SINQ: The Swiss Spallation Neutron SourceNeutron 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:
Visualizing the morphology of vortex lattice domains in a bulk type-II superconductor
Nature Communications 6, 8813 (November 2015)DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9813
Response of Plasma-Polymerized Hexamethyldisiloxane Films to Aqueous Environments
Langmuir, adv. online publ., (November 2015)DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b03010
Néel-type skyrmion lattice with confined orientation in the polar magnetic semiconductor GaV4S8
Nature Materials, 11, 1116 (September 2015)DOI: 10.1038/nmat4402
More SINQ highlights can be found on the Webpages of the NUM department.