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


An educational workshop on the fundamentals of NSE spectroscopy applied to soft matter and biology will prepare the scientists to use NSE techniques. The basics of static and quasi-elastic neutron scattering, NSE instrumentation, 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.


NSE spectroscopy is a quasi-elastic neutron scattering technique with the highest energy resolution among other neutron spectroscopic methods. NSE can access the dynamics over a time scale from 1ps to 100 ns at length scales of 1 nm to 50 nm, which is suitable for 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), is upgrading the NSE spectrometer at the NCNR 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 2023 NSE Workshop is sponsored by the National Science Foundation under DMR-1935956 entitled: “A World-class Neutron Spin Echo Spectrometer for the Nation,” which has covered travel and local expenses for all participants in need, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career faculty. More details of this project can be found HERE.

Workshop Photo Slideshow


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Minh Phan at phanmd@udel.edu

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