepare the scientists for the use of NSE techniques. The basics of static and quasi-elastic neutron scattering, NSE instrumentation and NSE experimental design and data analysis will be covered. In addition, students will select from three interest group sessions on polymers, proteins or lipid membranes. The workshop will prepare participants to use the new, upgraded NSE in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) to benefit their research.


Workshop will be held October 27-29, 2021
Registration opens July 1 thru August 15, 2021
Decisions will be made on August 20, 2021


The Hotel at the University of Maryland, 7777 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20742 (https://www.thehotelumd.com/)

Who Should Attend

The workshop is targeted at graduate students, postdocs, and early career faculties in the soft matter field, with little or no previous experience with neutron spin echo spectroscopy methods. The workshop is on a “start-to-end” concept which means not only lectures and hands-on exercises but also proposal writing and instrument selection etc will be covered to engage the participants in a full experience of a NSE project. Moreover, participants will have a chance to have a tour in the guide hall to observe the NSE instrumentation. Attendance to the workshop is limited to 20 people and travel fund will be provided.


The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which includes all local expenses. There will be additional funding available for travel to and from the workshop.


NSE spectroscopy is a quasi-elastic neutron scattering technique with highest energy resolution among other neutron spectroscopic methods. With this advantage, NSE is able to access the dynamics of 1-100 ns at a length scale of 1 – 50 nm which is suitable for the soft matter research (e.g., lipid membrane dynamics, protein dynamics, polymer chain dynamics etc.). The University of Delaware (UD) together with the NCNR and the University of Maryland (UMD) are upgrading the NSE spectrometer by adopting optimized superconducting precession coils (OSCPC) recently developed at the Juelich Center for Neutron Science for the J-NSE-Phoenix at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum, Germany.

The short course is sponsored by the National Science Foundation under DMR-1935956 entitled: “A World-class Neutron Spin Echo Spectrometer for the Nation.” Support for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty may be requested on the application form. More details of this project can be found HERE.


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