Neutron Scattering Group
The Neutron Scattering Group was formed in 1972 to provide a service to scientists interested in the use of neutron scattering for the study of condensed matter.
The Group is also affiliated to The Royal Society of Chemistry, although the Institute in practice provides most of the administrative assistance.
The use of neutron scattering as a means of studying the structure and dynamics of systems has grown continuously since neutrons became available in reasonable quantities from research reactors and accelerator based sources. In the UK the field has been extensively supported by the provision of facilities at the ISIS pulsed neutron source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, funded by STFC, and the internationally funded and managed ILL high flux beam reactor in Grenoble, with STFC providing the UK contribution. A wide range of experimental techniques and research possibilities are now available not only to UK scientists but to scientists from abroad. Such research facilities foster closer international scientific participation and collaboration.
A principal function of the Group is to disseminate information about the neutron facilities available to as wide an audience as possible, particularly to newer entrants to the field and to those who work in related subjects but who may wish to make use of neutron scattering techniques from time to time. This function is fulfilled by the circulation of a newsletter to Group members two or three times a year and by the organization of informal, one, two or three-day meetings/conferences covering various aspects of neutron scattering, usually in partnership with the facilities.