The school aims to train graduate students in neutron scattering techniques and the nuances of neutron instrumentation design. Participants will be exposed to the use of key neutron structures, neutron scattering techniques, instrumentation and data collection, analysis and interpretation, and cutting- edge research in chemistry, materials science, physics, and applications. Lecturers from international research facilities and academia will cover the basics of neutron scattering, concepts on neutron sources, design of neutron scattering instrumentation, detectors and equipment for the sample environment and applications of neutron techniques. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the latest research conducted with these techniques at international neutron facilities. In addition, students will follow practical work in order to obtain a comprehensive training in modern instrumentation of steady-state and pulsed neutron sources. Practical sessions will be organised at major neutron sources immediately after the course in Erice. The school aims to create interactions between graduate students, international research centres for neutron scattering [ILL Reactor (F), ISIS Neutron Facility (UK), SNS (US)] and university groups.
The school programme consists of lectures, tutorials and problems that take place every day of the week, with occasional evening lectures. In addition, students make short presentations to their mentoring groups on their current research projects and undergo a proposal writing exercise for neutron beam time.
The school is aimed at young scientists, engineers and instrument and development designers at national and international neutron facilities. Graduate students or postdocs from universities are also welcome. In addition to lectures on theory, sources and neutron instrumentation, students will be tutored by world-renowned experts in various scattering techniques, including diffraction, quasi- elastic and inelastic scattering, imaging, small angle scattering, reflectometry, and neutron-spin-echo.