[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 in Garching near Munich. We operate the GEMS instruments:
- materials science diffractometer STRESS-SPEC together with the Technische Universität München (TUM) for the analysis of strains, textures, and phases;
- neutron small angle scattering instrument SANS-1 – also in partnership with the TUM – for the measurement of nanostructures in bulk samples;
- 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.