Chapter 2 Neutron Scattering — A Non-destructive Microscope for Seeing Inside Matter

@inproceedings{Pynn2009Chapter2N,
  title={Chapter 2 Neutron Scattering — A Non-destructive Microscope for Seeing Inside Matter},
  author={R Pynn},
  year={2009}
}
How can we determine the relative positions and motions of atoms in a bulk sample of solid or liquid? Somehow we need to be able to see inside the sample with a suitable magnifying glass. It turns out that neutrons provide us with this capability. They have no charge, and their electric dipole moment is either zero or too small to measure. For these reasons, neutrons can penetrate matter far better than charged particles. Furthermore, neutrons interact with atoms via nuclear rather than… CONTINUE READING
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