Scope of School

Scope of School

Scientific Background

Neutron and photon sources offer unique possibilities by complementary use of the radiations for structural analyses of advanced engineering materials. By using neutrons and photons delivered by a synchrotron radiation source, information about materials microstructures can be obtained non-destructively in the near-surface region are as well as in the bulk of samples and components. Compared to conventional laboratory X-rays the spatial resolution achievable using synchrotron radiation can be improved by up to several orders of magnitude.

Diffraction methods reveal information about crystalline phase volume fractions, texture and residual stresses, while tomography provides complementary 3-dimensional images of the material’s microstructure. Both diffraction and tomography have increasing impact in the fields of design of tailored materials, their processing and lifetime assessment. The current situation regarding the exploitation of photons and neutrons for engineering materials science is characterized by rapid developments: flux increase of photon and neutron sources, refurbishment of existing as well as design and construction of new beamlines and instruments with optimised beam optics and position sensitive detectors as well as increasing quality and quantity of data.

These new possibilities for microstructure analyses for advanced materials and multi-material systems meet with increasing demands from the materials engineering point of view. In materials engineering, the establishment and refinement of relationships between microstructure parameters and macroscopic properties requires information on different length and time scales, both covering several orders of magnitude.

Our school “Application of Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation in Engineering Materials Science” is designed to provide a systematic overview of this field to students from all over Europe. The programme will touch all methods mentioned above.

This school is the continuation of six very successful summer respectively autumn schools with the same title which took place in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Organisational Details

The theoretical part of the school comprises three days of lectures. Furthermore, two days will be spent at GEMS/DESY in Hamburg with the participants doing practical training with hands-on experiments especially at the GEMS instruments of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht. Thus, all in all the school will take five days. The theoretical course will be given in Lauenburg (near Hamburg). For further information on the venue, please have a look at Venue

For the practicals, a bus transfer will be organised to shuttle the students to Hamburg so that they can easily reach DESY.

Furthermore, there will be a bus shuttle for the trip home on Friday that will bring the participants to Hamburg Main Station or Hamburg Airport.

The language of the school will be English.

The manuscripts of all lectures will be compiled on a USB stick. In addition, the book "Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation in Engineering Materials Science", which has resulted from previous summer and autumn schools, will be provided for all participants.

Students may take an exam to get ECTS credit points.

Latest update: June 29, 2018