Surface excitations with energy 1 and momentum q parallel to the surface can in principle be detected by neutron scattering. The issue is if spin-echo methods, widely used to detect low energy excitations in bulk, can also be used for detecting surface excitations. This issue comes at a time when spin-echo methods are proposed to resolve one of the components of neutron momentum transfer in near surface scattering (SERGIS). The conclusion is that no surface excitation can be measured with momentum perpendicular to the plane of specular reflection, i.e. when qx = 0. If qx ≠ 0, the observation of surface excitations is better carried out in an experiment in which spin-echo is used to resolve energy exchange for the measurement of the momentum transfer.
- Neutron inelastic scattering
- Scattering from surfaces
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering