Slow neutron spectroscopy
Brockhouse, Bertram N. Formerly, Institute for Materials Research, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Nobelist.
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The use of beams of slow neutrons, from nuclear reactors or nuclear accelerators, in studies of the structure or structural dynamics of solid, liquid, or gaseous matter. Studies of the chemical or magnetic structure of substances are usually referred to under the term neutron diffraction, while studies of atomic and magnetic dynamics go under the terms slow neutron spectroscopy, inelastic neutron scattering, or simply neutron spectroscopy. The results obtained are to a considerable extent complementary to those obtained by use of optical spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. See also: Neutron diffraction; Nuclear reactor; Particle accelerator; Spectroscopy; X-ray diffraction
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