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Institut Laue-Langevin

Studying Kinetics with neutrons (SANS and Reflectometry)

Date : 5 - 7 October 2009

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Scope of the workshop

The study of kinetic processes is one of the main challenges of modern science in areas extending from physics, chemistry to biology. Neutrons are known to be extremely versatile probes for the investigation of condensed matter. Due to their large penetration depth, neutrons are able to penetrate large samples unperturbed by sophisticated and advanced sample environments. The advent of new high intensity neutron sources and instruments, as well as the development of new real-time techniques, allows for the tracking of transformation processes in condensed matter on a microscopic scale. The evolution of structural details can be studied by time-resolved neutron scattering over a broad range of times. For example, new stroboscopic methods such as TISANE allow dynamic processes to be studied on a time scale extended to microseconds. Kinetics with neutrons is a growing and exciting field of research with strong implications for applied science.


As a follow-up to the first SKIN conference held in Göttingen in 2007, the scope of the symposium is to bring together scientists from different fields of physics, chemistry, biology, materials and geo-sciences with neutron experts. The meeting will be focussed on results, new applications and future prospects for time-resolved Small Angle Neutron Scattering and Neutron Reflectometry. It is an important aspect of the meeting to see what other experimental techniques achieve in this field and where theoreticians see future challenges.

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International Advisory Committee

  • Charlie Glinka (NIST,USA)
  • Robert Hillman (University of Leicester, United Kingdom)
  • Jeffrey Penfold (ISIS, United Kingdom)
  • Albert Philipse (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
  • Dieter Richter (FZ Jülich, Germany)
  • Peter Schurtenberger (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

Local Organizing Committee

Richard Campbell, Robert Cubitt, Roland Gähler, Isabelle Grillo, Peter Lindner, Albrecht Wiedenmann (chair)

Secretary : Karine Sultan


contact e-mail: skin2009(at)