2024 Neutron Spectroscopy Tutorial

High-resolution Methods for Soft Matter
Dynamic Investigation


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This tutorial is primarily aimed at graduate students, postdocs, and young faculty working on soft matters who are interested in the unique capabilities offered by backscattering and neutron spin-echo spectrometers to probe the dynamics of their systems at the nanoscale. The first part of the tutorial will provide theoretical foundations. The second part will offer a hands-on exercise on a case study covering experiment design, sample preparation, data reduction, and analysis. Brief scientific presentations demonstrating the use of these methods will also be presented.

Time & Venue

Sunday 06/23/2024, Crown Plaza, Knoxville TN
Free registration opens now through June 1, 2024 through ACNS 2024 Registration
FREE lunch for registered participants is sponsored by by the National Science Foundation


Both neutron spin-echo (NSE) and backscattering spectroscopy (BSS) are quasi-elastic neutron scattering techniques. NSE has the highest energy resolution among other neutron spectroscopic methods, allowing it access to slow dynamics, such as large domain motions of flexible proteins, rouse motions of polymer chains, and biomembrane undulation and thickness fluctuations. NSE typically probes over a time scale from 1 ps to a few hundred ns at length scales of 1 nm to 50 nm. On the other hand, BSS studies faster atomic or molecular dynamics, such as bond vibration and backbone rotation in polymers and proteins, as well as lateral diffusion and rotation of lipids. BS specializes in shorter times, from a few ps to a few ns range, at smaller lengths of a few Å to 10 nm.


Norman J. Wagner wagnernj@udel.edu University of Delaware
Minh Phan phanmd@udel.edu University of Delaware and National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
Laura Stingaciu stingaciulr@ornl.gov Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Antonio Faraone faraone@nist.gov National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
Madhusudan Tyagi madhusudan.tyagi@nist.gov University of Maryland and National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
Naresh Osti ostinc@ornl.gov Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)


SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2024
08:30 AM – 09:00 AM MORNING COFFEE
09:00 AM – 09:05 AM OPENING REMARKS – Naresh Osti
09:05 AM – 09:35 AM STATIC SCATTERING – Minh Phan
09:35 AM – 10:15 AM DYNAMIC SCATTERING – Antonio Faraone
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM BREAK
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM NEUTRON SPIN ECHO – Laura Stingaciu
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM BACKSCATTERING – Naresh Osti
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM COMPLEMENTARY METHODS – Madhu Tyagi
12:00 PM – 12:40 PM ON-SITE LUNCH
12:40 PM – 01:00 PM DATA REDUCTION & ANALYSIS – Piotr Zolnierczuk
01:30 PM – 05:00 PM BACKSCATTERING & NEUTRON SPIN ECHO TUTORIAL – Gerald Schneider, Madhu Tyagi,
Naresh Osti, Antonio Faraone, Laura Stingaciu, Piotr Zolnierczuk
05:00 PM – 05:10 PM CONCLUDING REMARKS – Antonio Faraone


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