Enhancing the resolution and intensity of neutron scattering experiments using neutron spin echo

Michael R. Fitzsimmons, Helmut Fritzsche, Janos Major, Roger Pynn, M. Theo Rekveldt

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We discuss a method, based on the neutron spin echo technique, which can be used to enhance a variety of neutron scattering experiments. In the method, precession of the neutron's spin in a magnetic field is used to code a particular component of the neutron's incident or scattered wavevector. The method allows good resolution to be obtained along any chosen direction in wavevector-and-energy-transfer (Q,E) space and is independent of other resolution elements such as collimators or monochromators. Such components can thus be chosen to maximize signal intensity. The equipment we describe uses thin, magnetic films deposited on silicon substrates to manipulate neutron spins in the manner required to implement the spin echo method. These films and their mounts are inexpensive, easy to build and adjust, and can be added as a "bolt-on" option to any constant-wavelength neutron spectrometer that already provides polarized neutrons. Resolutions comparable with the best achievable with tight collimation or monochromatization should be easily attainable. The gains in intensity achievable for reflectometry and SANS are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-152
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2002
EventAdvances in Neutron Scattering Instrumentation - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Jul 7 2002Jul 8 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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