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CH40188: Further topics in physical chemistry (NS)

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: EX 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take CH30129
Further information on descriptions 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.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH40188 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 5

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.