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College and Keyword System for Proposals

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College and Keyword System for Proposals

College 1 : Applied materials science, instrumentation & techniques

1-01 Metallurgy, metal physics
1-02 Strain, stress and texture analysis for engineering applications
1-03 Cultural heritage
1-04 Materials for industrial applications and processes
1-10 Instrumentation for neutron scattering
1-20 Techniques for neutron scattering

College 3 : Nuclear and Particle Physics

3-01 - PN1 "LOHENGRIN" fission product spectrometry
3-03 - PN3 "GAMS" gamma ray spectrometry
3-07 - PF1 cold (polarised) neutron beam
3-14 - PF2 very cold and ultracold neutrons
3-15 - Other nuclear and particle physics
3-16 - S18 Neutron interferometer
3-17 - FIPPS - Fission Product Prompt gamma-ray Spectrometer

College 4 : Magnetic Excitations

4-01 Spin dynamics of ordered magnets

  • Spin waves
  • Hybrid excitations, including electromagnons

4-02 Magnetic excitations in superconductors

  • Resonant excitations
  • Anisotropy of spin fluctuations

4-03 Magnetic critical scattering and phase transitions

  • Thermal and quantum phase transitions
  • Line-width and spin relaxation effects
  • Dynamics of field- and pressure-induced phases

4-04 Localised magnetic excitations

  • Crystal field excitations
  • Magnetic impurities and clusters
  • Crystal fields in dilute systems
  • Nuclear magnetism (hyperfine interactions)

4-05 Disordered systems, spin glasses, and spin liquids

  • Paramagnetic systems
  • Spin liquids and glasses
  • Liquid and amorphous magnets
  • Collective excitations in low dimensional systems

4-06 Excitations from molecular systems

College 5A : Crystallography

Single Crystal Diffraction

5-11 Inorganic structures
5-12 Organic compounds and metallo-organic complexes
5-13 Crystalline short-range order (diffuse scattering, plastic phases, liquid crystals)
5-14 Functional materials (including superconductors, mixed-valence compounds, heavy-fermion compounds, low-dimensional systems…)
5-15 Structural studies of phase transitions, pressure-dependence, superstructures, incommensurate structures, quasicrystals, texture analysis
5-16 Physical properties of single-crystal diffraction (anomalous scattering, extinction, TDS analysis, topography, interferometry…)


Powder Diffraction

5-21 Small structures: inorganics, organics, minerals
5-22 Large structures and defect structures (zeolites, clathrates, mesoporous materials, intercalates, catalysts, solid electrolytes, hydrides and hydrogen storage, oxygen confined materials, quasicrystals …)
5-23 Functional materials (including superconductors, mixed-valence compounds, heavy-fermion compounds, low-dimensional systems…)
5-24 Structural studies of phase transitions, effects of temperature and pressure
5-25 Chemical kinetics, thermodiffractometry, thermal expansion
5-26 Defects and atomic disorder in crystals (diffuse scattering)

College 5B : Magnetic structures

Powder diffraction

5-31 magnetic structure determination

  • magnetic phase diagrams

5-32 magnetic defects, short-range order or correlations

  • amorphous magnets
  • magnetic small-angle scattering

Single crystal diffraction

5-41 magnetic structure determination

  • magnetic phase diagrams
  • diffraction studies of magnetic films and multilayers

5-42 magnetic defects, short-range order or correlations

  • amorphous magnets
  • magnetic small-angle scattering (SANS)
  • Flux Line Lattice (FLL) diffraction, investigation of Vortex lattice
  • Polarised beam diffraction and polarisation analysis (neutron polarimetry)

5-51 magnetisation density (including related single-crystal structure refinement)

  • electronic form factors
  • magnetic structure
  • magnetic phase diagrams

5-52 nuclear polarisation

  • depolarisation studies

5-53 magnetic defects, short-range order or correlations

  • amorphous magnets

5-54 (Magnetic) films and surfaces, applied magnetism (neutron polarimetry)

College 6 : Structure and dynamics of liquids and glasses

6-01 Monatomic liquids and gases
6-02 Molecular liquids and gases
6-03 Liquid alloys and molten salts
6-04 Glassy behaviour in polymers
6-05 Glasses and amorphous materials
6-06 Short-range atomic correlations in disordered crystals (total scattering)
6-07 Structure and dynamics of confined and porous systems

College 7 : Spectroscopy in solid state physics and chemistry

7-01 Lattice dynamics

  • harmonic excitations (density of states, phonon dispersion)
  • anharmonicity (frequency shifts and phonon line shapes)
  • electron phonon coupling
  • disorder effects (local modes, hybridization, frequency shifts and broadening)
  • excitations in quasi crystals

7-02 Dynamics of structural phase transitions

  • critical scattering
  • soft modes
  • central peaks
  • modulated phases

7-03 Ionic relaxation and ionic diffusion in the solid state (except liquids and glasses)

  • self-diffusion and demixing
  • guest dynamics in a host structure
  • guest-host coupling

7-04 Spectroscopy of (nonmagnetic) molecular systems
7-05 Spectroscopy of chemi- and physisorbed species

College 8 : Structure and Dynamics of Biological Systems

8-01 Macromolecular crystallography
8-02 Biological membranes
8-03 Solution structure of biological macromolecules
8-04 Dynamics of biological macromolecules
8-05 Methodological studies in biology and biophysics 

College 9 : Structure and dynamics of soft-condensed matter

9-10 Colloidal systems: micelles, microemulsions, amphiphilic aggregates, surfactant systems, organic and inorganic colloidal particle systems
9-11 Polymeric systems: solutions, melt, polyelectrolyte, blends, co-polymers, elastomers, gels, networks, liquid crystal
9-12: Mixed systems: organic or inorganic particles with surfactants, particles with polyelectrolytes or polymers, surfactants and polymers,...
9-13: Soft matter physics with bio-related molecules

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