Neutron reflectivity for soft matter
Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, CEA-CNRS, CEA-Saclay, 91191 Gif sur Yvette, France
Published online: 17 September 2018
Specular neutron reflectivity is a technique enabling the measurement of coherent neutron scattering length density profile perpendicular to the plane of a surface or interface, and thereby the profile of chemical composition. The characteristic sizes that are probed range from around 5Å up 5000 Å. It is a scattering technique that averages information over the entire surface and it is therefore not possible to obtain information on correlations in the plane of the interface. The specific properties of neutrons (possibility of tuning the contrast by isotopic substitution, negligible absorption, low energy of the incident neutrons) makes it particularly interesting in the fields of soft matter and biophysics. This course is composed of three parts describing respectively its principle, the experimental aspects (diffractometers, samples), and some scientific examples of neutron reflectometry focusing on the use of contrast variation to probe polymeric systems.
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