Jan 8 – 11, 2024
US/Eastern timezone

A winter school on small angle neutron scattering (SANS) data analysis will be held at ORNL from January 8 to 11, 2024.

The school will provide a tutorial for students on the fundamentals of quantitative structural analysis from SANS data. Emphasis will be placed on a quantitative understanding of SANS-based quantum and statistical mechanics, rather than being a tutorial for typical software tools. Students will have opportunities to apply the knowledge and methods taught in the lectures to analyze real experimental data from well-defined model systems. Topics covered include:

  • heuristic scattering cross-sections
  • deriving scattering cross-sections through partial wave expansion & Fermi approximation
  • mathematical properties of scattering cross-sections
  • principles of contrast variation
  • scattering from non-interacting systems 
  • scattering from interacting systems – analytical methods and machine learning approaches

The discussion of data analysis will be relevant to a variety of selected topics for structural studies of soft materials. Lecture notes will be provided.