SANS in Extreme Conditions

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Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) is ideally suited for studies of large-scale structures, ranging from one to several hundred of nanometers in size. During the last several years there has been an increase in the use of SANS for what may be characterized as “hard” condensed matter and related studies. Prominent examples of include skyrmions and other low-q magnetically ordered states, spin glasses, magnetic nanoparticles and vortices in type-II superconductors.
The goal of this workshop is to review recent uses of SANS in condensed matter science broadly, and to explore how such efforts can be strengthened.

The objectives of the workshop is two-fold:
(i) To foster collaboration among instrument scientists and users with experience or interest in applying SANS to condensed matter physics and related fields.
(ii) To identify the needs of the user community in order guide further development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, including new SANS instruments at a second SNS target station.
Particular emphasis will be placed on identifying capabilities that will make ORNL the worldwide premiere facility for condensed matter science SANS studies, such as low temperatures, high magnetic fields and high pressure. Furthermore, recent innovative experiments have combined SANS with the use of AC magnetic fields, DC and AC electric fields and/or current, time-of-flight analysis and neutron spin polarization/analysis.

The workshop will incorporate sessions devoted to relevant scientific areas using SANS, and attendees will be invited to share recent scientific results, research interests, technical developments and current needs in the field. Invited speakers will include national and international experts, both from academia and user facilities, as well as researchers for whom access such capabilities may add significant new value to their research.

Morten Ring Eskildsen, University of Notre Dame
Ken Littrell, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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