[Photo: Wenzel Schürmann / TUM]
The group “Neutron Scattering” of the Institute of Materials Research, materials physics is based at the Heinz Maier Leibniz Zentrum MLZ (MLZ)in Garching near Munich. We operate the materials science diffractometer STRESS-SPEC together with the Technische Universität München (TUM) for the analysis of strains, textures, and phases; the neutron small angle scattering instrument SANS-1 – also in partnership with the TUM – for the measurement of nanostructures in bulk samples; and the reflectometer at horizontal surfaces REFSANS for the characterisation of nanostructures at interfaces. These instruments cover the characterisation needs of a broad user community we support during their measurements at our instruments.
We also operate a Materials Science Laboratory together with TUM, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities (i.a., X-ray diffractometer, calorimeter, optical microscopes) available for our users for their sample preparation and pre-characterisation.
In addition to our main activity, operating large-scale instruments and supporting our users suring measurements and data analysis, we also persue our own research projects. Our activities are embedded into the Helmholtz MML programme.