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9th International Conference on Quasielastic Neutron Scattering

Applicant Juranyi Fanni
Number 124327
Funding scheme Scientific Conferences
Research institution Paul Scherrer Institut
Institution of higher education Paul Scherrer Institute - PSI
Main discipline Condensed Matter Physics
Start/End 01.02.2009 - 31.07.2009
Approved amount 2'000.00
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Keywords (2)

quasielastic neutron scattering; conference

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
The 9th International Conference on Quasielastic Neutron Scattering took place at the Paul Scherrer Institut, 10.-13. February, 2009.Quasielastic Neutron Scattering is a well established method to study low energy motions, like translational and rotational diffusion, and tunneling of atoms and molecules in condensed matter. This is not a laboratory method, a large scale facility having a neutron source is necessary to perform such measurements. The Swiss Spallation Neutron Source, SINQ at PSI provides this opportunity to the International User Community. Hosting this Conference at PSI drawn attention to our facilities and instruments. On the other hand, swiss scientist could learn about this technique and establish collaborations with international experts. The conference brought together 88 participants from 14 countries. 4 plenary talks, 6 invited talks, 33 short presentations and 44 poster contributions provided an excellent overview about the progress and current topics in this field of research with neutrons. It became clear that biological topics, systems with and in confinement as well as complex fluids are the future trends in QENS. The conference proceedings will be published in "Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie" (Oldenbourg).
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The International Conference on Quasielastic Neutron Scattering has a long tradition. The first Conference was held in Windsor in 1992, followed by San Sebastian (1993), Parma (1995), Nykoping (1998), Edinburgh (2000), Potsdam-Berlin (2002), Arcachon (2004) and Bloomington (2006). The Paul Scherrer Institut will organize the 9th Conference, which will be held 10-13. February 2009 at PSI. The spallation neutron source (SINQ), and the other User Facilities of PSI, like the Synchrotron Source, SLS, would highly profit from this conference. We will be able to present the PSI facilities and attract new collaborators and users of the facility. Approximately half of the beam time at the time of-flight spectrometer FOCUS is used for quasielastic neutron scattering, furthermore the new inverted time-of-flight backscattering spectrometer MARS is also used by this community.The Swiss community of quasielastic neutron scattering is rather small, but growing. This conference is a good opportunity for these scientist to share their results with collegues from all over the world. Furthermore the applicability of this method and complementary techniques could be presented to the Swiss scientific community. Swiss scientists could be motivated to use this method or collaborations could be established. For example the 'CEMNET' network and EMPA could benefit from this.We expect about 130 participants, about 10-15 from Switzerland. The conference program includes plenary, invited and regular talks in one session and poster presentations. The selection will be done by an international scientific advisory committee. The participants will be encouraged to publish their results in the conference proceedings.The organizers have overall the necessary experience: knowledge of the community and overview of the current scientific topics are well supported by the user facility SINQ at PSI. We have also large experience in arrangementof workshops and conferences. Furthermore we have free access to the complete infrastructure of PSI.The main income is the conference fee of the participants. Neutron scattering centres and some other large scale facilities are currently asked for finantial support, which will be used to reduce participation costs mainly for students.Here we would like to apply for financial support of planary and invited speakers of the conference to be able to keep or even surpass the high scientific standard of the previous conferences. Secondly, we would like to support mainly Swiss but also international newcomers to this field in the hope to attract new users and establish new collaborations.The conference homepage ( is continously updated with actual informations.