Visions 15: Seeing with neutrons

Neutron scattering is becoming an increasingly valuable tool in exploring all kinds of materials

Visions 15: Seeing with neutrons

Our view of the world comes from light waves that have scattered off the surface of objects and have been collected by sensors – our eyes. 

X-rays (very short light waves) have enough energy to penetrate into materials, and can usefully reveal their inner structure with suitable detectors. 

However, there’s another type of radiation comprising beams of particles called neutrons – which also penetrate matter, offering a different and often unique view of its make-up.

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