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Department of Chemistry, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

CH40188: Further topics in physical chemistry (NS)

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: EX100
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Supplementary assessment information not currently available (this will be added shortly)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take CH30129
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To introduce the principles and some applications of advanced radiation sources (synchrotron and neutron) in condensed matter studies.

Learning Outcomes:
After studying the Unit, students should be able to:
* Describe the use of synchrotron and neutron radiation sources for the study of condensed matter materials
* Describe the processes for producing useable radiation beams at these sources
* Critically assess the use of various experimental techniques (esp. diffraction) at these sources and evaluate their utility on various experimental situations
* Solve problems using the techniques introduced including the application of techniques to unseen situations.

Problem solving (T, F, A), Scientific writing (F, A), Independent working (F), Group working (F).

Part 1 - Towards Synchrotron Radiation: Basics of scattering of X-rays and neutrons by materials; X-ray Sources; The synchrotron; The characteristics of synchrotron radiation. Part 2 - Synchrotron radiation instrumentation: Beamlines; instrument suites; general beamline layout; Beamline components; Detectors; detection of X-rays; area detectors; Examples of instruments. Part 3 - Neutron Scattering and Instrumentation: Reactor Sources, ILL Grenoble; Spallation Neutron Sources, ISIS RAL; Moderation; Monochromatic cf. time-of-flight methods; Neutron detectors; Neutron instrumentation. Part 4 - Experimental Techniques: EXAFS Spectroscopy; Neutron Spectroscopy; Small Angle Scattering, Diffraction. Part 5 - Crystallography: Basic Crystallography and the Reciprocal Lattice; Instrumentation & Data Collection; Structure Solution & Refinement; Single Crystal Diffraction; Powder Diffraction and the Rietveld Method. Part 6 - Examples of Applications.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

CH40188 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 4

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