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SINQ: The Swiss Spallation Neutron Source

Neutron scattering is one of the most effective ways to obtain information on both, the structure and the dynamics of condensed matter. A wide scope of problems, ranging from fundamental to solid state physics and chemistry, and from materials science to biology, medicine and environmental science, can be investigated with neutrons. Aside from the scattering techniques, non-diffractive methods like imaging techniques can also be applied with increasing relevance for industrial applications.

The spallation neutron source SINQ is a continuous source - the first of its kind in the world - with a flux of about 1014 n/cm2/s. Beside thermal neutrons, a cold moderator of liquid deuterium (cold source) slows neutrons down and shifts their spectrum to lower energies. These neutrons have proved to be particularly valuable in materials research and in the investigation of biological substances. SINQ is a user facility. Interested groups can apply for beamtime on the various instruments by using the SINQ proposal system.

Latest scientific SINQ highlights:



  • Incommensurate magnetic structure, Fe/Cu chemical disorder, and magnetic interactions in the high-temperature multiferroic YBaCuFeO5 M. Morin et al
    Physical Review B 91, 064408 (February 2015)
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.064408
  • Competing superconducting and magnetic order parameters and field-induced magnetism in electron-doped Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 J. Larsen et al
    Physical Review B (editor's choice) 91, 024504 (January 2015)
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.024504
  • k=0 Magnetic Structure and Absence of Ferroelectricity in SmFeO3 C.-Y. Kuo et al
    Physical Review Letters 113, 217203 (November 2014)
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.217203
More SINQ highlights can be found on the Webpages of the NUM department.

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Next submission deadline:
May 15, 2015, 23:59 (CET)

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