Course Jukebox

Course Jukebox

Course Detail

Standard Academic Year
Semester 3
Course delivery methods
Physical sciences
College of Science and Technology
Campus Talence
Course Offering Year
Course Offering Month
September - December
Weekday and Period
Course Number

Large Scale Facilities University of Bordeaux

Course Overview

This lecture aims at discovering the contribution of large scale
facilities (neutron source and synchrotron radiation), at fundamental
as well as applied levels, in the understanding of structural and
dynamical properties of matter ranging from materials to
macromolecular science.
It will lead to improved knowledge of large scale facilities in the
field of Materials Science and an improved capacity to call upon large
scale facilities in Europe.

Learning Achievement


Course prerequisites

No prerequisites.

Grading Philosophy

> First Session:

- Practical report evaluation: 30% of the overall mark.
- Oral exam: 70% of the overall mark.

> Secons Session:

- Oral exam: 100% of the overall mark.

Course schedule


- Background (3 hours - AD). General considerations, matter/radiation
interaction (linear response theory, etc.), sources (neutron and
synchrotron radiations), facilities (which information, where and
how?), concerned fields of applied and fundamental research,
complementarities with other techniques (NMR, light scattering, IR
absorption, etc.).
- Nuclear and Magnetic Structure (8 hours - MJ). Specificities of
neutron diffraction (ND) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Nuclear
diffraction: complementarities ND/XRD. Scattering and absorption
lengths, isotopic effects: ND/XRD contrasts. Neutron   Magnetic
diffraction: access to magnetic structure. Examples and limits of ND
and XRD.
- Large scale structure (8 hours -TSANS). Small angle scattering
(SAS) techniques. Complementarities of Neutron and X-ray  SAS.
Structure and form factors. Modeling small angle scattering data.
Application to macromolecular systems of interests for soft materials.
- X-ray imaging and spectroscopy (8 hours - OT). Techniques proper to
synchrotron radiation: X-ray absorption techniques and Exafs
(contribution of linear and circular polarized beamin the study of
crystalline and magnetic anisotropy), scanning imaging techniques
(X-ray micro-diffraction, micro-fluorescence and UV/IR micros
pectrometry) and full-field imaging techniques (soft X-ray
spectroscopy, X-raymicrotomography
- Neutron spectroscopy (8hours - AD). Elastic, quasi-elastic and
inelastic neutron scattering, structure factors, van Hove formalism,
molecular dynamics (from vibrations to Brownian motions).
Complementarities with computing science (MD simulations, etc.) and
applications in solid-state chemistry, materials science and soft


In addition to the lectures, a practical training project is organized
in the neutron facility near Paris (Nuclear reactor “Orphée” of
the “Laboratoire Léon Brillouin []”) during
three days. Each group (5 to 7 students) selects a training project
among several options (e.g. nuclear and magnetic structure of relevant
crystals, velocity of sound in materials, diffusion of macromolecules
in solution, macromolecular arrangement of polymeric materials, etc.).

This project gives the students the opportunity to experience  the
acquired concepts. It should be noted that such a project is subject
to obtaining access authorizations.

Course type

> 154 lectures, tutorials and practicals hours: - 51 contact hours (35 hours lectures/tutorials,16 practical hours in synchrotron national lab facilities). - 100 hours self-study, - 3 hours written assessment exam.

Online Course Requirement


Other information

> Study Material_:

- Free access tothe web site: Écoles Thématiques de la Société
Française de la Neutronique [].

- QuasielasticNeutron Scattering, M. Bée, Adam Hilger, Bristol and
Philadelphia, 1988.
- Theory of thethermal neutron scattering. » W. Marshall, S.W.
Lovesey, Clarendon Press, 1971.
- Neutrons etMatériaux, W. Paulus et J. Meinnel (Eds), Journal de
Physique IV, 2003, vol.103.
- Neutrons etMagnétisme, C. Fermon et F. Tasset (Eds), Journal de
Physique IV, 2001, vol.89.
- Elements ofModern X-Ray Physics, J. Als-Nielsen et D. Morrow, Wiley
- Neutron andSynchrotron radiation for condensed matter studies,
HERCULES Edition dePhysique et Springer Verlag (1993)

> All lecture materials available on course Homepage: Clathrate
hydrates: from applied to fundamental research
> This course is part of the Erasmus Mundus Master FAME (Functional
Advanced Materials Engineering)_ a_nd the EIT-labelled Master AMIS
(AdvancedMaterials for Innovation and Sustainability).Duration: 12 weeks (Fall semester)

Language of instruction: English
Mode of delivery: Face-to-face teaching: lectures, tutorials, practical work.

Site for Inquiry

Please inquire about the courses at the address below.

Contact person: Arnaud Desmedt

Corinne Jalibert