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  1. Small angle neutron scattering

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    Cousin Fabrice

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS is a technique that enables to probe the 3-D structure of materials on a typical size range lying from ∼ 1 nm up to ∼ a few 100 nm, the obtained information being statistically averaged on a sample whose volume is ∼ 1 cm3. This very rich technique enables to make a full structural characterization of a given object of nanometric dimensions (radius of gyration, shape, volume or mass, fractal dimension, specific area… through the determination of the form factor as well as the determination of the way objects are organized within in a continuous media, and therefore to describe interactions between them, through the determination of the structure factor. The specific properties of neutrons (possibility of tuning the scattering intensity by using the isotopic substitution, sensitivity to magnetism, negligible absorption, low energy of the incident neutrons make it particularly interesting in the fields of soft matter, biophysics, magnetic materials and metallurgy. In particular, the contrast variation methods allow to extract some informations that cannot be obtained by any other experimental techniques. This course is divided in two parts. The first one is devoted to the description of the principle of SANS: basics (formalism, coherent scattering/incoherent scattering, notion of elementary scatterer, form factor analysis (I(q→0, Guinier regime, intermediate regime, Porod regime, polydisperse system, structure factor analysis (2nd Virial coefficient, integral equations, characterization of aggregates, and contrast variation methods (how to create contrast in an homogeneous system, matching in ternary systems, extrapolation to zero concentration, Zero Averaged Contrast. It is illustrated by some representative examples. The second one describes the experimental aspects of SANS to guide user in its future experiments: description of SANS spectrometer, resolution of the spectrometer, optimization of

  2. Small angle neutron scattering

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    Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) is a technique that enables to probe the 3-D structure of materials on a typical size range lying from about 1 nm up to a few 100 nm, the obtained information being statistically averaged on a sample whose volume is ∼ 1 cm3. This very rich technique enables to make a full structural characterization of a given object of nano-metric dimensions (radius of gyration, shape, volume or mass, fractal dimension, specific area... ) through the determination of the form factor as well as the determination of the way objects are organized within in a continuous media, and therefore to describe interactions between them, through the determination of the structure factor. The specific properties of neutrons (possibility of tuning the scattering intensity by using the isotopic substitution, sensitivity to magnetism, negligible absorption, low energy of the incident neutrons) make it particularly interesting in the fields of soft matter, biophysics, magnetic materials and metallurgy. In particular, the contrast variation methods allow to extract some information that cannot be obtained by any other experimental techniques. This course is divided in two parts. The first one is devoted to the description of the principle of SANS: basics (formalism, coherent scattering/incoherent scattering, notion of elementary scatterer), form factor analysis (I(q→0), Guinier regime, intermediate regime, Porod regime, polydisperse system), structure factor analysis (2. Virial coefficient, integral equations, characterization of aggregates), and contrast variation methods (how to create contrast in an homogeneous system, matching in ternary systems, extrapolation to zero concentration, Zero Averaged Contrast). It is illustrated by some representative examples. The second one describes the experimental aspects of SANS to guide user in its future experiments: description of SANS spectrometer, resolution of the spectrometer, optimization of spectrometer

  3. SANS-1: Small angle neutron scattering

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    Heinemann, André; Mühlbauer, Sebastian

    2015-01-01

    The new small angle scattering instrument SANS-1, jointly operated by the Technische Universität München and GEMS, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, has completed commissioning and is in regular user service (Gilles et al., 2006). SANS-1 is located at the end of neutron guide NL4a in the Neutron Guide Hall West.

  4. Experimental technique of small angle neutron scattering

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    The main parts of Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) spectrometer, and their function and different parameters are introduced from experimental aspect. Detailed information is also introduced for SANS spectrometer 'Membrana-2'. Based on practical experiments, the fundamental requirements and working condition for SANS experiments, including sample preparation, detector calibration, standard sample selection and data preliminary process are described. (authors)

  5. Small angle neutron scattering in invar alloys

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    Some results of low angle neutron scattering on 70-30 and 65-35 FeNi alloys are presented showing the existence of chemical small clusters associated with a magnetization inhomogeneity. A noticeable result is the appearance of a pseudo-periodical magnetization static fluctuation in a 65-35 FeNi alloy after irradiation with 2 MeV electrons

  6. Neutron imaging and small angle neutron scattering instruments at KUR

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    We review the neutron imaging (NI) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) instruments at KUR, Kumatori, Osaka, Japan. There are two NI and one SANS instruments. The both instruments are compact and used flexibly. Some challenging experiments taking advantage of low neutron fluence are described. The feature of KUR is also described briefly. (author)

  7. Small-angle neutron-scattering experiments

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    A brief introduction to small-angle scattering (SAS) is given. Initial results obtained using the AERE small-angle diffractometer are presented for four materials of interest: doped uranium dioxide, nitrided steel, graphite and alumina. (U.K.)

  8. Progress in small angle neutron scattering activities in Malaysia

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    Research activities by use of small angle neutron scattering in Malaysia are briefly reported. Scattered neutron data are displayed in two or three-dimensional isometric view by the data acquisition system. Visual Basic is utilized for data acquisition and MathCad for data processing and analyses. (Y. Kazumata)

  9. Progress Report of Small Angle Neutron Scattering on CARR

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    2011-01-01

    The project of small angle neutron scattering spectrometer (SANS) belongs to "building up the center for neutron scattering". It's one of the project "national science & technology infrastructure center". The building parts are already done in 2010. By the proposal one of

  10. Multiple small-angle neutron scattering studies of anisotropic materials

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    Allen, A J; Long, G G; Ilavsky, J

    2002-01-01

    Building on previous work that considered spherical scatterers and randomly oriented spheroidal scatterers, we describe a multiple small-angle neutron scattering (MSANS) analysis for nonrandomly oriented spheroids. We illustrate this with studies of the multi-component void morphologies found in plasma-spray thermal barrier coatings. (orig.)

  11. Small Angle Neutron Scattering instrument at Malaysian TRIGA reactor

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    Shukri Mohd; Razali Kassim; Zal Uyun Mahmood [Malaysian Inst. for Nuclear Technology Research (MINT), Bangi, Kajang (Malaysia); Shahidan Radiman

    1998-10-01

    The TRIGA MARK II Research reactor at the Malaysian Institute for Nuclear Research (MINT) was commissioned in July 1982. Since then various works have been performed to utilise the neutrons produced from this steady state reactor. One of the project involved the Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS). (author)

  12. Multiple magnetic scattering in small-angle neutron scattering of Nd–Fe–B nanocrystalline magnet

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    Tetsuro Ueno; Kotaro Saito; Masao Yano; Masaaki Ito; Tetsuya Shoji; Noritsugu Sakuma; Akira Kato; Akira Manabe; Ai Hashimoto; Gilbert, Elliot P.; Uwe Keiderling; Kanta Ono

    2016-01-01

    We have investigated the influence of multiple scattering on the magnetic small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) from a Nd–Fe–B nanocrystalline magnet. We performed sample-thickness- and neutron-wavelength-dependent SANS measurements, and observed the scattering vector dependence of the multiple magnetic scattering. It is revealed that significant multiple scattering exists in the magnetic scattering rather than the nuclear scattering of Nd–Fe–B nanocrystalline magnet. It is considered that th...

  13. Birefringent neutron prisms for spin echo scattering angle measurement

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    Pynn, Roger, E-mail: rpynn@indiana.ed [Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (United States); Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Fitzsimmons, M.R. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (United States); Lee, W.T. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Stonaha, P.; Shah, V.R.; Washington, A.L. [Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (United States); Kirby, B.J.; Majkrzak, C.F.; Maranville, B.B. [National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)

    2009-09-01

    In the first decade of the 19th century, an English chemist, William Wollaston, invented an arrangement of birefringent prisms that splits a beam of light into two spatially separated beams with orthogonal polarizations. We have constructed similar devices for neutrons using triangular cross-section solenoids and employed them for Spin Echo Scattering Angle Measurement (SESAME). A key difference between birefringent neutron prisms and their optical analogues is that it is hard to embed the former in a medium which has absolutely no birefringence because this implies the removal of all magnetic fields. We have overcome this problem by using the symmetry properties of the Wollaston neutron prisms and of the overall spin echo arrangement. These symmetries cause a cancellation of Larmor phase aberrations and provide robust coding of neutron scattering angles with simple equipment.

  14. Ultra Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Study of Porous Glass

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    Compacts of silica micro-spheres prepared for different times at sintering temperatures of 640 deg. C and 740 deg. C have been studied by Ultra Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (USANS) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Stress versus strain measurements display several breakage points related to a range of nearest neighbour coordination around each microsphere.

  15. Progress in small angle neutron scattering activities in Malaysia

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    The current status of SANS (Small Angle Neutron Scattering facility) activities in Malaysia has been presented. Many works need to be done for system improvement before the system can be confidently used as one of effective quality control tools in materials production and engineering sectors. (author)

  16. Small-angle neutron scattering in materials science - an introduction

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    Fratzl, P. [Vienna Univ., Inst. fuer Materialphysik, Vienna (Austria)

    1996-12-31

    The basic principles of the application of small-angle neutron scattering to materials research are summarized. The text focusses on the classical methods of data evaluation for isotropic and for anisotropic materials. Some examples of applications to the study of alloys, porous materials, composites and other complex materials are given. (author) 9 figs., 38 refs.

  17. A national facility for small angle neutron scattering

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    A world-class small angle neutron scattering (SANS) facility is proposed for Canada. It will provide users from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering with a uniquely powerful tool for investigating microstructural properties whose length scales lie in the optical to atomic range. (author). 7 refs

  18. Ultra-small angle neutron scattering on structured materials

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    Hainbuchner, M

    2000-01-01

    neutrons has reached a level that makes it a complementary method to conventional small angle scattering at each neutron source supplying enough neutron flux. prove high order interference effects. Measuring this kind of samples the performance of an USANS instrument can simply be determined. This allows the comparison of different instruments. For the calibration of the instrument and testing of the data treatment routines suspensions of latex spheres of various diameters were examined. In order to demonstrate that the evaluation of samples showing strong multiple scattering can produce meaningful results, measurements on sintered alumina using various sample thickness were carried out. The investigation of the scattering behavior of sedimentary source rocks revealed that only selected samples show a fractal scattering behavior and, therefore, a fractal inner structure. Time resolved measurements on hardening cement paste demonstrate that time dependent information on the changes of the structural parameter ...

  19. Small angle neutron scattering from DNA molecules during gel electrophoresis

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    We have performed small angle neutron scattering experiments on agarose-DNA gels undergoing electrophoresis. Two kinds of DNA (5 and 50 kilobase pairs) were used with applied fields up to 5 V/cm. The SANS patterns obtained do not show evidence of any anisotropic scattering. This result is discussed in the context of current theories of DNA fragments migrating through a polysaccharide network. (orig.)

  20. Small-angle neutron scattering instruments at reactor

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    We review the small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) instruments, prepared at JRR-3, Tokai, Japan. Conventional pin-hole type SANS instruments (SANS-J-II and SANS-U) were recently reinforced by using focusing lens in order to detect ultra-small-angle neutron scattering (USANS) appearing at q=10-4Å-1, where q is a magnitude of scattering vector. The double crystal (Bonse-Hart) method is available at PNO instrument which is able to reach to the q-region of q=10-5Å-1. mfSANS instrument was designed to reduce its dimension using a focusing method Dynamical nuclear polarization (DNP) analysis is available at SANS-J-II, in order to perform contrast variation experiments. (author)

  1. Small-angle neutron scattering from micellar solutions

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    V K Aswal; P S Goyal

    2004-07-01

    Micellar solutions are the suspension of the colloidal aggregates of the surfactant molecules in aqueous solutions. The structure (shape and size) and the interaction of these aggregates, referred to as micelles, depend on the molecular architecture of the surfactant molecule, presence of additives and the solution conditions such as temperature, concentration etc. This paper gives the usefulness of small-angle neutron scattering to the study of micellar solutions with some of our recent results.

  2. SANS [small-angle neutron scattering] from polymers and colloids

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    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) has been remarkably successful in providing detailed quantitative structural information on complex everyday materials, such as polymers and colloids, which are often of considerable industrial as well as academic interest. This paper reviews some recent SANS experiments on polymers and colloids, including ferrofluids, and discusses the use of these apparently complex systems as general physical models of the liquid or solid state

  3. SANS (small-angle neutron scattering) from polymers and colloids

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    Hayter, J.B.

    1987-01-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) has been remarkably successful in providing detailed quantitative structural information on complex everyday materials, such as polymers and colloids, which are often of considerable industrial as well as academic interest. This paper reviews some recent SANS experiments on polymers and colloids, including ferrofluids, and discusses the use of these apparently complex systems as general physical models of the liquid or solid state.

  4. Probing polymer nanocomposite morphology by small angle neutron scattering

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    Puyam S Singh; Vinod K Aswal

    2008-11-01

    Polyamide nanocomposite films were prepared from nanometer-sized silica particles having particle radius of gyration (g) of about 66 Å and trimesoyl chloride--phenylene diamine-based polyamides having macromolecular units of about 100-140 Å. The nanoscale morphology of the samples was characterized using small angle neutron scattering (SANS). SANS reveals that silica nanoparticles interact well with the polyamide units only at limited silica loading.

  5. Small-angle neutron scattering instrument at MINT

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    The Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) Instrument has been developed at Malaysian Institute for Nuclear Technology Research (MINT) for studying structural properties of materials on the length scale 1 nm to 100 nm. This is the length scale which is relevant for many topics within soft condensed matter, like polymers, colloids, biological macromolecules, etc. The SANS is a complementary technique to X-ray and electron scattering. However, while these later techniques give information on structures near surface, SANS concerns the structure of the bulk. Samples studied by SANS technique are typically bulk materials of the sizes mm's to cm's, or materials dissolved in a liquid. This paper described the general characteristics of SANS instrument as well as the experimental formulation in neutron scattering. The preliminary results obtained by this instrument are shown

  6. The single-angle neutron scattering facility at Pelindaba

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    The small-angle neutron scattering facility at the SAFARI-1 reactor is described in detail, and with reference to theoretical and practical design considerations. Inexpensive copper microwave guides used as a guide-pipe for slow neutrons provided the basis for a useful though comparatively simple facility. The neutron-spectrum characteristics of the final facility in different configurations of the guide-pipe (both S and single-curved) agree wel with expected values based on results obtained with a test facility. The design, construction, installation and alignment of various components of the facility are outlined, as well as intensity optimisation. A general description is given of experimental procedures and data-aquisition electronics for the four-position sample holder and counter array of up to 18 3He detectors and a beam monitor

  7. The small-angle neutron scattering instrument at MINT

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    The design concept of the small-angle neutron scattering instrument was due mainly to Caciuffo (Caciuffo et al 1986), an IAEA expert assigned for this purpose in 1985. The original design has since undergone numerous changes, taking into consideration practicable implementation and budget constraints. This paper describes the instrument design starting from the original concept to the final configuration. The mechanical layout is discussed together with a brief description of the data acquisition system available. The current progress of instrument construction is described. Finally, a brief account of possible instrument use is given

  8. Multiple magnetic scattering in small-angle neutron scattering of Nd–Fe–B nanocrystalline magnet

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    Ueno, Tetsuro; Saito, Kotaro; Yano, Masao; Ito, Masaaki; Shoji, Tetsuya; Sakuma, Noritsugu; Kato, Akira; Manabe, Akira; Hashimoto, Ai; Gilbert, Elliot P.; Keiderling, Uwe; Ono, Kanta

    2016-01-01

    We have investigated the influence of multiple scattering on the magnetic small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) from a Nd–Fe–B nanocrystalline magnet. We performed sample-thickness- and neutron-wavelength-dependent SANS measurements, and observed the scattering vector dependence of the multiple magnetic scattering. It is revealed that significant multiple scattering exists in the magnetic scattering rather than the nuclear scattering of Nd–Fe–B nanocrystalline magnet. It is considered that the mean free path of the neutrons for magnetic scattering is rather short in Nd–Fe–B magnets. We analysed the SANS data by the phenomenological magnetic correlation model considering the magnetic microstructures and obtained the microstructural parameters. PMID:27321149

  9. Absolute calibration of small angle neutron scattering data using strong coherent scattering

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    Lee, D.; Barker, J; Chen, S.

    1993-01-01

    Typically, small angle neutron scattering (SANS) data is normalized to an absolute scale using secondary standards such as water, polymers, silica gels, or irradiated aluminum. Errors for this method of calibration arise when the initial determination or calculation of the standard's scattering cross-section is no longer valid due to degradation or wavelength-dependent multiple scattering or detector efficiency effects. Here we illustrate how strong coherent scattering can be used to experime...

  10. Understanding inelastically scattered neutrons from water on a time-of-flight small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) instrument

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    Doa, Changwoo; Stanley, Christopher; Gallmeier, Franz X; Doucet, Mathieu; Smith, Gregory S

    2013-01-01

    It is generally assumed by most of the small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) user community that a neutrons energy is unchanged during SANS measurements. Here, the scattering from water, specifically light water, was measured on the EQ-SANS instrument, a time-of-flight SANS instrument located at the Spallation Neutron Source of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A significant inelastic process was observed in the TOF spectra of neutrons scattered from water. Analysis of the TOF spectra from the sample showed that the scattered neutrons have energies consistent with room-temperature thermal energies (~20 meV) regardless of the incident neutron energy. With the aid of Monte Carlo particle transport simulations, we conclude that the thermalization process within the sample results in faster neutrons that arrive at the detector earlier than expected based on the incident neutron energies. This thermalization process impacts the measured SANS intensities in a manner that will ultimately be sample- and temperature-depe...

  11. Structural studies of ferrofluids by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Ferrofluids or magnetic fluids - colloidal suspensions of single domain magnetic particles of about 100 A in diameter, stabilized with a surfactant shell in a suitable liquid carrier - are of current interest. One of the most powerful techniques involved is the small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). This is particularly suited to the study of magnetic colloids, because of the peculiar features of their magnetic interaction which enable the determination of the colloidal dispersion structure under a wide variety of experimental conditions. We present our investigations on ferrofluids performed on the YuMO small-angle neutron scattering diffractometer in function at the IBR-2 pulsed reactor at the Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia and on the SANS diffractometer installed at WWR-SM steady reactor at the Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Budapest, Hungary. There can be investigated the structure of the particle, the aggregation phenomena, the magnetic liquid dynamics, particle-surfactant interaction, surfactant liquid-base interaction and structure, magnetic behavior of the samples. Ferrofluids exhibit a remarkably rich variety of behaviors and their study has been and still remains very active, since it is considered to open new technological frontiers. These materials are important for technological application as for their intrinsic physical properties, to understand and to improve the interesting macroscopic level, and to find how this structure is influenced by the action of certain parameters. Due to specific properties in a magnetic field they have been actively used in a lot of industrial, technical, as well as in biological and medical applications. (authors)

  12. Ultra-small-angle neutron scattering with azimuthal asymmetry

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    Gu, X.; Mildner, D. F. R.

    2016-01-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements from thin sections of rock samples such as shales demand as great a scattering vector range as possible because the pores cover a wide range of sizes. The limitation of the scattering vector range for pinhole SANS requires slit-smeared ultra-SANS (USANS) measurements that need to be converted to pinhole geometry. The desmearing algorithm is only successful for azimuthally symmetric data. Scattering from samples cut parallel to the plane of bedding is symmetric, exhibiting circular contours on a two-dimensional detector. Samples cut perpendicular to the bedding show elliptically dependent contours with the long axis corresponding to the normal to the bedding plane. A method is given for converting such asymmetric data collected on a double-crystal diffractometer for concatenation with the usual pinhole-geometry SANS data. The aspect ratio from the SANS data is used to modify the slit-smeared USANS data to produce quasi-symmetric contours. Rotation of the sample about the incident beam may result in symmetric data but cannot extract the same information as obtained from pinhole geometry. PMID:27275140

  13. User's guide for the small-angle neutron scattering facility

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    This report serves as a manual for the users of the small-angle neutron scattering instrument located at beamport HB3 of the High Flux Reactor in Petten. The main part of the text is devoted to the control of the facility and the data handling by means of a μVAX computer. Also, the various possibilities to access the facility across computer networks are discussed. A collection of menu-driven and command-driven programs, which utilize the flexibility of the VMS operating system without requiring detailed knowledge of the user about the computer environment, enables to control the instrument. For the convenience of the experienced user, who might wish to update or extend the software, a technical supplement is included. 15 figs.; 8 refs

  14. A small angle neutron scattering study of thermoplastic elastomer

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    Sutiarso; Edy Giri, R. Putra; Andon, Insani; Sudirman; Sudaryanto [Materials Science Research Centre, National Atomic Energy Agency, Jakarta (Indonesia)

    1998-10-01

    A bilateral scientific cooperation, in the small angle neutron scattering has been agreed upon between CIAE, China and BATAN, Indonesia as well as MINT Malaysia. As stated in the agreed proposal that the objective of this cooperation, in the initial stage (stage-1), was to have a regional intercomparison measurements of SANS instruments in order to determine their characteristic/performance. Therefore, this report is supposed to describe the progress in the SANS instrument development of each country involved during the period of 1996/97 and some activities related to the SANS instrument. Since, up to now, we have not yet received any progresses reported from either China or Malaysia, this report will describe the progress of SANS`s activities in BATAN only. (author)

  15. Small angle neutron scattering and small angle X-ray scattering studies of platinum-loaded carbon foams

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    P U Sastry; V K Aswal; A G Wagh

    2008-11-01

    The morphology of carbon nanofoam samples comprising platinum nanoparticles dispersed in the matrix was characterized by small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques. Results show that the structure of pores of carbon matrix exhibits a mass (pore) fractal nature and the average radius of the platinum particles is about 2.5 nm. The fractal dimension as well as the size distribution parameters of platinum particles varies markedly with the platinum content and annealing temperature. Transmission electron micrographs of the samples corroborate the SANS and SAXS results.

  16. Evaluation of magnetic material by using small-angle neutron scattering method

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    The scattering of thermal and cold neutron beams has made many important contributions to condensed matter physics, particularly to elucidation of magnetism in condensed matter. In the small-angle neutron scattering experiment, the scattering around the direct beam is measured. The scattering is caused by the variation of scattering length density over distances, which exceed the normal interatomic spacings in condensed matter. Magnetic small particles in liquid or solid solution, magnetic inhomogeneous structures (e.g. magnetic alloys), magnetic fluctuation, helical spin structures, etc. are all investigated by the small-angle neutron scattering method. In this article, the method for evaluation of magnetic material is described. (author)

  17. National facility for small-angle neutron scattering: five years' operating experience. Draft

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    At the time of this Conference on Neutron Scattering, the ORNL-NSF-DOE National Facility for Small-Angle Neutron Scattering will have been operating routinely in a full-time user mode for nearly five years. The Facility, located at the High Flux Isotope Reactor at ORNL, is part of the National Center for Small-Angle Scattering Research. Operating experience and scientific highlights for the past five years are surveyed

  18. Progress Report of Small Angle Neutron Scattering at CARR

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    ZHANG; Li; LI; Tian-fu; WEI; Guo-hai; WANG; Yu; WANG; Hong-li; LIU; Yun-tao; CHEN; Dong-feng

    2012-01-01

    <正>Significant progress towards the commissioning of the IOCCAS-CIAE SANS facility at China Advanced Research Reactor (CARR) has been made. The project of this SANS spectrometer belongs to "building up the center for neutron scattering". The installation work was already done in last two years. In this year, the instrument adjustment and calibration were done with the test CARR. First, the

  19. Small angle neutron scattering analysis of chitosan- silver nanocomposite films

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    Recently biopolymers are extensively studied for the development of solid polymer electrolytes. Studies relating to interaction of nanoparticles with biopolymers are essential to furthering research in solid polymer electrolytes. In our research we have tried to understand the interaction between chitosan and silver nanoparticles during reduction process. Chitosan is linear polysaccharides obtained from the deacetylation of chitin. It is soluble in acidic medium and the D-glucosamine unit gets protonated leading to poly cationic polymer. It has wide potential applications in medical, water engineering, sensors, and in micro device fabrication due to its unique physiochemical properties including biocompatibility and non toxicity. It also acts as both reducing and stabilizing agent for the metal ions via ion pair interaction. Silver nanoparticles are used as filler due to its well-known effectiveness in biomedical, electronic, catalytic and optical applications. In this research we have synthesized chitosan - silver films. The films were synthesized by solution casting method and polymer films of thickness ~ 100 μm were obtained. The chitosan - silver films were also dipped in hydrazine hydrate for comparison. Various characterizations techniques such as XRD, FTIR, SEM, TEM and SANS were used. SEM and TEM showed structural modifications in the chitosan- silver film which is enhanced when dipped in hydrazine hydrate. Interestingly, Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) showed that fractals were formed in the chitosan- silver films both dipped and undipped in hydrazine hydrate. Electrical characterization studies showed that the conductivity was affected due to formation of silver nanoparticles. These films have potential application in solid batteries.

  20. A review on the study of polymer properties by Small Angle Neutron Scattering

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    This report contains concept of small angle neutron scattering , various design features and considerations of the small angle neutron spectrometer at HANARO, and recent trends of polymer studies by using this SANS technique with the installation of the spectrometer in near future. We, therefore, wish to review feasibility of small angle studies for polymer field at this spectrometer and to help possible beam time users for their experimental consideration. (author). 23 refs., 7 tabs., 23 figs

  1. A review on the study of polymer properties by Small Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Seong, Baek Seok; Lee, Chang Hee; Sim, Hae Seop; Lee, Jung Sool [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daeduk (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hong Doo [Kyunghee Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Eu Gene [Hongik Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cha, Kuk Heon [Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-05-01

    This report contains concept of small angle neutron scattering , various design features and considerations of the small angle neutron spectrometer at HANARO, and recent trends of polymer studies by using this SANS technique with the installation of the spectrometer in near future. We, therefore, wish to review feasibility of small angle studies for polymer field at this spectrometer and to help possible beam time users for their experimental consideration. (author). 23 refs., 7 tabs., 23 figs

  2. Magnetic particles studied with neutron depolarization and small-angle neutron scattering

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    Materials containing magnetic single-domain particles, referred to as 'particulate media', have been studied using neutron depolarization (ND) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). In a ND experiment the polarization vector of a polarized neutron beam is analyzed after transmission through a magnetic medium. Such an analysis in general yields the correlation length of variations in magnetic induction along the neutron path (denoted 'magnetic correlation length'), mean orientation of these variations and mean magnetic induction. In a SANS experiment, information about nuclear and magnetic inhomogeneities in the medium is derived from the broadening of a generally unpolarized neutron beam due to scattering by these inhomogeneities. Spatial and magnetic microstructure of a variety of particulate media have been studied using ND and/or SANS, by determination of the magnetic or nuclear correlation length in these media in various magnetic states. This thesis deals with the ND theory and its application to particulate media. ND and SANS experiments on a variety of particulate media are discussed. (author). 178 refs., 97 figs., 8 tabs

  3. Neutron scattering. Lectures

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    The following topics are dealt with: Neutron scattering in contemporary research, neutron sources, symmetry of crystals, diffraction, nanostructures investigated by small-angle neutron scattering, the structure of macromolecules, spin dependent and magnetic scattering, structural analysis, neutron reflectometry, magnetic nanostructures, inelastic scattering, strongly correlated electrons, dynamics of macromolecules, applications of neutron scattering. (HSI)

  4. The analysis of nano structures based on small angle scattering of neutrons

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    The paper describes the technology of small angle neutron scattering from neutron beam cooling to beam focusing and image processing. The applicability of the method is illustrated by sodium bubble analysis in tungsten, and investigation of the the effect of microbial transglutamase on casein micellas.

  5. Influence of multiple small-angle neutron scattering on diffraction peak broadening in ferritic steel

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    Woo, W.; Em, V.; Shin, E.; Mikula, Pavol; Ryukhtin, Vasyl

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 48, APR (2015), s. 350-356. ISSN 0021-8898 R&D Projects: GA ČR GB14-36566G; GA MŠk(CZ) LM2011019 Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : peak broadening * small-angle neutron scattering * neutron diffraction * magnetic domain Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.720, year: 2014

  6. Performance of a new small-angle neutron scattering instrument at the Malaysian TRIGA reactor

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    The set-up and alignment of a new small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) instrument, installed at the 1 MW light-water-moderated MINT TRIGA research reactor, are described. The wavelength distribution and the flux at the sample position have been determined. First neutron scattering measurements were made on two reference samples with strong scattering power; the results prove that the SANS signal is well reproduced on the instrument when samples of typical size are used, despite the high level of the background of fast and epithermal neutrons. (orig.)

  7. Axisymmetric Grazing-Incidence Focusing Optics for Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Liu, Dazhi; Gubarev, Mikhail V.; Resta, Giacomo; Ramsey, Brian D.; Moncton, David E.; Khaykovich, Boris

    2012-01-01

    We propose and design novel axisymmetric focusing mirrors, known as Wolter optics, for small-angle neutron scattering instruments. Ray-tracing simulations show that using the mirrors can result in more than an order-of-magnitude increase in the neutron flux reaching detectors, while decreasing the minimum wave vector transfer. Such mirrors are made of Ni using a mature technology. They can be coated with neutron supermirror multilayers, and multiple mirrors can be nested to improve their flux...

  8. Choice of potential in the analysis of small-angle neutron scattering

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    The small-angle scattering of thermal neutrons from large-scale inhomogeneities of a material is considered. It is shown that the neutron-optical potential must be taken as the inhomogeneity potential both in the Born and eikonal approximations. The neutron-optical potential is the Fermi pseudopotential averaged over a volume containing many nuclei but with linear sizes much smaller than the sizes of the inhomogeneities measured.

  9. Neutron scattering. Lectures

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    The following topics are dealt with: Neutron sources, symmetry of crystals, nanostructures investigated by small-angle neutron scattering, structure of macromolecules, spin dependent and magnetic scattering, structural analysis, neutron reflectometry, magnetic nanostructures, inelastic neutron scattering, strongly correlated electrons, polymer dynamics, applications of neutron scattering. (HSI)

  10. Small-angle neutron scattering and magnetization study of HoNi2B2C

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    The superconducting and magnetic properties of HoNi2B2C single crystals are investigated through transport, magnetometry and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements. In the magnetic phases that enter below the superconducting critical temperature, the small-angle neutron scattering data uncover networks of magnetic surfaces. These likely originate from uncompensated moments, e.g., at domain walls pinned to crystallographic grain boundaries. The field and temperature dependent behavior of SANS appears consistent with the metamagnetic transitions reported in earlier works.

  11. Texture analysis using angle dispersive neutron nuclear scattering

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    This paper describes in detail the method of texture determination using neutron diffraction. The main advantages of neutron diffraction arise from the high penetration depth for most materials which is a factor of 102-104 higher than for X-ray diffraction. Consequently neutron diffraction is an efficient tool for the investigation of global textures and coarse grained materials. Moreover, the measurement of large sample volumes gives excellent grain statistics, allows the influence of texture inhomogeneities to be neglected and allows the measurement of complete pole figures even of minority phases. A number of examples show the application of neutron diffraction to measure textures of metals, alloys, composites, intermetallic compounds and rocks. A detailed description of TEX-2 the neutron texture diffractometer at GKSS Research Centre is given which is completed by a comparison to other neutron texture diffractometers. (orig.)

  12. Phase separation and ordering process in Al-Li alloys studied by small-angle neutron scattering and neutron diffraction

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    To study phase separation kinetics of Al-9.5at.%Li polycrystalline alloys in which precipitates have ordered Al3Li (δ') structure, profile analysis of small-angle neutron scattering and superlattice reflections (100) and (110) were done. A small-angle scattering instrument and a triple-axis spectrometer in elastic mode were used in the measurements. Strong texture was observed in the reflections. Therefore, measurements were done using the crystal orientation where the intensity of the reflection was at the maximum. Profiles of small-angle scattering and superlattice reflections were almost identical at higher momentum transfer side. At lower momentum transfer side, small-angle scattering showed interference effects, but superlattice reflection did not show any sign of interference. Integrated intensities of superlattice reflections were obtained and compared with small-angle scattering intensity. The order parameter was not saturated in the δ' precipitates at the early stage of the phase separation process

  13. Neutron analyses for nuclear materials: texture, residual stresses and small angle scattering

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    Neutron techniques are very useful for metallurgical investigations of nuclear materials, bringing complementary results compared to others analysis techniques like XRD, TEM, APT. Especially, statistical information representative of the bulk material are obtained. In the first part of this article we recall the theoretical principles of neutron diffraction techniques and of the small angle neutron scattering technique (SANS). In the second part we review examples of neutron applications for texture measurements, stress determination and the microstructural characterisation by SANS, particularly for 2 main components of nuclear reactors: the pressure vessel (welding and base metal) and the fuel cladding

  14. Small angle neutron scattering on the matters radiated by impulse plasma flows

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    Complete text of publication follows. By methods of small angle neutron scattering (neutron wavelength ∼ 0.478 nm) on two-crystal diffractometer the structural inhomogenities (defects, clusters, pores, etc.) were investigated. The inhomogenities were produced by the impulse hydrogen and nitride plasma flows on the surface of steel 12X18H10T, aluminum alloy Al-Cu-Mg and graphite. The energy density of plasma was varied from 0 to 120 J/cm2. The values of total macroscopic scattering cross-section in dependence of radiation dose significantly change. It reveals the structural transformations on the samples' surface due to plasma influence. The critical doses for the given types of samples, that determine start of the change of physical and mechanical properties, were calculated. Theoretical calculations and the small angle neutron scattering data are in good agreement as well as the experimental data obtained by electron microscopy and metallography measurements. (author)

  15. Development and prospects of Very Small Angle Neutron Scattering (VSANS) techniques

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    Xuo, Tai-Sen; Cheng, He; Chen, Yuan-Bo; Wang, Fang-Wei

    2016-07-01

    Very Small Angle Neutron Scattering (VSANS) is an upgrade of the traditional Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) technique which can cover three orders of magnitude of length scale from one nanometer to one micrometer. It is a powerful tool for structure calibration in polymer science, biology, material science and condensed matter physics. Since the first VSANS instrument, D11 in Grenoble, was built in 1972, new collimation techniques, focusing optics (multi-beam converging apertures, material or magnetic lenses, and focusing mirrors) and higher resolution detectors combined with the long flight paths and long incident neutron wavelengths have been developed. In this paper, a detailed review is given of the development, principles and application conditions of various VSANS techniques. Then, beam current gain factors are calculated to evaluate those techniques. A VSANS design for the China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) is thereby presented. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (21474119, 11305191)

  16. Development and prospect of Very Small Angle Neutron Scattering (VSANS) Techniques

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    Zuo, Taisen; Chen, Yuan-Bo; Wang, Fang-Wei

    2016-01-01

    Very Small Angle Neutron Scattering (VSANS) is an upgrade of the traditional Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) technique which can cover three orders of magnitude of length scale from one nanometer to one micrometer. It is a powerful tool for structure calibration in polymer science, biology, material science and condensed matter physics. Since the first VSANS instrument, D11 in Grenoble, was built in 1972, new collimation techniques, focusing optics (multi-beam converging apertures, material or magnetic lenses, and focusing mirrors) and higher resolution detectors combined with the long flight paths and long incident neutron wavelengths have been developed. In this paper, a detailed review is given of the development, principles and application conditions of various VSANS techniques. Then, beam current gain factors are calculated to evaluate those techniques. A VSANS design for the China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) is thereby presented.

  17. Neutron scattering. Lectures

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    The following topics are dealt with: Neutron sources, symmetry of crystals, diffraction, nanostructures investigated by small-angle neutron scattering, the structure of macromolecules, spin dependent and magnetic scattering, structural analysis, neutron reflectometry, magnetic nanostructures, inelastic scattering, strongly correlated electrons, dynamics of macromolecules, applications of neutron scattering. (HSI)

  18. Neutron scattering. Lectures

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    Brueckel, Thomas; Heger, Gernot; Richter, Dieter; Roth, Georg; Zorn, Reiner (eds.)

    2010-07-01

    The following topics are dealt with: Neutron sources, symmetry of crystals, diffraction, nanostructures investigated by small-angle neutron scattering, the structure of macromolecules, spin dependent and magnetic scattering, structural analysis, neutron reflectometry, magnetic nanostructures, inelastic scattering, strongly correlated electrons, dynamics of macromolecules, applications of neutron scattering. (HSI)

  19. Temperature dependent small-angle neutron scattering of CTABr-magnetic fluid emulsion

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    V K Aswal; J V Joshi; P S Goyal; Rajesh Patel; R V Upadhyay; R V Mehta

    2004-08-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering studies have been carried out to check the structural integrity of citryltrimethylammonium bromide (CTABr) micelles in a magnetic fluid for different magnetic fluid concentrations at two different temperatures 303 and 333 K. It is found that the CTABr micelles grow with increasing magnetic fluid concentration and there is a decrease in the micellar size with increase in temperature.

  20. Small Angle Neutron Scattering experiments on “side-on fixed"" liquid crystal polyacrylates

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    Leroux, N.; Keller, P.; Achard, M.; Noirez, L.; Hardouin, F.

    1993-01-01

    Small Angle Neutron Scattering experiments were carried out on liquid crystalline “side-on fixed” polyacrylates : we observe that the polymer backbone adopts a prolate conformation in the nematic phase. Such anisotropy of the global backbone is larger for smaller spacer length. In every case we measure at low temperatures a large chain extension as previously described in polysiloxanes.

  1. Reversible membrane reorganizations during photosynthesis in vivo: revealed by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Nagy, Gergely; Posselt, Dorthe; Kovacs, Laszlo;

    2011-01-01

    In the present study, we determined characteristic repeat distances of the photosynthetic membranes in living cyanobacterial and eukaryotic algal cells, and in intact thylakoid membranes isolated from higher plants with time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering. This non-invasive technique...

  2. Small angle neutron scattering experiments on “side-on fixed” liquid crystal polysiloxanes

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    Hardouin, F.; Leroux, N.; Mery, S.; Noirez, L.

    1992-01-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) studies clearly demonstrate a reinforcement of the nematic “jacketed” structure as the degree of polymerization decreases for a “side-on fixed” liquid crystal polysiloxane. In addition, we show that the dilution of the mesogenic content in a copolymeric homologous strongly reduces the anisotropy of the global polymer conformation.

  3. Small angle neutron scattering analysis programs on the Rutherford Laboratory IBM 360/195 computers

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    The implementation and operation of the suite of programs used for the analysis of small angle neutron scattering data originally written at the ILL (Grenoble) is described. The programs make use of a circulating data file which is also described and may be used by a variety of data analysis programs. (author)

  4. Aggregation in non-ionic water-based ferrofluids by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Small-angle neutron scattering was applied for detecting structural changes in non-ionic water-based ferrofluids when they were put in a magnetic field and then, after some period, returned to normal conditions. The observed changes in the scattering reflect the formation of elongated chain-like complexes stimulated by the magnetic field. The growth of these complexes takes place long after the magnetic field is turned off

  5. Aggregation in non-ionic water-based ferrofluids by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Aksenov, V.L.; Avdeev, M.V. E-mail: avd@nf.jiinr.ru; Balasoiu, M.; Bica, D.; Rosta, L.; Toeroek, Gy.; Vekas, L

    2003-03-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering was applied for detecting structural changes in non-ionic water-based ferrofluids when they were put in a magnetic field and then, after some period, returned to normal conditions. The observed changes in the scattering reflect the formation of elongated chain-like complexes stimulated by the magnetic field. The growth of these complexes takes place long after the magnetic field is turned off.

  6. Improved performances of 36 m small-angle neutron scattering spectrometer BATAN in Serpong Indonesia

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    Putra, Edy Giri Rachman [Neutron Scattering Laboratory, National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN), Gedung 40 Kawasan Puspiptek Serpong, Tangerang 15314 (Indonesia)], E-mail: giri@batan.go.id; Bharoto; Santoso, Eddy; Ikram, Abarrul [Neutron Scattering Laboratory, National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN), Gedung 40 Kawasan Puspiptek Serpong, Tangerang 15314 (Indonesia)

    2009-02-21

    SMARTer, a 36 m small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) spectrometer owned by the National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN) was installed at the Neutron Scattering Laboratory (NSL) in Serpong, Indonesia. Lots of works on replacing, upgrading and improving the control system, experimental methods, data collection and reduction in the last two years have been carried out to optimize the performance of SMARTer. Some standard samples such as silver behenate, monodisperse polystyrene nanoparticle, porous silica and block copolymer PS-PEP film were measured for the inter-laboratory comparison.

  7. The small and wide angle neutron scattering instrument TAIKAN at J-PARC

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    The small and wide angle neutron scattering instrument (TAIKAN) is designed to cover the wide q range of 0.0005neutrons with the wavelength range of 0.5<λ<7.8Å and five detector banks which are small-, middle-, high-, ultra-small-angle, and backward detector banks. In this paper, the status of detector installation and data reduction method are presented. In addition, the instrument performance on the wide q-range measurement with high q-resolution is discussed with experimental results of two standard samples, a glassy carbon and a silver behenate. (author)

  8. Small angle neutron scattering study of radiation damage in reactor vessel materials

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    Retfalvi, E.; Toeroek, G.; Rosta, L. [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Budapest (Hungary); Retfalvi, E. [Institute of Nuclear Techniques, Budapest (Hungary)

    2001-07-01

    The walls of a reactor tank in an operating nuclear power plant are exposed to high intensity gamma and neutron radiation. The effect of gamma radiation on mechanical properties is much less than that of neutrons, and this gamma radiation can even be favorable, for example the effect of gamma heating, might assists in the recombination of defects. The neutron radiation gives the main contribution due to impairment mainly by fast neutrons. The interaction of neutrons with materials has two mechanisms, one is the transmutation and the second mechanism is the scattering of neutrons on the atoms of the crystal lattice. In the process of transmutation new elements are created, mainly with formation of noble gases. This is a damaging procedure, because in this way bubbles are formed at the boundaries of crystallites. In the second process analyzing the path of a neutron in the crystal lattice we can distinguish two sections: in the first period the neutron with high energy knocks out atoms from the lattice. These atoms start a scattering cascade and at the end they may stop in interstitial positions. So in this period the surrounding of the path of the neutron contains a lot of vacancies and interstitial atoms. In the second period the neutron is quite slow so the neutron loses its energy in a shorter distance: here the metal can locally melt or a phase transition can take place. These are the precipitates which we can observe with the small angle neutron scattering technique, as well as the gaseous bubbles, if the volume fraction of these objects match the measurable scale. (author)

  9. A small angle neutron scattering study of mica based glass-ceramics with applications in dentistry

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    We are currently developing machinable and load-bearing mica-based glass-ceramics for use in restorative dental surgery. In this paper we present the results of an ambient temperature small angle neutron scattering (SANS) study of several such ceramics with chemical compositions chosen to optimise machinability and strength. The SANS spectra are all dominated by scattering from the crystalline-amorphous phase interface and exhibit Q-4 dependence (Porod scattering) indicating that, on a 100 A scale, the surface of the crystals is smooth

  10. A small angle neutron scattering study of mica based glass-ceramics with applications in dentistry

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    Kilcoyne, S. H.; Bentley, P. M.; Al-Jawad, M.; Bubb, N. L.; Al-Shammary, H. A. O.; Wood, D. J.

    2004-07-01

    We are currently developing machinable and load-bearing mica-based glass-ceramics for use in restorative dental surgery. In this paper we present the results of an ambient temperature small angle neutron scattering (SANS) study of several such ceramics with chemical compositions chosen to optimise machinability and strength. The SANS spectra are all dominated by scattering from the crystalline-amorphous phase interface and exhibit Q-4 dependence (Porod scattering) indicating that, on a 100Å scale, the surface of the crystals is smooth.

  11. A small angle neutron scattering study of mica based glass-ceramics with applications in dentistry

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    Kilcoyne, S.H.; Bentley, P.M.; Al-Jawad, M.; Bubb, N.L.; Al-Shammary, H.A.O.; Wood, D.J

    2004-07-15

    We are currently developing machinable and load-bearing mica-based glass-ceramics for use in restorative dental surgery. In this paper we present the results of an ambient temperature small angle neutron scattering (SANS) study of several such ceramics with chemical compositions chosen to optimise machinability and strength. The SANS spectra are all dominated by scattering from the crystalline-amorphous phase interface and exhibit Q{sup -4} dependence (Porod scattering) indicating that, on a 100 A scale, the surface of the crystals is smooth.

  12. Interaction effects in non-polar and polar ferrofluids by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Small-angle scattering of non-polarized neutrons is applied to reveal the character of the interparticle interaction in ferrofluids. Scattering curves obtained at the SANS diffractometer of the Budapest Neutron Center are analyzed with respect to the scattering structure-factor reflecting this interaction. Two types of ferrofluids which are magnetite stabilized sterically in non-polar (benzene) and polar (pentanol) carriers, are considered. A principle difference between the two types of nonmagnetized samples is observed. In the non-polar fluids the interaction effect on the scattering is small even for a comparatively high volume fraction of magnetite (> 5 %), while in polar fluids it starts to be visible since 1%, which can be explained by the observed difference in the characters of the interaction potential. (authors)

  13. Design Principle of A Small Angle Neutron Scattering Spectrometer. Vol. 2

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    The design principle of a small angle neutron scattering (SANS) spectrometer is based on producing monochromatic neutron bursts using two phased rotors. The rotors have a number of slots to achieve the highly available intensity of monoenergetic neutrons at the required resolution. The design principle was applied to improve the performance of the pulsed monochromatic double rotor system at ET-RR-1 to operate as SANS spectrometer. It is shown that for rotors having 19 slots each with radius of curvature 96.8 cm, the intensity gain factor is 13. The proposed SANS spectrometer could cover the neutron wavelength range from 2 Aο up to 6 Aο through small angles of scattering from 5 x 10-3 rad. to 0.1 rad. i.e, the scattering wavevector transfer between 0.6 Aο-1 and 0.01 Aο-1. The maximum neutron flux density on the specimen is 5 x 105 n cm-2 s-1. 8 figs

  14. Small angle x-ray and neutron scattering for materials characterisation

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    Full text: Small angle X-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS and SANS) are excellent techniques to characterise inhomogeneities in materials in the size range from 10 Angstroms to several thousand Angstroms. Ultra small angle neutron and X-ray scattering (USANS and USAXS) have extended this size range out to 20 μm. SAXS is due to the electron density difference between the matrix and the inhomogeneity, whereas SANS is due to the scattering length density difference. SANS and SAXS have been used successfully to characterise colloidal particles in solution, colloidal powders, glasses and a wide range of solids such as metals, alloys, and natural and synthetic high polymers. Small angle scattering and complementary techniques, such transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM and SEM) are a powerful combination for the investigation of submicron particles. This paper will introduce the reader to the small angle scattering techniques and will use the aluminium hydrogen (Al-H) system as an example to demonstrate the applicability of each method. Aluminium foils (99.99% purity) and single crystals (99.999% purity) were charged with hydrogen using a gas plasma method (voltage range of 1.0 - 1.2 keV). The results from the SANS, USANS, TEM, SEM, X-ray diffraction and inelastic neutron scattering experiments showed a wide range of H2 bubbles on the surface and in the bulk of the Al-H sample (2 bubbles was formed by the diffusion of H-vacancy complexes into the bulk. The volume concentration of vacant sites determined from precision density measurements was within experimental error to that calculated from the SANS and USANS experiments. Copyright (1999) Australian X-ray Analytical Association Inc

  15. Small angle neutron scattering for the study of solubilised membrane proteins

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    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) is a powerful technique for investigating association states and conformational changes of biological macromolecules in solution. SANS is of particular interest for the study of the multi-component systems, as membrane protein complexes, for which in vitro characterisation and structure determination are often difficult. This article details the important physical properties of surfactants in view of small angle neutron scattering studies and the interest to deuterate membrane proteins for contrast variation studies. We present strategies for the production of deuterated membrane proteins and methods for quality control. We then review some studies on membrane proteins, and focus on the strategies to overcome the intrinsic difficulty to eliminate homogeneously the detergent or surfactant signal for solubilised membrane proteins, or that of lipids for membrane proteins inserted in liposomes. (authors)

  16. Study of humic acids by small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering

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    Humic acids are an important component of natural ecological system and represent a polydisperse complex of natural biopolymers with molecular masses from several to hundreds kilodaltons. They are both a source of organic compounds and a protector against anthropogenic pollutions of biosphere. The aim of the report is to underline some possibilities of small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering to study HA and their fractions. (author)

  17. Two-dimensional position-sensitive detectors for small-angle neutron scattering

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    In this paper, various detectors available for small angle neutron scattering (SANS) are discussed, along with some current developments being actively pursued. A section has been included to outline the various methodologies of position encoding/decoding with discussions on trends and limitations. Computer software/hardware vary greatly from institute and experiment and only a general discussion is given to this area. 85 refs., 33 figs

  18. Small-angle neutron scattering studies of sodium butyl benzene sulfonate aggregates in aqueous solution

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    O R Pal; V G Gaikar; J V Joshi; P S Goyal; V K Aswal

    2004-08-01

    The aggregation behaviour of a hydrotrope, sodium -butyl benzene sulfonate (Na-NBBS), in aqueous solutions is investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Nearly ellipsoidal aggregates of Na-NBBS at concentrations well above its minimum hydrotrope concentration were detected by SANS. The hydrotrope seems to form self-assemblies with aggregation number of 36–40 with a substantial charge on the aggregate. This aggregation number is weakly affected by the hydrotrope concentration.

  19. Nuclear and magnetic structures of nonpolar ferrofluids by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Small-angle scattering of nonpolarized and polarized neutrons has proved to be a powerful technique for studying features of nuclear and magnetic structures of ferrofluids at nanoscale. The paper presents our recent results on application of the technique for comparative analysis of nonpolar ferrofluids (d-cyclohexane) stabilized by different surfactants, which are oleic and myristic acids. Qualitative difference both in nuclear and magnetic structural organization is observed and discussed

  20. Reversible membrane reorganizations during photosynthesis in vivo: revealed by small-angle neutron scattering.

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    Nagy, Gergely; Posselt, Dorthe; Kovács, László; Holm, Jens K; Szabó, Milán; Ughy, Bettina; Rosta, László; Peters, Judith; Timmins, Peter; Garab, Gyozo

    2011-06-01

    In the present study, we determined characteristic repeat distances of the photosynthetic membranes in living cyanobacterial and eukaryotic algal cells, and in intact thylakoid membranes isolated from higher plants with time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering. This non-invasive technique reveals light-induced reversible reorganizations in the seconds-to-minutes time scale, which appear to be associated with functional changes in vivo. PMID:21473741

  1. Small angle neutron scattering study of ageing process in an Al-Mg-Si alloy

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    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements were performed on polycrystalline samples of high purity Al-Mg (0.72%)-Si (0.34%) alloy. The effect of different ageing temperature was observed and the results compared with information obtained using differen technique such as resistivity measurements and transmission electron microscopy. The results give useful information on the validity of SANS for the study of complex Al alloy

  2. Conformation of comb liquid crystal polymers by neutron small angle scattering

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    A review is made of the direct information obtained by small angle neutron scattering about the anisotropy of the components parallel and perpendicular to the orienting magnetic field of the radius of gyration of comb like liquid crystal polymers. The behaviour of the conformation versus temperature is reported for several samples. Until now all samples show an oblate conformation in the smectic phase and probably the whole range of the nematic phase. The results are compared with the available theoretical predictions

  3. Resolution effects and analysis of small-angle neutron scattering data

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    Pedersen, J.S.

    1993-01-01

    A discussion of the instrumental smearing effects for small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data sets is given. It is shown that these effects can be described by a resolution function, which describes the distribution of scattering vectors probed for the nominal values of the scattering vector....... The resolution function is independent of the scattering cross section of the sample and can be calculated once and for all for any instrumental setting. For scattering from isotropic system the resolution function allows the smeared intensity to be calculated by computing only one numerical integral....... It is discussed how the resolution function can be calculated analytically. determined by Monte Carlo simulations, and measured. It is demonstrated that for typical SANS setups, the resolution function can be described by a Gaussian function to a good approximation. The incorporation of the function in computer...

  4. Time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering of a micelle-to-vesicle transition

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    Egelhaaf, S.U. [Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin (ILL), 38 -Grenoble (France); Schurtenberger, P. [Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule, Zurich (Switzerland)

    1997-04-01

    Amphiphilic molecules spontaneously self-assemble in solution to form a variety of aggregates. Only limited information is available on the kinetics of the structural transitions as well as on the existence of non-equilibrium or metastable states. Aqueous mixtures of lecithin and bile salt are very interesting biological model-systems which exhibit a spontaneous transition from polymer-like mixed micelles to vesicles upon dilution. The small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) instrument D22, with its very high neutron flux and the broad range of scattering vectors covered in a single instrumental setting, allowed us for the first time to perform time-resolved scattering experiments in order to study the micelle-to-vesicle transition. The temporal evolution of the aggregate structures were followed and detailed information was obtained even on molecular length-scales. (author). 5 refs.

  5. On Small-Angle Neutron Scattering from Microemulsion Droplets the Role of Shape Fluctuations

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    Lisy, V

    2001-01-01

    The form factor and intensity of static neutron scattering from microemulsion droplets are calculated. The droplet is modeled by a double-layered sphere consisting of a fluid core and a thin surfactant layer, immersed in another fluid. All the three components are incompressible and characterized by different scattering length densities. As distinct from previous descriptions of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), we consistently take into account thermal fluctuations of the droplet shape, to the second order of the fluctuations of the droplet radius. The properties of the layer are described within Helfrich's concept of the elasticity of curved interfaces. It is shown that in many cases the account for the fluctuations is essential for the interpretation of SANS. Information about two elastic constants \\kappa and \\bar\\kappa (so far extracted from the experiments in the combination 2\\kappa+\\bar\\kappa) can be now simultaneously obtained from SANS for system in conditions of two-phase coexistence. As an illu...

  6. Analysis of microstructural changes in irradiated pressure vessel steels using small angle neutron scattering

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    Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) has been used to investigate the influence of Cu, Ni and P on radiation hardening and embrittlement in neutron irradiated ferritic steels. Micro-structural features 23 n m-2 (E>1MeV) and temperatures 1800C-2900C. The analysis suggests two hardening components, one independent of Cu content and one dependent on Cu content >approx. 0.1 wt %. The results are discussed in terms of the precipitation of copper or copper-rich particles containing Fe, Ni or vacancies. (UK)

  7. Thirty meters small angle neutron scattering instrument at China advanced research reactor

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    A high resolution 30 m small angle neutron scattering (SANS) instrument has been constructed by the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS), and installed at China Advanced Research Reactor (CARR). It is equipped with a mechanical velocity selector, pinhole (including multi-pinhole) collimation system, sample chamber, and high resolution two dimensional 3He position sensitive neutron detector. The flexible variations of incident neutron wavelength, source to sample distance, sample to detector distance and the presence of neutron focusing lenses enable a wide Q range from 0.001 Å−1 to 0.5 Å−1 in reciprocal space and to optimize the resolution required. The instrument is the first SANS instrument in China, and can be widely used for the structure characterization of various materials, as well as kinetic and dynamic observation during external stimulation. The design and characteristics of the instrument are presented in the manuscript. -- Highlights: • The first small angle neutron scattering instrument in China is developed. • It is equipped with a pinhole, multi-pinhole and focusing lenses. • It provides flexible variations of source-sample and sample-detector distances. • A wide Q ranges from 0.001 Å−1 to 0.5 Å−1 in reciprocal space

  8. Small angle neutron scattering study of pore microstructure in ceria compacts

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    A K Patra; P U Sastry; Srirupa T Mukherjee; Vinila Bedekar; A K Tyagi

    2008-11-01

    Ceria powders were prepared by gel combustion process using cerium nitrate and hitherto unexplored amino acids such as aspartic acid, arginine and valine as fuels. The powders have been characterized by X-ray and laser diffraction. Cold pressed compacts of these powders have been sintered at 1250°C for 2 h. Internal pore microstructure of the sintered compacts has been investigated by small angle neutron scattering (SANS) over a scattering wave vector range of 0.003–0.17 nm-1. The SANS profiles indicate surface fractal morphology of the pore space with fractal dimensionality lying between 2.70 and 2.76.

  9. Structure of Fullerene Aggregates in Pyridine/Water Solutions by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Aksenov, V L; Belushkin, A V; Mihailovic, D; Mrzel, A; Rosta, L; Serdyuk, I N; Timchenko, A A

    2001-01-01

    Results of small-angle neutron scattering experiments on fullerenes (Co_{60}) in pyridine/water solutions are reported. They confirm conclusions of the previous studies, in particular, dynamic light scattering experiments. Aggregates with characteristic radius of about 20 nm are formed in the solutions. The contrast variation using different combinations of protonated/deuterated components (water and pyridine) of the solutions points to the small pyridine content inside the aggregates. This fact testifies that the aggregates consist of a massive fullerene core covered by a thin pyridine shell.

  10. Silica Aerogels' nano structure studied using small angle neutron scattering technique

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    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) technique has been widely employed in probing the microstructure of amorphous materials in the nanometer range. In aerogels system, the size range of 1 - 100 nm is of particular interest since the structural units, such as the pores and particles, often fall in this range. In a typical scattering experiment, scattered neutron intensity is measured as a function of the scattering angle. Various plots of intensity I(Q) and scattering vector, Q, can provide information about fractal dimensions, and particle and cluster sizes. In this study, SANS facilities, at Nuclear Malaysia and Badan Tenaga Atom Nasional (BATAN), Indonesia were used to analyse particle and cluster size of silica aerogels and titanium containing silica aerogels. Results from NM showed that silica aerogels have surface fractal dimension while titanium containing silica aerogels have mass fractal dimension. On the other hand, results from BATAN showed that both silica aerogels and titanium containing silica aerogels have mass fractal dimension. The particle size for silica aerogels and titanium containing silica aerogels samples obtained by NM were 11.18 ± 0.03 and 9.19 ± 0.06 nm, respectively while the respective values obtained from BATAN measurements were 11.78 ± 0.06 and 10.57 ± 0.07 nm. (author)

  11. Living polymerization induced macro- and microdomain investigated by focusing ultra-small-angle neutron scattering

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    By utilizing a biconcave refractive neutron lens (MgF2) 5-inch size and high resolution position sensitive area photomultiplier with scintillator (ZnS), we constructed a focusing ultra-small-angle neutron scattering (USANS) spectrometer (SANS-J-II) at research reactor JRR3, Tokai, Japan. SANS-J-II can successfully reach to qmin=0.0003 A-1, where q (=4π sin(θ)/λ) is the magnitude of scattering vector given by wavelength λ and scattering angle 2θ, and simultaneously cover conventional small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) region to q=0.004 A-1. Focusing USANS, thus realized, plays an important role to investigate the time-evolution of hierarchically ordered structures in the living radical polymerization solution, preparing poly(methyl methacylate)-block-polystyrene (PMMA-b-PS). In the reaction process to synthesize a PS block chain from the end of PMMA block chain, we found the interplay between macro- and microphase separation. SANS at q>0.001 A-1 determined time-evolving microdomain structures; as the polymerization proceeds, (1) first by order-disorder transition, a lamellar microdomain appears and (2) second by order-order transitions, the morphologies of microdomains change to PMMA cylinder and successively to PMMA sphere. USANS at q-1, exhibiting power law scattering (∼q-α) due to macrophase separation between PMMA-b-PS and PS homopolymer (appeared as by product). The exponent α varies from 4 to 2, reflecting a grain boundary of macrodomain rich-in PMMA-b-PS; when a lamellar microdomain appears. Porod law gives α=4, whereas when cylinder and sphere appear, α=2, due to inhomogeneity of the microdomain spatial distribution of the microdomains. (author)

  12. Small angle neutron scattering. Report of a coordinated research project 2000-2003

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    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) is a powerful technique for studying macro structures like polymers, precipitates in metallurgical specimens, biological molecules, micelles and magnetic systems like ferrofluids. Neutron scattering has an advantage over X ray scattering (XSAXS) due to selective absorption and scattering cross section of neutrons across the periodic table. It is possible to develop and use a SANS instrument even with a medium flux reactor. The present CRP was aimed at the development of components like collimators, monochromators, position sensitive detectors (PSD) etc. for improving the throughput of the instrument and foster the effective utilization of research reactors, as well as to provide a link between developing and developed facilities. The CRP was launched with the first research coordination meeting (RCM) in 2000 to refine the project proposals and define the action plans and partnerships. There were eight research contracts and four research agreements. Good partnerships were established between various participants with collaborations among participants from various countries including those from developing and developed countries. The progress of the individual projects and team work under the CRP was evaluated and discussed during the second RCM and the action plan for the final phase was formulated. The results of the work done under the CRP were then reviewed in the final RCM held in Vienna, December 2003. This publication presents the results of the work carried out by the participants under the CRP at their respective institutions. The information will be useful for the users and operators of research reactors in developing an instrument and building collaborations for capacity building. The development of collimators, detector assemblies, utilization of the SANS for microstructural characterization of advanced materials , development and design of a ultra small angle neutron scattering (USANS) and proposals for a new SANS

  13. Light-Induced Structural Flexibility of Thylakoid Membranes - Investigated using Small-Angle X-ray and Neutron Scattering

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    Aagaard, Thomas Helverskov

    2005-01-01

    Using small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering the light-induced structural changes in pea thylakoids have been investigated. It is shown that light-induced shinkage in the thylakoids is connected to photosynthetic electron transduction.

  14. Small-angle scattering at a pulsed neutron source: comparison with a steady-state reactor

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    A time-of-flight small-angle diffractometer employing seven tapered collimator elements and a two-dimensional gas proportional counter was successfully utilized to collect small-angle scattering data from a solution sample of the lipid salt cetylpyridinium chloride, C21H38N+.Cl-, at the Argonne National Laboratory prototype pulsed spallation neutron source, ZING-P'. Comparison of the small-angle scattering observed from the same compound at the University of Missouri Research Reactor corroborated the ZING-P' results. The results are used to compare the neutron flux available from the ZING-P' source relative to the well characterized University of Missouri source. Calculations based on experimentally determined parameters indicated the time-averaged rate of detected neutrons at the ZING-P' pulsed spallation source to have been at least 33% higher than the steady-state count rate from the same sample. Differences between time-of-flight techniques and conventional steady-state techniques are discussed. (Auth.)

  15. Wavelength-independent constant period spin-echo modulated small angle neutron scattering

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    Sales, Morten; Plomp, Jeroen; Habicht, Klaus; Tremsin, Anton; Bouwman, Wim; Strobl, Markus

    2016-06-01

    Spin-Echo Modulated Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SEMSANS) in Time-of-Flight (ToF) mode has been shown to be a promising technique for measuring (very) small angle neutron scattering (SANS) signals and performing quantitative Dark-Field Imaging (DFI), i.e., SANS with 2D spatial resolution. However, the wavelength dependence of the modulation period in the ToF spin-echo mode has so far limited the useful modulation periods to those resolvable with the limited spatial resolution of the detectors available. Here we present our results of an approach to keep the period of the induced modulation constant for the wavelengths utilised in ToF. This is achieved by ramping the magnetic fields in the coils responsible for creating the spatially modulated beam in synchronisation with the neutron pulse, thus keeping the modulation period constant for all wavelengths. Such a setup enables the decoupling of the spatial detector resolution from the resolution of the modulation period by the use of slits or gratings in analogy to the approach in grating-based neutron DFI.

  16. Countering the effects of gravity on a small angle neutron scattering instrument

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    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) is a powerful technique for determining chemical, biological and hard matter structures of materials over a wide range of length-scales. The larger the structure the smaller the scattering angles and the longer the collimation and detector distances need to be. In addition, in order to determine the structure of materials in the micron range long neutron wavelengths are required. The combination of the slow speed of long wavelength neutrons coupled with the large distances of the instrument results in a significant displacement of the beam with gravity. This can affect the neutron flux available, the resolution, the completeness of the signal on the detector and hence the largest length-scales that can be measured. Previous ideas of cancelling the effects of gravity have used prisms but this approach has problems working over the full height associated with typical sample sizes. This paper describes a different method using simple mirrors that can be exploited using existing components of SANS instruments and results in reducing the minimum momentum transfer by a factor of 5.

  17. Small-angle neutron scattering study on amphiphilic block copolymer in aqueous solutions

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    The small angle neutron scattering has been employed to investigate the structural transition of thermosensitive block copolymer consisting of poly(2-ethoxyethyl vinyl ether-b-2-hydroxyethyl vinyl ether) (EOVE-HOVE) in aqueous solutions. The EOVE-HOVE undergoes micellization with EOVE core of ca. 20 nm in radius and HOVE corona around 17-21degC, depending on the polymer concentration. At higher temperatures, a second transition takes place from micelle to macro-lattice structures with body-centered cubic (bcc) symmetry. The radii of the spheres were quantitatively analyzed by curve fitting with a theoretical scattering function in which the various types of smearing effects, such as polydispersity of spheres, incident beam smearing, and a smearing due to a finite wavelength distribution of the incident neutron beam. (author)

  18. Measuring material microstructure under flow using 1-2 plane flow-small angle neutron scattering.

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    Gurnon, A Kate; Godfrin, P Douglas; Wagner, Norman J; Eberle, Aaron P R; Butler, Paul; Porcar, Lionel

    2014-01-01

    A new small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) sample environment optimized for studying the microstructure of complex fluids under simple shear flow is presented. The SANS shear cell consists of a concentric cylinder Couette geometry that is sealed and rotating about a horizontal axis so that the vorticity direction of the flow field is aligned with the neutron beam enabling scattering from the 1-2 plane of shear (velocity-velocity gradient, respectively). This approach is an advance over previous shear cell sample environments as there is a strong coupling between the bulk rheology and microstructural features in the 1-2 plane of shear. Flow-instabilities, such as shear banding, can also be studied by spatially resolved measurements. This is accomplished in this sample environment by using a narrow aperture for the neutron beam and scanning along the velocity gradient direction. Time resolved experiments, such as flow start-ups and large amplitude oscillatory shear flow are also possible by synchronization of the shear motion and time-resolved detection of scattered neutrons. Representative results using the methods outlined here demonstrate the useful nature of spatial resolution for measuring the microstructure of a wormlike micelle solution that exhibits shear banding, a phenomenon that can only be investigated by resolving the structure along the velocity gradient direction. Finally, potential improvements to the current design are discussed along with suggestions for supplementary experiments as motivation for future experiments on a broad range of complex fluids in a variety of shear motions. PMID:24561395

  19. Cold Neutron Focusing Multiple Biconcave Lenses and Anti-Gravity Prisms for 40m Small Angle Neutron Scattering Instrument

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    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) instrument with long flight path is a very powerful tool to investigate the structures of various nanoscale materials. Currently, a new 40m SANS instrument is under development to be installed at HANARO, which will be one of the key facilities for nano-characterization in Korea. To enhance the measurement capability of the 40m SANS, especially in the low Q region, cold neutron focusing and cancellation of gravity effects using multiple biconcave lenses and prisms are suggested. In this paper, we present recent Monte Carlo simulation studies on the refractive focusing and anti-gravity optics

  20. Small-angle neutron scattering of short-segment block polymers

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    Small-angle neutron scattering has been used to investigate the chain conformation of the hard and soft segments in short-segment polyether-polyester and polyether-polyurethane materials. The method of phase-contrast matching was used to eliminate the coherent neutron scattering due to the two-phase microstructure in these materials. The partial deutero-labelling necessary for this technique also provides a neutron scattering contrast between labelled and unlabelled segments. The structure factor for each segment type is determined from the coherent scattering from such deuterolabelled materials. In all of the materials examined, the poly(tetramethylene oxide) (PTMO) soft segment was found to be in a slightly extended conformation relative to bulk PTMO at room temperature. Upon heating, the PTMO segments contracted to a more relaxed conformation. In one polyether-polyurethane sample, the radius of gyration of the PTMO segment increased again at high temperatures, indicating phase mixing. The hardsegment radii of gyration in the polyether-polyester materials were found to increase with temperature, indicating a transition from a chain-folded conformation at room temperature to a more extended conformation at higher temperatures. The radius of gyration of the whole polyether-polyester chain first decreased then increased with temperature, indicative of the combined effects of the component hard- and soft-segment chain conformation changes. The hard-segment radius of gyration in a polyether-polyurethane was observed to decrease with temperature. (orig.)

  1. A new small-angle neutron scattering spectrometer at China Mianyang research reactor

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    Peng, Mei; Sun, Liangwei; Chen, Liang; Sun, Guangai; Chen, Bo; Xie, Chaomei; Xia, Qingzhong; Yan, Guanyun; Tian, Qiang; Huang, Chaoqiang; Pang, Beibei; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Yun; Liu, Yaoguang; Kang, Wu; Gong, Jian

    2016-02-01

    A new pinhole small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) spectrometer, installed at the cold neutron source of the 20 MW China Mianyang Research Reactor (CMRR) in the Institute of Nuclear Physics and Chemistry, China Academy of Engineering Physics, has been put into use since 2014. The spectrometer is equipped with a multi-blade mechanical velocity selector, a multi-beam collimation system, and a two-dimensional He-3 position sensitive neutron detector. The q-range of the spectrometer covers from 0.01 nm-1 to 5.0 nm-1. In this paper, the design and characteristics of the SANS spectrometer are described. The q-resolution calculations, together with calibration measurements of silver behenate and a dispersion of nearly monodisperse poly-methyl-methacrylate nanoparticles indicate that our SANS spectrometer has a good performance and is now in routine service.

  2. The small angle neutron scattering spectrometer at the Budapest research reactor

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    The reinstallation of the Small Angle Neutron Scattering spectrometer (named 'Yellow Submarine') at the Budapest Research Reactor has been finished in winter 2001. Parallel to the installation of a liquid hydrogen cold source, the guide system of the spectrometer was also rebuilt to a more optimized geometry. The old natural Ni-coated guide sections of 2.5x10 cm2 after the velocity selector have been replaced by a new supermirror coated curved neutron guide with 4x4 cm2 cross section. The neutron flux of the upgraded spectrometer is much higher. The beam is formed by a fixed length collimator tube and monitored by a fission chamber. (R.P.)

  3. Design of Ultra Small Angle Neutron Scattering (KIST-USANS) at HANARO Cold Neutron Guide, CG4B

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    Kim, Man-Ho

    2013-03-01

    The ultra small angle neutron scattering instrument can measure the lower limit of scattering vector to near Q ~ 2.0x10-5 Å-1 while the upper limit can reach to an intermediate scattering vector Q ~ 10-2 Å-1 of a typical small angle neutron scattering (SANS) depending on the contrast of sample. USANS is useful when measuring objects that are micron to submicron in size while SANS is useful when measuring objects that are micron to nano in size. When both USANS and SANS were used together, we could measure sizes from micron to nano scale, which is useful when studying the hierarchical structures in the wide scale of Q and total cross-section, d Σ/d Ω(Q). Recently, KIST has developed the USANS (so called KIST-USANS) at HANARO cold neutron guide hall of KAERI. We will present the instrument design, performance, future plan, and some examples of measurements that cover approximately 11 orders of magnitude in the d Σ/d Ω(Q) and 4 orders in the Q. This work was partially supported by the KIST (2v02632) and the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) grant funded by the Korea government(MEST) (No. 2012M2B2A4030220)

  4. Particle size distribution models of small angle neutron scattering pattern on ferro fluids

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    The Fe3O4 ferro fluids samples were synthesized by a co-precipitation method. The investigation of ferro fluids microstructure is known to be one of the most important problems because the presence of aggregates and their internal structure influence greatly the properties of ferro fluids. The size and the size dispersion of particle in ferro fluids were determined assuming a log normal distribution of particle radius. The scattering pattern of the measurement by small angle neutron scattering were fitted by the theoretical scattering function of two limitation models are log normal sphere distribution and fractal aggregate. Two types of particle are detected, which are presumably primary particle of 30 Armstrong in radius and secondary fractal aggregate of 200 Armstrong with polydispersity of 0.47 up to 0.53. (author)

  5. Small angle neutron scattering study of the initial stage of lysozyme crystallization process

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    Despite the enormous amount of information obtained from atomic resolution crystal data, the difficulties encountered in growing crystals preclude structural X-ray studies for the majority of known isolated proteins. The protein crystal growth process can be studied by electron microscopy and by light scattering, and recently Ataka and Asai have discussed the kinetics on lysozyme crystal growth. We have conducted small angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments on the time evolution from the initial stages to the visible size of crystallization of hen egg-white lysozyme. SANS from several kinds of solutions have been carried out. The SANS result showed the distinctive change of time evolution. We have also conducted the experiments under various unsaturated conditions using SANS. From these experiments, we found that even under unsaturated conditions, aggregation of lysozyme was found to be started, against the result of light-scattering experiments. (author)

  6. Use of Small-Angle Neutron Scattering in Testing the Stability of Ferrofluids

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    Balasoiu, M; Avdeev, M V; Aksenov, V L; Khokhryakov, A A; Bica, L D; Hasegan, D; Török, G; Rosta, L

    2004-01-01

    Stability of ferrofluids - colloidal solutions of magnetic particles covered with surfactants - is the main characteristic that determines the possibility to exploit ferrofluids in different industrial and biomedical applications. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) can be effectively used to reveal the aggregation and its change with time in ferrofluids under the action of magnetic field. Despite the fact that in most cases the detailed description of scattering is complicated, one can judge whether a ferrofluid is stable or not by simple analysis of changes in the mean scattering intensity. The advantages of SANS are that industrial samples can be tested without any additional modifications, as well as the real-time experiments with any magnetic load can be easily performed. Examples for a number of ferrofluids are given.

  7. Small-angle neutron scattering from poly(NIPA-co-AMPS) gels

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    Travas-Sejdic, J.; Easteal, A.; Knott, R.;

    2000-01-01

    The microstructure of the poly( N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylamido- 2-methyl-1-propane sulphonic acid) gel, poly( NIPA-co-AMPS), was investigated as a function of temperature and cross-link density using the small angle neutron scattering technique. The sample temperature was varied in the range...... 30 to 55C. Two different behaviours of poly( NIPA-co-AMPS) gels were observed. At low temperature (30C), the magnitude of the scattered intensity increased with cross-link density suggesting that additional cross-links introduced more inhomogeneities in the gel network. At high temperatures the trend...... was reversed; that is the lower cross-link density, the higher the scattered intensity. Therefore, the role of cross-links at high temperature was to suppress microphase separation. The fitting of the experimental data with the Rabin and Panyukov theory indicated qualitative agreement....

  8. Polymer boosting effect in the droplet phase studied by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Frielinghaus, H; Allgaier, J; Richter, D; Jakobs, B; Sottmann, T; Strey, R

    2002-01-01

    Small-angle neutron-scattering experiments were performed in order to obtain the six partial scattering functions of a droplet microemulsion containing water, decane, C sub 1 sub 0 E sub 4 surfactant and PEP sub 5 -PEO sub 8 sub 0. We systematically varied the contrast around the polymer contrast, where only the polymer becomes visible, and we also measured bulk and film contrasts. With the singular value decomposition method we could extract the desired six partial scattering functions from the 15 measured spectra. We find a sphere-shell-shell structure of the droplets, where the innermost sphere consists of oil, the middle shell of surfactant and the outer shell is a depletion zone where the polymer is almost not present. (orig.)

  9. Small-angle neutron and dynamic light scattering study of gelatin coacervates

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    B Mohanty; V K Aswal; P S Goyal; H B Bohidar

    2004-08-01

    The state of intermolecular aggregates and that of folded gelatin molecules could be characterized by dynamic laser light and small-angle neutron scattering experiments, which implied spontaneous segregation of particle sizes preceding coacervation, which is a liquid-liquid phase transition phenomenon. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) data analysis revealed two particle sizes until precipitation was reached. The smaller particles having a diameter of ∼ 50 nm (stable nanoparticles prepared by coacervation method) were detected in the supernatant, whereas the inter-molecular aggregates having a diameter of ∼ 400 nm gave rise to coacervation. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments revealed that typical mesh size of the networks exist in polymer dense phase (coacervates) [1]. Analysis of the SANS structure factor showed the presence of two length scales associated with this system that were identified as the correlation length or mesh size, = 10.6 Å of the network and the other is the size of inhomogeneities = 21.4 Å. Observations were discussed based on the results obtained from SANS experiments performed in 5% (w/v) gelatin solution at 60° C ( = 50$ Å, = 113 Å) and 5% (w/v) gel at 28° C ( = 47 Å, = 115 Å) in aqueous phase [2] indicating smaller length scales in coacervate as compared to sol and gel.

  10. Review of small angle neutron scattering for measuring miscibility binary polymeric mixtures

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    Blending polymers is intended for developing new materials with superior properties. Multiphase appeared in polymer blends demand the fundamental relationships of structure and properties from the individual constituent polymers to control the structures satisfying the properties required. The relationships concern with the molecular parameters such as miscibility, phase diagrams, and critical phenomena. Binary blends of polidienes are preferable systems for such studies and Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) is a powerful technique for the study of it. As an example the measurement of the binary blend polymers miscibility of protonated polybutadiene and deuterated polybutadiene, PBH and PBD using SANS which has been done by Sinichi Sakurai was reviewed. (author)

  11. Study of chemically unfolded β-casein by means of small-angle neutron scattering

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    β-casein is a flexible amphiphilic milk protein which forms an unfolded conformation in presence of very high denaturant concentrations. The structure of β-casein formed at the bulk was studied by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The value of the second virial coefficient of the protein solutions indicates that the interactions between the polypeptide chain and solvent are repulsive. The protein conformation is similar to an excluded volume chain. The corresponding values of the contour length, L, the statistical length, b and the apparent radius of the chain cross-section, Rc are given

  12. Small angle neutron scattering study of mixed micelles of oppositely charged surfactants

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    J V Joshi; V K Aswal; P S Goyal

    2008-11-01

    Structures of mixed micelles of oppositely charged surfactants dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB) and sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) have been studied using small angle neutron scattering. The concentration of one of the components was kept fixed (0.3 M) and that of another varied in the range 0 to 0.1 M. The aggregation number and micellar size increase and fractional charge decreases dramatically with the addition of small amount of oppositely charged surfactant. The effect of addition of SDS on DTAB is significantly different from that of the addition of DTAB on SDS. The contrast variation SANS experiments using deuterated surfactant suggests the homogeneous mixing of two components in mixed micellar system.

  13. Small Angle Neutron Scattering Investigation of Hydride Precipitations in Zircaloy-4

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    The precipitation and annealing behavior of hydrogen in Zircaloy-4 was investigated by means of small angle neutron scattering. The results show that already during cool down in the air lock of the applied furnace zirconium hydride precipitates are formed. The size of the hydrides seems to be greater than the upper detection limit of the SANS experiments performed. These hydrides seem to be stable during various annealing at temperatures between 573 and 773 K for 1 to 16 days in inert atmosphere. (author)

  14. Cylindrical aggregates of chlorophylls studied by small-angle neutron scatter

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    Neutron small-angle scattering has demonstrated tubular chlorophyll aggregates formed by self-assembly of a variety of chlorophyll types in nonpolar solvents. The size and other properties of the tubular aggregates can be accounted for by stereochemical properties of the chlorophyll molecules. Features of some of the structures are remarkably similar to light harvesting chlorophyll complexes in vivo, particularly for photosynthetic bacteria. These nanotube chlorophyll structures may have applications as light harvesting biomaterials where efficient energy transfer occurs from an excited state which is highly delocalized

  15. Amorphous soft-magnetic ribbons studied by ultra-small-angle polarized neutron scattering

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    Badurek, G; Jericha, E [Atominstitut, Vienna University of Technology, Stadionallee 2, A-1020 Wien (Austria); Groessinger, R; Sato-Turtelli, R, E-mail: badurek@ati.ac.a [Institut of Solid-State Physics, Vienna University of Technology, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8, A-1040 Wien (Austria)

    2010-02-01

    When we investigated the magnetic structure of a variety of soft-magnetic amorphous ribbons by means of ultra-small-angle neutron scattering (USANSPOL) we were confronted with one particularly interesting Fe{sub 65.7}Co{sub 18}Si{sub 0.8}B{sub 15.5} ribbon, provided by VAC Hanau. Due to a special thermal treatment during production a field- and stress-induced transverse domain texture was expected. Although the USANSPOL technique encountered its resolution limits during the investigation of this specific sample ribbon, such a texture could indeed be verified.

  16. Amorphous soft-magnetic ribbons studied by ultra-small-angle polarized neutron scattering

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    Badurek, G.; Jericha, E.; Grössinger, R.; Sato-Turtelli, R.

    2010-02-01

    When we investigated the magnetic structure of a variety of soft-magnetic amorphous ribbons by means of ultra-small-angle neutron scattering (USANSPOL) we were confronted with one particularly interesting Fe65.7Co18Si0.8B15.5 ribbon, provided by VAC Hanau. Due to a special thermal treatment during production a field- and stress-induced transverse domain texture was expected. Although the USANSPOL technique encountered its resolution limits during the investigation of this specific sample ribbon, such a texture could indeed be verified.

  17. Structure of Co–Zn ferrite ferrofluid: A small angle neutron scattering analysis

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    Prashant Acharya; Rucha Desai; V K Aswal; R V Upadhyay

    2008-11-01

    A hydrothermal synthesis route is used to synthesize nanomagnetic particles of Co0.3Zn0.7Fe2O4 ferrite ferrofluids with particle diameter ranging from 5.5–9 nm. XRD analysis shows the formation of a single phase spinel structure. EDX results confirm the stoichiometric composition of the cations. Small angle neutron scattering technique is used to determine the size and size distribution of Co0.3Zn0.7Fe2O4 ferrofluid. The sizes thus obtained are in the range of 5.4 to 8.4 nm. These results are in agreement with magnetic measurements.

  18. Cylindrical aggregates of chlorophylls studied by small-angle neutron scatter

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    Worcester, D.L. [Univ. of Missouri, Columbus, MO (United States); Katz, J.J. [Argonne National Laboratory, IL (United States)

    1994-12-31

    Neutron small-angle scattering has demonstrated tubular chlorophyll aggregates formed by self-assembly of a variety of chlorophyll types in nonpolar solvents. The size and other properties of the tubular aggregates can be accounted for by stereochemical properties of the chlorophyll molecules. Features of some of the structures are remarkably similar to light harvesting chlorophyll complexes in vivo, particularly for photosynthetic bacteria. These nanotube chlorophyll structures may have applications as light harvesting biomaterials where efficient energy transfer occurs from an excited state which is highly delocalized.

  19. Small-angle neutron scattering from Brij-35/SDS mixed solutions

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    In the last decade a large amount of research has been conducted on mixed surfactant systems which can be attributed to their wide practical applications from oil recovery to cosmetics industry. The widespread application derives from a useful feature of surfactant mixtures, namely the possibility of adjusting the required surface active property by choosing the appropriate composition of the constituents. The subject of the present work is the micelle formation of a poly(oxyethylene) type nonionic surfactant Brij-35 (C12EO23) in aqueous solutions, and the influence of anionic sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) on the aggregation studied by small-angle neutron scattering. (author)

  20. Small angle X-ray and neutron scattering on cadmium sulfide nanoparticles in silicate glass

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    Kuznetsova, Yu. V.; Rempel, A. A.; Meyer, M.; Pipich, V.; Gerth, S.; Magerl, A.

    2016-08-01

    Small angle X-ray and neutron scattering on Cd and S doped glass annealed at 600 °C shows after the first 12 h nucleation and growth of spherical CdS nanoparticles with a radius of up to 34±4 Å. After the nucleation is completed after 24 h, further growth in this amorphous environment is governed by oriented particle attachment mechanism as found for a liquid medium. Towards 48 h the particle shape has changed into spheroidal with short and long axis of 40±2 Å and 120±2 Å, respectively.

  1. Small angle neutron scattering on a fast-cooled liquid crystal: MBBA

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    The medium range order was studied in the non-crystalline solid phases of the fast-cooled nematic liquid crystal MBBA by small angle scattering of neutrons. In agreement with theoretical predictions, anisotropic intensity distribution was found at 0<0.005 nmsup(-1) on the magnetic field aligned sample. Bragg-reflections were also observed around 0.037 nmsup(-1) as a consequence of the evolution of smectic-type structures connected with the gradual relaxation in these solid phases. (author)

  2. Small angle neutron scattering studies on the interaction of cationic surfactants with bovine serum albumin

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    Nuzhat Gull; S Chodankar; V K Aswal; Kabir-Ud-Din

    2008-11-01

    The structure of the protein–surfactant complex of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and cationic surfactants has been studied by small angle neutron scattering. At low concentrations, the CTAB monomers are observed to bind to the protein leading to an increase in its size. On the other hand at high concentrations, surfactant molecules aggregate along the unfolded polypeptide chain of the protein resulting in the formation of a fractal structure representing a necklace model of micelle-like clusters randomly distributed along the polypeptide chain. The fractal dimension as well as the size and number of micelles attached to the complex have been determined.

  3. Small angle neutron scattering data of polymer electrolyte membranes partially swollen in water.

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    Zhao, Yue; Yoshida, Miru; Oshima, Tatsuya; Koizumi, Satoshi; Rikukawa, Masahiro; Szekely, Noemi; Radulescu, Aurel; Richter, Dieter

    2016-06-01

    In this article, we show the small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data obtained from the polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) equilibrated at a given relative humidity. We apply Hard-Sphere (HS) structure model with Percus-Yervick interference interactions to analyze the dataset. The molecular structure of these PEMs and the morphologies of the fully water-swollen membranes have been elucidated by Zhao et al. "Elucidation of the morphology of the hydrocarbon multi-block copolymer electrolyte membranes for proton exchange fuel cells" [1]. PMID:27054164

  4. Study of chemically unfolded {beta}-casein by means of small-angle neutron scattering

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    Aschi, Adel [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Molle, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Campus Universitaire, 1060, Tunis (Tunisia)]. E-mail: aschi13@yahoo.fr; Gharbi, Abdelhafidh [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Molle, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Campus Universitaire, 1060, Tunis (Tunisia); Daoud, Mohamed [Service de Physique de l' Etat Condense. CEA Saclay. 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France); Douillard, Roger [Equipe de Biochimie des Macromolecules Vegetales, Centre de Recherche Agronomique, 2Esplanade R. Garros, BP 224, 51686 Reims cedex 2 (France); Calmettes, Patrick [Laboratoire Leon Brillouin, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France)

    2007-01-01

    {beta}-casein is a flexible amphiphilic milk protein which forms an unfolded conformation in presence of very high denaturant concentrations. The structure of {beta}-casein formed at the bulk was studied by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The value of the second virial coefficient of the protein solutions indicates that the interactions between the polypeptide chain and solvent are repulsive. The protein conformation is similar to an excluded volume chain. The corresponding values of the contour length, L, the statistical length, b and the apparent radius of the chain cross-section, R{sub c} are given.

  5. A time dependent kinetic small angle neutron scattering study of a novel YFe phase

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    Crystallization of amorphous Y67Fe33 into the YFe2 C15 Laves phase via a novel ‘YFe’ intermediate phase has been observed through to completion using time-resolved small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The nucleation and growth kinetics of the phase transformations have been studied at annealing temperatures below the crystallization temperatures for both the ‘YFe’ phase and the YFe2 phase. The SANS results agree with previously reported neutron diffraction and SANS data. At the annealing temperatures of 360, 370 and 380 ° C, changes in the scattering intensity I(Q) occur as a result of the contrast between the amorphous matrix and the nucleating and growing Y and ‘YFe’ phases. Critical scattering occurs during each of the isotherms, relating to the full crystallization of Y67Fe33, and extrapolation gives a crystallization temperature of 382 ° C. Beyond critical scattering, isotherms at 435, 450, and 465 ° C reveal the details of the continuing transformation of the ‘YFe’ intermediate phase into the YFe2 C15 Laves phase. (paper)

  6. Study on porosity of ceramic SiC using small angle neutron scattering

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    The mechanical properties of functional heat-resistant ceramics SiC are significantly influenced by the concentration and dimensions of pores. Small angle neutron scattering measurements for 3 SiC samples with different densities are performed on C1-2 SANS instrument of the University of Tokyo. Two groups of the neutron data are obtained using 8 and 16 m of secondary flight path, 1 and 0.7 nm of neutron wave lengths, respectively. After deduction of background measurement and transmission correction, both neutron data are linked up with each other. The patterns of neutron data of 3 samples with Q range from 0.028∼0.5 nm-1 are almost with axial symmetry, showing that the shape of pores is almost spherical. Using Mellin transform, size distributions of pores in 3 samples are obtained. The average size (∼19 nm) of pores for hot-pressed SiC sample with higher density is smaller than the others (∼ 21 nm). It seems to be the reason why the density of hot-pressed SiC sample is higher than not hot-pressed sample

  7. Study on porosity of ceramic SiC using small angle neutron scattering

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    李际周; Y.Ito

    1996-01-01

    The mechanical properties of functional heat-resistant ceramics SiC are significantly influenced by the concentration and idmensions of pores.Small angle neutron scattering measurements for 3 SiC samples with different densities are performed on C1-2 SANS instrument of the University of Tokyo.Two groups of the neutron data are obtained using 8 and 16m of secondary flight path,1 and 0.7 nm of neutron wave lengths,respectively,After deduction of background measurement and transmission correction,both neutron data are linked up with each other,The patterns of neutron data of 3 samples with Q range from 0.028-0.5nm-1 are almost with axial symmetry,showing that the shape of pores is almost spherical.Using Mellin transform,size distributions of pores in 3 samples are obtained.The average size (-19nm)of pores for hot-pressed SiC sample with higher density is smaller than the others (-21nm).It seems to be the reason why the density of hot-pressed SiC sample is higher than not hot-pressed sample.

  8. Small angle neutron scattering study of defect clusters and precipitates in metallic alloys

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    This article summarizes the principles of the small-angle neutron scattering technique, and presents some examples of application: characterization of defect clusters in neutron-irradiated ferritic steels, of copper-rich precipitates in electron-irradiated iron-based alloys and of the γ' precipitates in quenched industrial superalloys. In the case of ferromagnetic alloys, one emphasizes the specific information brought by experiments performed under magnetic field. Our studies show that the defects responsible for radiation-induced embrittlement of pressurized-water nuclear reactors are nano sized clusters consisting mainly of copper precipitates or impurity-point defect clusters depending on whether the residual copper content of the steel is larger or smaller than 0.1%. (author). 18 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs

  9. Small-angle neutron scattering and Molecular Dynamics structural study of gelling DNA nanostars

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    Fernandez-Castanon, Javier; Rovigatti, Lorenzo; Zanatta, Marco; Paciaroni, Alessandro; Comez, Lucia; Porcar, Lionel; Jafta, Charl J; Fadda, Giulia C; Bellini, Tommaso; Sciortino, Francesco

    2016-01-01

    DNA oligomers with properly designed sequences self-assemble into well defined constructs. Here, we exploit this methodology to produce bulk quantities of tetravalent DNA nanostars (each one composed by 196 nucleotides) and to explore the structural signatures of their aggregation process. We report small-angle neutron scattering experiments focused on the evaluation of both the form factor and the temperature evolution of the scattered intensity at a nano star concentration where the system forms a tetravalent equilibrium gel. We also perform molecular dynamics simulations of one isolated tetramer to evaluate the form factor theoretically, without resorting to any approximate shape. The numerical form factor is found to be in very good agreement with the experimental one. Simulations predict an essentially temperature independent form factor, offering the possibility to extract the effective structure factor and its evolution during the equilibrium gelation.

  10. Irradiation Induced Defect Characterization in Reactor Pressure Vessel Steel by Small Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Han, Yougn-Soo; Shin, Eun-Joo; Lee, Chang-Hee; Park, Duck-Gun

    The degradation of the mechanical properties of the RPV (Reactor Pressure Vessel) steel during an irradiation in a nuclear power plant is closely related to the irradiation induced defects. The size of these defects is known to be a few nanometer, and the small angle neutron scattering technique is regarded as the best non destructive technique to characterize the nano sized inhomogeneities in bulk samples. The investigated the RPV steel has been used in YeongKwang nuclear power plant at Korea and the Cu content of the RPV steel is 0.06 wt%. The RPV steel was irradiated in the HANARO reactor at KAERI. The small angle neutron scattering experiments were performed by the SANS instrument in the HANARO reactor. The nano sized irradiation induced defects were quantitatively analyzed by SANS and the type of the irradiation induced defects was discussed in detail. The relation between irradiation induced defects and the yield strength was investigated. The characteristics of irradiation induced defects in low Cu containing RPV steel were discussed.

  11. Development of new instrumentation for epithermal neutron scattering at very low angles

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    New perspectives for epithermal neutron spectroscopy are opened up by the recent developments of Resonance Detectors (RD) for inverse geometry time-of-flight spectrometers at pulsed neutron sources. The RD is based on the combination of an analyser foil used as neutron-to-gamma converter and a suitable photon detector. Here, we report on the state of the RD which is based on a YAP scintillator viewing a natural uranium analyser foil. The response of the YAP detector to the radiative capture γ emission from the uranium analyser foil has been characterized with a bi-parametric measurement of a reference Pb sample, which allowed simultaneous measurements of both neutron time-of-flight and γ pulse height (energy) spectra. The analysis of the γ pulse height and neutron time-of-flight spectra permitted to identify the signal and background components. These measurements showed that a significant improvement in the signal-to-background ratio can be achieved by setting a lower level discrimination on the photon energy at about 600keV. The first application of RD is the Very Low Angle Detector Bank (VLAD) which is planned to be installed in the next three years as an upgrade of the VESUVIO spectrometer, at the ISIS pulsed neutron source. VLAD will extend the (q,ω) kinematical to low wave vector transfers (q10A-1) coupled to high-energy transfers (-bar ω>1eV), which is still unexplored by neutron scattering experiments. The first measurements obtained on an ice sample with a VLAD prototype consisting of four RD units are presented here

  12. Design of a new time-of-flight small-angle neutron scattering instrument at CPHS

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    A new time-of-flight (TOF) small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) diffractometer is to be built at the Compact Pulsed Hadron Source (CPHS) of Tsinghua University, China. This SANS project strives to serve two purposes: its instrumental design, fabrication and optimization will help glean valuable scientific and engineering experiences; and its utilization will help promote fruitful domestic user programs on research of large structures in advanced materials using neutrons. The design draws experiences from other TOF SANS instruments, particularly that of the long-pulse LENS of Indiana University and also considers the source features at CPHS. The design team enjoyed the guidance and assistance from experts through international collaborations. For simultaneous collection of scattering data in the Q-range (∼7×10-3-1) with reasonable Q-resolution and high efficiency, this instrument is designed to use large area detector (1×1 m2) and broad wavelength bandwidth (1-10 Å) within the first frame. It also pays attention to possible use of optical devices such as neutron guides, focusing lenses and novel detectors.

  13. Structure of the capsid of Kilham rat virus from small-angle neutron scattering

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    Wobbe, C.R.; Mitra, S.; Ramakrishnan, V.

    1984-12-18

    The structure of empty capsids of Kilham rat virus, an autonomous parvovirus with icosahedral symmetry, was investigated by small-angle neutron scattering. From the forward scatter, the molecular weight was determined to be 4.0 x 10(6), and from the Guinier region, the radius of gyration was found to be 105 A in D2O and 104 A in H/sub 2/O. On the basis of the capsid molecular weight and the molecular weights and relative abundances of the capsid proteins, the authors propose that the capsid has a triangulation number of 1. Extended scattering curves and mathematical modeling revealed that the capsid consists of two shells of protein, the inner shell extending from 58 to 91 A in D2O and from 50 to 91 A in H/sub 2/O and containing 11% of the capsid scattering mass, and the outer shell extending to 121 A in H/sub 2/O and D2O. The inner shell appears to have a higher content of basic amino acids than the outer shell, based on its lower scattering density in D2O than in H/sub 2/O. The authors propose that all three capsid proteins contribute to the inner shell and that this basic region serves DNA binding and partial charge neutralization functions.

  14. Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) characterization of electrically conducting polyaniline nanofiber/polyimide nanocomposites

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    Nanocomposites of polyaniline nanofibers and polyimide were fabricated and studied using small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The immiscible nature of the conformationally dissimilar polyaniline nanofiber and polyimide host is established by a series of experiments involving neutron scattering. Based on these techniques, we conclude that the crystal structure of the polyimides is not disrupted, and that there is no mixing between the two components on a molecular level. The morphology of the conducting salt component was analyzed by SANS data and was treated by two common models: Debye–Bueche (D–B) and inverse power law (IPL). Due to deviations in the linear curve fitting over a large scattering range, neither the D-B nor the IPL model could be used to characterize the size and shape of all PANI-0.5-CSA (polyaniline camphor sulfonic acid doped polymer)/polyimide blend systems. At 1 and 2% concentration, the D–B model suggested salt domains between 20 and 70 Å with fractal geometries implied by the IPL model. As salt concentrations increased to 5%, the structures were observed to change, but there is no simple structural model that provides a suitable basis for comparison.

  15. Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) characterization of electrically conducting polyaniline nanofiber/polyimide nanocomposites

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    Hopkins, Alan R., E-mail: alan.r.hopkins@aero.org [Aerospace Corporation, Space Materials Lab, Micro/Nano Technology Dept, Polymers Section, M2/242, Los Angeles, CA 90009-2957 (United States); Tomczak, Sandra J. [AFRL/RZSM Materials Application Branch, Space and Missile Propulsion Division 10 East Saturn Blvd., Bldg. 8451, Edwards Air Force Base, CA 93524 (United States); Vij, Vandana [ERC. Inc., AFRL/PRSM, Edwards AFB, CA (United States); Jackson, Andrew J. [National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 6102, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-6102 (United States)

    2011-12-30

    Nanocomposites of polyaniline nanofibers and polyimide were fabricated and studied using small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The immiscible nature of the conformationally dissimilar polyaniline nanofiber and polyimide host is established by a series of experiments involving neutron scattering. Based on these techniques, we conclude that the crystal structure of the polyimides is not disrupted, and that there is no mixing between the two components on a molecular level. The morphology of the conducting salt component was analyzed by SANS data and was treated by two common models: Debye-Bueche (D-B) and inverse power law (IPL). Due to deviations in the linear curve fitting over a large scattering range, neither the D-B nor the IPL model could be used to characterize the size and shape of all PANI-0.5-CSA (polyaniline camphor sulfonic acid doped polymer)/polyimide blend systems. At 1 and 2% concentration, the D-B model suggested salt domains between 20 and 70 A with fractal geometries implied by the IPL model. As salt concentrations increased to 5%, the structures were observed to change, but there is no simple structural model that provides a suitable basis for comparison.

  16. In-situ vapor small angle neutron scattering of sulfonated polyarylenethioethersulfone random copolymer (SPTES 70) fuel cells membrane

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    Highly sulfonated polyarylenethioethersulfone copolymer (SPTES 70) with excellent thermal stability, high proton conductivity and good mechanical properties is an excellent candidate as high temperature fuel cells membrane. The morphology of the SPTES 70 was examined with in situ vapor small angle neutron scattering (iVSANS), and transmission electron microscopy. An experimental neutron contrast match point was obtained with swelling SPTES 70 in a series of D2O/H2O ratios and compared with the calculated scattering contrast. The calculated scattering length density of SPTES 70 was in excellent agreement with the experiment scattering length density. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) data of the magnesium, calcium, and silver exchanged hydrated SPTES 70 membranes exhibited nanostructured morphology which was compared with the reported nanostructure of D2O hydrated SPTES 70. SANS data showed that the average ionic domain size changes with the size and valence of the counter ion. (paper)

  17. Frozen concentration fluctuations in a poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) gel studied by neutron spin echo and small-angle neutron scattering

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    By employing neutron spin echo and small-angle neutron scattering, we determined the structure factor of the frozen concentration fluctuations on nano-length scales in a swollen poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) gel. The frozen contribution, showing a plateau at the low scattering wavenumber q (-1) and a rapid decrease close to q-4 at high q (>0.02 A-1), is intimately related to the abnormal butterfly scattering pattern appearing at low q under deformation. (orig.)

  18. Fractal Structures on Fe3O4 Ferrofluid: A Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Study

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    A small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) which is a powerful technique to reveal the large scale structures was applied to investigate the fractal structures of water-based Fe3O4ferrofluid, magnetic fluid. The natural magnetite Fe3O4 from iron sand of several rivers in East Java Province of Indonesia was extracted and purified using magnetic separator. Four different ferrofluid concentrations, i.e. 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 Molar (M) were synthesized through a co-precipitation method and then dispersed in tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAH) as surfactant. The fractal aggregates in ferrofluid samples were observed from their SANS scattering distributions confirming the correlations to their concentrations. The mass fractal dimension changed from about 3 to 2 as ferrofluid concentration increased showing a deviation slope at intermediate scattering vector q range. The size of primary magnetic particle as a building block was determined by fitting the scattering profiles with a log-normal sphere model calculation. The mean average size of those magnetic particles is about 60 - 100 A in diameter with a particle size distribution σ = 0.5.

  19. Initial characterization of mudstone nanoporosity with small angle neutron scattering using caprocks from carbon sequestration sites

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    Geological carbon sequestration relies on the principle that CO2 injected deep into the subsurface is unable to leak to the atmosphere. Structural trapping by a relatively impermeable caprock (often mudstone such as a shale) is the main trapping mechanism that is currently relied on for the first hundreds of years. Many of the pores of the caprock are of micrometer to nanometer scale. However, the distribution, geometry and volume of porosity at these scales are poorly characterized. Differences in pore shape and size can cause variation in capillary properties and fluid transport resulting in fluid pathways with different capillary entry pressures in the same sample. Prediction of pore network properties for distinct geologic environments would result in significant advancement in our ability to model subsurface fluid flow. Specifically, prediction of fluid flow through caprocks of geologic CO2 sequestration reservoirs is a critical step in evaluating the risk of leakage to overlying aquifers. The micro- and nanoporosity was analyzed in four mudstones using small angle neutron scattering (SANS). These mudstones are caprocks of formations that are currently under study or being used for carbon sequestration projects and include the Marine Tuscaloosa Group, the Lower Tuscaloosa Group, the upper and lower shale members of the Kirtland Formation, and the Pennsylvanian Gothic shale. Total organic carbon varies from <0.3% to 4% by weight. Expandable clay contents range from 10% to ∼40% in the Gothic shale and Kirtland Formation, respectively. Neutrons effectively scatter from interfaces between materials with differing scattering length density (i.e. minerals and pores). The intensity of scattered neutrons, I(Q), where Q is the scattering vector, gives information about the volume of pores and their arrangement in the sample. The slope of the scattering data when plotted as log I(Q) vs. log Q provides information about the fractality or geometry of the pore network

  20. Initial characterization of mudstone nanoporosity with small angle neutron scattering using caprocks from carbon sequestration sites.

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    McCray, John (Colorado School of Mines); Navarre-Sitchler, Alexis (Colorado School of Mines); Mouzakis, Katherine (Colorado School of Mines); Heath, Jason E.; Dewers, Thomas A.; Rother, Gernot (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

    2010-11-01

    Geological carbon sequestration relies on the principle that CO{sub 2} injected deep into the subsurface is unable to leak to the atmosphere. Structural trapping by a relatively impermeable caprock (often mudstone such as a shale) is the main trapping mechanism that is currently relied on for the first hundreds of years. Many of the pores of the caprock are of micrometer to nanometer scale. However, the distribution, geometry and volume of porosity at these scales are poorly characterized. Differences in pore shape and size can cause variation in capillary properties and fluid transport resulting in fluid pathways with different capillary entry pressures in the same sample. Prediction of pore network properties for distinct geologic environments would result in significant advancement in our ability to model subsurface fluid flow. Specifically, prediction of fluid flow through caprocks of geologic CO{sub 2} sequestration reservoirs is a critical step in evaluating the risk of leakage to overlying aquifers. The micro- and nanoporosity was analyzed in four mudstones using small angle neutron scattering (SANS). These mudstones are caprocks of formations that are currently under study or being used for carbon sequestration projects and include the Marine Tuscaloosa Group, the Lower Tuscaloosa Group, the upper and lower shale members of the Kirtland Formation, and the Pennsylvanian Gothic shale. Total organic carbon varies from <0.3% to 4% by weight. Expandable clay contents range from 10% to {approx}40% in the Gothic shale and Kirtland Formation, respectively. Neutrons effectively scatter from interfaces between materials with differing scattering length density (i.e. minerals and pores). The intensity of scattered neutrons, I(Q), where Q is the scattering vector, gives information about the volume of pores and their arrangement in the sample. The slope of the scattering data when plotted as log I(Q) vs. log Q provides information about the fractality or geometry of

  1. Investigation of the tripoli porous structure by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Avdeev, M. V. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics (Russian Federation); Blagoveshchenskii, N. M. [Leipunsky Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (Russian Federation); Garamus, V. M. [Helmholtz Centre (Germany); Novikov, A. G., E-mail: novikov@ippe.ru; Puchkov, A. V. [Leipunsky Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (Russian Federation)

    2011-12-15

    The characteristics of the tripoli porous structure have been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Tripoli is a finely porous sedimentary rock formed by small spherical opal particles. Its main component is aqueous silica SiO{sub 2} {center_dot} nH{sub 2}O (80-90%). Tripoli is widely used in practice as a working medium for sorption filters and in some other commercial and construction technologies. The shape of the experimental SANS curves indicates the presence of small and large pores in tripoli. The small-pore size was estimated to be {approx}100 Angstrom-Sign . The size of large pores turned out to be beyond the range of neutron wave vector transfers Q that are available for the instrument used; however, their size was indirectly estimated to be {approx}(2000-2500) Angstrom-Sign . The pores of both groups behave as surfacetype fractal scatterers with the fractal dimension D {approx} 2.2-2.6. The densities of pores of these two groups differ by approximately three orders of magnitude ({approx}10{sup 16} and {approx}10{sup 13} cm{sup -3} for small and large pores, respectively); the fraction of large pores amounts to 70-80% of the total pore volume. The found pore characteristics (their densities, sizes, and relative volumes) are in satisfactory agreement (when a comparison is possible) with the absorption data.

  2. Investigation of the tripoli porous structure by small-angle neutron scattering

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    The characteristics of the tripoli porous structure have been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Tripoli is a finely porous sedimentary rock formed by small spherical opal particles. Its main component is aqueous silica SiO2 · nH2O (80–90%). Tripoli is widely used in practice as a working medium for sorption filters and in some other commercial and construction technologies. The shape of the experimental SANS curves indicates the presence of small and large pores in tripoli. The small-pore size was estimated to be ∼100 Å. The size of large pores turned out to be beyond the range of neutron wave vector transfers Q that are available for the instrument used; however, their size was indirectly estimated to be ∼(2000–2500) Å. The pores of both groups behave as surfacetype fractal scatterers with the fractal dimension D ∼ 2.2‐2.6. The densities of pores of these two groups differ by approximately three orders of magnitude (∼1016 and ∼1013 cm−3 for small and large pores, respectively); the fraction of large pores amounts to 70–80% of the total pore volume. The found pore characteristics (their densities, sizes, and relative volumes) are in satisfactory agreement (when a comparison is possible) with the absorption data.

  3. Investigation of digestion Kinetics in commercial starches using in-situ small-angle neutron scattering

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    Full text: The digestion of starch has been the subject of many investigations, mostly involving in vitro measurement of the susceptibility of starches to attack by different enzymes, rather than measuring actual digestibility in vivo. The rate and extent of amylolytic hydrolysis of granular starches is known to vary according to botanical origin. Granule characteristics considered to influence susceptibility to attack by alpha-amylase include crystallinity, granule size and available specific surface, amylose content, porosity, structural inhomogeneities and degree of integrity. Most in-vitro studies of granular starch digestion have been limited to samples for which aliquots have been removed from the reaction mixture at various time intervals and freeze-dried to be subsequently characterized using a range of techniques. It remains unclear whether sample preparation creates artefacts in the samples. In this study, we have studied the kinetics of starch digestion of several commercial granular starches by time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering using an in-situ digestion chamber allowing, for the first time, to follow structural changes of starch in the course of digestion directly in the digestion mixture. Additionally, samples before and after digestion were studied by x-ray diffraction, small-angle x-ray scattering, differential scanning calorimetry and microscopy. Microscopy revealed that studied starches, which varied in their amylose content and digestion kinetics, followed different modes of attack The multidisciplinary approach allowed the nanostructural changes detected by small-angle scattering in the course of enzymic breakdown to be correlated with changes in crystallinity and functional properties.

  4. Study on functional heat-resistant ceramics SiC using small angle neutron scattering

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    The mechanical properties of functional heat-resistant silicon carbide SiC ceramics are significantly influenced by the concentration and dimensions of pores. 3 SiC samples with different densities were sintered with different kind and amount of additives (such as Al2O3, B4C and C) using different sintering conditions of the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing. Small angle neutron scattering measurements for 3 SiC samples were carried out at C1-2 SANS instrument of the University of Tokyo in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. The neutron data with 8 and 16 in of secondary flight path and 10 and 7 A of neutron wave length respectively have been obtained. After deduction of background measurement and transmission correction, both neutron data were linked up with each other. The cubic patterns of 3 neutron data with Q range from 0.0028 - 0.05 A-1 are almost with axial symmetry. It shows that the shape of pores, whose dimensions are relative to the Q range, is almost spherical. For spherical particles (or pores) we can obtain an expression of size distribution directly, using Mellin Transform (J. Appl. Phys. 45, 1974, 46.). According to our calculating program for the expression, the size distribution of pores for 3 samples were obtained. The average size (∼ 190 A) of pores for hot-pressed SiC sample with more density is smaller than others (∼ 210 A). It seems to be the reason why the density of hot-pressed SiC sample is higher than no-hot-pressed sample. (author)

  5. Small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering reveal conformational changes in rhodopsin activation

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    Shrestha, Utsab R.; Bhowmik, Debsindhu; Perera, Suchitrhanga M. C. D.; Chawla, Udeep; Struts, Andrey V.; Graziono, Vito; Pingali, Sai Venkatesh; Heller, William T.; Qian, Shuo; Brown, Michael F.; Chu, Xiang-Qiang

    2015-03-01

    Understanding G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) activation plays a crucial role in the development of novel improved molecular drugs. During photo-activation, the retinal chromophore of the visual GPCR rhodopsin isomerizes from 11-cis to all-trans conformation, yielding an equilibrium between inactive Meta-I and active Meta-II states. The principal goals of this work are to address whether the activation of rhodopsin leads to a single state or a conformational ensemble, and how protein organizational structure changes with detergent environment in solution. We use both small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques to answer the above questions. For the first time we observe the change in protein conformational ensemble upon photo-activation by SANS with contrast variation, which enables the separate study of the protein structure within the detergent assembly. In addition, SAXS study of protein structure within detergent assembly suggests that the detergent molecules form a belt of monolayer (micelle) around protein with different geometrical shapes to keep the protein in folded state.

  6. A small-angle neutron scattering investigation of coke deposits on catalysts

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    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) has been used to characterize a silica-alumina catalyst before and after coke deposition. The reaction used to deactivate the catalyst was the isomerization of xylenes. The results showed that, while most of the surface area in this type of catalyst resides in the ultrafine pores of diameters less than 1 nm occupying about 7% of the sample volume, there appears to be no coke deposition in these pores. The coke seems to coat the solid structures of 3.3-nm diameter which are of capillary shape. Such structures occupy about 6% of the sample volume. The coke was found to correspond to amonolayer of composition CH0.3 with a density of 1660 kg/m3

  7. Small-angle neutron scattering studies of nonionic surfactant: Effect of sugars

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    K Shivaji Sharma; J V Joshi; V K Aswal; P S Goyal; A K Rakshit

    2004-08-01

    Micellar solution of nonionic surfactant -dodecyloligo ethyleneoxide surfactant, decaoxyethylene monododecyl ether [CH3(CH2)11(OCH2CH2)10OH], C12E10 in D2O solution have been analysed by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) at different temperatures (30, 45 and 60°C) both in the presence and absence of sugars. The structural parameters like micelle shape and size, aggregation number and micellar density have been determined. It is found that the micellar structure significantly depends on the temperature and concentration of sugars. The micelles are found to be prolate ellipsoids at 30°C and the axial ratio of the micelle increases with the increase in temperature. The presence of lower concentration of sugar reduces the size of micelles and it grows at higher concentration of sugar. The structure of micelles is almost independent of the different types of sugars used.

  8. Small-angle neutron scattering study of structural evolution of different phases in protein solution

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    V K Aswal; S Chodankar; J Kohlbrecher; R Vavrin; A G Wagh

    2008-10-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) has been used to study the structural evolution of different phases in protein solution leading to crystallization, denaturation and gelation. The protein solution under crystallization mostly consists of monomers and dimers, and higher-mers are not observed as they are perhaps formed in very small numbers. The onset and the rate of crystallization strongly depend on the salt concentration. Protein denaturation on addition of surfactant occurs due to the formation of micelle-like clusters along the unfolded polypeptide chains of the protein. The structure of such protein{surfactant complex is found to be independent of the size of the micelles in their pure surfactant solutions. The structure of temperature-induced protein gels shows a fractal structure. Rheology of these gels shows a strong dependence on varying pH or protein concentration, whereas the structure of such gels is found to be similar.

  9. Characterisation of creep cavitation damage in a stainless steel pressure vessel using small angle neutron scattering

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    Bouchard, P J; Treimer, W

    2002-01-01

    Grain-boundary cavitation is the dominant failure mode associated with initiation of reheat cracking, which has been widely observed in austenitic stainless steel pressure vessels operating at temperatures within the creep range (>450 C). Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments at the LLB PAXE instrument (Saclay) and the V12 double-crystal diffractometer of the HMI-BENSC facility (Berlin) are used to characterise cavitation damage (in the size range R=10-2000 nm) in a variety of creep specimens extracted from ex-service plant. Factors that affect the evolution of cavities and the cavity-size distribution are discussed. The results demonstrate that SANS techniques have the potential to quantify the development of creep damage in type-316H stainless steel, and thereby link microstructural damage with ductility-exhaustion models of reheat cracking. (orig.)

  10. Small angle neutron scattering studies on protein denaturation induced by different methods

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    S Chodankar; V K Aswal; J Kohlbrecher; R Vavrin; A G Wagh

    2008-11-01

    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) has been used to study conformational changes in protein bovine serum albumin (BSA) as induced by varying temperature and in the presence of protein denaturating agents urea and surfactant. BSA has pro-late ellipsoidal shape and is found to be stable up to 60°C above which it denaturates and subsequently leads to aggregation. The protein solution exhibits a fractal structure at temperatures above 64°C, with fractal dimension increasing with temperature. BSA protein is found to unfold in the presence of urea at concentrations greater than 4 M and acquires a random coil Gaussian chain conformation. The conformation of the unfolded protein in the presence of surfactant has been determined directly using contrast variation SANS measurements by contrast matching surfactant molecules. The protein acquires a random coil Gaussian conformation on unfolding with its radius of gyration increasing with increase in surfactant concentration

  11. Characterization of sol-clay composites by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Silica-clay composites were prepared by reaction a 40 Angstrom silica sol with aqueous clay suspensions. The clays which were studied included Na+-montmorillonite, fluorohectorite, and the synthetic clay Laponite. The aggregation mechanism of the sol particles and the degree of dispersion of the clay layers were monitored by small-angle neutron scattering. The data for powdered silica-montmorillonite products showed the presence of highly dispersed clay platelets and spherical sol particles. The results suggest that the interaction between these two components inhibits the sol aggregation process. Studies on the products prepared from other types of clays, however, show that this interaction is highly dependent on the morphology and charge density of the clay platelets

  12. Small-angle neutron scattering from polymer hydrogels with memory effect for medicine immobilization

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    Hydrogels synthesized based on cross-linked copolymers of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate and functional monomers (acrylic acid or dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate), having a memory effect with respect to target medicine (cefazolin), have been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering. The hydrogels are found to have a two-level structural organization: large (up to 100 nm) aggregates filled with network cells (4–7 nm in size). The structural differences in the anionic, cationic, and amphiphilic hydrogels and the relationship between their structure and the ability of hydrogels to absorb moisture are shown. A relationship between the memory effect during cefazolin immobilization and the internal structure of hydrogels, depending on their composition and type of functional groups, is established.

  13. Small Angle Neutron Scattering Studies from Micellar Solutions of Cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide

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    Small Angle Neutron Scattering from 0.1M solution of Cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) without and with addition of varying concentrations of NaSal and KCl have been studied. It is observed that micelles are ellipsoidal (c=a≠b) and the a/b ratio depends on concentrations of CTAB, NaSal and KCl and on the temperature of the solution. The measured spectra show that on addition of NaSal, two or more of CTAB micelles join together to form together to from bigger micelle. These micelles disintergrate to smaller ones on heating. With the increase of KCl concentrations, the peak broadens without any significant shift in peak position. The broadening of the peak is a result of the reduction in coulomb interaction between the micelles

  14. Kinetics of structural reorganizations in multi lamellar photosynthetic membranes monitored by small-angle neutron scattering

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    We demonstrate the power of time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering experiments for the investigation of the structure and structural reorganizations of multi lamellar photosynthetic membranes. In addition to briefly summarizing our results on thylakoid membranes isolated from higher plants and in unicellular organisms, we discuss the advantages and technical and methodological limitations of time resolved SANS. We present a detailed and more systematical investigation of the kinetics of light-induced structural reorganizations in isolated spinach thylakoid membranes, which show how changes in the repeat distance and in the long-range order of the multi lamellar membranes can be followed with a time resolution of seconds. We also present data from comparative measurements performed on thylakoid membranes isolated from tobacco. (authors)

  15. A new 40 m small angle neutron scattering instrument at HANARO, Korea

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    Han, Young-Soo, E-mail: yshan@kaeri.re.kr [Neutron Science Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, 989-111 Daedeok-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Sung-Min [Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Tae-Hwan; Lee, Chang-Hee; Cho, Sang-Jin; Seong, Baek-Seok [Neutron Science Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, 989-111 Daedeok-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-09-01

    A new 40 m Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) instrument was constructed, and has been opened to outside users since November 2010 at HANARO, Korea. The instrument is equipped with state-of-the-art components, and the performance of the instrument is comparable to that of advanced SANS instruments. The flux at the sample position is measured as 2.9×10{sup 7}/cm{sup 2} s with a wavelength of 5 Å and a collimation length of 1.7 m. The Q-range of the instrument covers from 0.0007 to 1.1 Å{sup −1} when the lens option is applied. In this paper, the design and characteristics of the 40 m SANS instrument are described, and data showing their performance are presented.

  16. A new 40 m small angle neutron scattering instrument at HANARO, Korea

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    Han, Young-Soo; Choi, Sung-Min; Kim, Tae-Hwan; Lee, Chang-Hee; Cho, Sang-Jin; Seong, Baek-Seok

    2013-09-01

    A new 40 m Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) instrument was constructed, and has been opened to outside users since November 2010 at HANARO, Korea. The instrument is equipped with state-of-the-art components, and the performance of the instrument is comparable to that of advanced SANS instruments. The flux at the sample position is measured as 2.9×107/cm2 s with a wavelength of 5 Å and a collimation length of 1.7 m. The Q-range of the instrument covers from 0.0007 to 1.1 Å-1 when the lens option is applied. In this paper, the design and characteristics of the 40 m SANS instrument are described, and data showing their performance are presented.

  17. A new 40 m small angle neutron scattering instrument at HANARO, Korea

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    A new 40 m Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) instrument was constructed, and has been opened to outside users since November 2010 at HANARO, Korea. The instrument is equipped with state-of-the-art components, and the performance of the instrument is comparable to that of advanced SANS instruments. The flux at the sample position is measured as 2.9×107/cm2 s with a wavelength of 5 Å and a collimation length of 1.7 m. The Q-range of the instrument covers from 0.0007 to 1.1 Å−1 when the lens option is applied. In this paper, the design and characteristics of the 40 m SANS instrument are described, and data showing their performance are presented

  18. Kinetics of structural reorganizations in multilamellar photosynthetic membranes monitored by small-angle neutron scattering.

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    Nagy, Gergely; Kovács, László; Ünnep, Renáta; Zsiros, Ottó; Almásy, László; Rosta, László; Timmins, Peter; Peters, Judith; Posselt, Dorthe; Garab, Győző

    2013-07-01

    We demonstrate the power of time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering experiments for the investigation of the structure and structural reorganizations of multilamellar photosynthetic membranes. In addition to briefly summarizing our results on thylakoid membranes isolated from higher plants and in unicellular organisms, we discuss the advantages and technical and methodological limitations of time-resolved SANS. We present a detailed and more systematical investigation of the kinetics of light-induced structural reorganizations in isolated spinach thylakoid membranes, which show how changes in the repeat distance and in the long-range order of the multilamellar membranes can be followed with a time resolution of seconds. We also present data from comparative measurements performed on thylakoid membranes isolated from tobacco. PMID:23839900

  19. Small-angle neutron scattering study of structural evolution of different phases in protein solution

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    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) has been used to study the structural evolution of different phases in protein solution leading to crystallization, denaturation and gelation. The protein solution under crystallization mostly consists of monomers and dimmers, and higher-mers are not observed as they are perhaps formed in very small numbers. The onset and the rate of crystallization strongly depend on the salt concentration. Protein denaturation on addition of surfactant occurs due to the formation of micelle-like clusters along the unfolded polypeptide chains of the protein. The structure of such protein-surfactant complex is found to be independent of the size of the micelles in their pure surfactant solutions. The structure of temperature-induced protein gels shows a fractal structure. Rheology of these gels shows a strong dependence on varying pH or protein concentration, whereas the structure of such gels is found to be similar. (author)

  20. Small-angle neutron scattering studies of chemical reaction and reaction-induced self-assembly

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    Tanaka, H. [Advanced Science Research Center(ASRC), Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Department of Polymer Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8501 (Japan); Koizumi, S. [Advanced Science Research Center(ASRC), Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Hashimoto, T. [Advanced Science Research Center(ASRC), Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan) and Department of Polymer Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8501 (Japan)]. E-mail: hashimoto.takeji@jaea.go.jp; Kurosaki, K. [Department of Materials Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8501 (Japan); Ohmae, M. [Department of Materials Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8501 (Japan); Kobayashi, S. [Department of Materials Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8501 (Japan)

    2006-11-15

    We have investigated a self-assembling process of cellulose artificially synthesized via enzymatic polymerization by means of in-situ and time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The results elucidated the following: (i) cellulose molecules were synthesized at a special reaction site of the enzyme (cellulase) located on or near the smooth surface of the self-assembled enzymes formed in the reaction medium; (ii) the synthesized molecules associated themselves via diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) and crystallized into fibrils and (iii) the fibrils formed the aggregates, which had the surface fractal dimension D {sub s} increasing from 2 to 2.3 with the reaction time, on the smooth surface of the enzyme aggregates.

  1. Small angle neutron/x-ray scattering study of microtubules and polycations

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    Microtubules (MTs) are hollow cylindrical protein nanotubes with 25 nm diameter, composed of α/β-tubulin heterodimers with surface charge density ~ e/nm2. They are involved in many cellular functions such as cell division, maintaining cell shape, and intracellular trafficking. There have been studies about higher-order assemblies of MTs (e.g. Hexagonal bundle of MTs, inverted tubulin tubes, etc) in the presence of multivalent cations (e.g. Ca2+, spermine, etc). We show our recent findings on the assembly structures of MTs and cationic polymers, which have different structures as the concentration of the polycations changes. Various assemblies are studied both in real and reciprocal spaces using small angle Neutron/X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy.

  2. A small angle neutron scattering study of isolated nanopores in a ceramic

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    Raut Dessai, R. [Department of Physics, Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, Goa 403 206 (India); Desa, J.A.E., E-mail: erwindesa@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, Goa 403 206 (India); Sen, D.; Mazumder, S. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Isolated nanopores in ceramic have been studied by SANS contrast variation. • The measured intensity was solely due to the presence of the isolated pores. • Concentration of isolated pores is substantially reduced at higher temperatures. • SANS is an effective tool to estimate isolated nanometric pores. - Abstract: The isolated pores in a silica ceramic sintered at 1073 K and 1273 K have been studied by small angle neutron scattering using the technique of scattering contrast factor variation. A mixture of H{sub 2}O and D{sub 2}O which matched the scattering length density of the ceramic matrix was introduced into the pores of the sample. The connected pores were thus contrast matched and hence the measured intensity was solely due to the presence of the isolated pores having no contrast matched liquid inside. Analysis of the data yielded a widely separated bi-modal distribution (with modes at ∼170 nm and 35 nm) of nanopores in the compacts. A qualitative model for the sintering in this ceramic is proposed where densification of the matrix occurs by annihilation of smaller pores. However, this is associated with enhancement in the number of larger pores through pore coalescence. In this description the connected pores both – macro and nano – increase in number – simultaneous with a decrease in numbers of isolated pores.

  3. Nondestructive testing of high-temperature alloys by small angle neutron scattering (SANS)

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    The suitability of the Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) technique for the measurement of microstructural parameters of high-temperature alloys has been studied. The aim was the non-destructive determination of the creep damage for the estimation of the residual lifetime of service loaded gas turbine blades. In the first step the quantitative correlation between the SANS Signal and the microstructure of the material has been investigated using two oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloys of simple microstructure. The size distributions of the dispersoid in the as-received alloy and the thermally induced growth of the dispersoid have been measured. Good agreement with results of transmission electron microscopy examinations was found. Subsequently the relationship between the SNS signal and the strain of a typical, creep loaded, γ'-strengthened Ni-base superalloy has been investigated. In a series of creep specimens made from the cast superalloy IN100, systematically increasing amounts of creep strain have been produced. With these specimens two parameters can be derived from the SANS scattering curve, each pair of values having a clear relationship with the creep strain. A hypothesis is discussed concerning the related scattering mechanism. (orig.)

  4. Fractal Structures on Silica Aerogels Containing Titanium: A Small Angle Neutron Scattering Study

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    Full text: The fractal structure of silica aerogels containing titanium has been investigated by means of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) technique. The SANS experiments were conducted using a 36 meter SANS BATAN spectrometer (SMARTer) in Serpong, Indonesia in the range of momentum transfer Q, 0.006 -1) < 0.3. The power-law for a fractal object scattering Q-D observed from all measured samples. The Fourier transform of pattern I(Q) a pair correlation model function was implemented in analyzing the structure factor from the power-law scattering profiles. The results are showing that the silica aerogels containing titanium has a mass fractal where its dimension DM is larger than the pure silica aerogels. The mass fractal dimension of silica aerogels containing titanium is relatively constant between 2.23 to 2.40 with the decrease of acid concentrations during a sol-gel process and formed a nanometer size of aggregate. Those fractal structures were simulated using a Delphi language and the results are presented in this paper. (author)

  5. A small angle neutron scattering study of isolated nanopores in a ceramic

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    Highlights: • Isolated nanopores in ceramic have been studied by SANS contrast variation. • The measured intensity was solely due to the presence of the isolated pores. • Concentration of isolated pores is substantially reduced at higher temperatures. • SANS is an effective tool to estimate isolated nanometric pores. - Abstract: The isolated pores in a silica ceramic sintered at 1073 K and 1273 K have been studied by small angle neutron scattering using the technique of scattering contrast factor variation. A mixture of H2O and D2O which matched the scattering length density of the ceramic matrix was introduced into the pores of the sample. The connected pores were thus contrast matched and hence the measured intensity was solely due to the presence of the isolated pores having no contrast matched liquid inside. Analysis of the data yielded a widely separated bi-modal distribution (with modes at ∼170 nm and 35 nm) of nanopores in the compacts. A qualitative model for the sintering in this ceramic is proposed where densification of the matrix occurs by annihilation of smaller pores. However, this is associated with enhancement in the number of larger pores through pore coalescence. In this description the connected pores both – macro and nano – increase in number – simultaneous with a decrease in numbers of isolated pores

  6. Characterization of Sol-gel Encapsulated Proteins using Small-angle Neutron Scattering

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    Entrapment of biomolecules in silica-derived sol-gels has grown into a vibrant area of research since it was originally demonstrated. However, accessing the consequences of entrapment on biomolecules and the gel structure remains a major challenge in characterizing these biohybrid materials. We present the first demonstration that it is possible with small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to study the conformation of dilute proteins that are entrapped in transparent and dense sol-gels. Using deuterium-labeled green fluorescent protein (GFP) and SANS with contrast variation, we demonstrate that the scattering signatures of the sol-gel and the protein can be separated. Analysis of the scattering curves of the sol-gels using a mass-fractal model shows that the size of the colloidal silica particles and the fractal dimensions of the gels were similar in the absence and presence of protein, demonstrating that GFP did not influence the reaction pathway for the formation of the gel. The major structural difference in the gels was that the pore size was increased 2-fold in the presence of the protein. At the contrast match point for silica, the scattering signal from GFP inside the gel became distinguishable over a wide q range. Simulated scattering curves representing a monomer, end-to-end dimer, and parallel dimer of the protein were calculated and compared to the experimental data. Our results show that the most likely structure of GFP is that of an end-to-end dimer. This approach can be readily applied and holds great potential for the structural characterization of complex biohybrid and other materials.

  7. Preliminary results of an investigation of the structure of pressure vessel steels by small angle neutron scattering

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    Small angle neutron scattering has been used to investigate several irradiation-hardened pressure vessel steels. The neutron scattering produced by scattering centres of approx. 2 nm diameter was enhanced but that from microscopically resolvable objects >= 10 nm diameter was unchanged after fast neutron irradiation to 1017 to 1019 n/cm2 at 180 to 290 deg C. Enhanced scattering was proportional to the copper impurity content in Magnox pressure vessel steels; in PWR steels the enhancement was related primarily to copper content but was also affected by nickel and other elements. These observations support ideas attributing irradiation-strengthening to precipitation of copper particles or to increasing numbers of copper-vacancy complexes. However positive identification of the scattering centres using magnetic methods has not been successful so far. (author)

  8. Neutron scattering. Experiment manuals

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    The following topics are dealt with: The thermal triple axis spectrometer PUMA, the high-resolution powder diffractometer SPODI, the hot single-crystal diffractometer HEiDi for structure analysis with neutrons, the backscattering spectrometer SPHERES, neutron polarization analysis with tht time-of-flight spectrometer DNS, the neutron spin-echo spectrometer J-NSE, small-angle neutron scattering with the KWS-1 and KWS-2 diffractometers, the very-small-angle neutron scattering diffractrometer with focusing mirror KWS-3, the resonance spin-echo spectrometer RESEDA, the reflectometer TREFF, the time-of-flight spectrometer TOFTOF. (HSI)

  9. Neutron scattering. Experiment manuals

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    Brueckel, Thomas; Heger, Gernot; Richter, Dieter; Roth, Georg; Zorn, Reiner (eds.)

    2010-07-01

    The following topics are dealt with: The thermal triple axis spectrometer PUMA, the high-resolution powder diffractometer SPODI, the hot single-crystal diffractometer HEiDi for structure analysis with neutrons, the backscattering spectrometer SPHERES, neutron polarization analysis with tht time-of-flight spectrometer DNS, the neutron spin-echo spectrometer J-NSE, small-angle neutron scattering with the KWS-1 and KWS-2 diffractometers, the very-small-angle neutron scattering diffractrometer with focusing mirror KWS-3, the resonance spin-echo spectrometer RESEDA, the reflectometer TREFF, the time-of-flight spectrometer TOFTOF. (HSI)

  10. Characterisation of hierarchically-structured cellulose hydrogels by small angle neutron scattering

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    This work reports on the characterisation of cellulose hydrogels by means of small angle neutron scattering (SANS), combined with complementary techniques such as small angle X-ray scattering, X-ray diffraction, NMR spectroscopy and electron microscopy. Pure cellulose hydrogels were synthesized by cultivation of Gluconacetobacter xylinus strains in glucosecontaining media. Composites were also produced by incorporating polysaccharides typically found in plant cell walls (PCW) into the culture media. The application of a multi-technique characterisation approach enabled elucidation of the complex hierarchical architecture of cellulose hydrogels. Cellulose ribbons, typically modelled as solid one-phase structures, were proven to consist of a sub-structure of cellulose microfibrils interacting with each other and with solvent by means of a dense hydrogen bonding network. The existence of such sub-structure led to the creation of regions with different solvent accessibility within the ribbons, as indicated by the SANS data of pure and composite cellulose hydrogels. Based on this, a core-shell cylinder model combined with an interfacial scattering term was applied to fit the SANS contrast variation data. The fitting results suggested a different effect on the ribbons’ solvent exchange for the diverse composite hydrogels and, supported by additional characterisation, highlighted the distinct interaction mechanisms between cellulose and PCW polysaccharides. Furthermore, the production of partially deuterated cellulose hydrogels by using a deuterated glucose-based feedstock was seen to effectively enhance the neutron scattering length density contrast, opening new possibilities to selectively match the different components in composite hydrogels. The structure of the deuterated cellulose was compared with the native protiated cellulose and SANS contrast variation experiments confirmed the presence of solvent trapped within the cellulose ribbons, behaving differently to

  11. Membrane Structure Studies by Means of Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS)

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    summary of membrane structure will be followed by an outline of the neutron scattering techniques used to understand membrane structure and dynamics. The emphasis will be on the small angle neutron scattering technique since there is a very powerful instrument at Serpong, however brief mention of other techniques will be included to demonstrate how a multidisciplinary approach is usually required

  12. The small-angle neutron scattering facility at the SAFARI-1 reactor

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    A long-wavelength neutron scattering facility at the SAFARI-1 reactor is described. Neutrons of wavelength between 5 and 15 A can be selected. Features of the facility are the use of microwave guides as neutron conductors, flexible guide-pipe configuration and automatic sequential sample changing. Examples are given of measurements on radiation-induced voids in copper, aluminium, Al-0.4%Si and Al-0.1%In after neutron irradiation and magnetic scattering in US and in 80US-10UC-10UC2. (Auth.)

  13. Monte-Carlo simulation of an ultra small-angle neutron scattering instrument based on Soller slits

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    Rieker, T. [Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hubbard, P. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1997-09-01

    Monte Carlo simulations are used to investigate an ultra small-angle neutron scattering instrument for use at a pulsed source based on a Soller slit collimator and analyzer. The simulations show that for a q{sub min} of {approximately}le-4 {angstrom}{sup -1} (15 {angstrom} neutrons) a few tenths of a percent of the incident flux is transmitted through both collimators at q=0.

  14. Characterization of the dimensions of colloidal calcium carbonate dispersions in toluene with neutron small-angle scattering

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    Calcium carbonate particles, stabilized by a surface layer, and dispersed in toluene are investigated with neutron small-angle scattering. Estimates for the dimensions of the core particle and the layer have been obtained: the layer thickness is 8.6 A and the core particle radius is 16.5 A. The limits within which these results are valid are indicated. (Auth.)

  15. Dipolar structures in magnetite ferrofluids studied with small-angle neutron scattering with and without applied magnetic field

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    Klokkenburg, M.; Erne, B.H.; Wiedenmann, A.; Petukhov, A.V.; Philipse, A.P.

    2007-01-01

    Field-induced structure formation in a ferrofluid with well-defined magnetite nanoparticles with a permanent magnetic dipole moment was studied with small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) as a function of the magnetic interactions. The interactions were tuned by adjusting the size of the well-defined

  16. Low-temperature dynamics of magnetic colloids studied by time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering

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    Wiedenmann, A.; Keiderling, U.; Meissner, M.; Wallacher, D.; Gähler, R.; May, R.P.; Prévost, S.; Klokkenburg, M.; Erne, B.H.; Kohlbrecher, J.

    2008-01-01

    The dynamics of ordering and relaxation processes in magnetic colloids has been studied by means of stroboscopic small angle neutron scattering techniques in an oscillating magnetic field. Surfactant stabilized ferrofluids (FFs) of Fe3O4 and Co nanoparticles have been investigated as a function of t

  17. Monomeric Amyloid Beta Peptide in Hexafluoroisopropanol Detected by Small Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Zhang-Haagen, Bo; Biehl, Ralf; Nagel-Steger, Luitgard; Radulescu, Aurel; Richter, Dieter; Willbold, Dieter

    2016-01-01

    Small proteins like amyloid beta (Aβ) monomers are related to neurodegenerative disorders by aggregation to insoluble fibrils. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) is a nondestructive method to observe the aggregation process in solution. We show that SANS is able to resolve monomers of small molecular weight like Aβ for aggregation studies. We examine Aβ monomers after prolonged storing in d-hexafluoroisopropanol (dHFIP) by using SANS and dynamic light scattering (DLS). We determined the radius of gyration from SANS as 1.0±0.1 nm for Aβ1–40 and 1.6±0.1 nm for Aβ1–42 in agreement with 3D NMR structures in similar solvents suggesting a solvent surface layer with 5% increased density. After initial dissolution in dHFIP Aβ aggregates sediment with a major component of pure monomers showing a hydrodynamic radius of 1.8±0.3 nm for Aβ1–40 and 3.2±0.4 nm for Aβ1–42 including a surface layer of dHFIP solvent molecules. PMID:26919121

  18. Asphaltene macrostructure of petroleum crude investigated by small angle neutron scattering

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    Complete text of publication follows. The amount and the phase stability of the asphaltene fraction in petroleum and crude oils are important during the production, the processing and the transportation of these crude fluids. Small angle neutron scattering SANS technique was used to investigate the colloidal properties of an Algerian petroleum crude. Dilute samples with various concentrations up to 11% vol. were studied. The macrostructure of the present asphaltene fraction as well as its size distributions and volume fraction were extracted by modeling the experimental scattering data using a non linear least squares fitting program. The analysis results suggest that into the studied conditions, the petroleum crude asphaltene fraction seems to form stable micellar systems with a polydisperse globular like shape structures. It was found that the micelles mean size radius was about 2 nm and did not vary with the petroleum fluid medium concentration. The volume fraction of asphaltenes did not also increase with petroleum fluid medium concentration. These results suggest that the forming micelles were stable and there was no aggregation. In order to probe the internal structure of the asphaltene micelles the contrast variation technique was also performed on the isolated asphaltene fraction and from these results a form factor shape model was proposed. (author)

  19. Monomeric Amyloid Beta Peptide in Hexafluoroisopropanol Detected by Small Angle Neutron Scattering.

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    Bo Zhang-Haagen

    Full Text Available Small proteins like amyloid beta (Aβ monomers are related to neurodegenerative disorders by aggregation to insoluble fibrils. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS is a nondestructive method to observe the aggregation process in solution. We show that SANS is able to resolve monomers of small molecular weight like Aβ for aggregation studies. We examine Aβ monomers after prolonged storing in d-hexafluoroisopropanol (dHFIP by using SANS and dynamic light scattering (DLS. We determined the radius of gyration from SANS as 1.0±0.1 nm for Aβ1-40 and 1.6±0.1 nm for Aβ1-42 in agreement with 3D NMR structures in similar solvents suggesting a solvent surface layer with 5% increased density. After initial dissolution in dHFIP Aβ aggregates sediment with a major component of pure monomers showing a hydrodynamic radius of 1.8±0.3 nm for Aβ1-40 and 3.2±0.4 nm for Aβ1-42 including a surface layer of dHFIP solvent molecules.

  20. Small-angle neutron scattering investigation of polyurethane aged in dry and wet air

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The microstructures of Estane 5703 aged at 70°C in dry and wet air have been studied by small-angle neutron scattering. The samples were swollen in deuterated toluene for enhancing the contrast. The scattering data show the characteristic domain structure of polyurethanes consisting of soft and hard segments. Debye-Anderson-Brumberger function used with hard sphere structure factor, and the Teubner-Strey model are used to analyze the two-phase domain structure of the polymer. The combined effects of temperature and humidity have a strong disruption effect on the microstructures of Estane. For the sample aged at 70°C in wet air for 1 month, the domain size, described by the correlation length, increases from 2.3 to 3.8 nm and their distance, expressed by hard-sphere interaction radius, increases from 8.4 to 10.6 nm. The structure development is attributed to degradation of polymer chains as revealed by gel permeation chromatography. The hydrolysis of ester links on polymer backbone at 70°C in the presence of water humidity is the main reason for the changes of the microstructure. These findings can contribute to developing predictive models for the safety, performance, and lifetime of polyurethanes.

  1. Kinetic small angle neutron scattering of the skyrmion lattice in MnSi

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    Mühlbauer, S.; Kindervater, J.; Adams, T.; Bauer, A.; Keiderling, U.; Pfleiderer, C.

    2016-07-01

    We report a kinetic small angle neutron scattering (SANS) study of the skyrmion lattice (SL) in MnSi. Induced by an oscillatory tilting of the magnetic field direction, the elasticity and relaxation of the SL along the magnetic field direction have been measured with microsecond resolution. For the excitation frequency of 325 {{Hz}} the SL begins to track the tilting motion of the applied magnetic field under tilting angles exceeding {α }{{c}}≳ 0.4^\\circ . Empirically the associated angular velocity of the tilting connects quantitatively with the critical charge carrier velocity of ∼ 0.1 {{mm}} {{{s}}}-1 under current driven spin transfer torques, for which the SL unpins. In addition, a pronounced temperature dependence of the skyrmion motion is attributed to the variation of the skyrmion stiffness. Taken together our study highlights the power of kinetic SANS as a new experimental tool to explore, in a rather general manner, the elasticity and impurity pinning of magnetic textures across a wide parameter space without parasitic signal interferences due to ohmic heating or Oersted magnetic fields.

  2. Ultra-small-angle neutron scattering: large-scale structure determination from a bird's eye view

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    Both natural and synthetic materials science and engineering rely increasingly on detailed knowledge of the microstructure and interactions in soft and hard materials. Contemporary research areas in biology and the life sciences, e.g., include membrane biophysics, drug-delivery systems and pharmacology, denial and medical composites, biomaterials, fillings and implants in each of these areas large length scale measurements become necessary as model biological systems begin to approach the complexity of natural systems Porosity (void structure) and particle size need to be understood so that the processes of agglomeration and water transport can be quantified in materials such as cements, oil bearing rooks, and pewit pigments Complex fluids, containing structures and complexes in the nanometre and much larger length scales, have widely varying physical properties and are extensively used in food, cosmetic/personal care, pharmaceuticals and drug-delivery, and mining industries. In these length-scales are some of the organisational features that dictate the bulk rheological and stability properties of solutions. At ANSTO a new ultra-small-angle neutron scattering (USANS) instrument, Kookaburra (currently) under construction with an expected transition to operation in mid-2013), will advance large-scale structure determination in the size range of 0.1-10 µm. Based on the well-established Bonse-Hart method. Kookaburra will individually operate at two different wavelengths to optimally accommodate weakly and strongly scattering samples at one sample position. This contribution will present specifics of Kookaburra and also discuss a practical application of the USANS technique in polymer science. Both its versatility and estimated neutron flux suggest that this state-.of-the-art instrument will generate a major impact in the field of large-scale structure determination.

  3. Recent Development of a 36 meter Small-Angle Neutron Scattering BATAN Spectrometer (SMARTer) in Serpong Indonesia

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    Giri Rachman Putra, Edy; Bharoto; Seong, Baek Seok

    2010-10-01

    The 36 meter small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) spectrometer BATAN (SMARTer) in Serpong, Indonesia has been revitalised for several years. The work on replacing, upgrading and improving the control system and the experimental method were conducted in order to setup the spectrometer back in operation. Two main personal computers, one for handling and controlling the mechanical system and another one for acquiring neutron data were employed at the spectrometer. The standard and established SANS data reduction and analysis programs, such as GRASP and NIST Igor have been implemented to subtract the raw scattered neutron data with the backgrounds and then analyse the corrected data. The scattering data of ferrofluids samples, Fe3O4 and MnZnFe2O4 have been obtained using SANS spectrometers in BATAN Serpong, Indonesia and HANARO-KAERI, Republic of Korea for inter-laboratory comparison and investigation of proposed research interest. The results were comparable from both scattering data analysis.

  4. Interaction between surfactants and colloidal latexes in nonpolar solvents studied using contrast-variation small-Angle neutron scattering

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    Smith, Gregory; Alexander, Shirin; Brown, Paul; Gillespie, David A J; Grillo, Isabelle; Heenan, Richard K.; James, Craig; Kemp, Roger D; Rogers, Sarah E.; Eastoe, Julian

    2014-01-01

    The interaction between deuterium-labeled Aerosol OT surfactant (AOT-d 34) and sterically stabilized poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) latex particles dispersed in nonpolar solvents has been studied using contrast-variation small-Angle neutron scattering (CV-SANS). The electrophoretic mobilities (μ) of the latexes have been measured by phase-Analysis light scattering, indicating that μ is negative. Two analogues of the stabilizers for the particles have been studied as free polymers in the abs...

  5. The small angle neutron scattering instrument on the HIFAR reactor (ANSTO)

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    Full text: The Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) instrument on ANSTO's HIFAR reactor is a conventional design with a number of unique features. The instrument has a 5 m collimation length and sample-to-detector distance range of 1.5 - 5 m. The monochromator and first section of the collimator are located within the reactor containment building, and the second section of the collimator, the sample position and the detector system are located in an external, purpose-built laboratory. The monochromator is a double multilayer system in a dog-leg configuration that is efficient (>90%) at selecting the required neutron wavelength, and efficient at rejecting all other wavelengths, as well as fast neutrons and γ-radiation. At present, the multilayer monochromators are single d-spacing, planar geometry used in reflection mode, and d-spacing in the range 40 - 120 Angstroms will permit the selection of neutron wavelength and wavelength spread over a considerable range (λ 2 - 8 Angstroms andΔλ/λ 10 - 20%). Future developments in multilayer monochromators will enable beam focussing, polarised beam production and additional wavelength spread control. The large 64 x 64cm2 active area position sensitive detector (PSD) was designed and constructed at ANSTO in collaboration with BNL and ILL. The detector is a multi-wire proportional chamber of conventional design with greater than 60% detection efficiency and a spatial resolution of 5 mm. The gas mixture is 190 kPa 3 He plus 100 kPa CF4, and the neutron energy resolution on the anode grid is typically 15% (fwhm). The location of a neutron detection event within the active volume is determined by the wire-by-wire method: the spatial resolution (5 x 5mm2) is thereby defined by the wire geometry. The charge induced in the 128 x 128 cathode grids is processed by 16-channel charge-sensitive preamplifier/amplifier/comparator modules developed with a channel sensitivity of 0.1V/fC, noise linewidth of 0.4fC (fwhm) and channel

  6. Neutron scattering. Experiment manuals

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    The following topics are dealt with: The thermal triple-axis spectrometer PUMA, the high-resolution powder diffractometer SPODI, the hot-single-crystal diffractometer HEiDi, the three-axis spectrometer PANDA, the backscattering spectrometer SPHERES, the DNS neutron-polarization analysis, the neutron spin-echo spectrometer J-NSE, small-angle neutron scattering at KWS-1 and KWS-2, a very-small-angle neutron scattering diffractometer with focusing mirror, the reflectometer TREFF, the time-of-flight spectrometer TOFTOF. (HSI)

  7. Neutron scattering. Experiment manuals

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    Brueckel, Thomas; Heger, Gernot; Richter, Dieter; Roth, Georg; Zorn, Reiner (eds.)

    2014-07-01

    The following topics are dealt with: The thermal triple-axis spectrometer PUMA, the high-resolution powder diffractometer SPODI, the hot-single-crystal diffractometer HEiDi, the three-axis spectrometer PANDA, the backscattering spectrometer SPHERES, the DNS neutron-polarization analysis, the neutron spin-echo spectrometer J-NSE, small-angle neutron scattering at KWS-1 and KWS-2, a very-small-angle neutron scattering diffractometer with focusing mirror, the reflectometer TREFF, the time-of-flight spectrometer TOFTOF. (HSI)

  8. Time-of-flight small-angle-neutron-scattering data reduction and analysis at LANSCE (Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center) with program SMR

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    A user-friendly, integrated system, SMR, for the display, reduction and analysis of data from time-of-flight small-angle neutron diffractometers is described. Its purpose is to provide facilities for data display and assessment and to provide these facilities in near real time. This allows the results of each scattering measurement to be available almost immediately, and enables the experimenter to use the results of a measurement as a basis for other measurements in the same instrument allocation. 8 refs., 11 figs

  9. The microstructure of neutron-irradiated Fe-Cr alloys: A small-angle neutron scattering study

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    Ferritic-martensitic chromium steels are candidate materials for future applications in both Gen-IV fission and fusion technology. Experimental investigation of neutron-irradiated Fe-Cr model alloys is important in order to gain a better understanding of the interplay of chromium content and irradiation behaviour. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) is particularly well suited to unfold the size distribution of non-planar irradiation-induced nanoscale features such as defect-solute clusters, nanovoids and α'- particles. This size distribution represents a statistically reliable average over a macroscopic volume. Assumptions on the dominant type of features can be checked against the ratio of magnetic and nuclear scattering. The materials investigated in this work are commercial-purity Fe-Cr alloys of nominal compositions Fe-2.5Cr, Fe-5Cr, Fe- 9Cr and Fe-12.5Cr (at %). Neutron irradiation was performed in the reactor BR2 at Mol (Belgium) at a temperature of 300 deg. C and neutron flux of 9 x 1013 cm-2 s-1 (E > 1 MeV) [Matijasevic, JNM 377 (2008) 147]. The neutron exposures expressed in units of displacements per atom correspond to 0.6 and 1.5 dpa. A wavelength of 0.58 nm and three detector-sample distances of 1, 4 and 16 m were used in the SANS experiments carried out at the SANS-2 facility of GKSS Geesthacht (Germany). The samples were placed in a saturation magnetic field in order to separate magnetic and nuclear contributions. The scattering curves obtained for the unirradiated conditions of the four Fe-Cr alloys were taken as reference. We have found that the volume fraction of scatterers slightly increases with neutron exposure (Fe-9Cr) or exhibits a saturation-like behaviour (Fe-2.5Cr, Fe-5Cr and Fe-12.5Cr) and that the volume fraction at 1.5 dpa is an increasing function of the chromium level with a slight increase up to 9 at%Cr and a steep increase between 9 and 12.5 at%Cr. The radii of irradiation-induced scatterers are essentially less than 8 nm and the

  10. On the structure of concentrated detonation nanodiamond hydrosols with a positive ζ potential: Analysis of small-angle neutron scattering

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    Avdeev, Mikhail V.; Tomchuk, Oleksandr V.; Ivankov, Oleksandr I.; Alexenskii, Alexander E.; Dideikin, Artur T.; Vul, Alexander Ya.

    2016-08-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) was applied for the structure characterization of detonation nanodiamond (DND) aqueous suspensions with a positive ζ potential. The contrast variation technique (based on mixtures of light and heavy water) was used to study the structure of DND particles and their clusters in solutions. The results were compared with the data of the previous similar experiments for DND suspensions with a negative ζ potential. The experimental range of the neutron scattering contrast in the system was extended to maximally possible by starting with the initial concentrated suspensions separately prepared in light and heavy water.

  11. Characterization of nanoparticles of lidocaine in w/o microemulsions using small-angle neutron scattering and dynamic light scattering

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    A Shukla; M A Kiselev; A Hoell; R H H Neubert

    2004-08-01

    Microemulsions (MEs) are of special interest because a variety of reactants can be introduced into the nanometer-sized aqueous domains, leading to materials with controlled size and shape [1,2]. In the past few years, significant research has been conducted in the reverse ME-mediated synthesis of organic nanoparticles [3,4]. In this study, a w/o ME medium was employed for the synthesis of lidocaine by direct precipitation in w/o microemulsion systems: water/isopropylpalmitat/Tween80/Span80. The particle size as well as the location of nanoparticles in the ME droplet were characterized by means of dynamic light scattering (DLS) and small angle neutron scattering (SANS). It is observed that lidocaine precipitated in the aqueous cores because of its insolubility in water. Hydrodynamic radius and gyration radius of microemulsion droplets were estimated as ∼ 15 nm and ∼ 4.50 nm from DLS and SANS respectively. Furthermore, different size parameters obtained by DLS and SANS experiments were compared

  12. Spin waves in full-polarized state of Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya helimagnets: Small-angle neutron scattering study

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    Grigoriev, S. V.; Sukhanov, A. S.; Altynbaev, E. V.; Siegfried, S.-A.; Heinemann, A.; Kizhe, P.; Maleyev, S. V.

    2015-12-01

    We develop the technique to study the spin-wave dynamics of the full-polarized state of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya helimagnets by polarized small-angle neutron scattering. We have experimentally proven that the spin-waves dispersion in this state has the anisotropic form. We show that the neutron scattering image displays a circle with a certain radius which is centered at the momentum transfer corresponding to the helix wave vector in helimagnetic phase ks, which is oriented along the applied magnetic field H . The radius of this circle is directly related to the spin-wave stiffness of this system. This scattering depends on the neutron polarization showing the one-handed nature of the spin waves in Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya helimagnets in the full-polarized phase. We show that the spin-wave stiffness A for MnSi helimagnet decreased twice as the temperature increases from zero to the critical temperature Tc.

  13. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) study of γ' precipitates in single crystals of AM1 superalloy

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    Bellet, D.; Bastie, P.; Royer, A.; Lajzerowicz, J.; Legrand, J. F.; Bonnet, R.

    1992-06-01

    The morphology of γ' precipitates of AM1 single crystal superalloys has been studied by small neutron scattering (SANS), and electron microscopy. Due to the single crystal nature of the samples, the SANS patterns are anisotropic and exhibit a fourfold symmetry corresponding both to the shape and to the spatial arrangement of the precipitates in a (001) plane. Measurements for other sample orientations have allowed us to improve the analysis of the shape of the precipitates. After creep deformation along the axis, a twofold symmetry corresponding to the “rafting” of the γ' precipitates is observed in the (010) plane. The main effect of heat treatments at 1 050 °C, commonly used for industrial applications, is the coarsening of the precipitates. From the displacement of the correlation peaks towards smaller angles, we deduce an average centre-to-centre spacing between the precipitates which increases with the annealing time from 0.3 μm to 0.6 μm according to the Lifshitz, Slyosov, Wagner behaviour. The results are compared to electron microscopy measurements, performed on the same samples.

  14. Ensemble Activation of G-Protein -Coupled Receptors Revealed by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Chu, Xiang-Qiang; Perera, Suchithranga; Shrestha, Utsab; Chawla, Udeep; Struts, Andrey; Qian, Shuo; Brown, Michael

    2014-03-01

    Rhodopsin is a G-protein -coupled receptor (GPCR) involved in visual light perception and occurs naturally in a membrane lipid environment. Rhodopsin photoactivation yields cis-trans isomerization of retinal giving equilibrium between inactive Meta-I and active Meta-II states. Does photoactivation lead to a single Meta-II conformation, or do substates exist as described by an ensemble-activation mechanism (EAM)? We use small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to investigate conformational changes in rhodopsin-detergent and rhodopsin-lipid complexes upon photoactivation. Meta-I state is stabilized in CHAPS-solubilized rhodopsin, while Meta-II is trapped in DDM-solubilized rhodopsin. SANS data are acquired from 80% D2O solutions and at contrast-matching points for both DDM and CHAPS samples. Our experiments demonstrate that for detergent-solubilized rhodopsin, SANS with contrast variation can detect structural differences between the rhodopsin dark-state, Meta-I, Meta-II, and ligand-free opsin states. Dark-state rhodopsin has more conformational flexibility in DDM micelles compared to CHAPS, which is consistent with an ensemble of activated Meta-II states. Furthermore, time-resolved SANS enables study of the time-dependent structural transitions between Meta-I and Meta-II, which is crucial to understanding the ensemble-based activation.

  15. Small angle neutron scattering study of two nonionic surfactants in water micellar solutions

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    Rajewska Aldona

    2008-11-01

    Two classic nonionic surfactants – C14E7 (heptaethylene glycol monotetra-decyl ether) and C10E7 (heptaethylene glycol monodecyl ether) were investigated in heavy water solution for concentration = 0.17% (dilute regime) at different temperatures in the range = 10–35°C by small angle neutron scattering (SANS) method. In the case of C14E7 surfactant – for all temperatures at = 0.17% there are two axial ellipsoidal micelles with longer axis 15 nm at 10°C and 49.5 nm at 35°C in investigated solutions. For C10E7 surfactant at the same concentration of solution and temperature – two axial ellipsoidal micelles were observed, too. The longer axis is equal to 7.5 nm at 10°C, 9 nm at 20°C and at 35°C this axis is equal to 12 nm. Micelles of C10E7 nonionic surfactant are smaller than those of C14E7 surfactant in the same experimental conditions.

  16. Small angle neutron scattering contrast variation reveals heterogeneities of interactions in protein gels.

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    Banc, A; Charbonneau, C; Dahesh, M; Appavou, M-S; Fu, Z; Morel, M-H; Ramos, L

    2016-06-28

    We propose a quantitative approach to probe the spatial heterogeneities of interactions in macromolecular gels, based on a combination of small angle X-ray (SAXS) and neutrons (SANS) scattering. We investigate the structure of model gluten protein gels and show that the gels display radically different SAXS and SANS profiles when the solvent is (at least partially) deuterated. The detailed analysis of the SANS signal as a function of the solvent deuteration demonstrates heterogeneities of sample deuteration at different length scales. The progressive exchange between the protons (H) of the proteins and the deuteriums (D) of the solvent is inhomogeneous and 60 nm large zones that are enriched in H are evidenced. In addition, at low protein concentration, in the sol state, solvent deuteration induces a liquid/liquid phase separation. Complementary biochemical and structure analyses show that the denser protein phase is more protonated and specifically enriched in glutenin, the polymeric fraction of gluten proteins. These findings suggest that the presence of H-rich zones in gluten gels would arise from the preferential interaction of glutenin polymers through a tight network of non-exchangeable intermolecular hydrogen bonds. PMID:27198847

  17. Small-angle neutron scattering and rheological analyses of nanoemulsion for cosmetics

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    A stable nanoemulsion consisting of nanometer-sized oil droplets in water having a self-standing capability was prepared by high-pressure emulsification. Rheological measurements show that the nanoemulsion has a high viscosity and a yield stress. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) revealed the presence of an ordered crystal-like lattice structure in addition to spherical domains with a diameter of ca. 30 nm. Nonfluidity of nanoemulsion is ascribed to crystal-like lattice structure of nanodroplets. A mixed solution of 2-hydroxyethyl cellulose and the nanoemulsion has shear-thickening behavior (shear-induced gelation). Real-time SANS measurements with a Couette geometry as a function of shear rate (Rheo-SANS) revealed that a possible mechanism of gelation was proposed from the viewpoint of shear-induced percolation transition. Furthermore, mixtures of the nanoemulsion and poly(acrylic acid) solutions were opaque and kept the same interdomain distance and high viscosity. We estimated that it had phase-separated structure between nanoemulsion phase and poly(acrylic acid) solution phase. (author)

  18. Using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering to Detect Nanoscopic Lipid Domains

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    Pan, Jianjun [ORNL; Heberle, Frederick A [ORNL; Petruzielo, Robin S [Cornell University; Katsaras, John [ORNL

    2013-01-01

    The cell plasma membrane is a complex system, which is thought to be capable of exhibiting non-random lateral organization. Studies of live cells and model membranes have yielded mechanisms responsible for the formation, growth, and maintenance of nanoscopic heterogeneities, although the existence and mechanisms that give rise to these heterogeneities remain controversial. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) is a tool ideally suited to interrogate lateral heterogeneity in model membranes, primarily due to its unique spatial resolution (i.e., "5 100 nm) and its ability to resolve structure with minimal perturbation to the membrane. In this review we examine several methods used to analyze the SANS signal arising from freely suspended unilamellar vesicles containing lateral heterogeneity. Specifically, we discuss an analytical model for a single, round domain on a spherical vesicle. We then discuss a numerical method that uses Monte Carlo simulation to describe systems with multiple domains and/or more complicated morphologies. Also discussed are several model-independent approaches that are sensitive to membrane heterogeneity. The review concludes with several recent applications of SANS to the study of membrane raft mixtures.

  19. Microstructure of 3D-Printed Polymer Composites Investigated by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Kang, Tae Hui; Compton, Brett G.; Heller, William T.; Urban, Voker S.; Duty, Chad E.; Do, Changwoo

    Polymer composites printed from the large scale printer at Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). For the Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)/Carbon Fiber (CF) composites, the microstructure of polymer domains and the alignment of CF have been characterized across the layer from the printed piece. CF shows strong anisotropic alignment along the printing direction due to the flow of polymer melt at the nozzle. Order parameter of the anisotropy which ranges from -0.11 to -0.06 exhibits strong correlation with the position within the layer: stronger alignment near the layer interface. It is also confirmed that the existence of CF reduces the polymer domain correlation length significantly and reinforces the mechanical strength of the polymer composites. For the Epoxy/nano-clay platelet composites, the effect of processing condition, nozzle size, and the addition of the another filler, Silicon Carbide (SC), have been investigated by SANS. Nano-clay platelet shows strong anisotropic alignment along the printing direction as well. Order parameter of the anisotropy varies according to nozzle size and presence of the SC, and difference disappears at high Q region. Scientific User Facilities Division and Materials Sciences and Energy Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy.

  20. Small angle neutron scattering study of radiation damage in reactor vessel materials

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    Complete text of publication follows. Nuclear radiation provides important changes in the microstructure of metallic components of nuclear power plant and research reactors, influencing their mechanical properties. The investigation of this problem has primary interest for the safety and life-time of such nuclear installations. For the characterisation of this kind of nanostructures small angle neutron scattering technique is a very useful tool. Experiments were carried out on samples of irradiated reactor vessel material and welded components of VVER-440 type reactors on the SANS instrument at the Budapest Research Reactor. In these measurements irradiated as well as non-irradiated samples were compared and magnetic field was applied for viewing the magnetic structure effects of the materials. A clear modification of the structure due to irradiation was obtained. The data sets were processed with the ITP92 code, the inverse Fourier transform programme of O. Glatter [1]. Our microstructural observations fit well to the hardness test results. [2]. (author) [1] O. Glatter (1997) J. Appl. Cryst. 10, 415-421.; [2] M. Grosse, J. Boehmert, H.W. Viehrig (1994) Journal of Nuclear Materials 211, 177-180

  1. The aggregation behavior of zinc-free insulin studied by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Pedersen, J.S.; Hansen, S.; Bauer, R.

    1994-01-01

    The aggregation behavior of zinc-free insulin has been studied by small-angle neutron scattering as a function of pH and ionic strength of the solution. The pair distance distribution functions for the 12 samples have been obtained by indirect Fourier transformation. The results show that the...... diameter of the aggregates is 40 Angstrom at pH 11 and 10 mM NaCl, independent of the protein concentration. The largest diameter of about 120 Angstrom is found for pH 8, 100 mM NaCl, and a protein concentration of 10 mg/ml. Estimates of the pair distance distribution functions, free of inter...... monomer mass and 14 Angstrom to 6.8 times the monomer mass and 31 Angstrom, respectively. The mass distribution between the oligomers was determined by a model based on the crystal structure of zinc-free insulin. The results from this model and the Fourier transformations have been compared to an...

  2. Small angle neutron scattering by unfolded proteins: analysis using Monte Carlo simulation and molecular mechanics

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    Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) experiments have been performed on highly unfolded phosphoglycerate kinase (PGK) obtained by denaturation in 4M guanidinium chloride. The data were initially interpreted using analytical models in which the scattering density associated with protein was represented as a Freely Jointed Chain (FJC) of contiguous spheres. We have recently developed from the same data a Monte Carlo simulation technique with experimental constraints for sampling the configurational distribution of various low resolution models, including FJC. In all these models the unfolded protein is pictured as a chain of N contiguous spheres were N is an independent parameter. The models differ, however, by the degree of interpenetration of neighbours higher than second order. Configurationally averaged scattering profiles coming from different models and different N are fitted to the data at very low q using the method described in a previous communication and the similarity of the model curve to the experiment is examined over the rest of the q range. With this method we have demonstrated that models incorporating an excluded volume condition reproduce markedly better the SANS profiles than FJC. The best agreement was obtained for an excluded volume chain model (EVC) of 82 spheres with hard core of 0.7, i.e. an interpenetration of 0.3. For PGK this corresponds to 5 aa/sphere. Sphere model configurations can then be used to generate configurations at atomic level using molecular mechanics. Different models of the local conformation of the polypeptide chain can thus be tested. Reconstruction of the scattering curve from atomic level configurations demonstrates that in the intermediate q region the SANS signal is sensitive to the overall phi/psi distribution of the protein, being an indicator of the presence or absence of native secondary structure. Our analysis demonstrates also that at high q the SANS signal is driven by associated solvent and counter ion cloud

  3. Small-angle neutron scattering studies of the template-mediated crystallization of ZSM-5 type zeolite

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    Small-angle neutron scattering is a useful new approach to the study of zeolite crystallization from aluminosilicate gels and the action of template molecules. It has been applied to gels for synthesis of zeolite ZSM-5 using tetrapropylammonium ions as templates where the scattering length densities of the gel particles and their texture were determined using contrast variation methods. Gels formulated from soluble silicate incorporate template molecules promptly into an amorphous ''embryonic'' structure and crystallization ensues via a solid hydrogel transformation mechanism. Gels formulated from colloidal silica show different scattering behavior, and a liquid phase transport mechanism is inferred. 8 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs

  4. What can we learn about the lipid vesicle structure from the small angle neutron scattering experiment?

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    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) on the unilamellar vesicle populations (diameter of 500 and 1000 Armstrong) was used to characterize lipid vesicles from dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) in three phases (gel, ripple, and liquid). Parameters of vesicle populations and internal structure of the DMPC bilayer were characterized on the basis of the Separated Form Factor (SFF) model. Vesicle shape changes from about spherical in liquid phase to elliptical in ripple and gel phases for vesicles prepared via extrusion through pores with the diameter of 500 Armstrong. Parameters of the internal bilayer structure (membrane thickness, thickness of the hydrophobic core, hydration, and surface area of lipid molecule) were determined on the basis of the Hydrophobic-Hydrophilic (HH) approximation of neutron scattering length density across the bilayer ρ(x) and on the basis of the Step Function (SF) approximation of ρ(x). It was demonstrated in the framework of HH approximation that DMPC membrane thickness in the liquid phase (T = 30 deg C) depends on the membrane curvature. Vesicle population prepared via extrusion through pores with the diameter of 500 Armstrong is characterized by an average radius of 275.6 ± 0.5 Armstrong, polydispersity of 27%, membrane thickness of 47.8 ± 0.2 Armstrong, thickness of hydrophobic core of 20.5 ± 0.3 Armstrong, surface area per DMPC molecule of 61.0 ± 0.4 A2 Armstrong, and the number of water molecules per DMPC molecule of 11.9 ± 0.3. Vesicles prepared via extrusion through pores with the diameter of 1000 Armstrong have a polydispersity of 48%, and a membrane thickness of 45.6 ± 0.2 Armstrong. SF approximation was used to describe the DMPC membrane structure in gel (T 10 deg C) and ripple (T = 20 deg C) phases. DMPC vesicles prepared via extrusion through 1000- Armstrong pores have a membrane thickness of 49.6 ± 0.5 Armstrong in the gel phase and 48.3 ± 0.6 Armstrong in the ripple phase. The dependence of the DMPC membrane

  5. Effects of pressure and temperature on pore structure of ceramic synthesized from rice husk: A small angle neutron scattering investigation

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    Raut Dessai, R., E-mail: reshooin@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, Goa 403 206 (India); Desa, J.A.E. [Department of Physics, Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, Goa 403 206 (India); Sen, D.; Mazumder, S. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2013-07-05

    Highlights: ► A porous ceramic has been prepared from silica obtained from rice husk. ► The ceramic has a hierarchical pore structure from micrometric to nano-metric. ► Small Angle Neutron Scattering data indicate nano-pore connectivity to micro-pores. ► Pore morphology can be tuned by compaction pressure and sintering temperature. -- Abstract: Ceramic powder has been synthesized from rice husk as the source of silica. In order to probe the evolution of its hierarchical mesoscopic and microscopic porous structure, the ceramic powder was compacted at different pressures and was sintered at different temperatures. A glassy ceramic to crystalline transition under thermal treatment (up to 1000 °C) was revealed by X-ray diffraction. Existence of pores in two widely separated length scales was indicated by small angle neutron scattering with the smaller ones having mass fractal arrangement. Although no significant change in small pore structure under thermal effect was indicated, a significant modification of the same has been revealed by small angle neutron scattering at different compaction pressures. Connectivity between the pores was ascertained from scattering experiments on the ceramic compact impregnated with heavy water. Scanning electron microscopy shows the microstructure to undergo appreciable coalescence of micrometric ceramic particles for sintering temperature and pressure changes.

  6. Effects of pressure and temperature on pore structure of ceramic synthesized from rice husk: A small angle neutron scattering investigation

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    Highlights: ► A porous ceramic has been prepared from silica obtained from rice husk. ► The ceramic has a hierarchical pore structure from micrometric to nano-metric. ► Small Angle Neutron Scattering data indicate nano-pore connectivity to micro-pores. ► Pore morphology can be tuned by compaction pressure and sintering temperature. -- Abstract: Ceramic powder has been synthesized from rice husk as the source of silica. In order to probe the evolution of its hierarchical mesoscopic and microscopic porous structure, the ceramic powder was compacted at different pressures and was sintered at different temperatures. A glassy ceramic to crystalline transition under thermal treatment (up to 1000 °C) was revealed by X-ray diffraction. Existence of pores in two widely separated length scales was indicated by small angle neutron scattering with the smaller ones having mass fractal arrangement. Although no significant change in small pore structure under thermal effect was indicated, a significant modification of the same has been revealed by small angle neutron scattering at different compaction pressures. Connectivity between the pores was ascertained from scattering experiments on the ceramic compact impregnated with heavy water. Scanning electron microscopy shows the microstructure to undergo appreciable coalescence of micrometric ceramic particles for sintering temperature and pressure changes

  7. Concept for a time-of-flight Small Angle Neutron Scattering instrument at the European Spallation Source

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    Jaksch, S. [ESS Design Update Programme – Germany, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich (Germany); Jülich Centre for Neutron Science at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Garching (Germany); Martin-Rodriguez, D. [ESS Design Update Programme – Germany, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich (Germany); Jülich Centre for Neutron Science at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Garching (Germany); Neutron Optics and Shielding Group, European Spallation Source AB, Lund (Sweden); Ostermann, A. [Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum, Technische Universität Muünchen, Garching (Germany); Jestin, J. [Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, LLB, CEA—Saclay, Gif sur Yvette cedex (France); Duarte Pinto, S.; Bouwman, W.G. [Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Delft (Netherlands); Uher, J. [Amsterdam Scientific Instruments, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Engels, R. [Zentralinstitut für Elektronik (ZEA-2), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich (Germany); Frielinghaus, H. [ESS Design Update Programme – Germany, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich (Germany); Jülich Centre for Neutron Science at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Garching (Germany)

    2014-10-21

    A new Small Angle Neutron Scattering instrument is proposed for the European Spallation Source. The pulsed source requires a time-of-flight analysis of the gathered neutrons at the detector. The optimal instrument length is found to be rather large, which allows for a polarizer and a versatile collimation. The polarizer allows for studying magnetic samples and incoherent background subtraction. The wide collimation will host VSANS and SESANS options that increase the resolution of the instrument towards µm and tens of µm, respectively. Two 1 m{sup 2} area detectors will cover a large solid angle simultaneously. The expected gains for this new instrument will lie in the range between 20 and 36, depending on the assessment criteria, when compared to up-to-date reactor based instruments. This will open new perspectives for fast kinetics, weakly scattering samples, and multi-dimensional contrast variation studies.

  8. Concept for a Time-of-Flight Small Angle Neutron Scattering Instrument at the European Spallation Source

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    Jaksch, S; Ostermann, A; Jestin, J; Pinto, S Duarte; Bouwman, W G; Uher, J; Engels, R; Kemmerling, G; Hanslik, R; Frielinghaus, H

    2014-01-01

    A new Small Angle Neutron Scattering instrument is proposed for the European Spallation Source. The pulsed source requires a time-of-flight analysis of the gathered neutrons at the detector. The optimal instrument length is found to be rather large, which allows for a polarizer and a versatile collimation. The polarizer allows for studying magnetic samples and incoherent background subtraction. The wide collimation will host VSANS and SESANS options that increase the resolution of the instrument towards um and tens of um, respectively. Two 1m2 area detectors will cover a large solid angle simultaneously. The expected gains for this new instrument will lie in the range between 20 and 36, depending on the assessment criteria, when compared to up-to-date reactor based instruments. This will open new perspectives for fast kinetics, weakly scattering samples, and multi-dimensional contrast variation studies.

  9. Neutron scattering from fractals

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    Kjems, Jørgen; Freltoft, T.; Richter, D.;

    1986-01-01

    -angle neutron scattering studies of the variation with aggregation rate are presented. These results allow a very detailed comparison to be made with the theoretical scattering curves. Preliminary incoherent inelastic data on the low-frequency dynamics of hydroxylated silica particle aggregates show a clear...

  10. Neutron scattering from fractals

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    Kjems, Jørgen; Freltoft, T.; Richter, D.; Sinha, S. K.

    -angle neutron scattering studies of the variation with aggregation rate are presented. These results allow a very detailed comparison to be made with the theoretical scattering curves. Preliminary incoherent inelastic data on the low-frequency dynamics of hydroxylated silica particle aggregates show a clear...

  11. Contrast variation small angle neutron scattering by dynamic nuclear polarization. A case of time-of-flight method in J-PARC

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    Neutron scattering length of a proton is largely dependent on proton spin polarization (PH), when neutron is polarized. This effect can be utilized for contrast variation in small angle neutron scattering (SANS). In this article, we will report our recent experiment of spin contrast variation study at BL15 TAIKAN in November 2014. For silica-filled SBR rubber sample, we discussed transmission, coherent and incoherent scattering intensity, as a function of PH. (author)

  12. pH-sensitive micellar systems for controlled drug delivery: synthesis and structural characterization by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Joset, Arnaud; Jérôme, Christine; Brulet, Annie; Leyh, Bernard

    2009-01-01

    The aim of the project is the preparation of micellar nanocarriers made of biocompatibles copolymers and their structural analysis by Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS). These micelles could be used in drug delivery applications to fight cancer1. The hydrophobic polycaprolactone (PCL) core is intended to incorporate the drug. The corona of hydrophilic polyethylene oxide (PEO) stabilizes the nanocarriers with respect to the plasma proteins. The pH in the neighborhood of the tumoral cells is...

  13. Dipolar structures in magnetite ferrofluids studied with small-angle neutron scattering with and without applied magnetic field

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    Klokkenburg, M.; Erne, B.H.; Wiedenmann, A.; Petukhov, A.V.; Philipse, A. P.

    2007-01-01

    Field-induced structure formation in a ferrofluid with well-defined magnetite nanoparticles with a permanent magnetic dipole moment was studied with small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) as a function of the magnetic interactions. The interactions were tuned by adjusting the size of the well-defined, single-magnetic-domain magnetite (Fe3O4) particles and by applying an external magnetic field. For decreasing particle dipole moments, the data show a progressive distortion of the hexagonal symm...

  14. DMSO-Induced Dehydration of DPPC Membranes Studied by X-ray Diffraction, Small-Angle Neutron Scattering, and Calorimetry

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    Kiselev, M. A.; Lesieur, P.; Kisselev, A. M.; Grabielle-Madelmond, C.; Ollivon, M.

    2001-01-01

    The influence of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) on membrane thickness, multilamellar repeat distance, and phase transitions of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) was investigated by X-ray diffraction and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) study of water freezing and ice melting was performed in the ternary DPPC /DMSO /water and binary DMSO /water systems. The methods applied demonstrated the differences in membrane structure in t...

  15. Small angle neutron scattering study of U(VI) third phase formation in HNO3/DHDECMP–-dodecane system

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    K V Lohithakshan; V K Aswal; S K Aggarwal

    2008-11-01

    Small angle neutron scattering studies (SANS) were carried out to understand the formation of third phase in DHDECMP–dodecane–UO2(NO3)2/HNO3 system. It was observed that third phase formation takes place due to the formation of UO2(NO3)2. DHDECMP reverse micelles in the dodecane phase. SANS data obtained were interpreted with particle interaction model using Baxter sticky spheres model.

  16. Small-angle neutron scattering study of aggregate structures of multi-headed pyridinium surfactants in aqueous solution

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    Haldar, J; Aswal, VK; Goyal, PS; Bhattacharya, S.

    2004-01-01

    The aggregate structures of a set of novel single-chain surfactants bearing one, two and three pyridinium headgroups have been studied using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). It is found that the nature of aggregate structures of these cationic surfactants depend on the number of headgroups present in the surfactants. The single-headed pyridinium surfactant forms the lamellar structure, whereas surfactants with double and triple headgroups form micelles in water. The aggregates shrink in...

  17. Morphology of crystalline–amorphous olefin block copolymers in solution characterized by small-angle neutron scattering and microscopy

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    Radulescu, Aurel; Goerigk, Günter; Fetters, Lewis; Richter, Dieter

    2015-01-01

    The single-chain properties and self-assembly behavior in dilute solution of olefin block copolymers obtained by chain-shuttling technology and consisting of alternating crystallizable and amorphous ethylene/1-octene blocks were investigated by pinhole and focusing small-angle neutron scattering techniques, optical microscopy in bright-field and crossed-polarizer modes, and differential scanning calorimetry. The complex hydrocarbon soluble (precipitant free) macro-aggregates formed with decre...

  18. Diagnostic and analysis of aggregation stability of magnetic fluids for biomedical applications by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Diagnostics of aggregation and determination of the aggregation regimes and their control in biocompatible magnetic fluids are necessary for their development in biomedical applications. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) method was applied in the structure analysis of various types of magnetic fluids for biomedical applications. Additionally the interaction characteristics between surfactant/polymer molecules used in stabilization of magnetic fluids were investigated, which is very important for understanding the synthesis procedure of highly stable magnetic fluids with controllable properties.

  19. Small angle neutron scattering experiments on ''side-on fixed'' liquid crystal polyacrylates

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    Leroux, N. (Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Bordeaux-1 Univ., 33 - Pessac (France)); Keller, P. (Lab. Leon Brillouin, CEA-CNRS/CE Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)); Achard, M.F. (Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Bordeaux-1 Univ., 33 -Pessac (France)); Noirez, L. (Lab. Leon Brillouin, CEA-CNRS/CE Saclay, 91 -Gif-sur-Yvette (France)); Hardouin, F. (Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Bordeaux-1 Univ., 33 - Pessac (France))

    1993-08-01

    Small Angle Neutron Scattering experiments were carried out on liquid crystalline ''side-on fixed'' polyacrylates: we observe that the polymer backbone adopts a prolate conformation in the nematic phase. Such anisotropy of the global backbone is larger for smaller spacer lenght. In every case we measure at low temperatures a large chain extension as previously described in polysiloxanes. (orig.).

  20. Static and quasi-elastic small angle neutron scattering on biocompatible ionic ferrofluids: magnetic and hydrodynamic interactions

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    Gazeau, F; Dubois, E; Perzynski, R

    2003-01-01

    We investigate the structure and dynamics of ionic magnetic fluids (MFs), based on ferrite nanoparticles, dispersed at pH approx 7 either in H sub 2 O or in D sub 2 O. Polarized and non-polarized static small angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments in zero magnetic field allow us to study both the magnetic and the nuclear contributions to the neutron scattering. The magnetic interparticle attraction is probed separately from the global thermodynamic repulsion and compares well to direct magnetic susceptibility measurements. The magnetic interparticle correlation is in these fluid samples independent of the probed spatial scale. In contrast, a spatial dependence of the interparticle correlation is evidenced at large PHI by the nuclear structure factor. A model of magnetic interaction quantitatively explains the under-field anisotropy of the SANS nuclear contribution. In a quasi-elastic neutron spin-echo experiment, we probe the Brownian dynamics of translation of the nanoparticles in the range 1.3 sup<=...

  1. Small-angle neutron scattering investigations on sintering behavior in the powder compacts of ceria (CeO{sub 2})

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    Bedekar, Vinila [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Patra, A.K.; Sen, D.; Mazumder, S. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Tyagi, A.K. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)], E-mail: aktyagi@barc.gov.in

    2008-04-03

    Nano-crystalline ceria powders have been synthesized by gel combustion process. The effect of sintering temperature on the pore morphology of the powder compacts has been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) in the accessible scattering wave vector 'q' range of 0.003-0.17 nm{sup -1} of a double crystal based instrument. The scattering profiles do not follow normal 'q{sup -4}' power law at higher q-values. The X-ray diffraction and light scattering results indicate that the ceria nano-powders are in the form of porous agglomerates. The porosity of the sintered compacts has been attributed to inter-agglomerate, inter-aggregate and intra-aggregate pores. Scattering profiles have been modeled by using a tri-modal size distribution of pores.

  2. The characterization of oil-soluble calcium carbonate dispersions using Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) and Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS)

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    Calcium carbonate dispersions stabilized by an adsorbed surfactant layer are used to regulate the acidity of lubricating oils for internal combustion engines. Three typical commercial samples have been examined using a combination of X-ray and neutron scattering techniques. The solid active material was extracted from the samples and redispersed in heptane and mixtures of toluene and toluene-d8 and n-octane and n-octane-d18. The results were in broad agreement with the core/shell model. The core radius was obtained from SAXS data. The total particle radius (∝20-50A) and hence the shell thickness were obtained by model fitting to the deuterated-solvent and 65% deuterated solvent SANS data with the core radius from the X-ray data. In determining the best fit, the core density, amount of solvent in the shell and polydispersity were also adjusted to give fits with a shell-to-core-volume ratio and a volume fraction that agreed with the expected values. The SANS data were weaker than expected assuming a simple monodisperse core/shell model with a calcite core. This is consistent with the observed polydispersity and in addition implies diffuse boundaries. Although WAXS (wide-angle X-ray scattering) confirmed that the cores were non-crystalline the best model fits were obtained with a core scattering density not much less than that calculated for calcite. The absolute intensities suggested that some solvent was incorporated into the shells of all the samples and one sample showed a preference for uptake of octane as compared to toluene. (orig./GSCH)

  3. Intracellular organisation of polyhydroxyalkanoate inclusion bodies: a role for small angle neutron scattering?

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    Full text: Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are a diverse family of bacterially produced biopolyesters. Their biodegradability, and in some cases biocompatibility, suggest applications ranging from bioplastics to biomedical implantation devices. Despite extensive interest in their production and potential applications, little is known about their intracellular organisation. Microbial PHAs are synthesised by microorganisms under conditions of nutrient stress and can comprise up to 90% of the dry cell mass. The formation and organisation of these PHA inclusion bodies requires clarification. Such investigations have important implications for the biotechnological production of PHAs in microbes and other organisms, for downstream processing and in vitro precision polymerisation. Morphological and biochemical evidence supports two different models for the intracellular organisation of PHAs. Steinbuchel and coworkers propose a simple model of amorphous PHA enclosed by a single protein membrane consisting of structural proteins (PHAsins) and enzymes responsible for synthesis and degradation. In contrast, Fuller and coworkers have theorised a more complex system of PHA encompassed by a PHAsin bilayer separated by phospholipid. The polymerase and depolymerase enzymes are proposed to be associated with an incomplete inner PHAsin layer. It may be that such models are genera or species specific, since both proposals were derived from research on different species producing different types of PHA. Our initial investigations have focussed on in vivo deuteration of polyhydroxyoctanoate, produced by Pseudomonas oleovorans, both in fermentation on natural and deuterated substrates and during Small Angle Neutron Scattering by whole cells using AUSANS. The nature of the structural questions and our preliminary findings including contrast variation data will be discussed

  4. Carbide precipitates in solution-quenched PH13-8 Mo stainless steel: A small-angle neutron scattering investigation

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    D Sen; A K Patra; S Mazumder; J Mittra; G K Dey; P K De

    2004-08-01

    This paper deals with the small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) investigation on solution-quenched PH13-8 Mo stainless steel. From the nature of the variation of the functionality of the profiles for varying specimen thickness and also from the transmission electron microscopy (TEM), it has been established that the small-angle scattering signal predominantly originates from the block-like metallic carbide precipitates in the specimen. The contribution due to double Bragg reflection is not significant in the present case. The single scattering profile has been extracted from the experimental profiles corresponding to different values of specimen thickness. In order to avoid complexity and non-uniqueness of the multi-parameter minimization for randomly oriented polydisperse block-like precipitate model, the data have been analyzed assuming randomly oriented polydisperse cylindrical particle model with a locked aspect ratio.

  5. Design and implementation of a differential scanning calorimeter for the simultaneous measurement of small angle neutron scattering

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    For almost 30 years, at synchrotron facilities, it has been possible to perform small-angle x-ray scattering experiments whilst simultaneously measuring differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). However, a range of challenges exist to enable the collection of simultaneous small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and DSC data associated not only with intrinsic flux limitations but also scattering geometry and thermal control. The development of a DSC (temperature range ca. −150 °C to 500 °C) suitable for SANS is detailed here and its successful use is illustrated with combined measurements on a binary blend of normal alkanes in which one component has been deuterium labelled. (paper)

  6. Analysis of the nano-scale structure of a natural clayey soil using the small angle neutron scattering method

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    The small angle neutron scattering method (SANS) was used to analyze the nano-structure of a natural clayey soil used for containment of industrial liquid wastes. A Tertiary clay deposit called the Londonderry clay was used to contain the wastes in a state-run landfill facility in NSW. A number of site assessments have been carried out at the site and continual efforts have been made to characterize interactions between soil materials and contaminants at the site. Hence, it is of research and practical interest to investigate the effects of deformation on the nano-scale structure of the soil. Experiments have been conducted to analyze the structure of reconstituted clayey soil samples that were subjected to uniaxial compression ranging from 200 kPa to 800 kPa. The small angle neutron scattering instrument was used to measure the scattering intensity of these samples at a scattering vector (q) range between 0.01 and 0.1 Angstroms -1. The sector integration technique was used to analyse elliptical scattering patterns along the major and minor axes. A relation between stress, void ratio and nano-scale structure properties was then briefly discussed for use in assessing the performance of clayey soils as in situ barriers

  7. Neutron scattering

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    The annual report on hand gives an overview of the research work carried out in the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering (LNS) of the ETH Zuerich in 1990. Using the method of neutron scattering, it is possible to examine in detail the static and dynamic properties of the condensed material. In accordance with the multidisciplined character of the method, the LNS has for years maintained a system of intensive co-operation with numerous institutes in the areas of biology, chemistry, solid-state physics, crystallography and materials research. In 1990 over 100 scientists from more than 40 research groups both at home and abroad took part in the experiments. It was again a pleasure to see the number of graduate students present, who were studying for a doctorate and who could be introduced into the neutron scattering during their stay at the LNS and thus were in the position to touch on central ways of looking at a problem in their dissertation using this modern experimental method of solid-state research. In addition to the numerous and interesting ways of formulating the questions to explain the structure, nowadays the scientific programme increasingly includes particularly topical studies in connection with high temperature-supraconductors and materials research

  8. The effect of pressure, isotopic (H/D) substitution, and other variables on miscibility in polymer-solvent systems. The nature of the demixing process; dynamic light scattering and small angle neutron scattering studies. Final report

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    A research program examining the effects of pressure, isotope substitution and other variables on miscibility in polymer solvent systems is described. The techniques employed included phase equilibrium measurements and dynamic light scattering and small angle neutron scattering

  9. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) study of γ' precipitates in single crystals of AM1 superalloy

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    Bellet, D; Bastie, P.; Royer, A.; Lajzerowicz, J.; Legrand, J.; Bonnet, R.

    1992-01-01

    The morphology of γ' precipitates of AM1 single crystal superalloys has been studied by small neutron scattering (SANS), and electron microscopy. Due to the single crystal nature of the samples, the SANS patterns are anisotropic and exhibit a fourfold symmetry corresponding both to the shape and to the spatial arrangement of the precipitates in a (001) plane. Measurements for other sample orientations have allowed us to improve the analysis of the shape of the precipitates. After creep deform...

  10. Small angle neutron scattering modeling of copper-rich precipitates in steel

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    The magnetic to nuclear scattering intensity ratio observed in the scattering from copper rich precipitates in irradiated pressure vessel steels is much smaller than the value of 11.4 expected for a pure copper precipitate in iron. A model for precipitates in pressure vessel steels which matches the observed scattering typically incorporates manganese, nickel, silicon and other elements and it is assumed that the precipitate is non-magnetic. In the present work consideration is given to the effect of composition gradients and ferromagnetic penetration into the precipitate on the small angle scattering cross section for copper rich clusters as distinguished from conventional precipitates. The calculation is an extension of a scattering model for micelles which consist of shells of varying scattering density. A discrepancy between recent SANS scattering experiments on pressure vessel steels was found to be related to applied magnetic field strength. The assumption of cluster structure and its relation to atom probe FIM findings as well as the effects of insufficient field for magnetic saturation is discussed

  11. Structural Significance of Lipid Diversity as Studied by Small Angle Neutron and X-ray Scattering

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    Norbert Kučerka

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available We review recent developments in the rapidly growing field of membrane biophysics, with a focus on the structural properties of single lipid bilayers determined by different scattering techniques, namely neutron and X-ray scattering. The need for accurate lipid structural properties is emphasized by the sometimes conflicting results found in the literature, even in the case of the most studied lipid bilayers. Increasingly, accurate and detailed structural models require more experimental data, such as those from contrast varied neutron scattering and X-ray scattering experiments that are jointly refined with molecular dynamics simulations. This experimental and computational approach produces robust bilayer structural parameters that enable insights, for example, into the interplay between collective membrane properties and its components (e.g., hydrocarbon chain length and unsaturation, and lipid headgroup composition. From model studies such as these, one is better able to appreciate how a real biological membrane can be tuned by balancing the contributions from the lipid’s different moieties (e.g., acyl chains, headgroups, backbones, etc..

  12. On-going development on MINT's small angle neutron scattering (SANS) facility upgrading and related research activities

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    The TRIGA MARK II Research reactor at the Malaysian Institute for Nuclear Research (MINT) was commissioned in July 1982: next year will be its 20 year criticality. Since then various works have been performed to utilize the neutrons produced from this steady state reactor. Projects undertaken are the development and utilization of the Neutron Radiography (MyNR) and Small Angle Neutron Scattering (MySANS) facilities. Materials research, together with traditional scientific interest in understanding matter at the atomic scale, requires detail knowledge of the arrangement and the dynamics of the atoms or molecules. To enhance Malaysian research and development in this area in particular nanoparticle and nanostructure, MINT has made a dedicated commitment to strengthen the utilizing and maintaining the existing small angle neutron scattering facility to its optimal. This paper describes the recent progress of the MySANS facility and its proposed applications in materials science and technology research and education. Both management and technical strategies are generally explained. In addition a future work plan is also noted. (author)

  13. Small angle neutron scattering studies of the flux line lattices in the borocarbide superconductors

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    This thesis describes small angle neutron scattering studies of the flux line lattice (FLL) in the following members of the borocarbide superconductors: YNi2B2C, ErNi2B2C, TmNi2B2C, LuNi2B2C, Y0.75Lu0.25Ni2B2C and Lu(Ni1-xCOx)2B2C with x = 1.5 - 9%. Of the materials ErN2B2C and TmNi2B2C exhibits coexisting superconductivity and magnetic ordering. Three main conclusions can be derived from the results in this thesis. Existence of a low field hexagonal to square symmetry transition of the FLL, ubiquitous to the superconducting borocarbides, magnetic and non-magnetic alike. This symmetry transition is due to the four-fold anisotropy of the Fermi surface, distorting the screening currents towards a square flow pattern. This four-fold anisotropy together with non-local electrodynamics induces a transition to a square FLL, as the field is increased. Changing the non-locality range shifts the square to hexagonal transition onset field. A static disordering of the FLL in YNi2B2C and LuNi2B2C. In these materials one observes a well ordered FLL, with a longitudinal correlation length exceeding 100 flux line spacings. As the applied field is increased the longitudinal correlation length, increases with field up to H/Hc2 ∼ 0.2. Above this field the FLL correlation length slowly starts to fall off, in contradiction to theoretical models. The existence of complex interactions between the magnetic state and the FLL in TmNi2B2C. This is signalled by coinciding changes in the FLL symmetry and in the magnetic structure. The FLL show a two-step symmetry transition from square to rhombic and then hexagonal with increased field. In addition, the FLL reflectivity shows distinct peaks as the thulium ions orders magnetically at TN and across the field driven magnetic transition. No explanation for this behaviour exists at the present. (au)

  14. Small angle neutron scattering studies of the flux line lattices in the borocarbide superconductors

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    Eskildsen, Morten Ring

    1998-12-01

    This thesis describes small angle neutron scattering studies of the flux line lattice (FLL) in the following members of the borocarbide superconductors: YNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C, ErNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C, TmNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C, LuNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C, Y{sub 0.75}Lu{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 2}B{sub 2}C and Lu(Ni{sub 1-x}CO{sub x}){sub 2}B{sub 2}C with x = 1.5 - 9%. Of the materials ErN{sub 2}B{sub 2}C and TmNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C exhibits coexisting superconductivity and magnetic ordering. Three main conclusions can be derived from the results in this thesis. Existence of a low field hexagonal to square symmetry transition of the FLL, ubiquitous to the superconducting borocarbides, magnetic and non-magnetic alike. This symmetry transition is due to the four-fold anisotropy of the Fermi surface, distorting the screening currents towards a square flow pattern. This four-fold anisotropy together with non-local electrodynamics induces a transition to a square FLL, as the field is increased. Changing the non-locality range shifts the square to hexagonal transition onset field. A static disordering of the FLL in YNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C and LuNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C. In these materials one observes a well ordered FLL, with a longitudinal correlation length exceeding 100 flux line spacings. As the applied field is increased the longitudinal correlation length, increases with field up to H/H{sub c2} {approx} 0.2. Above this field the FLL correlation length slowly starts to fall off, in contradiction to theoretical models. The existence of complex interactions between the magnetic state and the FLL in TmNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C. This is signalled by coinciding changes in the FLL symmetry and in the magnetic structure. The FLL show a two-step symmetry transition from square to rhombic and then hexagonal with increased field. In addition, the FLL reflectivity shows distinct peaks as the thulium ions orders magnetically at T{sub N} and across the field driven magnetic transition. No explanation for this behaviour

  15. Determination of the orientation of pieces of zigzag-Bloch walls in bulk FeSi-single crystals by neutron small-angle scattering

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    Small-angle scattering of neutrons allows the determination of the orientation of Bloch walls in the interior of bulk single crystals. The zigzag angle psi=280 of the 900 Bloch wall and its field dependence are measured. We also observe walls or wall pieces with psi=00. With 1800 walls we measure zigzag angles of psi approximately equal to 300. (orig.)

  16. Fast, quantitative, and nondestructive evaluation of hydrided LWR fuel cladding by small angle incoherent neutron scattering of hydrogen

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    A nondestructive neutron scattering method to precisely measure the uptake of hydrogen and the distribution of hydride precipitates in light water reactor (LWR) fuel cladding was developed. Zircaloy-4 cladding used in commercial LWRs was used to produce hydrided specimens. The hydriding apparatus consists of a closed stainless-steel vessel that contains Zr alloy specimens and hydrogen gas. Following hydrogen charging, the hydrogen content of the hydrided specimens was measured using the vacuum hot extraction method, by which the samples with desired hydrogen concentrations were selected for the neutron study. Optical microscopy shows that our hydriding procedure results in uniform distribution of circumferential hydrides across the wall thickness. Small angle neutron incoherent scattering was performed in the High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Our study demonstrates that the hydrogen in commercial Zircaloy-4 cladding can be measured very accurately in minutes by this nondestructive method over a wide range of hydrogen concentrations from a very small amount (≈20 ppm) to over 1000 ppm. The hydrogen distribution in a tube sample was obtained by scaling the neutron scattering rate with a factor determined by a calibration process using standard, destructive direct chemical analysis methods on the specimens. This scale factor can be used in future tests with unknown hydrogen concentrations, thus providing a nondestructive method for determining absolute hydrogen concentrations

  17. New integral experiments for large angle scattering cross section data benchmarking with DT neutron beam at JAEA/FNS

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    Ohnishi, Seiki, E-mail: ohnishi@nmri.go.jp [National Maritime Research Institute, Mitaka, Tokyo (Japan); Kondo, Keitaro [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Ibaraki (Japan); Azuma, Tetsushi [Kyoto University, Kumatori-cho, Osaka (Japan); Sato, Satoshi; Ochiai, Kentaro; Takakura, Kosuke [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Ibaraki (Japan); Murata, Isao [Osaka University, Suita, Osaka (Japan); Konno, Chikara [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Ibaraki (Japan)

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We constructed a deuteron-triton fusion neutron beam. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A large SS316 cylinder assembly was irradiated by the neutron beam. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The reaction rates of activation foil were measured inside it. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The C/Es became smaller with the distance from the beam axis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The large angle scattering cross section around 90 Degree-Sign affects that. - Abstract: A new integral experiment with a deuteron-triton fusion (DT) neutron beam started in order to validate scattering cross section data. First the DT neutron beam was constructed with a collimator. The performance of the collimator system and the characteristics of the DT neutron beam were measured. Second a new integral experiment for type 316 stainless steel (SS316) was carried out with this DT neutron beam. The DT neutron beam of 3.5 cm in diameter was injected to the front surface center of an SS316 cylindrical assembly. Reaction rates of the {sup 93}Nb(n,2n){sup 92m}Nb reaction in the assembly were measured with the activation foil method and were calculated with the Monte Carlo transport calculation code. The measurement points were located at three positions, on the center of the beam axis and at 15 cm and 30 cm apart from the axis. The ratio of calculation to experiment of the {sup 93}Nb(n,2n){sup 92m}Nb reaction rate became smaller than 1 with the distance from the beam axis. Then, the dependency of each reaction rate on scattering angle was calculated. It was proved that at off-axis positions, where C/E is smaller than 1, 90 Degree-Sign scattering contribute relatively larger than at on-axis positions and backward scattering made little contribution to the results in this experiment. The reasons of the discrepancy between the measured and calculated data will be investigated.

  18. Recent Development of a 36 meter Small-Angle Neutron Scattering BATAN Spectrometer (SMARTer) in Serpong Indonesia

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    Putra, Edy Giri Rachman; Bharoto [Neutron Scattering Laboratory, National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia, Gedung 40 Kawasan Puspiptek Serpong, Tangerang 15314 (Indonesia); Seong, Baek Seok, E-mail: giri@batan.go.i [Neutron Science Division, HANARO Center, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, 1045 Daedeok-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-01

    The 36 meter small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) spectrometer BATAN (SMARTer) in Serpong, Indonesia has been revitalised for several years. The work on replacing, upgrading and improving the control system and the experimental method were conducted in order to setup the spectrometer back in operation. Two main personal computers, one for handling and controlling the mechanical system and another one for acquiring neutron data were employed at the spectrometer. The standard and established SANS data reduction and analysis programs, such as GRASP and NIST Igor have been implemented to subtract the raw scattered neutron data with the backgrounds and then analyse the corrected data. The scattering data of ferrofluids samples, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and MnZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} have been obtained using SANS spectrometers in BATAN Serpong, Indonesia and HANARO-KAERI, Republic of Korea for inter-laboratory comparison and investigation of proposed research interest. The results were comparable from both scattering data analysis.

  19. Microstructural investigations of materials for low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) based fuel cell using small angle neutron scattering

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    The concept and the realization fuel cell based on LTCC technology require the investigations of fired LTCC microstructures. The majority of the works involved using small angle neutron scattering studies on the microstructural of LTCC ceramic tape and development of neutron tomography for future tool to visualize channels inside the fired tape. Most SANS characterization were carried out at Smarter SANS instrument at BATAN, Indonesia. Standard sample for resolving tens of micron of object size were measured using simple neutron tomography setup utilizing monochromatic SANS beam at Malaysian Nuclear Agency. The initial microstructural findings indicates that organic additives shape the final microstructural of LTCC after firing with the glassy material possibly fill the space left by the burned organic additives. The tomography results showed that 40 micron size object can be differentiated. The conductor deposited on LTCC is preliminary investigated which will later be used as support for catalyst.

  20. Bragg prism monochromator and analyser for super ultra-small angle neutron scattering studies

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    Apoorva G Wagh; Sohrab Abbas; Markus Strobl; Wolfgang Treimer

    2008-11-01

    We have designed, fabricated and operated a novel Bragg prism monochromator–analyser combination. With a judicious choice of the Bragg reflection, its asymmetry and the apex angle of the silicon single crystal prism, the monochromator has produced a neutron beam with sub-arcsec collimation. A Bragg prism analyser with the opposite asymmetry has been tailored to accept a still sharper angular profile. With this optimized monochromator–analyser pair, we have attained the narrowest and sharpest neutron angular profile to date. At this facility, we have recorded the first SUSANS spectra spanning wave vector transfers ∼ 10−6 Å-1 to characterize samples containing agglomerates up to tens of micrometres in size.

  1. Structural investigation on gamma-irradiated polyacrylamide hydrogels using small-angle neutron scattering and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy

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    Sivananatham M; Tata B V R; Aswal V K

    2016-03-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and ultraviolet (UV)–visible spectroscopictechniques are used to investigate the microstructural changes in polyacrylamide (PAAm) hydrogels on gamma irradiation. SANS measurements have revealed the presence of inhomogeneities in nanometre scale and reduction of their size with increase in dose. Analysis of SANS data alsorevealed the increase in the correlation length with increase in dose. The extinction coefficient obtained from the UV–visible spectroscopic studies exhibited $\\lambda^{−\\beta}$ dependence between 500 and 700 nm and is understood to arise from the existence of scatterers (inhomogeneities) in submicron scale in PAAm hydrogels. The increase in value of exponent $\\beta$ with increase in dose indicates that the size of scatterers decrease with increase in dose.

  2. The new 'BerSANS-PC' software for reduction and treatment of small angle neutron scattering data

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    Keiderling, U

    2002-01-01

    Measurements on small angle neutron scattering (SANS) instruments are typically characterized by a large number of samples, short measurement times for the individual samples, and a frequent change of visiting scientist groups. Besides this, recent advances in instrumentation have led to more frequent measurements of kinetic sequences and a growing interest in analyzing two-dimensional scattering data, these requiring special software tools that enable the users to extract physically relevant information from the scattering data with a minimum of effort. The new 'BerSANS-PC' data-processing software has been developed at the Hahn-Meitner-Institut (HMI) in Berlin, Germany, to meet these requirements and to support an efficiently working guest-user service. Comprising some basic functions of the 'BerSANS' program available at the HMI and other institutes in the past, BerSANS-PC is a completely new development for network-independent use on local PCs with a full-feature graphical interface. (orig.)

  3. Small-angle neutron scattering from anisotropic single-crystalline materials

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    'Isotropic' small-angle scattering (SAS), i.e. without azimuthal dependence around the primary beam, occurs only for specific configurations of the scattering objects if single-crystalline material is studied. For decomposing Ni-based alloy single crystals, SAS signals are generally highly anisotropic. From analysis of two-dimensional SAS patterns, important information on the evolution of the morphology and on the three-dimensional spatial arrangement of the precipitates from the early stages of decomposition can be extracted. The real-space information obtained from transmission electron microscopy is an excellent complement to the reciprocal-space information extracted from SAS data. The complementary use of these two techniques offers a valuable approach to the study of precipitation phenomena. (orig.)

  4. Salt-dependent DNA superhelix diameter studied by small angle neutron scattering measurements and Monte Carlo simulations.

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    Hammermann, M; Brun, N; Klenin, K V; May, R.; Tóth, K; Langowski, J.

    1998-01-01

    Using small angle neutron scattering we have measured the static form factor of two different superhelical DNAs, p1868 (1868 bp) and pUC18 (2686 bp), in dilute aqueous solution at salt concentrations between 0 and 1.5 M Na+ in 10 mM Tris at 0% and 100% D2O. For both DNA molecules, the theoretical static form factor was also calculated from an ensemble of Monte Carlo configurations generated by a previously described model. Simulated and measured form factors of both DNAs showed the same behav...

  5. Morphology of carbon nanotubes prepared via chemical vapour deposition technique using acetylene: A small angle neutron scattering investigation

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    D Sen; K Dasgupta; J Bahadur; S Mazumder; D Sathiyamoorthy

    2008-11-01

    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) has been utilized to study the morphology of the multi-walled carbon nanotubes prepared by chemical vapour deposition of acetylene. The effects of various synthesis parameters like temperature, catalyst concentration and catalyst support on the size distribution of the nanotubes are investigated. Distribution of nanotube radii in two length scales has been observed. The number density of the smaller diameter tubes was found more in number compared to the bigger one for all the cases studied. No prominent scaling of the structure factor was observed for the different synthesis conditions.

  6. Small angle neutron scattering studies of mixed micelles of sodium cumene sulphonate with cetyl trimethylammonium bromide and sodium dodecyl sulphate

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    K V Padalkar; V G Gaikar; V K Aswal

    2008-11-01

    The aqueous solutions of sodium cumene sulphonate (NaCS) and its mixtures with each of cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) are characterized by small angle neutron scattering (SANS). NaCS when added to CTAB solution leads to the formation of long rod-shaped micelles with a dramatic increase in the CTAB aggregation number. Its addition to SDS on the other hand results in the formation of smaller mixed micelles where part of SDS molecules in the micelle is replaced by NaCS molecules.

  7. Determination of the spatial distribution of multiple fluid phases in porous media by ultra-small-angle neutron scattering

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    In the present work contrast-matching USANS (ultra-small-angle neutron scattering) was employed in order to determine the spatial distribution of immiscible fluids confined within a macroporous α-Al2O3 membrane. Water-air as well as water-hydrocarbon and hydrocarbon-air systems were examined and the analysis of the results, also on the basis of a complementary numerical study provided significant information on the behaviour of the multiphase ensemble as it has been demonstrated that the individual fluids occupy certain positions in the pore space, regardless of the actual values of the respective interfacial properties.

  8. Relaxation of a shear-induced lamellar phase measured with time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering

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    We have measured the relaxation of Couette shear-induced Lα lamellar states to their isotropic L3 'sponge' equilibrium phases in the cetylpryridinium-hexanol/dextrose-brine system by (cycled) time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering. Although diffusive motions of adjacent membrane sheets may be estimated to bring them into contact with frequencies ∼10 kHz, we observe structural relaxation times on the order of seconds. This indicates a significant activation energy against the re-establishment of the passages characterizing the convoluted sponge structure

  9. Effect of heat treatment on pore structure in nanocrystalline NiO: A small angle neutron scattering study

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    J Bahadur; D Sen; S Mazumder; S Ramanathan

    2008-11-01

    Nanocrystalline nickel oxide powders were calcined at 300, 600 and 900°C and pore structure evolution was followed by small angle neutron scattering (SANS). Pore size distributions at two widely separated size ranges have been revealed. Shrinkage of larger-sized pore with reduction in polydispersity has been observed with increasing heat treatment temperature. The pore structures at various heat treatment temperatures do not scale. This has been attributed to the grain boundary diffusion leading to an asymmetric shrinkage of the pores.

  10. Small-angle neutron scattering investigation of the chain conformation of lamellar polystyrene/isoprene phase in solid state

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    Small-angle neutron scattering has been used in the study of chain conformation of lamellar styrene/isoprene block copolymers oriented in large single crystals. The radius of gyration of deuterated polystyrene chains around the normal to the interface has been measured. By comparing this direct evolution of the lateral dimension of the chains with the average chain separation given by the molecular area (the surface available at the interface for each covalent bond linking the blocks together) we characterized the transverse interpenetration degree of the chains. The polystyrene chains are displayed in simple strata own micro-domains, without an important interpenetration. (Author) 9 Figs., 2 Tabs., 25 Refs

  11. Investigation of coercivity mechanism in hot deformed Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets by small-angle neutron scattering

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    The magnetic reversal behaviors of single domain sized Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets, with and without isolation between the Nd2Fe14B grains, was clarified using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The SANS patterns obtained arose from changes in the magnetic domains and were analyzed using the Teubner–Stray model, a phenomenological correlation length model, to quantify the periodicity and morphology of the magnetic domains. The results indicated that the magnetic reversal evolved with the magnetic domains that had similar sized grains. The grain isolation enabled us to realize the reversals of single domains

  12. Small-angle neutron scattering study of recombinant yeast-derived human hepatitis B virus surface antigen vaccine particle

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    Sato, M.; Ito, Y.; Kameyama, K.; Imai, M.; Ishikawa, N.; Takagi, T.

    1995-02-01

    The overall and internal structure of recombinant yeast-derived human hepatitis B virus surface antigen vaccine particles was investigated by small-angle neutron scattering using the contrast variation method. The vaccine is a nearly spherical particle, and its contrast-matching point was determined to be at about 24% D 2O content, indicating that a large part of the vaccine particle is occupied by lipids and carbohydrates from the yeast. The Stuhrmann plot suggests that the surface antigens exist predominantly in the peripheral region of the particle, which is favorable to the induction of anti-virus antibodies.

  13. Small Angle Neutron Scattering Reveals pH-dependent Conformational Changes in Trichoderma reesei Cellobiohydrolase I: IMPLICATIONS FOR ENZYMATIC ACTIVITY*

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    Pingali, Sai Venkatesh; O'Neill, Hugh M.; McGaughey, Joseph; Urban, Volker S.; Rempe, Caroline S.; Petridis, Loukas; Jeremy C Smith; Evans, Barbara R.; Heller, William T.

    2011-01-01

    Cellobiohydrolase I (Cel7A) of the fungus Trichoderma reesei (now classified as an anamorph of Hypocrea jecorina) hydrolyzes crystalline cellulose to soluble sugars, making it of key interest for producing fermentable sugars from biomass for biofuel production. The activity of the enzyme is pH-dependent, with its highest activity occurring at pH 4–5. To probe the response of the solution structure of Cel7A to changes in pH, we measured small angle neutron scattering of it in a series of solut...

  14. Micro-focused Small Angle Neutron Scattering and Imaging for Science and Engineering Using RTP--A Preliminary Study

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    Malaysian Nuclear Agency's (Nuclear Malaysia) Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) facility--(MYSANS)--is utilizing low flux of thermal neutron at the agency's 1 MW TRIGA reactor. As the design nature of the 8 m SANS facility can allow object resolution in the range between 5 and 80 nm to be obtained. It can be used to study alloys, ceramics and polymers in certain area of problems that relate to samples containing strong scatterers or contrast. The current SANS system at Malaysian Nuclear Agency is only capable to measure Q in limited range with a PSD (128x128) fixed at 4 m from the sample. The existing reactor hall that incorporate this MYSANS facility has a layout that prohibits the rebuilding of MYSANS therefore the position between the wavelength selector (HOPG) and sample and the PSD cannot be increased for wider Q range. The flux of the neutron at current sample holder is very low which around 103 n/cm2/sec. Thus it is important to rebuild the MYSANS to maximize the utilization of neutron. Over the years, the facility has undergone maintenance and some changes have been made. Modification on secondary shutter and control has been carried out to improve the safety level of the instrument. A compact micro-focus SANS method can suit this objective together with an improve cryostat system. This paper will explain some design concept and approaches in achieving higher flux and the modification needs to establish the micro-focused SANS.

  15. Micro-focused Small Angle Neutron Scattering and Imaging for Science and Engineering Using RTP—A Preliminary Study

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    Mohamed, Abdul Aziz; Al Rashid Megat Ahmad, Megat Harun; Md Idris, Faridah; Azman, Azraf; Jamro, Rafhayudi; Ibrahim, Mohd Rizal Mamat; Rahman, Anwar Abdul

    2010-01-01

    Malaysian Nuclear Agency's (Nuclear Malaysia) Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) facility—(MYSANS)—is utilizing low flux of thermal neutron at the agency's 1 MW TRIGA reactor. As the design nature of the 8 m SANS facility can allow object resolution in the range between 5 and 80 nm to be obtained. It can be used to study alloys, ceramics and polymers in certain area of problems that relate to samples containing strong scatterers or contrast. The current SANS system at Malaysian Nuclear Agency is only capable to measure Q in limited range with a PSD (128×128) fixed at 4 m from the sample. The existing reactor hall that incorporate this MYSANS facility has a layout that prohibits the rebuilding of MYSANS therefore the position between the wavelength selector (HOPG) and sample and the PSD cannot be increased for wider Q range. The flux of the neutron at current sample holder is very low which around 103 n/cm2/sec. Thus it is important to rebuild the MYSANS to maximize the utilization of neutron. Over the years, the facility has undergone maintenance and some changes have been made. Modification on secondary shutter and control has been carried out to improve the safety level of the instrument. A compact micro-focus SANS method can suit this objective together with an improve cryostat system. This paper will explain some design concept and approaches in achieving higher flux and the modification needs to establish the micro-focused SANS.

  16. Small-angle neutron scattering from oxygen precipitates in silicon annealed at low temperatures

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    SANS has been used to measure the diffusion coefficient of oxygen in silicon in the temperature range 500-550 deg C. The results show that the oxygen diffusion is enhanced by a factor of ∼10 or less above the normal diffusion line, D (cm2s-1) = 0.13exp(-2.53eV/kT). A diffusion line of D(cm2s-1) = 6x10-5exp(-1.86eV/kT) fits the new results together with previous SANS data. The results suggest that this is an effective diffusion coefficient between normal interstitial oxygen diffusion and possibly the diffusion of oxygen dimers. This work is consistent with more recent work by other authors. SANS has been used to study the spatial dependence of precipitates across the diameter of 8-inch crystals grown in the 1980's and 1990's. The results show that Czochralski silicon grown today no longer suffers from the inhomogeneous precipitate growth across the crystal diameter observed in the 1980's. Temperature dependent scattering observed at Q∼0.2A-1 was found to be due to inelastic processes using time-of-flight measurements on SANS. This inelastic scattering can cloud the elastic scattering from weakly scattering precipitates. The time-of-flight chopper on SANS was used to separate the elastic and inelastic events on samples annealed at 500 and 525 deg C. The results showed that the Guinier radius of the precipitates was of the order of ∼10A and suggested oxygen diffusion close to normal oxygen diffusion in silicon at 525 deg C. An improvement in background levels should enable better measurements on silicon annealed at lower temperatures using this new technique. An energy analysis of the inelastic scattering showed that these were due to Umklapp processes where neutrons were gaining energy from phonons, at Q∼0.4A-1 and energy transfer of ∼13meV. (author)

  17. Porosity of silica Stöber particles determined by spin-echo small angle neutron scattering.

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    Parnell, S R; Washington, A L; Parnell, A J; Walsh, A; Dalgliesh, R M; Li, F; Hamilton, W A; Prevost, S; Fairclough, J P A; Pynn, R

    2016-05-25

    Stöber silica particles are used in a diverse range of applications. Despite their widespread industrial and scientific uses, information on the internal structure of the particles is non-trivial to obtain and is not often reported. In this work we have used spin-echo small angle neutron scattering (SESANS) in conjunction with ultra small angle X-ray scattering (USAXS) and pycnometry to study an aqueous dispersion of Stöber particles. Our results are in agreement with models which propose that Stöber particles have a porous core, with a significant fraction of the pores inaccessible to solvent. For samples prepared from the same master sample in a range of H2O : D2O ratio solutions we were able to model the SESANS results for the solution series assuming monodisperse, smooth surfaced spheres of radius 83 nm with an internal open pore volume fraction of 32% and a closed pore fraction of 10%. Our results are consistent with USAXS measurements. The protocol developed and discussed here shows that the SESANS technique is a powerful way to investigate particles much larger than those studied using conventional small angle scattering methods. PMID:27021920

  18. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism and small angle neutron scattering study of thiol capped gold nanoparticles.

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    de la Venta, J.; Bouzas, V.; Pucci, A.; Laguna-Marco, M. A.; Haskel, D.; Pinel, E. F.; te Velthuis, S. G. E.; Hoffmann, A.; Lal, J.; Bleuel, M.; Ruggeri, G.; de Julian, C.; Garcia, M. A.; Univ. Complutense de Madrid; Inst. de Magnetismo Aplicado UCM; Univ. Pisa; Univ. di Padova

    2009-11-01

    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) measurements were performed on thiol capped Au nanoparticles (NPs) embedded into polyethylene. An XMCD signal of 0.8 {center_dot} 10{sup -4} was found at the Au L{sub 3} edge of thiol capped Au NPs embedded in a polyethylene matrix for which Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) magnetometry yielded a saturation magnetization, M{sub s}, of 0.06 emu/g{sub Au}. SANS measurements showed that the 3.2 nm average-diameter nanoparticles are 28% polydispersed, but no detectable SANS magnetic signal was found with the resolution and sensitivity accessible with the neutron experiment. A comparison with previous experiments carried out on Au NPs and multilayers, yield to different values between XMCD signals and magnetization measured by SQUID magnetometer. We discuss the origin of those differences.

  19. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism and small angle neutron scattering studies of thiol capped gold nanoparticles.

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    de la Venta, J.; Bouzas, V.; Pucci, A.; Laguna-Marco, M. A.; Haskel, D.; te Velthuis, S. G. E; Hoffmann, A.; Lal, J.; Bleuel, M.; Ruggeri, G.; de Julian Fernandez, C.; Garcia, M. A.; Univ.Complutense de Madrid; Inst. de Magnetismo Aplicado; Univ. of Pisa; Lab. di Magnetismo Molecolare

    2009-01-01

    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) measurements were performed on thiol capped Au nanoparticles (NPs) embedded into polyethylene. An XMCD signal of 0.8 {center_dot} 10{sup -4} was found at the Au L{sub 3} edge of thiol capped Au NPs embedded in a polyethylene matrix for which Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) magnetometry yielded a saturation magnetization, M{sub s}, of 0.06 emu/g{sub Au}. SANS measurements showed that the 3.2 nm average-diameter nanoparticles are 28% polydispersed, but no detectable SANS magnetic signal was found with the resolution and sensitivity accessible with the neutron experiment. A comparison with previous experiments carried out on Au NPs and multilayers, yield to different values between XMCD signals and magnetization measured by SQUID magnetometer. We discuss the origin of those differences.

  20. The ultrastructure and flexibility of thylakoid membranes in leaves and isolated chloroplasts as revealed by small-angle neutron scattering.

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    Unnep, R; Zsiros, O; Solymosi, K; Kovács, L; Lambrev, P H; Tóth, T; Schweins, R; Posselt, D; Székely, N K; Rosta, L; Nagy, G; Garab, G

    2014-09-01

    We studied the periodicity of the multilamellar membrane system of granal chloroplasts in different isolated plant thylakoid membranes, using different suspension media, as well as on different detached leaves and isolated protoplasts-using small-angle neutron scattering. Freshly isolated thylakoid membranes suspended in isotonic or hypertonic media, containing sorbitol supplemented with cations, displayed Bragg peaks typically between 0.019 and 0.023Å(-1), corresponding to spatially and statistically averaged repeat distance values of about 275-330 Å⁻¹. Similar data obtained earlier led us in previous work to propose an origin from the periodicity of stroma thylakoid membranes. However, detached leaves, of eleven different species, infiltrated with or soaked in D2O in dim laboratory light or transpired with D2O prior to measurements, exhibited considerably smaller repeat distances, typically between 210 and 230 Å⁻¹, ruling out a stromal membrane origin. Similar values were obtained on isolated tobacco and spinach protoplasts. When NaCl was used as osmoticum, the Bragg peaks of isolated thylakoid membranes almost coincided with those in the same batch of leaves and the repeat distances were very close to the electron microscopically determined values in the grana. Although neutron scattering and electron microscopy yield somewhat different values, which is not fully understood, we can conclude that small-angle neutron scattering is a suitable technique to study the periodic organization of granal thylakoid membranes in intact leaves under physiological conditions and with a time resolution of minutes or shorter. We also show here, for the first time on leaves, that the periodicity of thylakoid membranes in situ responds dynamically to moderately strong illumination. This article is part of a special issue entitled: photosynthesis research for sustainability: keys to produce clean energy. PMID:24508217

  1. Investigation of equilibrium and non-equilibrium states of polymer blends by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Small-angle scattering of neutrons (SANS) has been applied to investigate the equilibrium properties of polymer blends, in particular the critical fluctuations in the homogeneous regions for d-PS/PS, PS/d-PB and d-PS/PVME. The transition between mean-field and Ising behaviours has been observed for PS/d-PB about 6 K above Tc. The non-equilibrium behaviour of the SANS structure factor of d-PS/PS has been studied after a temperature step has been applied. Only for very small scattering vectors does the time-dependent structure factor follow the predictions of the Cahn-Hilliard theory. Also, early stages of decomposition within the miscibility gap have been studied in this system and in d-PS/PVME. [PS=polystyurene; PB=polybutadiene; PVME= poly(vinyl methyl ether).] (orig.)

  2. The study of the structural properties of very low viscosity sodium alginate by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Badita, C. R.; Aranghel, D.; Radulescu, A.; Anitas, E. M.

    2016-03-01

    Sodium alginate is a linear polymer extract from brown algae and it is used in the biomedical, food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries as solution property modifiers and gelling agents. But despite the extensive studies of the alginate gelation process, still some fundamental questions remain unresolved. The fractal behavior of very low viscosity sodium alginate solutions and their influence on the critical gelation of alginate induced by Ca2+ ions were investigated using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) measurements. SANS data are interpreted using both standard linear plots and the Beaucage model. The scattering intensity is dependent by alginate concentration and Ca2+ concentration. From a critical concentration of 1.0 % w/w our polymer swelled forming spherical structures with rough surfaces. Also the addition of the salt induces the collapse and the appearance of the aggregation and clusters formation.

  3. Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Study of Solubilization of Tributyl Phosphate in Aqueous Solutions of L64 Pluronic Triblock Copolymers

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    We have studied the solubilization behavior of tributylphosphate (TBP) in aqueous solutions of L64-Pluronics, using light and small angle neutron scattering (SANS). Varying the temperature and the oil content, the system presents a nontrivial phase behavior. In particular, at 308 K, a first solubilization followed by an emulsification failure and a re-solubilization is found. We have measured the microstructure by SANS and characterized the microemulsion droplet core size, corona thickness, poly-dispersity, and interactions. It is shown that at low oil content, the system is made of small swollen micelles. After the phase separation, the re-solubilization is carried by larger oil droplets decorated by copolymer. From specific surface measurements at large angles, a surprising change in surfactant conformation is found to accompany this morphological evolution which is also supported by previous results obtained from 1H NMR experiments. In independent measurements, our structural modeling is confirmed using contrast-variation SANS. (authors)

  4. Recently commissioned time-of-flight small angle neutron scattering machine at ANSTO: Capabilities and performance

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    Australian Nuclear Science and technology Organization (ANSTO) successfully operates one SANS instrument Quokka and recently commenced commissioning of the second SANS instrument, Bilby. The Bilby is Time-of-Flight instrument built on reactor neutron source. The instrument is scheduled to be in user operation in the second half of the year 2015. The design (in particular, set-up of four choppers which similar to that design for D33 instrument at ILL) opens possibility to vary wavelength resolution in the wide range (from 4% to 30%) satisfying various scientists’ requirements. Two arrays of position sensitive detectors in combination with utilizing of wide wavelength range (from ~3Å to ~20Å) provide capability to collect scattering data of wide angular range without changing experimental set-up. Offered instrument design opens possibility to collect scattering from a wide range of samples, with a unique capability to record fast kinetics data. Additional hardware add-on will allow to use instrument in slit mode and therefore get data at very low Q (~2·10-4Å-1). The presentation will be focused on general concept and unique features of the new SANS instrument, as well as first results of instrument commissioning.

  5. Mesostructure anisotropy of bacterial cellulose-polyacrylamide hydrogels as studied by spin-echo small-angle neutron scattering

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    Velichko, E V; Chetverikov, Yu O; Duif, C P; Bouwman, W G; Smyslov, R Yu

    2016-01-01

    The submicron- and micron-scale structures of composite hydrogels based on bacterial cellulose (BC) and polyacrylamide were studied by spin-echo small-angle neutron scattering (SESANS). These hydrogels were synthesized via free-radical polymerization of acrylamide carried out in pellicle of BC swollen in the reaction solution. No neutron scattering was observed for the samples swollen in heavy water to the equilibrium state, but a SESANS signal appeared when TbCl$_{3}$ salt was added to the solvent. The SESANS dependences obtained for these samples revealed the anisotropy of mesostructure for the hydrogels under investigation. Density inhomogeneities on the characteristic scale of 11.5 $\\pm$ 0.5 $\\mu$m were detected in one specific orientation of the sample, i.e. with growth plane of BC parallel to plane formed by neutron beam and spin-echo length. The uniaxial anisotropy revealed agrees with the proposed model, which attributes this behavior to the existence of the tunnel-like oriented structures inside BC.

  6. Neutron scattering. Lectures

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    The following topics are dealt with: Neutron sources, neutron properties and elastic scattering, correlation functions measured by scattering experiments, symmetry of crystals, applications of neutron scattering, polarized-neutron scattering and polarization analysis, structural analysis, magnetic and lattice excitation studied by inelastic neutron scattering, macromolecules and self-assembly, dynamics of macromolecules, correlated electrons in complex transition-metal oxides, surfaces, interfaces, and thin films investigated by neutron reflectometry, nanomagnetism. (HSI)

  7. Neutron scattering. Lectures

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    Brueckel, Thomas; Heger, Gernot; Richter, Dieter; Roth, Georg; Zorn, Reiner (eds.)

    2010-07-01

    The following topics are dealt with: Neutron sources, neutron properties and elastic scattering, correlation functions measured by scattering experiments, symmetry of crystals, applications of neutron scattering, polarized-neutron scattering and polarization analysis, structural analysis, magnetic and lattice excitation studied by inelastic neutron scattering, macromolecules and self-assembly, dynamics of macromolecules, correlated electrons in complex transition-metal oxides, surfaces, interfaces, and thin films investigated by neutron reflectometry, nanomagnetism. (HSI)

  8. Effect of crystal shape on neutron rocking curves of perfect single crystals designed for ultra-small-angle scattering experiments

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    The present study has been conducted in the framework of the channel-cut crystal design for the Kookaburra ultra-small-angle neutron scattering (USANS) instrument to be installed at the OPAL reactor of ANSTO. This facility is based on the classical Bonse-Hart method that uses two multiple-reflection crystal systems. The dynamical theory of diffraction by perfect crystals distinguishes two cases: the Darwin case applying to infinitely thick crystals and the Ewald solution for very small absorption taking into account the reflection from the rear face of a plane-parallel crystal reflecting in Bragg geometry. The former is preferable because it yields narrower rocking curves. To prevent the neutrons to 'see' the rear face, grooves were machined into the backside of perfect Si test crystals for single reflection and filled with neutron absorbing material. These samples were examined at the S18 instrument of the Institut Laue-Langevin. Unexpectedly the crystals with empty slots showed an increase of the rocking curve width. When filling the slots with an absorber the widths decreased, but without reaching that of the Darwin curve. Understanding the results and achieving a successful crystal design call for the development of a theory that permits to describe neutron diffraction from crystals with a structured back face.

  9. Imaging with Scattered Neutrons

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    Ballhausen, H; Gähler, R; Trapp, M; Van Overberghe, A

    2006-01-01

    We describe a novel experimental technique for neutron imaging with scattered neutrons. These scattered neutrons are of interest for condensed matter physics, because they permit to reveal the local distribution of incoherent and coherent scattering within a sample. In contrast to standard attenuation based imaging, scattered neutron imaging distinguishes between the scattering cross section and the total attenuation cross section including absorption. First successful low-noise millimeter-resolution images by scattered neutron radiography and tomography are presented.

  10. Larger scale structures in starch granules chartacterised via small-angle neutron and x-ray scattering

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    Starch is the primary carbohydrate component in the human diet and the major storage polysaccharide in plants. Small angle scattering (SAS) techniques have an extensive track record in illuminating the semi-crystalline lamellar structure of the starch granule, however, there have been few attempts to use SAS techniques to characterise larger-scale structures reported from imaging techniques, such as growth rings, blocklets or pores. In this study, SAS data collected over an extended q range were gathered from dry and hydrated starch powders of various botanical origins. The use of neutrons and x-rays, as well as comparing dry and hydrated granules, allowed different levels of contrast in scattering length density to be probed and therefore selected structural regions to be highlighted. SAXS measurements were obtained with the Bruker Nanostar, whilst SANS measurements taken at the QUOKKA instrument, ANSTO. Data were analysed with the 'unified' method, which fits SAS curves from hierarchical structures, with each level consisting of a Guinier and Porod component which can be refined during fitting. The lowest q range, 0.002 - 0.04 Å-1, was found to be dominated by scattering from the starch granules themselves, especially in the dry powders; however an inflection point from a low contrast structure was observed at 0.035 Å-1. The associated scattering was interpreted within a unified scattering framework with the inflexion point correlating with a structure with radius of gyration -90 Å - a size comparable to small blocklets or superhelices. In hydrated starches, it is observed that there is an inflection point between lamellar and q-4 power-law scattering regions at approximately 0.004 Å-1 which may correlate with growth rings and large blocklets. The implications of these findings on existing models of starch lamellar scattering are discussed.

  11. Fractal Structures on Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} Ferrofluid: A Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Study

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    Putra, Edy Giri Rachman; Ikram, Abarrul [Neutron Scattering Laboratory, National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia, Gedung 40 Kawasan Puspiptek Serpong, Tangerang 15314 (Indonesia); Seong, Baek Seok; Shin, Eunjoo [Neutron Science Division, HANARO Center, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, 1045 Daedeok-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Ani, Sistin Ari; Darminto, E-mail: giri@batan.go.i [Department of Physics, Faculty on Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology Kampus ITS Sukolilo, Surabaya 60111 (Indonesia)

    2010-10-01

    A small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) which is a powerful technique to reveal the large scale structures was applied to investigate the fractal structures of water-based Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}ferrofluid, magnetic fluid. The natural magnetite Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} from iron sand of several rivers in East Java Province of Indonesia was extracted and purified using magnetic separator. Four different ferrofluid concentrations, i.e. 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 Molar (M) were synthesized through a co-precipitation method and then dispersed in tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAH) as surfactant. The fractal aggregates in ferrofluid samples were observed from their SANS scattering distributions confirming the correlations to their concentrations. The mass fractal dimension changed from about 3 to 2 as ferrofluid concentration increased showing a deviation slope at intermediate scattering vector q range. The size of primary magnetic particle as a building block was determined by fitting the scattering profiles with a log-normal sphere model calculation. The mean average size of those magnetic particles is about 60 - 100 A in diameter with a particle size distribution {sigma} = 0.5.

  12. Small-angle neutron scattering from oxygen precipitates in silicon annealed at low temperatures

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    Cheung, J Y

    2001-01-01

    at 525 deg C. An improvement in background levels should enable better measurements on silicon annealed at lower temperatures using this new technique. An energy analysis of the inelastic scattering showed that these were due to Umklapp processes where neutrons were gaining energy from phonons, at Q approx 0.4A sup - sup 1 and energy transfer of approx 13meV. SANS has been used to measure the diffusion coefficient of oxygen in silicon in the temperature range 500-550 deg C. The results show that the oxygen diffusion is enhanced by a factor of approx 10 or less above the normal diffusion line, D (cm sup 2 s sup - sup 1) = 0.13exp(-2.53eV/kT). A diffusion line of D(cm sup 2 s sup - sup 1) = 6x10 sup - sup 5 exp(-1.86eV/kT) fits the new results together with previous SANS data. The results suggest that this is an effective diffusion coefficient between normal interstitial oxygen diffusion and possibly the diffusion of oxygen dimers. This work is consistent with more recent work by other SANS has been used to stu...

  13. THE MEDIUM RANGE STRUCTURE OF HYDROGENATED Cu-Ti AMORPHOUS ALLOYS STUDIED BY ANOMALOUS SMALL-ANGLE SCATTERING OF X-RAYS AND NEUTRON DIFFRACTION

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    Goudeau, P.; Naudon, A.; Rodmacq, B.; Mangin, P; Chamberod, A.

    1985-01-01

    Amorphous Cu-Ti alloys, when hydrogenated, reveal a strong small-angle scattered intensity. The anomalous X-ray scattering effect is used to analyse this SAS intensity on both copper and titanium edges. It allows to assert the presence of very small clusters of titanium hydride having the TiH2 composition. These results are in good agreement with those obtained by neutron scattering experiments when using either hydrogen (b 0) for the hydrogenation of the samples.

  14. Determination of the structure factor of interparticle interactions in the ferrofluid by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Results of the structure and interparticle interaction investigations of polar magnetic fluid with different content of magnetite, which are obtained by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) are presented in the work. The experiment was performed on small-angle scattering spectrometer YuMO at the Pulsed Reactor IBR-2 in the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russia). Polar ferrofluid magnetite/oleic and dodecyl-benzenesulfonic acid/isobutanol was considered. It is shown that the experimental SANS curves are well described by form-factor for polydisperse spherical particles only for ferrofluids with magnetite concentration of about 0.5 vol. %. Significant effect of structural factors on the SANS spectra was observed for respectively large concentrations of magnetic material in the volume of ferrofluid. Aggregation of magnetic particles and the molecules of the stabilizer do not occur in the considered concentration range of magnetic material. Experimentally obtained dependences of the effective structure factor as well as the comparison with the theoretical curve calculated for the hard sphere potential in polydisperse approximation are presented in the work

  15. A small-angle neutron scattering study of decomposition dynamics in Ni87.5Si12.5

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    The kinetic behavior of precipitation in a supersaturated Ni-12.5 at.% Si alloy single crystal has been studied by the small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) technique to supplement earlier transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (XRD) work. The SANS measurements performed at room temperature on quenched specimens subjected to isothermal anneals at 673, 723, 778 and 823 K for up to 125 h have revealed the presence of an interference peak in the scattering function. The particle size, determined according to the Guinier approximation, is found to obey the t1/3 coarsening law at long aging times. For short aging times below 773 K, a deviation from the t1/3 law is seen signifying a classical 'growth' stage prior to coarsening - an observation consistent with our previous in situ XRD work. The activation energy for solute diffusion is determined to be 278.4 kJ mol-1 using the rate constants governing the growth of particle size and is 255.8 kJ mol-1 using the variation of the mean interparticle distance. Enhanced diffusion due to quenched-in excess vacancies is observed below 773 K. The dynamical scaling law appears to be followed for the data obtained in the coarsening stage. A disruption of scaling occurs at the point when the particle growth changes from a parabolic rate behavior to a cubic coarsening rate. (orig.)

  16. Small angle neutron scattering study of the damage induced by creep deformation in AISI 304 stainless steel

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    In the austenitic stainless steels, a class of materials largely used in the nuclear power plants, creep induces essentially two new microstructural effects: the nucleation and growth of grain boundary cavities and the precipitation of carbides. Carbides precipitate as a consequence of pure thermal treatment, whereas for the occurrence of voids the presence of stress is necessary. It should be noted however, that the kinetics of precipitation and even the precipitate crystal structure are changed by the introduction of dislocations due to straining during creep. The aim of the present study is a quantitative characterization of the creep damage occurring in a stainless steel of the type X 6 CrNi 8 11 (AISI 304). The experimental techniques used are optical and electron microscopy, microprobe analysis and small angle neutron scattering. This latter technique is described in more detail

  17. Conformation of cyclic and linear polydimethylsiloxane in the melt a small-angle neutron-scattering study

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    Gagliardi, S; Dagger, A; Semlyen, A J

    2002-01-01

    In this study we report small-angle neutron-scattering measurements of cyclic and linear polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) in the melt. It has been suggested that due to the presence of topological constraints, rings in the melt may be more compact than Gaussian chains. We show that the cyclic chains are partially collapsed and do not follow Gaussian statistics: the weight-average radius of gyration R sub g sub , sub w is found to be proportional to M sub w sup 0 sup . sup 5 sup 3 and M sub w sup 0 sup . sup 4 sup 0 in the case of linear and cyclic PDMS, respectively. The results are in agreement with recent computer simulations, which predict R sub g to be proportional to N sup 2 sup / sup 5 , where N is the degree of polymerisation. (orig.)

  18. Dipolar structures in magnetite ferrofluids studied with small-angle neutron scattering with and without applied magnetic field.

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    Klokkenburg, M; Erné, B H; Wiedenmann, A; Petukhov, A V; Philipse, A P

    2007-05-01

    Field-induced structure formation in a ferrofluid with well-defined magnetite nanoparticles with a permanent magnetic dipole moment was studied with small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) as a function of the magnetic interactions. The interactions were tuned by adjusting the size of the well-defined, single-magnetic-domain magnetite (Fe3O4) particles and by applying an external magnetic field. For decreasing particle dipole moments, the data show a progressive distortion of the hexagonal symmetry, resulting from the formation of magnetic sheets. The SANS data show qualitative agreement with recent cryogenic transmission electron microscopy results obtained in 2D [Klokkenburg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 185702 (2006)] on the same ferrofluids. PMID:17677066

  19. Small-angle neutron scattering study of aggregate structures of multi-headed pyridinium surfactants in aqueous solution

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    J Haldar; V K Aswal; P S Goyal; S Bhattacharya

    2004-08-01

    The aggregate structures of a set of novel single-chain surfactants bearing one, two and three pyridinium headgroups have been studied using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). It is found that the nature of aggregate structures of these cationic surfactants depend on the number of headgroups present in the surfactants. The single-headed pyridinium surfactant forms the lamellar structure, whereas surfactants with double and triple headgroups form micelles in water. The aggregates shrink in size with increase in the number of headgroups in the surfactants. The aggregation number () continually decreases and the fractional charge () increases with more number of headgroups on the surfactants. The semimajor axis () and semiminor axis ( = ) of the micelle also decrease with the increase in the number of headgroups in the surfactants. This indicates that hydrocarbon chains in such micelles prepared from multiheaded surfactants adopt bent conformation and no longer stay in extended conformation.

  20. Ultra-small angle neutron scattering and X-ray tomography studies of caseinate-hydroxyapatite microporous materials

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    Ritzoulis, C., E-mail: critzou@food.teithe.gr [ATEI of Thessaloniki, PO Box 141, 57400 Thessaloniki (Greece); Strobl, M. [Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut, Im Neuenheimer Feld 229, 69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy (former Hahn-Meitner Institute), SF1, Glienicker Str. 100, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Panayiotou, C. [Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University Campus (Greece); Choinka, G. [Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy (former Hahn-Meitner Institute), SF1, Glienicker Str. 100, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Tsioptsias, C. [Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University Campus (Greece); Vasiliadou, C. [KEPAMAH, 22nd April 1, 63100 Polygyros, Chalkidiki (Greece); Vasilakos, V. [University of Crete, Department of Biology, 71409 Heraklion, Crete (Greece); Beckmann, F.; Herzen, J.; Donath, T. [Institute for Materials Research, GKSS-Research Center, 21502 Geesthacht (Germany)

    2010-09-01

    Microporous hydroxyapatite-protein composite materials of bimodal pore size distribution, intended for utilization as bone regeneration scaffolds, have been prepared by means of milk caseinate emulsion droplet templating. Ultra-small angle neutron scattering (USANS) has been utilized in order to obtain information on the size distribution of the smaller pores (less than tens of micrometers), as compared to the emulsions that have been initially used as templates. The samples were subsequently visualized in 3 dimensions using synchrotron radiation X-ray tomography, where information concerning the larger pores has been obtained. The examination of the samples confirmed a strong correlation between the size of the templating droplets and the produced pores. In addition, 1 {mu}m-sized pores appear to adhere to the surface of 20-70 {mu}m pores, providing an irregular surface on the large pore walls, a desirable feature in bone-mimicking materials.

  1. Characterization of oligomerization of a peptide from the ebola virus glycoprotein by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Egorov, V. V., E-mail: vlaegur@omrb.pnpi.spb.ru [National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”, Konstantinov Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (Russian Federation); Gorshkov, A. N. [Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Research Institute of Influenza (Russian Federation); Murugova, T. N. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation); Vasin, A. V. [Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Research Institute of Influenza (Russian Federation); Lebedev, D. V.; Isaev-Ivanov, V. V. [National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”, Konstantinov Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (Russian Federation); Kiselev, O. I. [Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Research Institute of Influenza (Russian Federation)

    2016-01-15

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) studies showed that model peptides QNALVCGLRQ (G33) and QNALVCGLRG (G31) corresponding to region 551–560 of the GP protein of the Sudan Ebola virus are prone to oligomerization in solution. Both peptides can form amyloid-like fibrills. The G33 peptide forms fibrils within one day of incubation, whereas the fibrillogenesis of the G31 peptide is observed only after incubation for several months. The possible role of the observed processes in the pathogenesis and the possibility of applying a combination of the TEM and SANS techniques to search for new compounds that are able to influence the protein oligomerization are discussed.

  2. Exploring the structure of biological macromolecules in solution using Quokka, the small angle neutron scattering instrument, at ANSTO

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    Wood, Kathleen, E-mail: kw@ansto.gov.au [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights, NSW 2234 (Australia); Jeffries, Cy M.; Knott, Robert B.; Sokolova, Anna [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights, NSW 2234 (Australia); Jacques, David A. [MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Duff, Anthony P. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights, NSW 2234 (Australia)

    2015-10-21

    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) is widely used to extract structural parameters, shape and other types of information from a vast array of materials. The technique is applied to biological macromolecules and their complexes in solution to reveal information often not accessible by other techniques. SANS measurements on biomolecules present some particular challenges however, one of which is suitable instrumentation. This review details SANS experiments performed on two well-characterised globular proteins (lysozyme and glucose isomerase) using Quokka, the recently commissioned SANS instrument at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). The instrument configuration as well as data collection and reduction strategies for biological investigations are discussed and act as a general reference for structural biologists who use the instrument. Both model independent analysis of the two proteins and ab initio modelling illustrate that Quokka-SANS data can be used to successfully model the overall shapes of proteins in solution, providing a benchmark for users.

  3. Characterization of oligomerization of a peptide from the ebola virus glycoprotein by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Egorov, V. V.; Gorshkov, A. N.; Murugova, T. N.; Vasin, A. V.; Lebedev, D. V.; Isaev-Ivanov, V. V.; Kiselev, O. I.

    2016-01-01

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) studies showed that model peptides QNALVCGLRQ (G33) and QNALVCGLRG (G31) corresponding to region 551-560 of the GP protein of the Sudan Ebola virus are prone to oligomerization in solution. Both peptides can form amyloid-like fibrills. The G33 peptide forms fibrils within one day of incubation, whereas the fibrillogenesis of the G31 peptide is observed only after incubation for several months. The possible role of the observed processes in the pathogenesis and the possibility of applying a combination of the TEM and SANS techniques to search for new compounds that are able to influence the protein oligomerization are discussed.

  4. Characterization of oligomerization of a peptide from the ebola virus glycoprotein by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) studies showed that model peptides QNALVCGLRQ (G33) and QNALVCGLRG (G31) corresponding to region 551–560 of the GP protein of the Sudan Ebola virus are prone to oligomerization in solution. Both peptides can form amyloid-like fibrills. The G33 peptide forms fibrils within one day of incubation, whereas the fibrillogenesis of the G31 peptide is observed only after incubation for several months. The possible role of the observed processes in the pathogenesis and the possibility of applying a combination of the TEM and SANS techniques to search for new compounds that are able to influence the protein oligomerization are discussed

  5. Small-angle neutron scattering measurements of deuteride (hydride) formation and decomposition in single-crystal Pd

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    The deuteride (hydride) precipitation and decomposition microstructure in single-crystal Pd has been investigated in a series of in situ small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements. The particle morphology along the absorption and desorption branches of the 353-K pressure-composition isotherm are consistent with a loss of particle coherency, leading to the formation of large, micron-thick plates. The loss of coherency coincides with the system entering the miscibility gap, an observation that suggests irreversible dislocation formation in part drives the hysteretic behavior of the Pd-D (-H) system. SANS analysis further indicates that the decomposition process is characterized by a much higher particle dispersion, with a factor of 40 greater surface-to-volume ratio of the precipitating phase. This we attribute to a more heterogeneous transformation process, presumably at dislocations formed during initial deuteride formation

  6. Effect of surfactant excess on the stability of low-polarity ferrofluids probed by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Petrenko, V. I.; Avdeev, M. V.; Bulavin, L. A.; Almasy, L.; Grigoryeva, N. A.; Aksenov, V. L.

    2016-01-01

    The structures of ferrofluids (FFs) based on nonpolar solvent decahydronaphthalene, stabilized by saturated monocarboxylic acids with hydrocarbon chains of different lengths, C16 (palmitic acid) and ?12 (lauric acid), with an excess of acid molecules, have been studied by small-angle neutron scattering. It is found that the addition of acid to an initially stable system with optimal composition leads to more significant structural changes (related to aggregation) than those observed previously for this class of FFs. A comparison of the influence of monocarboxylic acids on the stability of nonpolar FFs suggests that the enhancement of aggregation is much more pronounced in the case of palmitic acid excess. This fact confirms the conclusion of previous studies, according to which an increase in the hydrocarbon chain length in a saturated acid reduces the efficiency of the corresponding FF stabilization.

  7. Effect of surfactant excess on the stability of low-polarity ferrofluids probed by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Petrenko, V. I., E-mail: vip@nf.jinr.ru; Avdeev, M. V. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation); Bulavin, L. A. [Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine); Almasy, L. [Hungarian Academy of Science, Wigner Research Centre for Physics (Hungary); Grigoryeva, N. A. [St. Petersburg State University (Russian Federation); Aksenov, V. L. [National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute”, Konstantinov Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (Russian Federation)

    2016-01-15

    The structures of ferrofluids (FFs) based on nonpolar solvent decahydronaphthalene, stabilized by saturated monocarboxylic acids with hydrocarbon chains of different lengths, C16 (palmitic acid) and ?12 (lauric acid), with an excess of acid molecules, have been studied by small-angle neutron scattering. It is found that the addition of acid to an initially stable system with optimal composition leads to more significant structural changes (related to aggregation) than those observed previously for this class of FFs. A comparison of the influence of monocarboxylic acids on the stability of nonpolar FFs suggests that the enhancement of aggregation is much more pronounced in the case of palmitic acid excess. This fact confirms the conclusion of previous studies, according to which an increase in the hydrocarbon chain length in a saturated acid reduces the efficiency of the corresponding FF stabilization.

  8. A small angle neutron scattering study on the mixtures of pluronic L121 and anionic surfactant AOT

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    G Ghosh; V K Aswal; D Varade

    2008-11-01

    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments have been carried out on the micellar solutions containing mixtures of a hydrophobic triblock copolymer (L121, EO5PO68EO5) and a hydrophobic anionic surfactant (AOT, sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulphosuccinate) in water with varying ratio () of AOT to L121 for = 0.15, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5 and 0.6. It is known that either L121 or AOT alone forms vesicles in water, but in the mixture with appropriate ratio of the two components a thermodynamically stable, isotropic solution of apparently small micelle-like aggregates is formed. We find that these micelles are prolate ellipsoidal.

  9. Exploring the structure of biological macromolecules in solution using Quokka, the small angle neutron scattering instrument, at ANSTO

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    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) is widely used to extract structural parameters, shape and other types of information from a vast array of materials. The technique is applied to biological macromolecules and their complexes in solution to reveal information often not accessible by other techniques. SANS measurements on biomolecules present some particular challenges however, one of which is suitable instrumentation. This review details SANS experiments performed on two well-characterised globular proteins (lysozyme and glucose isomerase) using Quokka, the recently commissioned SANS instrument at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). The instrument configuration as well as data collection and reduction strategies for biological investigations are discussed and act as a general reference for structural biologists who use the instrument. Both model independent analysis of the two proteins and ab initio modelling illustrate that Quokka-SANS data can be used to successfully model the overall shapes of proteins in solution, providing a benchmark for users

  10. Adsorption of sodium dodecylsulfate on single-walled carbon nanotubes characterised using small-angle neutron scattering.

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    Kastrisianaki-Guyton, E S; Chen, L; Rogers, S E; Cosgrove, T; van Duijneveldt, J S

    2016-06-15

    Aqueous dispersions of single-walled carbon nanotubes are often made using sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS), which adsorbs to the nanotube surface to stabilise them. Despite SDS being commonly used with single-walled carbon nanotubes, there is no consensus on the structure of the adsorbed layer. Small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering results reported here show that the data can be fitted to a relatively simple core-shell cylinder model, consistent with a polydisperse nanotube core of radius 10Å, surrounded by an adsorbed surfactant layer of thickness 18Å and volume fraction of 0.5. This is consistent with small nanotube bundles surrounded by an adsorbed layer of extended SDS molecules. PMID:27015390

  11. Possible magnetism in vortex cores of superconducting TmNi2B2C studied by small angle neutron scattering

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    The compound TmNi2B2C has previously been studied by Small Angle Neutron Scattering(SANS) with the applied field along the crystalline c-axis and a very rich phase diagram in terms of flux line lattices(FLL) with different symmetries have been observed. One of the FLL transitions is coincident with a magnetic phase transition between two spin density waves. In this thesis additional SANS studies of the FLL phases in TmNi2B2C are reported and an interpretation of the phase diagram in the paramagnetic region is presented. It is suggested that the square FLL observed is stable in between two transition lines determined by two different length scales. The lower transition field is reached when the distance between the flux lines becomes comparable to the non-locality radius resulting from non-local electrodynamics, whereas the upper transition field is determined from the crossover from intermediate to high flux line density where the vortex cores start to overlap and the superconducting order parameter is suppressed in between the flux lines. A detailed examination of the intensity of the neutron diffraction spots caused by scattering on the flux line lattice in TmNi2B2C is presented and analyzed on the basis of the form factor of an isolated flux line. This analysis can not provide a good explanation for the observed scattering and it is suggested that the scattering from the Tm ions must be considered. One can argue that the moments of the Tm ions are modulated by the flux line lattice, because the Ruderman-Kittel- Kasuya-Yosida(RKKY) interaction between the Tm ions might be different inside the vortex cores than outside in the superconducting phase. A calculation of the neutron scattering cross section of such a magnetic flux line lattice has been performed and compared to the SANS data. This offers a qualitative explanation of some of the observations, but future work is needed to perform a more quantitative comparison. (au)

  12. Small Angle X-ray and Neutron Scattering: Powerful Tools for Studying the Structure of Drug-Loaded Liposomes

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    Di Cola, Emanuela; Grillo, Isabelle; Ristori, Sandra

    2016-01-01

    Nanovectors, such as liposomes, micelles and lipid nanoparticles, are recognized as efficient platforms for delivering therapeutic agents, especially those with low solubility in water. Besides being safe and non-toxic, drug carriers with improved performance should meet the requirements of (i) appropriate size and shape and (ii) cargo upload/release with unmodified properties. Structural issues are of primary importance to control the mechanism of action of loaded vectors. Overall properties, such as mean diameter and surface charge, can be obtained using bench instruments (Dynamic Light Scattering and Zeta potential). However, techniques with higher space and time resolution are needed for in-depth structural characterization. Small-angle X-ray (SAXS) and neutron (SANS) scattering techniques provide information at the nanoscale and have therefore been largely used to investigate nanovectors loaded with drugs or other biologically relevant molecules. Here we revise recent applications of these complementary scattering techniques in the field of drug delivery in pharmaceutics and medicine with a focus to liposomal carriers. In particular, we highlight those aspects that can be more commonly accessed by the interested users. PMID:27043614

  13. In-situ observation of dynamic water behavior in polymer electrolyte fuel cell by combined method of Small-Angle Neutron Scattering and Neutron Radiography

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    In-situ observation was conducted on an operating polymer electrolyte fuel cell with a combined method of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and neutron radiography (NR). The combined measurement system has been recently developed to visualize water in a wide length scale from nano- to millimeter and successfully detected a spatial distribution of the water generated in individual cell elements; NR macroscopically detected the water in a gas diffusion layer and a flow-field, whereas SANS microscopically did in a membrane electrode assembly. In particular SANS was found to be a strong tool to make a rather precise analysis on the water content inside of ion conducting channels of polymer electrolyte membrane.

  14. Neutron scattering

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    This report contains the text of 16 lectures given at the Summer School and the report on a panel discussion entitled ''the relative merits and complementarities of x-rays, synchrotron radiation, steady- and pulsed neutron sources''. figs., tabs., refs

  15. Imaging with Scattered Neutrons

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    Ballhausen, H.; Abele, H.; Gaehler, R.; Trapp, M; Van Overberghe, A.

    2006-01-01

    We describe a novel experimental technique for neutron imaging with scattered neutrons. These scattered neutrons are of interest for condensed matter physics, because they permit to reveal the local distribution of incoherent and coherent scattering within a sample. In contrast to standard attenuation based imaging, scattered neutron imaging distinguishes between the scattering cross section and the total attenuation cross section including absorption. First successful low-noise millimeter-re...

  16. Neutron Scattering

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    The neutron probe is a standard tool for measuring soil water content. This article provides an overview of the underlying theory, describes the methodology for its calibration and use, discusses example applications, and identifies the safety issues. Soil water makes land-based life possible by satisfying plant water requirements, serving as a medium for nutrient movement to plant roots and nutrient cycling, and controlling the fate and transport of contaminants in the soil environment. Therefore, a successful understanding of the dynamics of plant growth, nutrient cycling, and contaminant behavior in the soil requires knowledge of the soil water content as well as its spatial and temporal variability. After more than 50 years, neutron probes remain the most reliable tool available for field monitoring of soil water content. Neutron probes provide integrated measurements over relatively large volumes of soil and, with proper access, allow for repeated sampling of the subsurface at the same locations. The limitations of neutron probes include costly and time-consuming manual operation, lack of data automation, and costly regulatory requirements. As more non-radioactive systems for soil water monitoring are developed to provide automated profiling capabilities, neutron-probe usage will likely decrease. Until then, neutron probes will continue to be a standard for reliable measurements of field water contents in soils around the globe

  17. Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) Facility at BATAN for Nanostructure Studies in Materials Science and Biology

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    Putra, E. Giri Rachman

    2010-01-01

    A 36 meter small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) BATAN spectrometer (SMARTer) which is the second largest SANS spectrometer nowadays in the Asia-Oceania region was constructed at the neutron scattering laboratory (NSL) in Serpong, Indonesia. Lots of works on replacing, upgrading and improving the control system, experimental methods, data collection and reduction in the last three years have been carried out to revitalize and then optimize the performance of SMARTer. At first, some standard samples were measured for the inter-laboratory comparison and several kinds of substances such as liquid, gel, powder, and solid-state thin film have been investigated recently of proposed research interest. The morphological changes from ellipsoidal into cylindrical (worm-like) micelles of self-assembly amphiphilic molecules, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and transformation of disordered into ordered spherical micelle system from unimer Gaussian coils of PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers (Pluronics) in solution by salt addition were also observed. Particle size and its distribution of spherical polystyrene latex and silica nanoparticles in dilute solution have been simply distinguished by applying a spherical calculation model. Bragg peaks which correspond to a lamellar structure was revealed from a powder sample of silver behenate [CH3(CH2)20COOAg] nanoparticle and a solid-state PS-PEP, polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene-alt-propylene), diblock copolymer film. The growth mechanism and fractal structures from aggregation of nanoparticles such as Fe3O4 ferrofluids or titanium-silica aerogels were investigated directly using a SANS technique through a power-law scattering of fractal structures approximation fitted at their scattering profiles. Meanwhile, magnetic structure from metal-alloys, CuNiFe showing anisotropic magnetic scattering structure properties up to 1 Tesla of external magnetic field was also accomplished confirming the nanocrystalline and magnetic domain sizes. The detail

  18. Analysis and simulation of a small-angle neutron scattering instrument on a 1 MW long pulse spallation source

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    We studied the design and performance of a small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) instrument for a proposed 1 MW, 60 Hz long pulsed spallation source at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). An analysis of the effects of source characteristics and chopper performance combined with instrument simulations using the LANSCE Monte Carlo instrument simulations package shows that the T0 chopper should be no more than 5 m from the source with the frame overlap and frame definition choppers at 5.6 and greater than 7 m, respectively. The study showed that an optimal pulse structure has an exponential decaying tail with τ ∼ 750 μs. The Monte Carlo simulations were used to optimize the LPSS SANS, showing that an optimal length is 18 m. The simulations show that an instrument with variable length is best to match the needs of a given measurement. The performance of the optimized LPSS instrument was found to be comparable with present world standard instruments

  19. Structural Properties of Bulk and Aqueous Systems of PEO-PIB-PEO Triblock Copolymers as Studied by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering and Cryo-Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Mortensen, Kell; Talmon, Yeshayahu; Gao, Bo;

    1997-01-01

    The phase behavior of a low molecular weight (M-w = 6000) symmetric triblock copolymer of poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(isobutylene), PEO-PIB-PEO, in the bulk as well in aqueous, D2O, solutions has been studied using small-angle neutron scattering and cryo-transmission electron microscopy. In...

  20. Kinetics of the urea-induced dissociation of human plasma alpha-2-macroglobulin as measured by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Sjöberg, B.; Pap, S.; Järnberg, S.-E.;

    1991-01-01

    The kinetics of the urea-induced dissociation of human plasma alpha-2-macroglobulin into two half-molecular fragments was investigated at 21.0-degrees-C by using small-angle neutron scattering. The relative change in molecular mass that occurs upon dissociation was monitored by recording the forw...

  1. Small-angle neutron scattering study of sodium cholate and sodium deoxycholate interacting micelles in aqueous medium

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    J Santhanalakshmi; G Shantha Lakshmi; V K Aswal; P S Goyal

    2001-02-01

    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements of D2O solutions (0 1 M) of sodium cholate (NaC) and sodium deoxycholate (NaDC) were carried out at = 298 K. Under compositions very much above the critical micelle concentration (CMC), the bile salt micelle size growths were monitored by adopting Hayter-Penfold type analysis of the scattering data. NaC and NaDC solutions show presence of correlation peaks at = 0 12 and 0 1 Å-1 respectively. Monodisperse ellipsoids of the micelles produce best fits. For NaC and NaDC systems, aggregation number (9 0, 16 0), fraction of the free counterions per micelle (0 79, 0 62), semi-minor (8 0 Å) and semi-major axes (18 4, 31 7 Å) values for the micelles were deduced. Extent of micellar growth was studied using ESR correlation time measurements on a suitable probe incorporating NaC and NaDC micelles. The growth parameter (axial ratio) values were found to be 2 3 and 4 0 for NaC and NaDC systems respectively. The values agree with those of SANS.

  2. Asymmetric distribution of cone-shaped lipids in a highly curved bilayer revealed by a small angle neutron scattering technique

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    We have investigated the lipid sorting in a binary small unilamellar vesicle (SUV) composed of cone-shaped (1,2-dihexanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine: DHPC) and cylinder-shaped (1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine: DPPC) lipids. In order to reveal the lipid sorting we adopted a contrast matching technique of small angle neutron scattering (SANS), which extracts the distribution of deuterated lipids in the bilayer quantitatively without steric modification of lipids as in fluorescence probe techniques. First the SANS profile of protonated SUVs at a film contrast condition showed that SUVs have a spherical shape with an inner radius of 190 A and a bilayer thickness of 40 A. The SANS profile of deuterated SUVs at a contrast matching condition showed a characteristic scattering profile, indicating an asymmetric distribution of cone-shaped lipids in the bilayer. The characteristic profile was described well by a spherical bilayer model. The fitting revealed that most DHPC molecules are localized in the outer leaflet. Thus the shape of the lipid is strongly coupled with the membrane curvature. We compared the obtained asymmetric distribution of the cone-shaped lipids in the bilayer with the theoretical prediction based on the curvature energy model.

  3. Effect of alkyl substituent on the aggregation behavior of N,N dialkyl amides: small angle neutron scattering studies

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    N,N-dialkylamides have been identified as a promising class of alternative extractants of tri-n-butyl phosphate(TBP) for the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing. Earlier studies have shown that successive alkylation of the Cα atom adjacent to the carbonyl group of dialkyl amides greatly suppresses the extraction of quadrivalent actinides such as Th(IV) and Pu(IV) and fission products as compared to the hexavalent metal ions like U(VI). In this paper, Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) experiments have been carried out to understand the effect of successive methylation on the Cα atom adjacent to the carbonyl group on the aggregation behavior of four amides, viz. di(2-ethylhexyl) derivative of acetamide (D2EHAA), propionamide (D2EHPRA), isobutyramide (D2EHIBA), pivalamide (D2EHPVA). 1.1 M solutions of these amides were prepared in deuterated dodecane and the following four sets of samples were used: (a) amide solutions as such, (b) equilibrated with 3 M HNO3, (c) equilibrated with 8.4 mM U(VI) at 3 M HNO3, and (d) equilibrated with 8.6 mM U(VI) at 3 M HNO3. These measurements were carried out at SANS facility, Dhruva reactor, BARC, Trombay. The details of SANS data treatment are mentioned elsewhere. Baxter sticky model was employed to analyze the changes in scattering intensities of samples considering the interaction between the micelles

  4. Comparative analysis of the structure of sterically stabilized ferrofluids on polar carriers by small-angle neutron scattering.

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    Avdeev, M V; Aksenov, V L; Balasoiu, M; Garamus, V M; Schreyer, A; Török, Gy; Rosta, L; Bica, D; Vékás, L

    2006-03-01

    Results of experiments on small-angle neutron scattering from ferrofluids on polar carriers (pentanol, water, methyl-ethyl-ketone), with double-layer sterical stabilization of magnetic nanoparticles, are reported. Several types of spatial structural organization are observed. The structure of highly stable pentanol-based samples is similar to that of stable ferrofluids based on organic non-polar carriers (e.g., benzene) with mono-layer covered magnetic nanoparticles. At the same time, the effect of the interparticle interaction on the scattering is stronger in polar ferrofluids because of the structural difference in the surfactant shell. The structure of the studied methyl-ethyl-ketone- and water-based ferrofluids essentially different from the previous case. The formation of large (>100 nm in size) elongated or fractal aggregates, respectively, is detected even in the absence of external magnetic field, which corresponds to weaker stability of these types of ferrofluids. The structure of the fractal aggregates in water-based ferrofluids does not depend on the particle concentration, but it is sensitive to temperature. A temperature increase results in a decrease in their fractal dimension reflecting destruction of the aggregates. In addition, in water-based ferrofluids these aggregates consist of small (radius approximately 10 nm) and temperature-stable primary aggregates. PMID:16102775

  5. The spatial diamond-graphite transition in detonation nanodiamond as revealed by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Avdeev, Mikhail V.; Aksenov, Victor L.; Tomchuk, Oleksandr V.; Bulavin, Leonid A.; Garamus, Vasil M.; Ōsawa, Eiji

    2013-11-01

    A spatial transition of the carbon state in detonation nanodiamond (DND) from crystalline diamond inside the particle to a graphite-like state at the DND surface is proposed on the basis of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) analysis. The SANS contrast variation from concentrated (5 wt%) dispersions of DND in liquids (water, dimethylsulfoxide) reveals a shift in the mean scattering length density of DND as compared to pure diamond, which is related to the presence of a non-diamond component in the DND structure. At the same time, the diffusive character of the particle surface is deduced based on the deviation from the Porod law. The two observations are combined to conclude that the continuous radial density profile over the whole particle volume conforms to a simple power law. The profile naturally suggests that non-diamond states are concentrated mainly close to the particle surface; still there is no sharp boundary between the radial distributions of the two states of carbon in DND.

  6. The structure of Sindbis virus produced from vertebrate and invertabrate hosts determined by small angle neutron scattering

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    He, Lilin [ORNL; Piper, Amanda [North Carolina State University; Meilleur, Flora [ORNL; Myles, Dean A A [ORNL; Hernandez, Raquel [North Carolina State University; Brown, Dennis [North Carolina State University; Heller, William T [ORNL

    2010-01-01

    The complex natural cycle of vectored viruses that transition between host species, such as between insects and mammals, makes understanding the full life cycle of the virus an incredibly complex problem. Sindbis virus, an arbovirus and prototypic alphavirus having an inner protein shell and an outer glycoprotein coat separated by a lipid membrane, is one example of a vectored virus that transitions between vertebrate and insect hosts. While evidence of host-specific differences in Sindbis virus has been observed, no work has been performed to characterize the impact of the host species on the structure of the virus. Here, we report the first study of the structural differences between Sindbis viruses grown in mammalian and insect cells, which were determined by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), a nondestructive technique that did not decrease the infectivity of the Sindbis virus particles studied. The scattering data and modeling showed that, while the radial position of the lipid bilayer did not change significantly, it was possible to conclude that it did have significantly more cholesterol when the virus was grown in mammalian cells. Additionally, the outer protein coat was found to be more extended in the mammalian Sindbis virus. The SANS data also demonstrated that the RNA and nucleocapsid protein share a closer interaction in the mammalian-cell-grown virus than in the virus from insect cells.

  7. The structure of Sindbis virus produced from vertebrate and invertabrate hosts determined by small angle neutron scattering

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    The complex natural cycle of vectored viruses that transition between host species, such as between insects and mammals, makes understanding the full life cycle of the virus an incredibly complex problem. Sindbis virus, an arbovirus and prototypic alphavirus having an inner protein shell and an outer glycoprotein coat separated by a lipid membrane, is one example of a vectored virus that transitions between vertebrate and insect hosts. While evidence of host-specific differences in Sindbis virus has been observed, no work has been performed to characterize the impact of the host species on the structure of the virus. Here, we report the first study of the structural differences between Sindbis viruses grown in mammalian and insect cells, which were determined by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), a nondestructive technique that did not decrease the infectivity of the Sindbis virus particles studied. The scattering data and modeling showed that, while the radial position of the lipid bilayer did not change significantly, it was possible to conclude that it did have significantly more cholesterol when the virus was grown in mammalian cells. Additionally, the outer protein coat was found to be more extended in the mammalian Sindbis virus. The SANS data also demonstrated that the RNA and nucleocapsid protein share a closer interaction in the mammalian-cell-grown virus than in the virus from insect cells.

  8. Structural changes in C–S–H gel during dissolution: Small-angle neutron scattering and Si-NMR characterization

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    Trapote-Barreira, Ana, E-mail: anatrapotebarreira@gmail.com [Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA), Barcelona 08034, Catalonia (Spain); Porcar, Lionel [National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States); Large Scale Structure Group, Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble (France); Cama, Jordi; Soler, Josep M. [Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA), Barcelona 08034, Catalonia (Spain); Allen, Andrew J. [National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Flow-through experiments were conducted to study the calcium–silicate–hydrate (C–S–H) gel dissolution kinetics. During C–S–H gel dissolution the initial aqueous Ca/Si ratio decreases to reach the stoichiometric value of the Ca/Si ratio of a tobermorite-like phase (Ca/Si = 0.83). As the Ca/Si ratio decreases, the solid C–S–H dissolution rate increases from (4.5 × 10{sup −} {sup 14} to 6.7 × 10{sup −} {sup 12}) mol m{sup −} {sup 2} s{sup −} {sup 1}. The changes in the microstructure of the dissolving C–S–H gel were characterized by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and {sup 29}Si magic-angle-spinning nuclear magnetic resonance ({sup 29}Si-MAS NMR). The SANS data were fitted using a fractal model. The SANS specific surface area tends to increase with time and the obtained fit parameters reflect the changes in the nanostructure of the dissolving solid C–S–H within the gel. The {sup 29}Si MAS NMR analyses show that with dissolution the solid C–S–H structure tends to a more ordered tobermorite structure, in agreement with the Ca/Si ratio evolution.

  9. Past and present of time-of-flight small-angle neutron scattering at IBR-2

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    Kuklin, A.; Islamov, A.; Balasoiu, M.; Murugova, T.; Gordeliy, V.

    2012-03-01

    A historical overview of MURN-YuMO instrument (including some technical and scientific development prospects) is presented. Numerous references are cited which demonstrate a tireless activity on the first in the world SANS machine functioning at a neutron pulsed reactor. The relevant scientific activity trajectories of Yu.M.Ostanevich and his colleagues are retraced and put into perspective.

  10. Polarized Neutron Scattering

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    Roessli, B.; Böni, P.

    2000-01-01

    The technique of polarized neutron scattering is reviewed with emphasis on applications. Many examples of the usefulness of the method in various fields of physics are given like the determination of spin density maps, measurement of complex magnetic structures with spherical neutron polarimetry, inelastic neutron scattering and separation of coherent and incoherent scattering with help of the generalized XYZ method.

  11. Application of very small angle neutron scattering to some problems of material science and nondestructive testing

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    Podurets, K.; Shilstein, S.; Somenkov, V.

    1993-01-01

    In neutron radiography some object details or domains of different composition that cause low variation of attenuation can be invisible. In the same time the macroscopic inhomogeneity domains (~10-4cm scale) could be visible using VSANS technique. The big sensitivity of this method is due to the large VSANS cross section under the conditions of high angular resolution (about 1 sec of arc). Detection of the second phase precipitates and corrosion products on aluminium alloy are the examples of...

  12. Neutron scattering and spallation neutron sources

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    Neutron scattering as a probe of microscopic structure and dynamics is a powerful tool for research in a wide variety of fields, and an accelerator-based spallation neutron source can supply high flux pulses for neutron scattering. The characteristics of neutron scattering, the principle and development of spallation neutron sources, and their advantages in multidisciplinary applications are summarized. In the proposed project of the Chinese Spallation Neutron Source the target station will consist of a piece-stacked tungsten target, a Be/Fe reflector and an Fe/heavy concrete bio-protected shelter. The pulsed neutron flux will be up to 2.4 x 1016 n/cm2/s under a nuclear power of 100 kW. Five neutron scattering instruments--a high flux powder diffractometer, a high resolution powder diffractometer, small angle diffractometer, multi-functional reflectometer and direct geometry inelastic spectrometer, will be constructed as the first step to cover most neutron scattering applications. (authors)

  13. Commercial applications of neutron scattering

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    The fact that industry is now willing to pay the full commercial cost for certain neutron scattering experiments aimed at solving its urgent materials - related problems is a true testimony to the usefulness of neutrons as microscopic probes. This paper gives examples of such use of three techniques drawn mainly from our experience at AEA Technology Harwell Laboratory. These are diffraction to measure residual stress, small angle neutron scattering to examine hardening precipitates in ferritic steels brought about by irradiation, and reflectivity to study amorphous diamond layers deposited on silicon. In most cases it is the penetrative power of the neutron which proves to be its best asset for commercial industrial applicaitons. (author)

  14. Magnetic system for small-angle neutron scattering investigation at YUMO instrument of nanomaterials

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    SANS measurements using unpolarized neutron beams are able to provide quantitative information on the magnetic microstructure and the magnitude and microstructure of the magnetic anisotropy of nanomagnetic materials. Here we describe a new magnetic system for SANS at YUMO spectrometer. The system includes 2.5 T electromagnet established on a two-axes goniometric table, power supply, cooling system, PC-based control equipment. Main features of magnetic system are: big changeable gap for the samples (up to 130 mm size), computer controlled horizontal and vertical rotation and sufficiently large space for the sample holders. The system has been developed in cooperation with the INCDIE ICPE-CA (Bucharest) and CIPEC SRL (Bucharest). First experimental results of SANS in ferrofluids and magnetic elastomers obtained at YUMO spectrometer equipped with the new magnetic system are presented

  15. DMSO-induced dehydration of DPPC membranes studied by x-ray diffraction, small angle neutron scattering and calorimetry

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    The properties of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), a cryoprotector well known for its biological and therapeutic applications, were investigated on lipid membranes by x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The DSC study of water freezing and melting of ice was performed in the ternary system which consists of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DPPC)/DMSO/water system. The influence of DMSO on the DPPC membrane structure was established in the excess of solvent in the region of DMSO mole fraction from 0.0 to 1.0. The methods applied demonstrated the differences in the membrane structure in three sub-regions of DMSO mole fraction (XDMSO) from 0.0 to 0.3 for the first, from 0.3 to 0.9 for the second, and from 0.9 to 1.0 for the third sub-region. The results for 0.0 ≤ XDMSO ≤ 0.3 can be explained in the framework of DMSO-induced dehydration of intermembrane space

  16. Characterization of multimetric variants of ubiquitin carboxyl-terminal hydrolase L1 in water by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Here, we illustrated that the morphological structures of ubiquitin carboxyl-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1) variants and Parkinson's disease (PD) exhibit good pathological correlation by a small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). UCH-L1 is a neuro-specific multiple functional enzyme, deubiquitinating, ubiquityl ligase, and also involved in stabilization of mono-ubiquitin. To examine the relationship between multiple functions of UCH-L1 and the configuration of its variants [wild-type, I93M (linked to familial Parkinson's disease), and S18Y (linked to reduced risk of Parkinson's disease)], in this report, we proposed that these were all self-assembled dimers by an application of a rotating ellipsoidal model; the configurations of these dimers were quite different. The wild-type was a rotating ellipsoidal. The globular form of the monomeric component deformed by the I93M mutation. Conversely, the S18Y polymorphism promoted the globularity. Thus, the multiple functional balance is closely linked to the intermolecular interactions between the UCH-L1 monomer and the final dimeric configuration

  17. Peptide-induced Asymmetric Distribution of Charged Lipids in a Vesicle Bilayer Revealed by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Heller, William; Qian, Shuo

    2012-02-01

    Cellular membranes are complex mixtures of lipids, proteins and other small molecules that provide functional, dynamic barriers between the cell and its environment, as well as between environments within the cell. The lipid composition of the membrane is highly specific and controlled in terms of both content and lipid localization. Here, small-angle neutron scattering and selective deuterium labeling were used to probe the impact of the membrane-active peptides melittin and alamethicin on the structure of lipid bilayers composed of a mixture of the lipids dimyristoyl phosphatidylglycerol (DMPG) and chain-perdeuterated dimyristoyl phosphatidylcholine (DMPC). We found that both peptides enriched the outer leaflet of the bilayer with the negatively charged DMPG, creating an asymmetric distribution of lipids. The level of enrichment is peptide concentration-dependent and is stronger for melittin than alamethicin. The enrichment between the inner and outer bilayer leaflets occurs at very low peptide concentrations, and increases with peptide concentration, including when the peptide adopts a membrane-spanning, pore-forming state.

  18. Effect of a Long Chain Carboxylate Acid on Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Micelle Structure: A Small-angle Neutron Scattering Study

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    The effect of different hydrocarbon chain length of carboxylate acid, i.e. dodecanoic acid, CH3(CH2)10COOH and hexadecanoic acid, CH3(CH2)14COOH as a co-surfactant in the 0.3M SDS micellar solution has been studied using small angle neutron scattering (SANS). Here, the present of dodecanoic acid has induced the SDS structural micelles. The ellipsoid micelles structures changed significantly in length (major axis) from 21.7 Armstrong to 35.5 Armstrong at a fixed minor axis of 16.7 Armstrong in the present of 0.005M to 0.1M dodecanoic acid. Nevertheless, this effect was not shown in the present of hexadecanoic acid with the same concentration range. The present of hexadecanoic acid molecules gave a small effect on growth of SDS micelles where the major axis of the micelle was simply elongated from 21.5 Armstrong to 23.5 Armstrong. It showed that the appropriate hydrocarbon chain length between surfactant and co-surfactant molecules is one of the determining factors in forming a mixed micelles structure. (author)

  19. DMSO-Induced Dehydration of DPPC Membranes Studied by X-ray Diffraction, Small-Angle Neutron Scattering, and Calorimetry

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    Kiselev, M A; Kisselev, A M; Grabielle-Madelmond, C; Ollivon, M

    1999-01-01

    The influence of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) on membrane thickness, multilamellar repeat distance, and phase transitions of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) was investigated by X-ray diffraction and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) study of water freezing and ice melting was performed in the ternary DPPC /DMSO /water and binary DMSO /water systems. The methods applied demonstrated the differences in membrane structure in three sub-regions of the DMSO mole fraction (X_dmso): from 0.0 to 0.3 for the first, from 0.3 to 0.8 for the second, and from 0.9 to 1.0 for the third sub-region. The thickness of the intermembrane solvent at T =20C decreases from 14.4 +/- 1.8 A at X_dmso =0.0 to 7.8 +/- 1.8 A at X_dmso =0.1. The data were used to determine the number of free water molecules in the intermembrane space in the presence of DMSO. The results for 0.0 < X_dmso < 0.3 were explained in the framework of DMSO-induced dehydration of the interme...

  20. Small angle neutron scattering investigation of structural inversion in a three-component ionic micro-emulsion

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    We have made an extensive investigation of the phase diagrams and the associated micro-structure of a pseudo-ternary system AOT/water (0.6 wt% NaCl)/decane. This micro-emulsion system shows, for a surfactant concentration in excess of 6 wt%, a characteristic phase progression from a water-in-oil (W/O) micro-emulsion in coexistence with excess water at low temperatures to an oil-in-water (O/W) micro-emulsion in coexistence with excess oil at high temperatures through a one-phase micro-emulsion in the intermediate temperatures. Thus, one expects a structural inversion to occur somewhere in the one-phase channel. We have performed extensive small angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements to study the pathway of such a structural inversion in this micro-emulsion system when there are comparable amounts of oil and water in the system, and when the volume fraction of water is much higher than that of oil. In the former case, we observed the inversion of the W/O to the O/W micro-emulsions through an intermediate bicontinuous one-phase micro-emulsion. In the latter case, we show that the inversion takes place through a pathway of L3-L(α)-L1 as temperature increases. Particular emphasis is put on analyses of the interfacial structure in different micro-emulsion phases. (author)

  1. The structure of carbon black-elastomer composites by small-angle neutron scattering and the method of contrast variation

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    We have been exploring the use of small-angle neutron scattering and the method of contrast variation to give a new look at a very old problem: reinforcement of elastomers by carbon black in durable rubber products. Carbon black has a hierarchy of structures consisting of particles covalently bound into aggregates, which in turn associate by weak interactions into agglomerates. We found that in one carbon black, HSA, the aggregates are rodlike, containing an average of 4-6 particles. The aggregates have an outer graphitic shell and an inner core of lower density carbon. The core is continuous throughout the carbon black aggregate. Contrast variation of swollen HSA-polyisoprene gels shows that the HSA is completely embedded in polyisoprene and that the agglomerates are formed predominantly by end on associations of the rodlike aggregates. The surface structure of the carbon black appears smooth over length scales above about 10 angstrom. Further studies using production carbon blacks suggest that these structural characteristics are generally present in commercial rubber composites

  2. Conformational changes in Sindbis virus induced by decreased pH revealed by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Hernandez, Raquel [North Carolina State University; He, Lilin [ORNL; Piper, Amanda [North Carolina State University; Meilleur, Flora [ORNL; Brown, Dennis [North Carolina State University; Heller, William T [ORNL

    2012-01-01

    Alphaviruses, such as Sindbis virus, undergo dramatic changes in three-dimensional structure upon exposure to low pH, and such exposure can establish conditions allowing fusion of the virus membrane with a cell plasma membrane upon return to neutral pH. While exposure to low pH is not required for entry of Sindbis virus into vertebrate or invertebrate cells, the conformational changes occurring at low pH may mimic those occurring upon virus-receptor interaction. Here, we employed small-angle neutron scattering with contrast variation to probe how the structure of a mammalian-grown Sindbis virus responds to moderately acidic pH. Several changes took place throughout the virion structure when the pH decreased from 7.2 to 6.4. Specifically, the RNA in the virion core underwent a conformational change. Additionally, the protein was redistributed. A significant amount of protein moved from the layer containing the lipid bilayer to the exterior of the virion. The results improve our understanding of the pH-driven alteration of Sindbis virus structure.

  3. Small angle neutron scattering study of sodium dodecyl sulfate micellar growth driven by addition of a hydrotropic salt.

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    Hassan, P A; Fritz, Gerhard; Kaler, Eric W

    2003-01-01

    The structures of aggregates formed in aqueous solutions of an anionic surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), with the addition of a cationic hydrotropic salt, p-toluidine hydrochloride (PTHC), have been investigated by small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The SANS spectra exhibit a pronounced peak at low salt concentration, indicating the presence of repulsive intermicellar interactions. Model-independent real space information about the structure is obtained from a generalized indirect Fourier transformation (GIFT) technique in combination with a suitable model for the interparticle structure factor. The interparticle interaction is captured using the rescaled mean spherical approximation (RMSA) closure relation and a Yukawa form of the interaction potential. Further quantification of the geometrical parameters of the micelles was achieved by a complete fit of the SANS data using a prolate ellipsoidal form factor and the RMSA structure factor. The present study shows that PTHC induces a decrease in the fractional charge of the micelles due to adsorption at the micellar surface and consequent growth of the SDS micelles from nearly globular to rodlike as the concentration of PTHC increases. PMID:16256467

  4. A small-angle neutron scattering study of intermicellar interactions in microemulsions of AOT, water, and near-critical propane

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    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements of high-pressure solutions of propane/sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)/D2O have demonstrated that a water-in-oil microemulsion phase can be formed in propane. The dispersed droplets are, within experimental error, the same size as those formed in conventional microemulsions at the same water-to-surfactant ratio, and the size does not depend on propane density. The interdroplet interaction potential was modeled as a hard-core repulsion augmented by a strong and extremely short range attraction. This model describes droplets whose hydrocarbon tails are strongly attractive to the hydrocarbon tails of adjacent droplets. The SANS fit shows that the magnitude of the tail-tail attractive interactions may be much stronger than the longer range van der Waals type attractive interactions between the water cores of the droplets. These findings confirm results of IR and UV-vis spectroscopic studies of near-critical and supercritical fluid microemulsions

  5. Early stages of spinodal decomposition in Fe–Cr resolved by in-situ small-angle neutron scattering

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    Hörnqvist, M., E-mail: magnus.hornqvist@chalmers.se; Thuvander, M. [Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Fysikgränd 3, S-412 96 Gothenburg (Sweden); Steuwer, A. [MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University, S-221 00 Lund (Sweden); Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Gardham Ave., Port Elizabeth 6031 (South Africa); King, S. [ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, OX11 0QX Didcot (United Kingdom); Odqvist, J.; Hedström, P. [Materials Science and Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Brinellvägen 23, S-100 44 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2015-02-09

    In-situ, time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) investigations of the early stages of the spinodal decomposition process in Fe–35Cr were performed at 773 and 798 K. The kinetics of the decomposition, both in terms of characteristic distance and peak intensity, followed a power-law behaviour from the start of the heat treatment (a′{sup  }= 0.10–0.11 and a″ = 0.67–0.86). Furthermore, the method allows tracking of the high–Q slope, which is a sensitive measure of the early stages of decomposition. Ex-situ SANS and atom probe tomography were used to verify the results from the in-situ investigations. Finally, the in-situ measurement of the evolution of the characteristic distance at 773 K was compared with the predictions from the Cahn-Hilliard-Cook model, which showed good agreement with the experimental data (a′{sup  }= 0.12–0.20 depending on the assumed mobility)

  6. Early stages of spinodal decomposition in Fe–Cr resolved by in-situ small-angle neutron scattering

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    In-situ, time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) investigations of the early stages of the spinodal decomposition process in Fe–35Cr were performed at 773 and 798 K. The kinetics of the decomposition, both in terms of characteristic distance and peak intensity, followed a power-law behaviour from the start of the heat treatment (a′ = 0.10–0.11 and a″ = 0.67–0.86). Furthermore, the method allows tracking of the high–Q slope, which is a sensitive measure of the early stages of decomposition. Ex-situ SANS and atom probe tomography were used to verify the results from the in-situ investigations. Finally, the in-situ measurement of the evolution of the characteristic distance at 773 K was compared with the predictions from the Cahn-Hilliard-Cook model, which showed good agreement with the experimental data (a′ = 0.12–0.20 depending on the assumed mobility)

  7. Small-angle neutron scattering study of aggregate structures of multi-headed pyridinium surfactants in aqueous solution

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    The aggregate structures of a set of novel single-chain surfactants bearing one, two and three pyridinium head groups have been studied using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). It is found that the nature of aggregate structures of these cationic surfactants depend on the number of head groups present in the surfactants. The single-headed pyridinium surfactant forms the lamellar structure, whereas surfactants with double and triple head groups form micelles in water. The aggregates shrink in size with increase in the number of head groups in the surfactants. The aggregation number (N) continually decreases and the fractional charge (α) increases with more number of head groups on the surfactants. The semi major axis (a) and semi minor axis (b = c) of the micelle also decrease with the increase in the number of head groups in the surfactants. This indicates that hydrocarbon chains in such micelles prepared from multi headed surfactants adopt bent conformation and no longer stay in extended conformation. (author)

  8. Structure of pure SDS and DTAB micelles in brine determined by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS)

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    Bergström, M.; Pedersen, J.S.

    1999-01-01

    The geometrical structure of pure SDS and DTAB surfactant micelles in the absence of added salt as well as its dependence on the concentration of NaBr have been investigated at 40 degrees C using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). In contrast to previous SANS measurements on the same systems we...... ordinary surfactant micelles are shaped as circular or elongated bilayers (tablets). Both SDS and DTAB micelles appeared to be disk-like in pure D2O and the corresponding data were best fitted with a model for (monodisperse) oblate ellipsoids of revolution with half axes a=12.0 Angstrom, b=20.3 Angstrom...... ([SDS]=1.0 wt.%) and a=12.4 Angstrom, b=21.6 Angstrom ([DTAB]=1.0 wt.%). The half axis b related to the disk radius increases in both cases with an increasing amount of added salt to about 23 Angstrom (SDS) and 24 Angstrom (DTAB) at [NaBr]=0.1 M and at about [NaBr]=0.2 M the SDS micelles become tablet...

  9. The low resolution structure of ApoA1 in spherical high density lipoprotein revealed by small angle neutron scattering.

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    Wu, Zhiping; Gogonea, Valentin; Lee, Xavier; May, Roland P; Pipich, Vitaliy; Wagner, Matthew A; Undurti, Arundhati; Tallant, Thomas C; Baleanu-Gogonea, Camelia; Charlton, Francesca; Ioffe, Alexander; DiDonato, Joseph A; Rye, Kerry-Anne; Hazen, Stanley L

    2011-04-01

    Spherical high density lipoprotein (sHDL), a key player in reverse cholesterol transport and the most abundant form of HDL, is associated with cardiovascular diseases. Small angle neutron scattering with contrast variation was used to determine the solution structure of protein and lipid components of reconstituted sHDL. Apolipoprotein A1, the major protein of sHDL, forms a hollow structure that cradles a central compact lipid core. Three apoA1 chains are arranged within the low resolution structure of the protein component as one of three possible global architectures: (i) a helical dimer with a hairpin (HdHp), (ii) three hairpins (3Hp), or (iii) an integrated trimer (iT) in which the three apoA1 monomers mutually associate over a portion of the sHDL surface. Cross-linking and mass spectrometry analyses help to discriminate among the three molecular models and are most consistent with the HdHp overall architecture of apoA1 within sHDL. PMID:21292766

  10. In-situ small/wide-angle neutron scattering studies of the cluster structure in polyelectrolyte membrane for fuel cells

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    Proton conductivity of Nafion membrane is varied by humidity and it has been thought to be affected by the cluster structure of the membrane. We applied Small-Angle Scattering technique under humidity-controlled atmosphere with X-ray (SAXS) and neutron (SANS) to clarify the relationship between the cluster structure and molecular structure in two types of Nafion membrane, N115 and NE151F, which have different equivalent weight (EW). The proton conductivity of N115 is higher than that of NE151F. By these two measurements, three different sized periodic structures were observed in the Nafion membrane. Contrast variation method (D/H=60/40, 75/25, 80/20, 90/10) was also applied in SANS experiments and it was suggested that two of three peaks are originated from two different sizes of water clusters. A distinguishing peak at q=0.2[A-1], which shifts to lower q region by humidity increase, was reproduced by a simulation of Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD): the shifts of the peak was interpreted as the swelling of cluster structure. The size of the cluster calculated from the peak position is positively correlated with the proton conductivity. Finally, the effect of EW on the proton conductivity of Nafion membrane was briefly discussed from the point of its cluster structure. (author)

  11. The morphology of block copolymer micelles in supercritical carbon dioxide by small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering

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    Above its critical point, carbon dioxide forms a supercritical fluid, which promises to be an environmentally responsible replacement for the organic solvents traditionally used in polymerizations. Many lipophilic polymers such as polystyrene (PS) are insol- uble in CO2, though polymerizations may be accomplished via the use of PS-fluoropolymer stabilizers, which act as emulsifying agents. Small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering have been used to show that these molecules form micelles with a CO2-phobic PS core and a CO2-philic fluoropolymer corona. When the PS block was fixed in length and the fluorinated corona block was varied, the number of block copolymer molecules per micelle (six to seven) remained constant. Thus, the coronal block molecular weight exerts negligible influence on the aggregation number, in accordance with the theoretical predictions of Halperin, Tirrell and Lodge [Adv. Polym. Sci. (1992), 100, 31-46]. These observations are relevant to understanding the mechanisms of micellization and solubilization in supercritical fluids. (orig.)

  12. The morphology of block copolymer micelles in supercritical carbon dioxide by small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering

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    Londono, J.D.; Dharmapurikar, R.; Cochran, H.D.; Wignall, G.D. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); McClain, J.B.; Betts, D.E.; Canelas, D.A.; DeSimone, J.M.; Samulski, E.T.; Chillura-Martino, D.; Triolo, R.

    1997-10-01

    Above its critical point, carbon dioxide forms a supercritical fluid, which promises to be an environmentally responsible replacement for the organic solvents traditionally used in polymerizations. Many lipophilic polymers such as polystyrene (PS) are insol- uble in CO{sub 2}, though polymerizations may be accomplished via the use of PS-fluoropolymer stabilizers, which act as emulsifying agents. Small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering have been used to show that these molecules form micelles with a CO{sub 2}-phobic PS core and a CO{sub 2}-philic fluoropolymer corona. When the PS block was fixed in length and the fluorinated corona block was varied, the number of block copolymer molecules per micelle (six to seven) remained constant. Thus, the coronal block molecular weight exerts negligible influence on the aggregation number, in accordance with the theoretical predictions of Halperin, Tirrell and Lodge [Adv. Polym. Sci. (1992), 100, 31-46]. These observations are relevant to understanding the mechanisms of micellization and solubilization in supercritical fluids. (orig.). 24 refs.

  13. Studies on pore morphology of titanium and its oxide by small angle neutron scattering

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    P K Tripathy; A K Patra; P U Sastry

    2008-11-01

    Titanium metal bodies have been prepared from the sintered powder compacts of TiO2 by a novel molten salt electrochemical approach, known as FFC Cambridge process. The phase and compositional characterizations of both Ti and TiO2 have been carried out by X-ray diffraction. The pore morphologies of sintered TiO2 pellet and the metallic Ti pellet, obtained after electrochemical reduction have been studied by SANS over a scattering wave vector q range of 0.003–3.5 nm-1 using a double crystal diffractometer and a pin-hole collimated SANS instrument. In the case of reduced metal pellet, average pore size was found to be larger than that of the oxide pellet as the voids left behind after the oxygen atoms left the oxide matrix, could not coalesce.

  14. Demonstration of a white beam far-field neutron interferometer for spatially resolved small angle neutron scattering

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    Hussey, Daniel S; Yuan, Guangcui; Pushin, Dmitry; Sarenac, Dusan; Huber, Michael G; Jacobson, David L; LaManna, Jacob M; Wen, Han

    2016-01-01

    We provide the first demonstration that a neutron far-field interferometer can be employed to measure the microstructure of a sample. The interferometer is based on the moir\\'e pattern of two phase modulating gratings which was previously realized in hard x-ray and visible light experiments. The autocorrelation length of this interferometer, and hence the microstructure length scale that is probed, is proportional to the grating spacing and the neutron wavelength, and can be varied over several orders of magnitude for one pair of gratings. We compare our measurements of the change in visibility from monodisperse samples with calculations which show reasonable agreement. The potential advantages of a far-field neutron interferometer include high fringe visibility in a polychromatic beam (over 30 %), no requirement for an absorbing grating to resolve the interference fringes, and the ability to measure the microstructure in the length scale range of 100 nm to 10 \\mum by varying either the grating spacing or neu...

  15. The studies of nanoparticles formed in silicate glasses doped by cerium and titanium oxides by means of small angle neutron scattering

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    The structure aspect of Ti-Ce-O nanoparticles, which is forming in silicate glasses doped by TiO2 and CeO2 oxides have been studied by means of a small angle neutron scattering. It was found, the complex oxide nanoparticles forms in these glasses in sizes range 30-38 nm and its average sizes depends on initial oxides concentration ratio. The correlation between nanoparticles structure features and silica glasses optical properties are discussed.

  16. A study of the structure of mixed micellar solutions based on heptaethylene glycol monotetradecyl ether and sodium (lithium) dodecyl sulfate by the small-angle neutron scattering method

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    The micellization in mixed aqueous systems based on a new nonionic surfactant, namely, heptaethylene glycol monotetradecyl ether (C14E7), and an anionic surfactant, namely, sodium dodecyl sulfate, sodium decyl sulfate, or lithium dodecyl sulfate, is studied by small-angle neutron scattering. Preliminary results of the investigation into the behavior of C14E7 aqueous solutions (at two concentrations, 0.17 and 0.50%) upon addition of small amounts of three different classical anionic surfactants are reported

  17. Small-angle neutron scattering study of the structure of mixed micellar solutions based on heptaethylene glycol monotetradecyl ether and cesium dodecyl sulfate

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    Rajewska, A.; Medrzycka, K.; Hallmann, E.; Soloviov, D. V.

    2016-01-01

    The micellization in mixed aqueous systems based on a nonionic surfactant, heptaethylene glycol monotetradecyl ether (C14E7), and an anionic surfactant, cesium dodecyl sulfate, has been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering. Preliminary data on the behavior of the C14E7 aqueous solutions (with three concentrations, 0.17, 0.5, and 1%) mixed with a small amount of anionic surfactant, cesium dodecyl sulfate, are reported.

  18. Small-angle neutron scattering study of the structure of mixed micellar solutions based on heptaethylene glycol monotetradecyl ether and cesium dodecyl sulfate

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    The micellization in mixed aqueous systems based on a nonionic surfactant, heptaethylene glycol monotetradecyl ether (C14E7), and an anionic surfactant, cesium dodecyl sulfate, has been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering. Preliminary data on the behavior of the C14E7 aqueous solutions (with three concentrations, 0.17, 0.5, and 1%) mixed with a small amount of anionic surfactant, cesium dodecyl sulfate, are reported

  19. Small-angle neutron scattering study of the structure of mixed micellar solutions based on heptaethylene glycol monotetradecyl ether and cesium dodecyl sulfate

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    Rajewska, A., E-mail: aldonar@jinr.ru [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation); Medrzycka, K.; Hallmann, E. [Gdansk University of Technology (Poland); Soloviov, D. V. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation)

    2016-01-15

    The micellization in mixed aqueous systems based on a nonionic surfactant, heptaethylene glycol monotetradecyl ether (C{sub 14}E{sub 7}), and an anionic surfactant, cesium dodecyl sulfate, has been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering. Preliminary data on the behavior of the C{sub 14}E{sub 7} aqueous solutions (with three concentrations, 0.17, 0.5, and 1%) mixed with a small amount of anionic surfactant, cesium dodecyl sulfate, are reported.

  20. Small angle neutron scattering on an absolute intensity scale and the internal surface of diatom frustules from three species of differing morphologies

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    Garvey, C. J.; Strobl, M.; Percot, A.; Šaroun, Jan; Haug, J.; Vyverman, W.; Chepurnov, V. A.; Ferris, J. M.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 42, č. 5 (2013), s. 395-404. ISSN 0175-7571 Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : biosilica * diffusion limited aggregation * small angle neutron scattering * Raman spectroscopy * infrared spectroscopy * Porod law * BET isotherm * biomineralisation Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.474, year: 2013 http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs00249-013-0889-x.pdf

  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory neutron-neutron scattering program

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    A theoretical and experimental program is underway to determine the feasibility of a measurement of the neutron-neutron scattering cross section of 10 to 12% uncertainty using small-angle, low center-of-mass energy, colliding neutron beams derived from a fusion-fission nuclear source. The neutron-neutron scattering length would be inferred from the measured cross sections. The general concept of the experiments and progress are discussed

  2. Toward a new lower limit for the minimum scattering vector on the very small angle neutron scattering spectrometer at Laboratoire Leon Brillouin

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    Brulet, A.; Thevenot, V.; Lairez, D.; Desert, S. [CEA Saclay, CEA-CNRS, UMR12, Lab Leon Brillouin, F-91191 Gif Sur Yvette (France); Lecommandoux, S.; Agut, W. [Univ Bordeaux 1, ENSCPB CNRS, Lab Chim Polymeres Organ, F-33607 Pessac (France); Armes, S.P.; Du, J. [Univ Sheffield, Dept Chem, Sheffield S3 7HF (United Kingdom)

    2008-07-01

    The main characteristics of the very small angle neutron scattering spectrometer (VSANS) under construction at the Laboratoire Leon Brillouin are a multibeam pinhole collimator converging onto an image plate detector. By combining tiny collimation (diaphragms of around 1 or 2 mm in diameter) with the small pixel size of the detector (0.15 * 0.15 mm), very high resolution measurements can be achieved. The resolution function of the instrument contains a contribution from gravity, which is reduced by the intermediate masks of the collimator. Owing to the relatively short length of the VSANS instrument (around 14 m), this effect remains weak, in good agreement with the predictions. With a prototype multibeam collimator, an incident wavelength of 0.9 nm and the detector located at 6 m from the sample, it is possible to access q values as low as 4 * 10{sup -3} nm{sup -1} with very high q resolution. Promising preliminary experiments with high q resolution are reported, which open up new fields to the SANS technique. (authors)

  3. Neutron scattering and models: Titanium

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    Smith, A.B.

    1997-07-01

    Differential neutron elastic-scattering cross sections of elemental titanium were measured from 4.5 {r_arrow} 10.0 MeV in incident energy increments of {approx} 0.5 MeV. At each energy the measurements were made at forty or more scattering angles distributed between {approx} 17 and 160{degree}. Concurrently, differential neutron inelastic-scattering cross sections were measured for observed excitations of 0.975 {+-} 0.034, 1.497 {+-} 0.033, 2.322 {+-} 0.058, 3.252 {+-} 0.043, 3.700 {+-} 0.093, 4.317 {+-} 0.075 and 4.795 {+-} 0.100 MeV. All of the observed inelastically-scattered neutron groups were composites of contributions from several isotopes and/or levels. The experimental results were used to develop energy-average optical, statistical and coupled-channels models.

  4. Neutron scattering by ferroelectrics

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    Aksenov, V; Stamenkovic, S

    1989-01-01

    This book presents the recent theoretical and experimental developments of neutron scattering by ferroelectrics. A Model description of lattice dynamics of structurally unstable crystals (self-consistent phonon approximation, pseudo-spin formalism, coherent potential approximation etc.) is formulated. The effects of nonlinear excitations and lattice defects in neutron scattering are also discussed.

  5. Neutron scattering. Experiment manuals

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    Brueckel, Thomas; Heger, Gernot; Richter, Dieter; Roth, Georg; Zorn, Reiner (eds.)

    2012-07-01

    The following topics are dealt with: The thermal triple-axis spectrometer PUMA, the high-resolution powder diffractometer SPODI, the hot single-crystal diffractometer HEiDi for structure analysis with neutrons, the backscattering spectrometer SPHERES, the neutron polarization analyzer DNS, the neutron spin-echo spectrometer J-NSE, the small-angle neutron diffractometers KWS-1/-2, the very-small-angle neutron diffractometer with focusing mirror KWS-3, the resonance spin-echo spectrometer RESEDA, the reflectometer TREFF, the time-of-flight spectrometer TOFTOF. (HSI)

  6. Neutron scattering. Experiment manuals

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    The following topics are dealt with: The thermal triple-axis spectrometer PUMA, the high-resolution powder diffractometer SPODI, the hot single-crystal diffractometer HEiDi for structure analysis with neutrons, the backscattering spectrometer SPHERES, the neutron polarization analyzer DNS, the neutron spin-echo spectrometer J-NSE, the small-angle neutron diffractometers KWS-1/-2, the very-small-angle neutron diffractometer with focusing mirror KWS-3, the resonance spin-echo spectrometer RESEDA, the reflectometer TREFF, the time-of-flight spectrometer TOFTOF. (HSI)

  7. Studies in small angle scattering techniques

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    Small angle scattering of neutrons, X-rays and γ-rays are found among the spectroscopic methods developed in the recent years. Although these techniques differ from each other in many respects, e.g. radiation sources and technical equipment needed, their power to resolve physical phenomena and areas of application can be discussed in a general scheme. Selected examples are given illustrating the use of specific technical methods. Jahn-Teller driven structural phase transitions in Rare Earth zircons were studied with neutron scattering as well as small angle γ-ray diffraction. The study of neutron scattering from formations of magnetic domains in the Ising ferromagnet LiTbF4 is a second example. Both these examples represent more than experimental test cases since the theoretical interpretations of the data obtained are discussed as well. As a last example the use of small angle scattering methods for the study of molecular biological samples is discussed. In particular the experimental procedures used in connection with scattering from aqueous solutions of proteins and protein complexes are given. (Auth.)

  8. Water-in-model oil emulsions studied by small-angle neutron scattering: interfacial film thickness and composition.

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    Verruto, Vincent J; Kilpatrick, Peter K

    2008-11-18

    The ever-increasing worldwide demand for energy has led to the upgrading of heavy crude oil and asphaltene-rich feedstocks becoming viable refining options for the petroleum industry. Traditional problems associated with these feedstocks, particularly stable water-in-petroleum emulsions, are drawing increasing attention. Despite considerable research on the interfacial assembly of asphaltenes, resins, and naphthenic acids, much about the resulting interfacial films is not well understood. Here, we describe the use of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to elucidate interfacial film properties from model emulsion systems. Modeling the SANS data with both a polydisperse core/shell form factor as well as a thin sheet approximation, we have deduced the film thickness and the asphaltenic composition within the stabilizing interfacial films of water-in-model oil emulsions prepared in toluene, decalin, and 1-methylnaphthalene. Film thicknesses were found to be 100-110 A with little deviation among the three solvents. By contrast, asphaltene composition in the film varied significantly, with decalin leading to the most asphaltene-rich films (30% by volume of the film), while emulsions made in toluene and methylnaphthalene resulted in lower asphaltenic contents (12-15%). Through centrifugation and dilatational rheology, we found that trends of decreasing water resolution (i.e., increasing emulsion stability) and increasing long-time dilatational elasticity corresponded with increasing asphaltene composition in the film. In addition to the asphaltenic composition of the films, here we also deduce the film solvent and water content. Our analyses indicate that 1:1 (O/W) emulsions prepared with 3% (w/w) asphaltenes in toluene and 1 wt % NaCl aqueous solutions at pH 7 and pH 10 resulted in 80-90 A thick films, interfacial areas around 2600-3100 cm (2)/mL, and films that were roughly 25% (v/v) asphaltenic, 60-70% toluene, and 8-12% water. The increased asphaltene and water film

  9. Introduction to neutron scattering

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    Fischer, W.E. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1996-11-01

    We give here an introduction to the theoretical principles of neutron scattering. The relationship between scattering- and correlation-functions is particularly emphasized. Within the framework of linear response theory (justified by the weakness of the basic interaction) the relation between fluctuation and dissipation is discussed. This general framework explains the particular power of neutron scattering as an experimental method. (author) 4 figs., 4 refs.

  10. Application of small-angle neutron scattering to the study of forces between magnetically chained monodisperse ferrofluid emulsion droplets

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    Jain, Dr Nirmesh [University of Sydney, Australia; Liu, Dr C K [Institute of Materials research and Engineering, A-STAR, Singapore; Hawkett, Dr B. S. [University of Sydney, Australia; Warr, G. G. [University of Sydney, Australia; Hamilton, William A [ORNL

    2014-01-01

    The optical magnetic chaining technique (MCT) developed by Leal-Calderon, Bibette and co-workers in the 1990 s allows precise measurements of force profiles between droplets in monodisperse ferrofluid emulsions. However, the method lacks an in-situ determination of droplet size and therefore requires the combination of separately acquired measurements of droplet chain periodicity versus an applied magnetic field from optical Bragg scattering and droplet diameter inferred from dynamic light scattering (DLS) to recover surface force-distance profiles between the colloidal particles. Compound refractive lens (CRL) focussed small-angle scattering (SANS) MCT should result in more consistent measurements of droplet size (form factor measurements in the absence of field) and droplet chaining period (from structure factor peaks when the magnetic field is applied); and, with access to shorter length scales, extend force measurements to closer approaches than possible by optical measurements. We report on CRL-SANS measurements of monodisperse ferrofluid emulsion droplets aligned in straight chains by an applied field perpendicular to the incident beam direction. Analysis of the scattering from the closely spaced droplets required algorithms that carefully treated resolution and its effect on mean scattering vector magnitudes in order to determine droplet size and chain periods to sufficient accuracy. At lower applied fields scattering patterns indicate structural correlations transverse to the magnetic field direction due to the formation of intermediate structures in early chain growth.

  11. Characterization of Y2O3 Particle Distribution in Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Eurofer Steel for Nuclear Applications by Means of Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) and of Neutron Diffraction

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    This report summarizes the scientific results obtained in the frame IAEA Agreement No. 16200/R0 4/5/2010 until May 2013. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and neutron diffraction measurements have been carried out on Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) Eurofer97 and 14 Cr ferritic/martensitic steels, obtaining relevant information on their microstructure. Collaborative results have also been obtained with other CRP participants, concerning the optimization of SANS data analysis, compared SANS measurements on ODS material at different neutron sources and the characterization of H-loaded Zr tubes. (author)

  12. The application of density functional theory to the analysis of small-angle neutron scattering of concentrated microemulsion with nonionic surfactant

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    The experimental results obtained by the static small-angle neutron scattering technique for the microemulsion consisting of 40% in volume of nonionic surfactant pentaethylene-glycol-4-octylphenylether, equal volumes of heavy water and decane, and additives (the salt KCl, the anionic surfactant SDS and butanol) are presented and discussed. The universal features of obtained scattering intensity plots are determined. The shape of the peak present in all scattering spectra was fitted by the universal function derived from the density functional theory. The persistence length of surfactant sheet used in many density functional theories of microemulsions is determined and the effect of different additives on this length is shown. (author). 10 refs, 2 figs

  13. Small-angle neutron scattering study of vortices in superconducting Ba(Fe0.93Co0.07)2As2

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    We present small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) studies of the superconducting vortices in Ba(Fe0.93Co0.07)2As2. A highly disordered vortex configuration is observed up to the highest measured field of 3 T. The field dependence of the magnitude of the SANS scattering vector indicates small vortex lattice domains of rhombic symmetry or a vortex glass with short-range hexagonal order. The disordering is attributed to strong single-vortex pinning. This is supported by an analysis of the radial width of the intensity distribution, which indicates a correlation length of a few vortex spacings. Measurements of the scattered intensity are found to decrease with increasing magnetic field, consistent with theoretical models and in reasonable agreement with estimates of the upper critical field. The temperature dependence is found to follow the BCS s-wave prediction.

  14. Structural changes during the unfolding of Bovine serum albumin in the presence of urea: A small-angle neutron scattering study

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    Amit Das; R Chitra; R R Choudhury; M Ramanadham

    2004-08-01

    The native form of serum albumin is the most important soluble protein in the body plasma. In order to investigate the structural changes of Bovine serum albumin (BSA) during its unfolding in the presence of urea, a small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) study was performed. The scattering curves of dilute solutions of BSA with different concentrations of urea in D2O at pH 7.2 ± 0.2 were measured at room temperature. The scattering profile was fitted to a prolate ellipsoidal shape (, , ) of the protein with = 52.2 Å and = 24.2 Å. The change in the dimensions of the protein as it unfolds was found to be anisotropic. The radius of gyration of the compact form of the protein in solution decreased as the urea concentration was increased.

  15. Modeling small angle scattering data using FISH

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    Full text: Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) are important techniques for the characterisation of samples on the nanometer scale. From the scattered intensity pattern information about the sample such as particle size distribution, concentration and particle interaction can be determined. Since the experimental data is in reciprocal space and information is needed about real space, modeling of the scattering data to obtain parameters is extremely important and several paradigms are available. The use of computer programs to analyze the data is imperative for a robust description of the sample to be obtained. This presentation gives an overview of the SAS process and describes the data-modeling program FISH, written by R. Heenan 1983-2000. The results of using FISH to obtain the particle size distribution of bubbles in the aluminum hydrogen system and other systems of interest are described. Copyright (2002) Australian X-ray Analytical Association Inc

  16. Neutron scattering on neutron irradiated steel

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    Three pressure vessel steel systems (two base material and one weld material) with a 50% irradiation induced hardness enhancement were investigated by small angle neutron scattering. All three steel systems were irradiated in the light water moderated research reactor FRJ-1 at a temperature of 1500C. The strongest scattering effect was found for steel A; a pressure vessel containment steel ASTM a 533 B. This system was irradiated with a fluence of 7 1019 n/cm2 (E > 1 MeV). The annealing behaviour was then investigated after isochronal anneals of 300, 350, 400 and 4500C. Viker's hardness measurements were made parallel to the neutron scattering experiments. The hardness enhancement of 50% decreased after the first anneal to 30% and after the second to 18%. The neutron scattering patterns show a decrease in the number of very small voids having a Guinier radius less than 5 A. These voids have annealed, or coagulated into larger voids (Rg = 20-25 A) with a density of n = 1015 cm-3. After the third anneal at 4000C, the scattering patterns became, within statistical errors, identical to the scattering pattern of the unirradiated specimen; but a hardness enhancement of 13% was measured. (orig./WBU)

  17. Neutron scattering in dimers

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    Gudel, H. U.; Furrer, A.; Kjems, Jørgen

    1986-01-01

    Insulating compounds containing dimers of transition metal and rare earth ions have been studied by inelastic neutron scattering (INS). Energy splittings can be directly determined, and the corresponding parameters are easily extracted from the experimental data. The intensities of dimer...

  18. Characterization of duplex stainless steels by TEM [transmission electron microscopy], SANS [small-angle neutron scattering], and APFIM [atom-probe field ion microscopy] techniques

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    Results are presented of complementary characterization of aged duplex stainless steels by advanced metallographic techniques, including transmission and high-voltage electron microscopies; small-angle neutron scattering; and atom-probe field ion microscopy. On the basis of the characterization, the mechanisms of aging embrittlement have been shown to be associated with the precipitation of Ni- and Si-rich G phase and Cr-rich α' in the ferrite, and M23C6 carbides on the austenite-ferrite phase boundaries. 19 refs., 19 figs., 1 tab

  19. Investigation on pore structure and small-scale agglomeration behaviour in liquid phase sintered SiC using small angle neutron scattering

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    D Sen; J Bahadur; S Mazumder; T Mahata; M Syambabu; P K Sinha

    2008-11-01

    Mesoscopic density fluctuations in liquid phase sintered silicon carbide have been investigated using small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The increase in the additives results in the modification in the pore size distribution and to some extent the total porosity. SANS revealed a mass fractal nature of the agglomerated matrix microstructure. The fractal dimension of the matrix does not change appreciably with the additives although the upper cut-off value of the fractal decreases significantly with the increase in the additives. The liquid phase sintering due to the presence of additives helps to achieve higher level of densification. However, the agglomeration hinders achievement of the fully dense pellets.

  20. Neutron Compton Scattering

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    Watson, Greg

    1996-01-01

    Neutron Compton scattering measurements have the potential to provide direct information about atomic momentum distributions and adiabatic energy surfaces in condensed matter. First applied to measuring the condensate fraction in superfluid helium, the technique has recently been extended to study a variety of classical and quantum liquids and solids. This article reviews the theoretical background for the interpretation of neutron Compton scattering, with emphasis on studies of solids.

  1. Neutron scattering in dimers

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    Gudel, H. U.; Furrer, A.; Kjems, Jørgen

    Insulating compounds containing dimers of transition metal and rare earth ions have been studied by inelastic neutron scattering (INS). Energy splittings can be directly determined, and the corresponding parameters are easily extracted from the experimental data. The intensities of dimer excitati......Insulating compounds containing dimers of transition metal and rare earth ions have been studied by inelastic neutron scattering (INS). Energy splittings can be directly determined, and the corresponding parameters are easily extracted from the experimental data. The intensities of dimer...

  2. Introductory theory of neutron scattering

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    The paper comprises a set of six lecture notes which were delivered to the summer school on 'Neutron Scattering at a pulsed source', Rutherford Laboratory, United Kingdom, 1986. The lectures concern the physical principles of neutron scattering. The topics of the lectures include: diffraction, incoherent inelastic scattering, connection with the Schroedinger equation, magnetic scattering, coherent inelastic scattering, and surfaces and neutron optics. (UK)

  3. Instruments for neutron scattering

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    The wide variety of science that can be presented with neutron scattering essentially boils down to determine two vectors, the momentum k of the neutron before it hits the sample and after it leaves the sample. All experimentally obtainable information is contained in the probability distribution W(k,k') of a neutron to undergo scattering takes it from k to k'. In this paper we will introduce the principles and concepts to understand what one is doing if one perform an experiment on a certain instrument We will describe the components of which almost all neutron scattering instruments are made up and their functions and show how these components can be combined to contribute in the best possible way to the solution of questions in a large number of scientific areas

  4. Small angle neutron scattering study concerning the effect of residual elements on the radiation behaviour of iron alloys

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    Complete text of publication follows. The mechanism of the neutron embrittlement of ferritic steel has not yet been really understood from a microscopic point of view. Especially, the influence of residual elements, such as copper and phosphorus, is well known but there is hardly information concerning their influence on the irradiation-induced microstructure. Three ternary iron base alloys with different content of residual elements (S, P and Cu very low (a), low (b); S and P low and Cu high (c)) were irradiated in a pressure water reactor, mechanically tested and investigated by SANS. Surprisingly, the high-poor alloy (a) shows a high radiation effect which is comparable with the alloy (c) with high copper content. The dependence of the fluence is different for both alloys. The SANS results were analysed by using the indirect transformation method according to Glatter [1]. Neutron irradiation produced nanoscaled inhomogeneities in all three cases. The different kinetic of evolution as well as the different ratio between nuclear and magnetic scattering prove that the radiation defects vary in type and composition for the three alloys. (author)

  5. Simultaneous evidence for Pauli paramagnetic effects and multiband superconductivity in KFe2As2 by small-angle neutron scattering studies of the vortex lattice

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    Kuhn, S. J.; Kawano-Furukawa, H.; Jellyman, E.; Riyat, R.; Forgan, E. M.; Ono, M.; Kihou, K.; Lee, C. H.; Hardy, F.; Adelmann, P.; Wolf, Th.; Meingast, C.; Gavilano, J.; Eskildsen, M. R.

    2016-03-01

    We study the intrinsic anisotropy of the superconducting state in KFe2As2 by using small-angle neutron scattering to image the vortex lattice as the applied magnetic field is rotated towards the FeAs crystalline planes. The anisotropy is found to be strongly field dependent, indicating multiband superconductivity. Furthermore, the high-field anisotropy significantly exceeds that of the upper critical field, providing further support for Pauli limiting in KFe2As2 for fields applied in the basal plane. The effect of Pauli paramagnetism on the unpaired quasiparticles in the vortex cores is directly evident from the ratio of scattered intensities due to the longitudinal and transverse vortex lattice field modulation.

  6. A small-angle neutron scattering study of the structure of graphitized carbon black aggregates in Triton X-100/water solutions

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    Garamus, V.M.; Pedersen, J.S.

    1998-01-01

    concentration to a lower value. The CB aggregates have a fractal structure and the apparent fractal dimension is lower near the match point (75% heavy water). The scattering data are modelled using fractal-like aggregates (CB+surfactant), and voids in the CB particles and micelles. The data are fitted......The structure of graphitized carbon black (CB) aggregates dispersed in water solutions with a non-ionic surfactant are studied by small-angle neutron scattering using contrast variation by heavy/light water mixing. The addition of CB to Triton X-100/water mixtures shifts the critical micelle...... particles is 8% and is constant with varying CB and surfactant concentration. The volume fraction of the voids does not exceed 1% of the CB; The micelle structure is found to be the same as in surfactant/water solutions. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V....

  7. On structural features of fullerene C60 dissolved in carbon disulfide: complementary study by small-angle neutron scattering and molecular dynamic simulations.

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    Avdeev, M V; Tropin, T V; Bodnarchuk, I A; Yaradaikin, S P; Rosta, L; Aksenov, V L; Bulavin, L A

    2010-04-28

    The parameters of fullerene C(60) dissolved in carbon disulfide CS(2) are analyzed by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) in a wide interval of momentum transfer. To exclude the influence of nonequilibrium conditions, the solutions are prepared without applying shaking, stirring or ultrasound. No indication of the equilibrium cluster state of C(60) (with the cluster size below 60 nm) in the final solutions is revealed. Molecular dynamic simulations are complementary used to find out the partial volume of C(60) in CS(2) and the scattering contribution of the solvent organization at the interface with the fullerene molecule, which is shown to be small. Among several approaches for describing SANS data the preference is given to the model, which takes into account the presence of stable C(60) dimers (comprising 10% of the total particle number density) in the solution. PMID:20441296

  8. Applications of neutron scattering in materials science

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    It can be expected that the application of neutron scattering in materials science will become more widespread with increasing interaction between neutron scatterers and materials scientists. Several potential growth areas are identified, e.g., structural analysis of polycrystalline and multi-phase systems as well as amorphous substances; small-angle scattering analysis of extended defects such as vacancy clusters, precipitate zones, etc., including the kinetics of their formation, in crystalline and vitreous substances; and dynamic effects near phase transformations. Small-angle scattering methods are illustrated by two examples, the formation of voids in β'-NiAl and the decomposition of Al-Zn alloys. (author)

  9. Proceedings of the workshop on neutron scattering instrumentation for SNQ

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    These proceedings contain the articles presented at the named workshop. These concern instrumentation for neutron diffraction with special regards to small angle scattering, diffuse scattering, inelastic scattering, high resolution spectroscopy, and special techniques. (HSI)

  10. Experiments on n-p scattering with 260-Mev neutrons

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    Kelley, E.; Segre, E.; Leith, C.; Wiegand, C.

    1950-03-06

    Neutrons produced by 350 Mev protons impinging on beryllium are scattered by hydrogen. The authors measure the differential scattering cross section as a function of the scattering angle. Results are summarized here.

  11. EXPERIMENTS ON N-P SCATTERING WITH 260 MEV NEUTRONS

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    Kelly, E.; Leith, C.; Segre, E.; Wiegand, C.

    1950-03-06

    Neutrons produced by 350 Mev protons impinging on beryllium are scattered by hydrogen. We measure the differential scattering cross section as a function of the scattering angle. Results are summarized in Fig. 3 of the paper.

  12. Conformation and arrangement of polyelectrolytes in semi-diluted solution. A study by small angle neutrons scattering; Conformation et arrangement des polyelectrolytes en solution semi-diluee. Etude par diffusion des neutrons aux petits angles

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    Spiteri, M.N.

    1997-03-25

    Polyelectrolytes have particular physical and chemical properties and can thus be used for instance for petroleum production. Some of their microscopic properties have been studied in this work. With the particular zero average contrast technique, the small angle neutron scattering allows to directly know the form factors in semi-diluted solutions of polyelectrolytes where the chains are mixed. Another measure leads to the crystal structure. The electrostatic screen effects when salt is added in aqueous solutions of completely charged PSSNa solutions (f=1) (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) are studied. It seems that the chains take a vermiform conformation. Their persistence length varies as I{sup -1/3} (I is the ionic force). The hydrophobicity effects in partially charged PSSNa solutions (f<1) are given too. They lead to a progressive collapse of the chains when their charge rates decrease. The screen and condensation effects when the charge rate f of the PSSNa (f>f(Manning)) varies in a polar solvent (DMSO) are studied. The vermiform chains have the same persistence length (for each f) which varies as I{sup -1/4}. Lastly, the f variation effects in the case of a weakly charged hydrophilic poly-ion (f

  13. Growth and coarsening of pure and doped ZrO2: A study of microstructure by small-angle neutron scattering

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    When precipitated zirconium hydroxide is heated above 3000C, an amorphous powder is formed which slowly crystallizes to tetragonal ZrO2. A high density of very small crystallites forms, which can be detected by small-angle scattering when they exceed approx. =2 nm in diameter. The growth and coarsening of these crystallites was studied in pure and MgO-doped ZrO2 from 3000 to 8000C. The small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) pattern is dominated by a strong interparticle interference peak which sharpens as the coarsening proceeds. The data can be simulated by a hard-sphere progressive potential model in which the particle size and spatial distribution are refined independently. The kinetics of precipitation growth and scattering intensity confirm a pure Ostwald ripening process. With a t1/sup/4 growth law corresponding to grain-boundary diffusion. The activation energy for coarsening calculated from the temperature dependence of the reaction is calculated to be 59 kJ/sup.mol-1/ for pure ZrO2 and 114 kJ/sup.mol-1/ for 3% MgO-doped ZrO2 over this temperature range, where the particle diameters range from 4 to 20 nm

  14. Neutron scattering and models: Chromium

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    Differential neutron elastic-scattering cross sections of elemental chromium are measured from 4.5 ∼ 10 MeV in steps of ∼ 0.5 MeV and at ≥ 40 scattering angles distributed between ∼ 17 degree--160 degree. Concurrently differential cross sections for the inelastic neutron excitation of the yrast 2+ (1.434 MeV) level in d52Cr are determined. In addition, broad inelastically-scattered neutron groups are observed corresponding to composite excitation of levels up to ∼ 5.5 MeV in the various chromium isotopes. These experimental results are combined with low-energy values previously reported from this laboratory, with recent ∼ 8 → 15 MeV data measured at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt and with a 21.6 MeV result from the literature to form an extensive neutron-scattering data base which is interpreted in the context of spherical-optical and coupled-channels (rotational and vibrational) models. These models reasonably describe the observables but indicate rather large energy-dependent parameter trends at low energies similar to those previously reported near the peak of the So strength function in studies at this laboratory. The physical implications of the measurements and models are discussed including deformation, coupling, dispersive and asymmetry effects

  15. Neutron scattering in Australia

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    Neutron scattering techniques have been part of the Australian scientific research community for the past three decades. The High Flux Australian Reactor (HIFAR) is a multi-use facility of modest performance that provides the only neutron source in the country suitable for neutron scattering. The limitations of HIFAR have been recognized and recently a Government initiated inquiry sought to evaluate the future needs of a neutron source. In essence, the inquiry suggested that a delay of several years would enable a number of key issues to be resolved, and therefore a more appropriate decision made. In the meantime, use of the present source is being optimized, and where necessary research is being undertaken at major overseas neutron facilities either on a formal or informal basis. Australia has, at present, a formal agreement with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK) for access to the spallation source ISIS. Various aspects of neutron scattering have been implemented on HIFAR, including investigations of the structure of biological relevant molecules. One aspect of these investigations will be presented. Preliminary results from a study of the interaction of the immunosuppressant drug, cyclosporin-A, with reconstituted membranes suggest that the hydrophobic drug interdigitated with lipid chains

  16. Neutron scattering in Australia

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    Knott, R.B. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Menai (Australia)

    1994-12-31

    Neutron scattering techniques have been part of the Australian scientific research community for the past three decades. The High Flux Australian Reactor (HIFAR) is a multi-use facility of modest performance that provides the only neutron source in the country suitable for neutron scattering. The limitations of HIFAR have been recognized and recently a Government initiated inquiry sought to evaluate the future needs of a neutron source. In essence, the inquiry suggested that a delay of several years would enable a number of key issues to be resolved, and therefore a more appropriate decision made. In the meantime, use of the present source is being optimized, and where necessary research is being undertaken at major overseas neutron facilities either on a formal or informal basis. Australia has, at present, a formal agreement with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK) for access to the spallation source ISIS. Various aspects of neutron scattering have been implemented on HIFAR, including investigations of the structure of biological relevant molecules. One aspect of these investigations will be presented. Preliminary results from a study of the interaction of the immunosuppressant drug, cyclosporin-A, with reconstituted membranes suggest that the hydrophobic drug interdigitated with lipid chains.

  17. Neutron Scattering Studies of Cement

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    Allen, Andrew

    2010-03-01

    Despite more than a century of research, basic questions remain regarding both the internal structure and the role of water in Ordinary Portland cement (OPC) concrete, the world's most widely used manufactured material. Most such questions concern the primary hydration product and strength-building phase of OPC paste, the calcium silicate hydrate (C-S-H) gel. When cement and water are mixed, this phase precipitates as clusters of nanoscale (nearly amorphous) colloidal particles with an associated water-filled inter-particle pore system. Most attempts to characterize the C-S-H gel and the behavior of the associated water involve drying or other processes that, themselves, change the bound water content within and around the gel. Neutron scattering methods do not suffer from this disadvantage. Furthermore, the neutron isotope effect and the neutron's sensitivity to molecular motion have enabled considerable progress to be made in recent years by: (i) determining the C-S-H composition, density and gel structure in small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) H/D contrast variation studies; (ii) elucidating the changing state of water within cement as hydration progresses using quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS); and (iii) measuring the production and consumption of nanoscale calcium hydroxide (CH), a by-product of cement hydration that co-exists with the C-S-H gel, using inelastic neutron scattering (INS). These experiments have provided new insights into the physics and chemistry of cement hydration, and have implications for the design of new concretes with pozzolanic cement additions that are intended to address environmental concerns and sustainability issues.

  18. Small-angle neutron scattering study of the short-range organization of dispersed CsNi[Cr(CN)6] nanoparticles

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    Prussian blue analogues magnetic nanoparticles (of radius R0 = 2.4–8.6 nm) embedded in PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone) or CTA+ (cetyltrimethylammonium) matrices have been studied using neutron diffraction and small angle neutron scattering (SANS) at several concentrations. For the most diluted particles in neutral PVP, the SANS signal is fully accounted for by a “single-particle” spherical form factor with no structural correlations between the nanoparticles and with radii comparable to those inferred from neutron diffraction. For higher concentration in PVP, structural correlations modify the SANS signal with the appearance of a structure factor peak, which is described using an effective “mean-field” model. A new length scale R* ≈ 3R0, corresponding to an effective repulsive interaction radius, is evidenced in PVP samples. In CTA+, electrostatic interactions play a crucial role and lead to a dense layer of CTA+ around the nanoparticles, which considerably alter the SANS patterns as compared to PVP. The SANS data of nanoparticles in CTA+ are best described by a core-shell model without visible inter-particle structure factor

  19. Small-angle neutron scattering study of the short-range organization of dispersed CsNi[Cr(CN){sub 6}] nanoparticles

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    Ridier, Karl; Gillon, Béatrice; André, Gilles; Chaboussant, Grégory, E-mail: gregory.chaboussant@cea.fr [Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, UMR12 CEA-CNRS, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Catala, Laure; Mazérat, Sandra; Mallah, Talal [Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d' Orsay, CNRS, Université Paris-Sud, 91405 Orsay (France)

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    Prussian blue analogues magnetic nanoparticles (of radius R{sub 0} = 2.4–8.6 nm) embedded in PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone) or CTA{sup +} (cetyltrimethylammonium) matrices have been studied using neutron diffraction and small angle neutron scattering (SANS) at several concentrations. For the most diluted particles in neutral PVP, the SANS signal is fully accounted for by a “single-particle” spherical form factor with no structural correlations between the nanoparticles and with radii comparable to those inferred from neutron diffraction. For higher concentration in PVP, structural correlations modify the SANS signal with the appearance of a structure factor peak, which is described using an effective “mean-field” model. A new length scale R{sup * }≈ 3R{sub 0}, corresponding to an effective repulsive interaction radius, is evidenced in PVP samples. In CTA{sup +}, electrostatic interactions play a crucial role and lead to a dense layer of CTA{sup +} around the nanoparticles, which considerably alter the SANS patterns as compared to PVP. The SANS data of nanoparticles in CTA{sup +} are best described by a core-shell model without visible inter-particle structure factor.

  20. A small-angle neutron scattering study of the kinetics of phase separation in a supersaturated Ni-12.5 at. pct Si alloy

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    The authors discuss kinetic behavior of precipitation in a supersaturated Ni-12.5 at. pct Si alloy single crystal studied by the small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) technique to supplement earlier transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (XRD) work. The SANS measurements performed at room temperature on quenched specimens subjected to isothermal anneals at 400, 450, 505, and 5500C for various amounts of time have revealed the presence of an interference peak in the scattering function. The particle size, determined according to the Guinier approximation, is found to grow in accordance with the diffusion controlled model put forth by Lifshitz and Slyozov, and independently by Wagner. The activation energy for solute diffusion is determined using the rate constants governing the growth of particle size and the variation of the mean interparticle distance. Results are in agreement with the values given in the literature. Transition from an earlier growth stage has been observed, and enhanced diffusion is noted at temperatures below 5050C; both observations are consistent with the previous X-ray results. Discrepancies in the size parameters determined by different techniques are discussed

  1. Polymer research by neutron scattering

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    Polymer physics aims on an understanding of the macroscopic behavior of polymer systems on the basis of their molecular structure and dynamics. For this purpose neutrons serve as a unique probe, allowing a simultaneous investigation of polymer structure and dynamics on a molecular scale. Furthermore, hydrogen deuterium exchange facilitates molecular labeling and offers the possibility to observe selected chains or chain parts in dense systems. Neutron small angle scattering reveals information on the conformation and possible aggregation of polymer chains. Data on linear and star like molecules are shown as examples. High resolution neutron spin-echospectroscopy observes the molecular dynamics of long chain molecules. Results on the large scale motion of chins in polymer melts are presented. finally, experiments on chain relaxation close to the glass transition are displayed. Three distinctly different relaxation processes are revealed. (author)

  2. Critical Magnetic Scattering of Neutrons in Iron

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    Passell, L.; Blinowski, K.; Brun, T.;

    1964-01-01

    scattered at small angles in iron and determined the spin correlation range 1∕κ1 and a parameter Λ associated with the lifetime of the fluctuations. Our results confirm the recent observation of Jacrot, Konstantinovic, Parette, and Cribier that the scattering is not elastic even at the Curie temperature. We......The intense small‐angle scattering of low‐energy neutrons by magnetic materials near the Curie temperature has been shown by Van Hove to be directly related to the appearance of large scale fluctuations in the spin density. We have measured the angular and energy distributions of 4.27‐Å neutrons...

  3. Small-angle neutron scattering studies on water soluble complexes of poly(ethylene glycol)-based cationic random copolymer and SDS

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    C K Nisha; V Manorama; Souvik Maiti; K N Jayachandran; V K Aswal; P S Goyal

    2004-08-01

    The interaction of cationic random copolymers of methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) monomethacrylate and (3-(methacryloylamino)propyl) trimethylammonium chloride with oppositely charged surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulphate, and the influence of surfactant association on the polymer conformation have been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering. SANS data showed a positive indication of the formation of RCP-SDS complexes. Even though the complete structure of the polyion complexes could not be ascertained, the results obtained give us the information on the local structure in these polymer-surfactant systems. The data were analysed using the log-normal distribution of the polydispersed spherical aggregate model for the local structure in these complexes. For all the systems the median radius and the polydispersity were found to be in the range of 20 ± 2 Å and 0:6 ± 0:05, respectively.

  4. Small-angle neutron scattering analysis of Mn–C clusters in high-manganese 18Mn–0.6C steel

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    Nanometer-scale particles (Mn–C clusters) were analyzed quantitatively using small-angle neutron scattering in 18Mn–0.6C (wt.%) austenite high-manganese steel. The size, number, and volume fraction of the particles were determined as a function of strain (0, 5, 15, 30, 45, 50%) at different temperatures (25 and 100 °C). The diameter of the cluster ranges from 2 to 14 nm in the matrix. The total volume fraction of the cluster significantly increases from 2.7 × 10−6 to 8.7 × 10−6 as the strain increases. Such clustering phenomenon is correlated to the serration behavior under loading in high-manganese steels. - Highlights: • Show Mn-C clustering as function of strain in 18Mn-0.6C TWIP steel. • Determine the size, number, and volume fraction of clusters quantitatively. • Compare the clustering behavior at 25 and 100 °C

  5. Small angle neutron scattering analyses and high temperature mechanical properties of nano-structured oxide dispersion strengthened steels produced via cryomilling

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    Kim, Jeoung Han; Byun, Thak Sang; Shin, Eunjoo; Seol, Jae-Bok; Young, Sung; Reddy, N. S.

    2015-08-17

    Three oxide dispersion-strengthened (ODS) steels are produced in order to investigate the effect of the mechanical alloying (MA) temperature on the microstructural evolution and high temperature mechanical properties. The microstructural evolution with different MA conditions is examined using small angle neutron scattering. As the MA temperature decreases, the density of the nanoclusters below 10 nm increases and their mean diameter decreases. A low temperature during MA leads to a high strength in the compression tests performed at 500 *C; however, this effect disappears in testing at 900 *C. The milling process at *70 *C exhibits excellent high fracture toughness, which is better than the benchmark material 14YWT-SM10. However, the *150 *C milling process results in significantly worse fracture toughness properties. The reasons for this strong temperature dependency are discussed.

  6. Magnetic phase diagram of the helimagnetic spinel compound ZnCr2Se4 revisited by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Cameron, A. S.; Tymoshenko, Y. V.; Portnichenko, P. Y.; Gavilano, J.; Tsurkan, V.; Felea, V.; Loidl, A.; Zherlitsyn, S.; Wosnitza, J.; Inosov, D. S.

    2016-04-01

    We performed small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements on the helimagnetic spinel compound ZnCr2Se4. The ground state of this material is a multi-domain spin-spiral phase, which undergoes domain selection in a magnetic field and reportedly exhibits a transition to a proposed spin-nematic phase at higher fields. We observed a continuous change in the magnetic structure as a function of field and temperature, as well as a weak discontinuous jump in the spiral pitch across the domain-selection transition upon increasing field. From our SANS results we have established the absence of any long-range magnetic order in the high-field (spin-nematic) phase. We also found that all the observed phase transitions are surprisingly isotropic with respect to the field direction.

  7. Modified interactions among globular proteins below isoelectric point in the presence of mono-, di- and tri-valent ions: A small angle neutron scattering study

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    Das, Kaushik; Kundu, Sarathi; Mehan, Sumit; Aswal, V. K.

    2016-02-01

    Both short range attraction and long range electrostatic repulsion exist among globular protein Bovine Serum Albumin in solution below its isoelectric point (pI ≈ 4.8). At pD ≈ 4.0, below pI, protein has a net positive surface charge although local charge inhomogeneity presents. Small angle neutron scattering study reveals that in the presence of both mono-(Na+) and di-(Ni2+) valent ions attractive interaction increases and repulsive interaction decreases with the increase of salt concentration. However, for tri-valent (Fe3+) ions, both attractive and repulsive interaction increases with increasing salt concentration but the relative strength of repulsion is more than the attraction.

  8. Magnetic phase diagram of the helimagnetic spinel compound ZnCr2Se4 revisited by small-angle neutron scattering.

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    Cameron, A S; Tymoshenko, Y V; Portnichenko, P Y; Gavilano, J; Tsurkan, V; Felea, V; Loidl, A; Zherlitsyn, S; Wosnitza, J; Inosov, D S

    2016-04-13

    We performed small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements on the helimagnetic spinel compound ZnCr2Se4. The ground state of this material is a multi-domain spin-spiral phase, which undergoes domain selection in a magnetic field and reportedly exhibits a transition to a proposed spin-nematic phase at higher fields. We observed a continuous change in the magnetic structure as a function of field and temperature, as well as a weak discontinuous jump in the spiral pitch across the domain-selection transition upon increasing field. From our SANS results we have established the absence of any long-range magnetic order in the high-field (spin-nematic) phase. We also found that all the observed phase transitions are surprisingly isotropic with respect to the field direction. PMID:26964650

  9. Magnetization reversal of a Nd-Cu-infiltrated Nd-Fe-B nanocrystalline magnet observed with small-angle neutron scattering

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    The magnetization reversal process of Nd-Fe-B nanocrystalline magnets infiltrated with Nd-Cu alloy was examined using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The magnetic-field dependence of SANS intensity revealed a qualitative difference between Nd-Cu-infiltrated samples and as-deformed samples. Insufficient magnetic isolation along the direction perpendicular to the nominal c-axis is expected from comparable SANS intensities for different ranges of q values along this direction. For small q values near the coercivity field, Nd-Cu-infiltrated samples show a noticeable reduction in SANS intensity along the nominal c-axis, which is parallel to the external magnetic field. This indicates less spatial fluctuation of magnetic moments in Nd-Cu-infiltrated samples, owing to magnetically isolated Nd2Fe14B grains

  10. Magnetization reversal of a Nd-Cu-infiltrated Nd-Fe-B nanocrystalline magnet observed with small-angle neutron scattering

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    Saito, Kotaro, E-mail: kotaro.saito@kek.jp; Ono, Kanta [Institute of Materials Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, 1-1 Oho, 305-0803 Tsukuba (Japan); Ueno, Tetsuro [Elements Strategy Initiative Center for Magnetic Materials, National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, 305-0047 Tsukuba (Japan); Yano, Masao; Shoji, Tetsuya; Sakuma, Noritsugu; Manabe, Akira; Kato, Akira [Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota, Aichi 471-8571 (Japan); Harada, Masashi [Toyota Central R and D Labs, Inc., Aichi 480-1192 (Japan); Keiderling, Uwe [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien and Energie, 14109 Berlin (Germany)

    2015-05-07

    The magnetization reversal process of Nd-Fe-B nanocrystalline magnets infiltrated with Nd-Cu alloy was examined using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The magnetic-field dependence of SANS intensity revealed a qualitative difference between Nd-Cu-infiltrated samples and as-deformed samples. Insufficient magnetic isolation along the direction perpendicular to the nominal c-axis is expected from comparable SANS intensities for different ranges of q values along this direction. For small q values near the coercivity field, Nd-Cu-infiltrated samples show a noticeable reduction in SANS intensity along the nominal c-axis, which is parallel to the external magnetic field. This indicates less spatial fluctuation of magnetic moments in Nd-Cu-infiltrated samples, owing to magnetically isolated Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B grains.

  11. Combination of small angle neutron scattering data and mesoscopic simulation techniques as a tool for the structural characterization and prediction of properties of bi-phasic media

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    A powerful, versatile methodology based on the combination of small angle neutron scattering (SANS) with mesoscopic simulation techniques is developed in an effort to relate in a sufficiently accurate manner the structure of biphasic media to their macroscopic physicochemical (equilibrium and dynamic) properties. Appropriate mathematical transformation of SANS spectra provides valuable information about the disordered geometry of a wide range of biphasic materials spanning from typical porous materials (Vycor porous glass, silica gel, alumina membrane) to complex biological tissues (stratum corneum), in terms of the corresponding autocorrelation function. Digital reconstruction (stochastic or process-based) is employed to generate two- or three-dimensional binary images of the respective structures, on the basis of the statistical properties obtained from the SANS spectra of the original materials. The resulting reconstructed domains are further used for the simulation of equilibrium (sorption) and dynamic (diffusion and permeation) processes, addressing the most common applications of the materials under consideration

  12. Possible magnetism in vortex cores of superconducting TmNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C studied by small angle neutron scattering

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    Abrahamsen, Asger Bech

    2003-11-01

    The compound TmNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C has previously been studied by Small Angle Neutron Scattering(SANS) with the applied field along the crystalline c-axis and a very rich phase diagram in terms of flux line lattices(FLL) with different symmetries have been observed. One of the FLL transitions is coincident with a magnetic phase transition between two spin density waves. In this thesis additional SANS studies of the FLL phases in TmNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C are reported and an interpretation of the phase diagram in the paramagnetic region is presented. It is suggested that the square FLL observed is stable in between two transition lines determined by two different length scales. The lower transition field is reached when the distance between the flux lines becomes comparable to the non-locality radius resulting from non-local electrodynamics, whereas the upper transition field is determined from the crossover from intermediate to high flux line density where the vortex cores start to overlap and the superconducting order parameter is suppressed in between the flux lines. A detailed examination of the intensity of the neutron diffraction spots caused by scattering on the flux line lattice in TmNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C is presented and analyzed on the basis of the form factor of an isolated flux line. This analysis can not provide a good explanation for the observed scattering and it is suggested that the scattering from the Tm ions must be considered. One can argue that the moments of the Tm ions are modulated by the flux line lattice, because the Ruderman-Kittel- Kasuya-Yosida(RKKY) interaction between the Tm ions might be different inside the vortex cores than outside in the superconducting phase. A calculation of the neutron scattering cross section of such a magnetic flux line lattice has been performed and compared to the SANS data. This offers a qualitative explanation of some of the observations, but future work is needed to perform a more quantitative comparison. (au)

  13. Critical Magnetic Scattering of Neutrons in Iron

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    Passell, L.; Blinowski, K.; Brun, T.;

    1965-01-01

    Measurements of the angular and energy distributions of 4.28 Å neutrons scattered at small angles from iron at temperatures above the Curie temperature are described. The results are interpreted in terms of Van Hove's theory of critical magnetic scattering and yield information on the range of spin...

  14. Neutron scattering at high pressure

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    1984-01-01

    The techniques to do elastic and inelastic neutron scattering at steady-state and pulsed sources are reviewed. The pressure cells available at most neutron scattering centres are capable of reaching pressures of the order of 5 GPa (50 kbar), and attempts to reach 10 GPa have been made. For elastic scattering, a comparison is made between neutron scattering and X-ray scattering at high pressure using rotating anode or synchrotron sources.

  15. Post-irradiation annealing behavior of neutron-irradiated FeCu, FeMnNi and FeMnNiCu model alloys investigated by means of small-angle neutron scattering

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    Bergner, F. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, POB 510119, 01314 Dresden (Germany); Ulbricht, A., E-mail: a.ulbricht@hzdr.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, POB 510119, 01314 Dresden (Germany); Lindner, P. [Institut Laue-Langevin Grenoble, BP 156, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Keiderling, U. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Malerba, L. [SCK-CEN Mol, Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium)

    2014-11-15

    Neutron irradiation of reactor pressure vessel steels gives rise to the formation of thermodynamically stable and unstable nano-features. The present work is focused on the stability of Cu-, Mn- and Ni-containing solute clusters in model alloys exposed to post-irradiation annealing. Fe0.1Cu, Fe1.2Mn0.7Ni and Fe1.2Mn0.7Ni0.1Cu (wt%) model alloys irradiated up to neutron exposures of 0.1 and 0.19 dpa (displacements per atom) were annealed at stepwise increasing temperatures in the range from 300 °C (i.e. near irradiation temperature) to 500 °C and characterized by means of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). We have found characteristic differences in the annealing behavior of the alloys. In particular, there is a non-trivial (synergistic–antagonistic) interplay of Mn/Ni and Cu.

  16. ULS (ULtra-small angle Scattering instrument) and interference imaging

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    The cold neutron beam port C1-3, ULS (ULtra Small angle scattering instrument) has been designed and built for the ultra-small angle scattering using a pair of Si-perfect crystals, neutron interferometry with Si-perfect crystal, double-crystal method to estimate the perfection of crystals. For these years, this beam port is used for the development of neutron interference imaging. The neutron interference imaging technique has been developed for these years with several methods. These years we are developing neutron interference imaging technique using gratings at ULS. The neutron interference imaging experiment with two absorption gratings has been done. We develop new way to fabricate absorption gratings for neutron with the pitch of 150 μm, 180 μm, and 200 μm. Small break in an acrylic plate was observed. (author)

  17. Structural hierarchy of chromatin in chicken erythrocyte nuclei based on small-angle neutron scattering: Fractal nature of the large-scale chromatin organization

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    The chromatin organization in chicken erythrocyte nuclei was studied by small-angle neutron scattering in the scattering-vector range from 1.5 x 10-1 to 10-4 A-1 with the use of the contrast-variation technique. This scattering-vector range corresponds to linear dimensions from 4 nm to 6 μm and covers the whole hierarchy of chromatin structures, from the nucleosomal structure to the entire nucleus. The results of the present study allowed the following conclusions to be drawn: (1) both the chromatin-protein structure and the structure of the nucleic acid component in chicken erythrocyte nuclei have mass-fractal properties, (2) the structure of the protein component of chromatin exhibits a fractal behavior on scales extending over two orders of magnitude, from the nucleosomal size to the size of an entire nucleus, and (3) the structure of the nucleic acid component of chromatin in chicken erythrocyte nuclei is likewise of a fractal nature and has two levels of organization or two phases with the crossover point at about 300-400 nm

  18. The structure of normal ionic micelles by interpretation of small-angle neutron scattering data from selectively labeled (2H, 19F) surfactant solutions

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    We have determined the structure of micelles formed in water by several classes of ionic surfactants under a variety of experimental conditions using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) techniques. Contrast between the micelles and the solvent was achieved through either selective deuteration or fluorination of the surfactant, or through the use of D2O. Interpretation of SANS data was facilitated by the use of Hayter, Penfold, and Hansen's rescaled Mean Spherical Approximation theory to calculate the scattering due to interparticle interactions. We have devised a number of micelle models, both spherical and ellipsoidal, to account for the scattering due to single micelles. It was found that changing the solvent from H2O to D2O results in the formation of larger micelles due to changes in the solvent-surfactant hydrocarbon interactions. This solvent isotope effect increased as the length of the alkyl chain increased. The fractional micellar charge did not change with respect to isotopic composition of solvent. We found that alkyltrimethylammonium bromide surfactants form drier micelles than do the sodium alkyl sulfate surfactants of equal chain length. Also, all micelles studied were found to be dry near the critical micelle concentration (cmc) and to become increasingly wetter as the concentration increased. The increase in aggregation number with respect to the square root of surfactant concentration was found to be linear for all systems studied. 80 figs

  19. Distribution of functional groups in periodic mesoporous organosilica materials studied by small-angle neutron scattering with in situ adsorption of nitrogen

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    Monir Sharifi

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Periodic mesoporous materials of the type (R′O3Si-R-Si(OR′3 with benzene as an organic bridge and a crystal-like periodicity within the pore walls were functionalized with SO3H or SO3− groups and investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS with in situ nitrogen adsorption at 77 K. If N2 is adsorbed in the pores the SANS measurements show a complete matching of all of the diffraction signals that are caused by the long-range ordering of the mesopores in the benzene-PMO, due to the fact that the benzene-PMO walls possess a neutron scattering length density (SLD similar to that of nitrogen in the condensed state. However, signals at higher q-values (>1 1/Å are not affected with respect to their SANS intensity, even after complete pore filling, confirming the assumption of a crystal-like periodicity within the PMO material walls due to π–π interactions between the organic bridges. The SLD of pristine benzene-PMO was altered by functionalizing the surface with different amounts of SO3H-groups, using the grafting method. For a low degree of functionalization (0.81 mmol SO3H·g−1 and/or an inhomogeneous distribution of the SO3H-groups, the SLD changes only negligibly, and thus, complete contrast matching is still found. However, for higher amounts of SO3H-groups (1.65 mmol SO3H·g−1 being present in the mesopores, complete matching of the neutron diffraction signals is no longer observed proving that homogeneously distributed SO3H-groups on the inner pore walls of the benzene-PMO alter the SLD in a way that it no longer fits to the SLD of the condensed N2.

  20. Kinetics of the urea-induced dissociation of human plasma alpha 2-macroglobulin as measured by small-angle neutron scattering.

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    Sjöberg, B; Pap, S; Järnberg, S E; Mortensen, K

    1991-09-01

    The kinetics of the urea-induced dissociation of human plasma alpha 2-macroglobulin into two half-molecular fragments was investigated at 21.0 degrees C by using small-angle neutron scattering. The relative change in molecular mass that occurs upon dissociation was monitored by recording the forward scattering of neutrons as a function of time. All these kinetic data can be explained by a reaction that is first-order with respect to the concentration of undissociated alpha 2-macroglobulin. The velocity constant is a function of urea concentration and it varies within wide limits. For instance, the half-life of the reaction at the lowest concentration of [2H]urea studied (2.70 M) is 328 h, whereas the same value at the highest concentration of [2H]urea (6.24 M) is only 8 min. Measurements were made both with [1H]urea in 1H2O and with [2H]urea in 99% 2H2O, and it was found that there is a pronounced kinetic isotope effect, i.e. the dissociation is 4 times faster in the 1H-containing medium as compared with the 2H-containing medium at the same molar concentration of urea. From the angular dependence of the neutron scattering it can be concluded that the dissociation is associated with a drastic change in structure. This is directly shown by the radius of gyration, which increases from about 7.4 nm immediately after the addition of urea up to about 9.4 nm when the protein is fully dissociated. A structural analysis shows that the scattering curve of urea-dissociated alpha 2-macroglobulin can best be explained by that of a Gaussian coil with a radius of gyration equal to 9.44 nm. These data indicate that the so-called non-covalent interaction of alpha 2-macroglobulin probably is more complicated than just a pure hydrophobic interaction. Finally, it is also shown that the dissociation is accompanied by a loss in trypsin-binding activity, which is directly related to the fraction of dissociated protein. PMID:1716880

  1. Scattering of fast neutrons from elemental molybdenum

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    Differential broad-resolution neutron-scattering cross sections of elemental molybdenum were measured at 10 to 20 scattering angles distributed between 20 and 160 degrees and at incident-neutron energy intervals of approx. = 50 to 200 keV from 1.5 to 4.0 MeV. Elastically-scattered neutrons were fully resolved from inelastic events. Lumped-level inelastic-neutron-scattering cross sections were determined corresponding to observed excitation energies of; 789 +- 23, 195 +- 23, 1500 +- 34, 1617 +- 12, 1787, 1874, 1991, 2063 +- 24, 2296, 2569 and 2802 keV. An optical-statistical model was deduced from the measured elastic-scattering results. The experimental values were compared with the respective quantities given in ENDF/B-V

  2. Small angle scattering and polymers

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    The determination of polymer structure is a problem of interest for both statistical physics and industrial applications. The average polymer structure is defined. Then, it is shown why small angle scattering, associated with isotopic substitution, is very well suited to the measurement of the chain conformation. The corresponding example is the old, but pedagogic, measurement of the chain form factor in the polymer melt. The powerful contrast variation method is illustrated by a recent determination of the concentration profile of a polymer interface. (author) 12 figs., 48 refs

  3. Small angle scattering and polymers

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    Cotton, J.P. [Laboratoire Leon Brillouin (LLB) - Centre d`Etudes de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    1996-12-31

    The determination of polymer structure is a problem of interest for both statistical physics and industrial applications. The average polymer structure is defined. Then, it is shown why small angle scattering, associated with isotopic substitution, is very well suited to the measurement of the chain conformation. The corresponding example is the old, but pedagogic, measurement of the chain form factor in the polymer melt. The powerful contrast variation method is illustrated by a recent determination of the concentration profile of a polymer interface. (author) 12 figs., 48 refs.

  4. Neutron scattering from a ferrofluid

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    Small angle neutron scattering experiments were performed on a eicosane-based ferrofluid. An average size of 88 angstrom can be extracted from the data, in agreement with results from electron microscopy. Below the frozen temperature of eicosane, however, the particles are seen to be in larger aggregates with a fractal dimension of 2.15, similar to those formed under reaction-limited cluster aggregation (RLCA) conditions. At high concentrations, particles form larger aggregates even in the liquid state. Applying a magnetic field introduces new structure and changes the density inside the aggregates

  5. Slow Neutron Scattering by Benzene

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    We have calculated the scattering of slow neutrons by the benzene molecule. The calculations are carried out within the framework of the time dependent formalism of Zemach and Glauber. Detailed account is taken of the effects of the molecular vibrations on the neutron scattering. Among the results explicitly calculated are the slow neutron total scattering cross-section as a function of energy and the energy angular distribution of singly scattered sections. (author)

  6. Small angle neutron scattering investigation of Mg2Si precipitates in a single crystal of an Al-Mg-Si alloy

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    A study was recently performed to investigate, by means of Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS), the precipitation of Mg2Si phase in a polycrystalline sample of a high purity Al-Mg-Si alloy. This kind of alloys, of great industrial interest, are characterized by the well known precipitation sequence: αSS -G.P.-β'-β(Mg2Si) as pointed out since 1961. SANS is able to supply relevant information on the size distribution of precipitates induced by thermal treatment of the quench from solubilization temperature. In particular it was shown that the precipitate volume fraction obtained from the size distribution function deduced from SANS measurements was in agreement with the results of resistivity measurements which, as well known, precise quantitative information about the depletion of the solid solution during isothermal annealing. In this paper we study a single crystal by means of a SANS measurement performed with the same experimental facility (D17 at ILL-Grenoble), and try to exploit all information arising from the regular orientation of the precipitates by means of a two-dimensional pattern analysis accounting for the directional anisotropy of the scattering profile. 6 refs., 3 figs

  7. Functionalization of Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes with Thermo-reversible Block Copolymers and Characterization by Small-angle Neutron Scattering.

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    Han, Youngkyu; Ahn, Suk-Kyun; Zhang, Zhe; Smith, Gregory S; Do, Changwoo

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate a protocol for single-walled carbon nanotube functionalization using thermo-sensitive PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers in an aqueous solution. In a carbon nanotube/PEO105-PPO70-PEO105 (poloxamer 407) aqueous solution, the amphiphilic poloxamer 407 adsorbs onto the carbon nanotube surfaces and self-assembles into continuous layers, driven by intermolecular interactions between constituent molecules. The addition of 5-methylsalicylic acid changes the self-assembled structure from spherical-micellar to a cylindrical morphology. The fabricated poloxamer 407/carbon nanotube hybrid particles exhibit thermo-responsive structural features so that the density and thickness of poloxamer 407 layers are also reversibly controllable by varying temperature. The detailed structural properties of the poloxamer 407/carbon nanotube particles in suspension can be characterized by small-angle neutron scattering experiments and model fit analyses. The distinct curve shapes of the scattering intensities depending on temperature control or addition of aromatic additives are well described by a modified core-shell cylinder model consisting of a carbon nanotube core cylinder, a hydrophobic shell, and a hydrated polymer layer. This method can provide a simple but efficient way for the fabrication and in-situ characterization of carbon nanotube-based nano particles with a structure-tunable encapsulation. PMID:27285590

  8. Neutron scattering and models: Silver

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    Differential neutron elastic-scattering cross sections of elemental silver were measured from 1.5 → 10 MeV at ∼ 100 keV intervals up to 3 MeV, at ∼ 200 keV intervals from 3 → 4 MeV, and at ∼ 500 keV intervals above 4 MeV. At ≤ 4 MeV the angular range of the measurements was ∼ 200 → 1600 with 10 measured values below 3 MeV and 20 from 3 → 4 MeV at each incident energy. Above 4 MeV ≥ 40 scattering angles were used distributed between ∼ 170 and 160 All of the measured elastic distributions included some contributions due to inelastic scattering. Below 4 MeV the measurements determined cross sections for ten inelastically-scattered neutron groups corresponding to observed excitations of 328 ± 13, 419 ± 50, 748 ± 25, 908 ± 26, 115 ± 38, 1286 ± 25, 1507 ± 20, 1632 ± 30, 1835 ± 20 and 1944 ± 26 keV. All of these inelastic groups probably were composites of contributions from the two isotopes 107Ag and 109Ag. The experimental results were interpreted in terms of the spherical optical model and of rotational and vibrational coupled-channels models, and physical implications are discussed. In particular, the neutron-scattering results are consistent with a ground-state rotational band with a quadrupole deformation Β2 = 0.20 ± ∼ 10% for both of the naturally-occurring silver isotopes

  9. Evolution of fractal agglomeration behaviour of Ca/Sr doped nano-crystalline lanthanum chromites under sintering: a small angle neutron scattering investigation

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    Full text: In present study, sintering behaviour of calcium doped lanthanum chromite (La0.7Ca0.3CrO3) (LCC) and strontium doped chromite (La0.8Sr0.2CrO3) (LSC) powders which is used as interconnect material for SOFC application, synthesized through a gel combustion route, have been studied. Fractal morphology in LCC and LSC powder aggregate has been investigated using small angle neutron scattering (SANS) technique for different sintering temperatures. A comparison of the evolution of mesoscopic structure has also been elucidated for the two materials at different sintering temperatures. X-ray diffraction experiments show the isostructural crystalline structure for both powders. Neutron scattering data reveal a fractal type correlation of building blocks in the as-formed powders. An increase in fractal dimension and a reduction in upper cutoff were found as sintering progresses indicating a compaction of agglomerates with increasing sintering temperature. At about 1200 deg C sintering temperature, the fractal characteristics morphology disappears almost completely. This is due to relatively faster diffusion mechanism at higher sintering temperatures and also because of better sinterability of the nano-particles compared to their bulk counterpart. Possibility of transient liquid phase sintering and phase transition assisted sintering process at higher sintering temperature may also be a possibility. Comparison of SANS profiles for LCC and LSC powders indicate that agglomerates in initial virgin powder of LSC are relatively more loose and larger in nature as compared to that of LCC. This reveals that the sintering efficiency of virgin powder of LCC is relatively easy than that of LSC in spite of their isothermal crystalline phase

  10. A combined method of small-angle neutron scattering and neutron radiography to visualize water in an operating fuel cell over a wide length scale from nano to millimeter

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    In order to visualize water generated in an operating polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC), a neutron radiography (NR) apparatus, composed of a scintillator, optical mirrors and a CCD camera, was installed at a sample position of the focusing and polarized neutron small-angle scattering (SANS) spectrometer (SANS-J-II) at research reactor JRR-3 at Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai, Japan. By combining SANS and NR, we aim to cover a wide length scale from nanometer to millimeter. The new method succeeded in detecting a spatial distribution of the water generated in individual cell elements; NR detected the water in a gas diffusion layer and a flow field, whereas SANS quantitatively determines the water content in a membrane electrode assembly (MEA).

  11. Time collimation for elastic neutron scattering at a pulsed source

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    Conditions for carrying out elastic neutron scattering experiments using the time-of-flight technique are considered. It is shown, that the employment of time dependent neutron beam collimation in the source-sample flight path increases the luminosity of the spectrometer under certain resolution restrictions. Time collimation modes are proposed for small-angle scattering and neutron reflection. (author) 8 figs., 3 refs

  12. Structural and magnetic properties of inverse opal photonic crystals studied by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and small-angle neutron scattering

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    Grigoriev, S.V.; Napolskii, K.S.; Grigoryeva, N.A.; Vasilieva, A.V.; Mistonov, A.A.; Chernyshov, D.Y.; Petukhov, A.V.; Belov, D.V.; Eliseev, A.A.; Lukashin, A.V.; Tretyakov, Y.D.; Sinitskii, A.S.; Eckerlebe, H.

    2009-01-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of nickel inverse opal photonic crystal have been studied by complementary experimental techniques, including scanning electron microscopy, wide-angle and small-angle diffraction of synchrotron radiation, and polarized neutrons. The sample was fabricated by ele

  13. Fast-neutron scattering from elemental cadmium

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    Neutron differential-elastic-scattering cross sections of elemental cadmium are measured from approx. = 1.5 to 4.0 MeV at incident-neutron energy intervals of 50 to 200 keV and at 10 to 20 scattering angles distributed between approx. = 20 and 160 degrees. Concurrently, lumped-level neutron inelastic-excitation cross sections are measured. The experimental results are used to deduce parameters of an optical-statistical model that is descriptive of the observables and are compared with corresponding quantities given in ENDF/B-V

  14. Neutron Scattering Stiudies

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    Kegel, Gunter H.R.; Egan, James J

    2007-04-18

    This project covers four principal areas of research: Elastic and inelastic neutron scattering studies in odd-A terbium, thulium and other highly deformed nuclei near A=160 with special regard to interband transitions and to the investigation of the direct-interaction versus the compound-nucleus excitation process in these nuclei. Examination of new, fast photomultiplier tubes suitable for use in a miniaturized neutron-time-of-flight spectrometer. Measurement of certain inelastic cross sections of 238U. Determination of the multiplicity of prompt fission gamma rays in even-A fissile actinides. Energies and mean lives of fission isomers produced by fast fission of even-Z, even-A actinides. Study of the mean life of 7Be in different host matrices and its possible astro-physical significance.

  15. Solution Structure of an Amyloid-Forming Protein During Photoinitiated Hexamer-Dodecamer Transitions Revealed Through Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Hamill,A.; Wang, S.; Lee, Jr., C.

    2007-01-01

    Shape-reconstruction analysis applied to small angle neutron scattering (SANS) data is used to determine the in vitro conformations of {alpha}-chymotrypsin oligomers that form as a result of partial unfolding with a photoresponsive surfactant. In the presence of the photoactive surfactant under visible light, the native oligomers (dimers or compact hexamers) rearrange into expanded corkscrew-like hexamers. Converting the surfactant to the photopassive form with UV light illumination causes the hexamers to laterally aggregate and intertwine into dodecamers with elongated, twisted conformations containing cross-sectional dimensions similar to amyloid protofilaments. Secondary-structure measurements with FT-IR indicate that this photoinduced hexamer-to-dodecamer association occurs through intermolecular {beta} sheets stabilized with hydrogen bonds, similar to amyloid formation. Traditional structural characterization techniques such as X-ray crystallography and NMR are not easily amenable to the study of these non-native protein conformations; however, SANS is ideally suited to the study of these associated intermediates, providing direct observation of the mechanism of oligomeric formation in an amyloid-forming protein. Combined with photoinitiated hexamer-to-dodecamer associations in the presence of the photoresponsive surfactant, this study could provide unique insight into the amyloidosis disease pathway, as well as novel disease treatment strategies.

  16. Structural and phase transition changes of sodium dodecyl sulfate micellar solution in alcohols probed by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS)

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    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements on 0.3M sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micellar solutions have been performed in the presence of n-alcohols, from ethanol to decanol at different alcohol concentrations, 2–10 wt%. The ellipsoid micellar structure which occurred in the 0.3M SDS in aqueous solution with the size range of 30–50 Å has different behavior at various hydrocarbon chain length and concentration of alcohols. At low concentration and short chain-length of alcohols, such as ethanol, propanol, and butanol, the size of micelles reduced and had a spherical-like structure. The opposite effect occurred as medium to long chain alcohols, such as hexanol, octanol and decanol was added into the 0.3M SDS micellar solutions. The micelles structure changed to be more elongated in major axis and then crossed the critical phase transition from micellar solution into liquid crystal phase as lamellar structure emerged by further addition of alcohols. The inter-lamellar distances were also depending on the hydrocarbon chain length and concentration of alcohols. In the meantime, the persistent micellar structures occurred in addition of medium chain of n-alcohol, pentanol at all concentrations

  17. Structural and phase transition changes of sodium dodecyl sulfate micellar solution in alcohols probed by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS)

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    Putra, Edy Giri Rachman [Neutron Scattering Laboratory, National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN), Gedung 40 BATAN, Kawasan Puspiptek Serpong, Tangerang 15314 (Indonesia); Patriati, Arum [Neutron Scattering Laboratory, National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN), Gedung 40 BATAN, Kawasan Puspiptek Serpong, Tangerang 15314 (Indonesia); Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Gadjah Mada, Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia giri@batan.go.id (Indonesia)

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    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements on 0.3M sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micellar solutions have been performed in the presence of n-alcohols, from ethanol to decanol at different alcohol concentrations, 2–10 wt%. The ellipsoid micellar structure which occurred in the 0.3M SDS in aqueous solution with the size range of 30–50 Å has different behavior at various hydrocarbon chain length and concentration of alcohols. At low concentration and short chain-length of alcohols, such as ethanol, propanol, and butanol, the size of micelles reduced and had a spherical-like structure. The opposite effect occurred as medium to long chain alcohols, such as hexanol, octanol and decanol was added into the 0.3M SDS micellar solutions. The micelles structure changed to be more elongated in major axis and then crossed the critical phase transition from micellar solution into liquid crystal phase as lamellar structure emerged by further addition of alcohols. The inter-lamellar distances were also depending on the hydrocarbon chain length and concentration of alcohols. In the meantime, the persistent micellar structures occurred in addition of medium chain of n-alcohol, pentanol at all concentrations.

  18. Effect of successive alkylation of N,N-dialkyl amides on the complexation behavior of uranium and thorium: solvent extraction, small angle neutron scattering, and computational studies.

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    Verma, Parveen Kumar; Pathak, Priyanath N; Kumari, Neelam; Sadhu, Biswajit; Sundararajan, Mahesh; Aswal, Vinod Kumar; Mohapatra, Prasanta Kumar

    2014-12-11

    The effect of successive alkylation of the Cα atom adjacent to the carbonyl group in N,N-dialkyl amides (i.e., di(2-ethylhexyl)acetamide (D2EHAA), di(2-ethylhexyl)propionamide (D2EHPRA), di(2-ethylhexyl)isobutyramide (D2EHIBA), and di(2-ethylhexyl)pivalamide (D2EHPVA)) on the extraction behavior of hexavalent uranium (U(VI)) and tetravalent thorium (Th(IV)) ions has been investigated. These studies show that the extraction of Th(IV) is significantly suppressed compared to that of U(VI) with increased branching at the Cα atom adjacent to the carbonyl group. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) studies showed an increased aggregation tendency in the presence of nitric acid and metal ions. D2EHAA showed more aggregation compared to its branched homologues, which explains its capacity for higher extraction of metal ions. These experimental observations were further supported by density function theory calculations, which provided structural evidence of differential binding affinities of these extractants for uranyl cations. The complexation process is primarily controlled by steric and electronic effects. Quantum chemical calculations showed that local hardness and polarizability can be extremely useful inputs for designing novel extractants relevant to a nuclear fuel cycle. PMID:25422857

  19. Human serum albumin interactions with C{sub 60} fullerene studied by spectroscopy, small-angle neutron scattering, and molecular dynamics simulations

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    Li, Song [Vanderbilt University, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (United States); Zhao, Xiongce [NIDDK, National Institutes of Health (United States); Mo, Yiming [Institute of Agriculture, University of Tennessee (United States); Cummings, Peter T., E-mail: cummingspt@ornl.gov [Vanderbilt University, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (United States); Heller, William T., E-mail: hellerwt@ornl.gov [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Center for Structural Molecular Biology (United States)

    2013-07-15

    Concern about the toxicity of engineered nanoparticles, such as the prototypical nanomaterial C{sub 60} fullerene, continues to grow. While, evidence continues to mount that C{sub 60} and its derivatives may pose health hazards, the specific molecular interactions of these particles with biological macromolecules require further investigation. In this article, we report combined experimental and theoretical studies on the interaction of one of the most prevalent proteins in the human body, human serum albumin (HSA), with C{sub 60} in an aqueous environment. The C{sub 60}-HSA interaction was probed by circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), and atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to understand C{sub 60}-driven changes in the structure of HSA in solution. The CD spectroscopy demonstrates that the secondary structure of the protein decreases in {alpha}-helical content in response to the presence of C{sub 60} (0.68 nm in diameter). Similarly, C{sub 60} produces subtle changes in the solution conformation of HSA (an 8.0 nm Multiplication-Sign 3.8 nm protein), as evidenced by the SANS data and MD simulations, but the data do not indicate that C{sub 60} changes the oligomerization state of the protein, such as by inducing aggregation. The results demonstrate that the interaction is not highly disruptive to the protein in a manner that would prevent it from performing its physiological function.

  20. Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Reveals pH-Dependent Conformational Changes in Trichoderma reesei Cellobiohydrolase I: Implications for Enzymatic Activity

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    Pingali, Sai Venkatesh [ORNL; O' Neill, Hugh Michael [ORNL; McGaughey, Joseph [ORNL; Urban, Volker S [ORNL; Rempe, Caroline S [ORNL; Petridis, Loukas [ORNL; Smith, Jeremy C [ORNL; Evans, Barbara R [ORNL; Heller, William T [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    Cellobiohydrolase I (Cel7A) of the fungus Trichoderma reesei (now classified as an anamorph of Hypocrea jecorina) hydrolyzes crystalline cellulose to soluble sugars, making it of key interest for producing fermentable sugars from biomass for biofuel production. The activity of the enzyme is pH-dependent, with its highest activity occurring at pH 4 5. To probe the response of the solution structure of Cel7A to changes in pH, we measured small angle neutron scattering of it in a series of solutions having pH values of 7.0, 6.0, 5.3, and 4.2. As the pH decreases from 7.0 to 5.3, the enzyme structure remains well defined, possessing a spatial differentiation between the cellulose binding domain and the catalytic core that only changes subtly. At pH 4.2, the solution conformation of the enzyme changes to a structure that is intermediate between a properly folded enzyme and a denatured, unfolded state, yet the secondary structure of the enzyme is essentially unaltered. The results indicate that at the pH of optimal activity, the catalytic core of the enzyme adopts a structure in which the compact packing typical of a fully folded polypeptide chain is disrupted and suggest that the increased range of structures afforded by this disordered state plays an important role in the increased activity of Cel7A through conformational selection.

  1. Small-angle scattering in materials science

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    Small-angle scattering (SAS) of X-rays (SAXS) or neutrons (SANS) are a powerful tools to investigate inhomogeneities in the size range from ∼ 1 nm to ∼ 100 nm. Typical examples in materials science are pores, precipitates in metal alloys or nano-particles in composites. Frequently, these inhomogeneities are not spherical and their alignment is not random, quite in contrast to many other applications of SAS. This requires the use of pinhole geometry and area detectors for the experimental set-up. The present paper focuses on evaluation techniques of two-dimensional (2D) SAS-patterns from some materials investigated by the authors, i.e. metal alloys, carbon composites, wood and bone. Although the examples shown are derived exclusively from SAXS measurements, most of them could stem from SANS measurements as well. (author)

  2. Pore characteristics and their emergent effect on water adsorption and transport in clays using small-angle neutron scattering with contrast variation

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    Ding, M.; Hartl, M.; Wang, Y.; Hjelm, R.

    2013-12-01

    In nuclear waste management, clays are canonical materials in the construction of engineered barriers. They are also naturally occurring reactive minerals which play an important role in retention and colloidal facilitated reactive transport in subsurface systems. Knowledge of total and accessible porosity in clays is crucial in determining fluids transport behavior in clays. It will provide fundamental insight on the performance efficiency of specific clays as a barrier material and their role in regulating radionuclide transport in subsurface environments. The aim of the present work is to experimentally investigate the change in pore characteristics of clays as function of moisture content, and to determine their pore character in relation to their water retention capacity. Recent developments in small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) techniques allow quantitative measurement of pore morphology and size distribution of various materials in their pristine state under various sample environments (exposure to solution, high temperature, and so on). Furthermore, due to dramatic different neutron scattering properties of hydrogen and deuterium, one can readily use contrast variation, which is the isotopic labeling with various ratios of H and D (e.g. mixture of H2O/D2O) to highlight or suppress features of the sample. This is particularly useful in the study of complex pore system such as clays. In this study, we have characterized the pore structures for a number of clays including clay minerals and field samples which are relevant to high-level waste systems under various sample environments (e.g., humidity, temperature and pressure) using SANS. Our results suggest that different clays show unique pore features under various sample environments. To distinguish between accessible/non-accessible pores and the nature of pore filling (e.g. the quantity of H2O adsorbed by clays, and the distribution of H2O in relation to pore character) to water, clays were exposed for

  3. Neutron Brillouin scattering in dense fluids

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    Verkerk, P. [Technische Univ. Delft (Netherlands); FINGO Collaboration

    1997-04-01

    Thermal neutron scattering is a typical microscopic probe for investigating dynamics and structure in condensed matter. In contrast, light (Brillouin) scattering with its three orders of magnitude larger wavelength is a typical macroscopic probe. In a series of experiments using the improved small-angle facility of IN5 a significant step forward is made towards reducing the gap between the two. For the first time the transition from the conventional single line in the neutron spectrum scattered by a fluid to the Rayleigh-Brillouin triplet known from light-scattering experiments is clearly and unambiguously observed in the raw neutron data without applying any corrections. Results of these experiments are presented. (author).

  4. Neutron scattering in magnetic fields

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    The use of magnetic fields in neutron scattering experimentation is reviewed briefly. Two general areas of application can be distinguished. In one the field acts to change the properties of the scattering sample; in the second the field acts on the neutron itself. Several examples are discussed. Precautions necessary for high precision polarized beam measurements are reviewed. 33 references

  5. Neutron scattering in magnetic fields

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    1984-01-01

    The use of magnetic fields in neutron scattering experimentation is reviewed briefly. Two general areas of application can be distinguished. In one the field acts to change the properties of the scattering sample ; in the second the field acts on the neutron itself. Several examples are discussed. Precautions necessary for high precision polarized beam measurements are reviewed.

  6. Temperature Dependent Neutron Scattering Sections for Polyethylene

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    Hill, R E; Hill, Roger E.

    2003-01-01

    This note presents neutron scattering cross sections for polyethylene at 296 K, 77 K and 4 K derived from a new scattering kernel for neutron scattering off of hydrogen in polyethylene. The kernel was developed in ENDF-6 format as a set of S(alpha,beta) tables using the LEAPR module of the NJOY94 code package. The polyethylene density of states (from 0 to sub eV) adopted to derive the new kernel is presented. We compare our calculated room temperature total scattering cross sections and double differential cross sections at 232 meV at various angles with the available experimental data (at room temperature), and then extrapolate the calculations to lower temperatures (77K and 4K). The new temperature dependent scattering kernel gives a good quantitative fit to the available room temperature data and has a temperature dependence that is qualitatively consistent with thermodynamics.

  7. Monte Carlo simulation of neutron scattering instruments

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    A library of Monte Carlo subroutines has been developed for the purpose of design of neutron scattering instruments. Using small-angle scattering as an example, the philosophy and structure of the library are described and the programs are used to compare instruments at continuous wave (CW) and long-pulse spallation source (LPSS) neutron facilities. The Monte Carlo results give a count-rate gain of a factor between 2 and 4 using time-of-flight analysis. This is comparable to scaling arguments based on the ratio of wavelength bandwidth to resolution width

  8. Pore Characterization of Shale Rock and Shale Interaction with Fluids at Reservoir Pressure-Temperature Conditions Using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Ding, M.; Hjelm, R.; Watkins, E.; Xu, H.; Pawar, R.

    2015-12-01

    Oil/gas produced from unconventional reservoirs has become strategically important for the US domestic energy independence. In unconventional realm, hydrocarbons are generated and stored in nanopores media ranging from a few to hundreds of nanometers. Fundamental knowledge of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical (THMC) processes that control fluid flow and propagation within nano-pore confinement is critical for maximizing unconventional oil/gas production. The size and confinement of the nanometer pores creates many complex rock-fluid interface interactions. It is imperative to promote innovative experimental studies to decipher physical and chemical processes at the nanopore scale that govern hydrocarbon generation and mass transport of hydrocarbon mixtures in tight shale and other low permeability formations at reservoir pressure-temperature conditions. We have carried out laboratory investigations exploring quantitative relationship between pore characteristics of the Wolfcamp shale from Western Texas and the shale interaction with fluids at reservoir P-T conditions using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). We have performed SANS measurements of the shale rock in single fluid (e.g., H2O and D2O) and multifluid (CH4/(30% H2O+70% D2O)) systems at various pressures up to 20000 psi and temperature up to 150 oF. Figure 1 shows our SANS data at different pressures with H2O as the pressure medium. Our data analysis using IRENA software suggests that the principal changes of pore volume in the shale occurred on smaller than 50 nm pores and pressure at 5000 psi (Figure 2). Our results also suggest that with increasing P, more water flows into pores; with decreasing P, water is retained in the pores.

  9. Small angle neutron scattering study on the aggregation behaviour of PEO–PPO–PEO copolymers in the presence of a hydrophobic diol

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    B Bharatiya; V K Aswal; P Bahadur

    2008-11-01

    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements on aqueous solutions of four polyethylene oxide–polypropylene oxide–polyethylene oxide block copolymers (commercially known as Pluronic®)F88, P85, F127 and P123 in the presence of hydrophobic C14Diol (also known as Surfynol® 104) reveal information on micellization, micellar size and micellar transitions. While most hydrophilic F88 (with least PPO/PEO ratio) remained unimers in water at 30◦ C, other copolymers formed micellar solutions. Surfynol® 104 is sparingly soluble in water to only about ∼ 0.1 wt%, but on addition to pluronic solution, it gets incorporated in the micellar region of block copolymer which leads to increase in aggregation number and transformation of spherical to ellipsoidal micelles. The added diol-induced micellization in F88, though hydrophilic copolymers F88 and F127 did not show any appreciable micellar growth or shape changes as observed for P85 and P123 (which are comparatively more hydrophobic). The SANS results on copolymer pairs with same molecular weight PPO but different % PEO (viz. F88 and P85, F127 and P123) and with same molecular weight PEO but different PPO (F88 and F127) reveal that the copolymer with large PPO/PEO ratio facilitate micellar transition in the presence of diol. An increase in temperature and presence of added electrolyte (sodium chloride) in the solution further enhances these effects. The micellar parameters for these systems were found out using available software and are reported.

  10. Combining NMR and small angle X-ray and neutron scattering in the structural analysis of a ternary protein-RNA complex

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    Many processes in the regulation of gene expression and signaling involve the formation of protein complexes involving multi-domain proteins. Individual domains that mediate protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions are typically connected by flexible linkers, which contribute to conformational dynamics and enable the formation of complexes with distinct binding partners. Solution techniques are therefore required for structural analysis and to characterize potential conformational dynamics. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) provides such information but often only sparse data are obtained with increasing molecular weight of the complexes. It is therefore beneficial to combine NMR data with additional structural restraints from complementary solution techniques. Small angle X-ray/neutron scattering (SAXS/SANS) data can be efficiently combined with NMR-derived information, either for validation or by providing additional restraints for structural analysis. Here, we show that the combination of SAXS and SANS data can help to refine structural models obtained from data-driven docking using HADDOCK based on sparse NMR data. The approach is demonstrated with the ternary protein-protein-RNA complex involving two RNA recognition motif (RRM) domains of Sex-lethal, the N-terminal cold shock domain of Upstream-to-N-Ras, and msl-2 mRNA. Based on chemical shift perturbations we have mapped protein-protein and protein-RNA interfaces and complemented this NMR-derived information with SAXS data, as well as SANS measurements on subunit-selectively deuterated samples of the ternary complex. Our results show that, while the use of SAXS data is beneficial, the additional combination with contrast variation in SANS data resolves remaining ambiguities and improves the docking based on chemical shift perturbations of the ternary protein-RNA complex.

  11. Combining NMR and small angle X-ray and neutron scattering in the structural analysis of a ternary protein-RNA complex

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    Hennig, Janosch; Wang, Iren; Sonntag, Miriam [Institute of Structural Biology, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen (Germany); Gabel, Frank [Extremophiles and Large Molecular Assemblies Group (ELMA), Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS) CEA-CNRS-UJF (France); Sattler, Michael, E-mail: sattler@helmholtz-muenchen.de [Institute of Structural Biology, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen (Germany)

    2013-05-15

    Many processes in the regulation of gene expression and signaling involve the formation of protein complexes involving multi-domain proteins. Individual domains that mediate protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions are typically connected by flexible linkers, which contribute to conformational dynamics and enable the formation of complexes with distinct binding partners. Solution techniques are therefore required for structural analysis and to characterize potential conformational dynamics. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) provides such information but often only sparse data are obtained with increasing molecular weight of the complexes. It is therefore beneficial to combine NMR data with additional structural restraints from complementary solution techniques. Small angle X-ray/neutron scattering (SAXS/SANS) data can be efficiently combined with NMR-derived information, either for validation or by providing additional restraints for structural analysis. Here, we show that the combination of SAXS and SANS data can help to refine structural models obtained from data-driven docking using HADDOCK based on sparse NMR data. The approach is demonstrated with the ternary protein-protein-RNA complex involving two RNA recognition motif (RRM) domains of Sex-lethal, the N-terminal cold shock domain of Upstream-to-N-Ras, and msl-2 mRNA. Based on chemical shift perturbations we have mapped protein-protein and protein-RNA interfaces and complemented this NMR-derived information with SAXS data, as well as SANS measurements on subunit-selectively deuterated samples of the ternary complex. Our results show that, while the use of SAXS data is beneficial, the additional combination with contrast variation in SANS data resolves remaining ambiguities and improves the docking based on chemical shift perturbations of the ternary protein-RNA complex.

  12. Small-angle neutron scattering study of the ultrastructure of chloroplast thylakoid membranes - periodicity and structural flexibility of the stroma lamellae.

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    Posselt, Dorthe; Nagy, Gergely; Kirkensgaard, Jacob J K; Holm, Jens K; Aagaard, Thomas H; Timmins, Peter; Rétfalvi, Eszter; Rosta, László; Kovács, László; Garab, Győző

    2012-08-01

    The multilamellar organization of freshly isolated spinach and pea chloroplast thylakoid membranes was studied using small-angle neutron scattering. A broad peak at ~0.02Å(-1) is ascribed to diffraction from domains of ordered, unappressed stroma lamellae, revealing a repeat distance of 294ű7Å in spinach and 345ű11Å in pea. The peak position and hence the repeat distance of stroma lamellae is strongly dependent on the osmolarity and the ionic strength of the suspension medium, as demonstrated by varying the sorbitol and the Mg(++)-concentration in the sample. For pea thylakoid membranes, we show that the repeat distance decreases when illuminating the sample with white light, in accordance with our earlier results on spinach, also regarding the observation that addition of an uncoupler prohibits the light-induced structural changes, a strong indication that these changes are driven by the transmembrane proton gradient. We show that the magnitude of the shrinkage is strongly dependent on light intensity and that the repeat distance characteristic of the dark state after illumination is different from the initial dark state. Prolonged strong illumination leads to irreversible changes and swelling as reflected in increased repeat distances. The observed reorganizations are discussed within the frames of the current structural models of the granum-stroma thylakoid membrane assembly and the regulatory mechanisms in response to variations in the environmental conditions in vivo. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability: from Natural to Artificial. PMID:22306529

  13. Modulation of the multilamellar membrane organization and of the chiral macrodomains in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum revealed by small-angle neutron scattering and circular dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Nagy, Gergely; Szabó, Milán; Unnep, Renáta; Káli, György; Miloslavina, Yuliya; Lambrev, Petar H; Zsiros, Ottó; Porcar, Lionel; Timmins, Peter; Rosta, László; Garab, Győző

    2012-03-01

    Diatoms possess effective photoprotection mechanisms, which may involve reorganizations in the photosynthetic machinery. We have shown earlier, by using circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, that in Phaeodactylum tricornutum the pigment-protein complexes are arranged into chiral macrodomains, which have been proposed to be associated with the multilamellar organization of the thylakoid membranes and shown to be capable of undergoing light-induced reversible reorganizations (Szabó et al. Photosynth Res 95:237, 2008). Recently, by using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) on the same algal cells we have determined the repeat distances and revealed reversible light-induced reorganizations in the lamellar order of thylakoids (Nagy et al. Biochem J 436:225, 2011). In this study, we show that in moderately heat-treated samples, the weakening of the lamellar order is accompanied by the diminishment of the psi-type CD signal associated with the long-range chiral order of the chromophores (psi, polymer or salt-induced). Further, we show that the light-induced reversible increase in the psi-type CD is associated with swelling in the membrane system, with magnitudes larger in high light than in low light. In contrast, shrinkage of the membrane system, induced by sorbitol, brings about a decrease in the psi-type CD signal; this shrinkage also diminishes the non-photochemical quenching capability of the cells. These data shed light on the origin of the psi-type CD signal, and confirm that both CD spectroscopy and SANS provide valuable information on the macro-organization of the thylakoid membranes and their dynamic properties; these parameters are evidently of interest with regard to the photoprotection in whole algal cells. PMID:21986933

  14. Neutron scattering studies of modulated magnetic structures

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    Aagaard Soerensen, Steen

    1999-08-01

    This report describes investigations of the magnetic systems DyFe{sub 4}Al{sub 8} and MnSi by neutron scattering and in the former case also by X-ray magnetic resonant scattering. The report is divided into three parts: An introduction to the technique of neutron scattering with special emphasis on the relation between the scattering cross section and the correlations between the scattering entities of the sample. The theoretical framework of neutron scattering experiments using polarized beam technique is outlined. The second part describes neutron and X-ray scattering investigation of the magnetic structures of DyFe{sub 4}Al{sub 8}. The Fe sublattice of the compound order at 180 K in a cycloidal structure in the basal plane of the bct crystal structure. At 25 K the ordering of the Dy sublattice shows up. By the element specific technique of X-ray resonant magnetic scattering, the basal plane cycloidal structure was also found for the Dy sublattice. The work also includes neutron scattering studies of DyFe{sub 4}Al{sub 8} in magnetic fields up to 5 T applied along a <110> direction. The modulated structure at the Dy sublattice is quenched by a field lower than 1 T, whereas modulation is present at the Fe sublattice even when the 5 T field is applied. In the third part of the report, results from three small angle neutron experiments on MnSi are presented. At ambient pressure, a MnSi is known to form a helical spin density wave at temperature below 29 K. The application of 4.5 kbar pressure intended as hydrostatic decreased the Neel temperature to 25 K and changed the orientation of the modulation vector. To understand this reorientation within the current theoretical framework, anisotropic deformation of the sample crystal must be present. The development of magnetic critical scattering with an isotropic distribution of intensity has been studied at a level of detail higher than that of work found in the literature. Finally the potential of a novel polarization

  15. Neutron scattering studies of modulated magnetic structures

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    This report describes investigations of the magnetic systems DyFe4Al8 and MnSi by neutron scattering and in the former case also by X-ray magnetic resonant scattering. The report is divided into three parts: An introduction to the technique of neutron scattering with special emphasis on the relation between the scattering cross section and the correlations between the scattering entities of the sample. The theoretical framework of neutron scattering experiments using polarized beam technique is outlined. The second part describes neutron and X-ray scattering investigation of the magnetic structures of DyFe4Al8. The Fe sublattice of the compound order at 180 K in a cycloidal structure in the basal plane of the bct crystal structure. At 25 K the ordering of the Dy sublattice shows up. By the element specific technique of X-ray resonant magnetic scattering, the basal plane cycloidal structure was also found for the Dy sublattice. The work also includes neutron scattering studies of DyFe4Al8 in magnetic fields up to 5 T applied along a direction. The modulated structure at the Dy sublattice is quenched by a field lower than 1 T, whereas modulation is present at the Fe sublattice even when the 5 T field is applied. In the third part of the report, results from three small angle neutron experiments on MnSi are presented. At ambient pressure, a MnSi is known to form a helical spin density wave at temperature below 29 K. The application of 4.5 kbar pressure intended as hydrostatic decreased the Neel temperature to 25 K and changed the orientation of the modulation vector. To understand this reorientation within the current theoretical framework, anisotropic deformation of the sample crystal must be present. The development of magnetic critical scattering with an isotropic distribution of intensity has been studied at a level of detail higher than that of work found in the literature. Finally the potential of a novel polarization device for small angle neutron scattering is

  16. Neutron scattering applications in structural biology: now and the future

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    Trewhella, J. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1996-05-01

    Neutrons have an important role to play in structural biology. Neutron crystallography, small-angle neutron scattering and inelastic neutron scattering techniques all contribute unique information on biomolecular structures. In particular, solution scattering techniques give critical information on the conformations and dispositions of the components of complex assemblies under a wide variety of relevant conditions. The power of these methods is demonstrated here by studies of protein/DNA complexes, and Ca{sup 2+}-binding proteins complexed with their regulatory targets. In addition, we demonstrate the utility of a new structural approach using neutron resonance scattering. The impact of biological neutron scattering to date has been constrained principally by the available fluxes at neutron sources and the true potential of these approaches will only be realized with the development of new more powerful neutron sources. (author)

  17. Neutron scattering and hydrogen storage

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    A.J. Ramirez-Cuesta

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Hydrogen has been identified as a fuel of choice for providing clean energy for transport and other applications across the world and the development of materials to store hydrogen efficiently and safely is crucial to this endeavour. Hydrogen has the largest scattering interaction with neutrons of all the elements in the periodic table making neutron scattering ideal for studying hydrogen storage materials. Simultaneous characterisation of the structure and dynamics of these materials during hydrogen uptake is straightforward using neutron scattering techniques. These studies will help us to understand the fundamental properties of hydrogen storage in realistic conditions and hence design new hydrogen storage materials.

  18. Malaysia's entry into a neutron-scattering programme

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    The neutron-scattering programme in Malaysia had been planned and re-planned since 1982, soom after Malaysia's first research reactor was commissioned. Currently, and most definitely, the neutron-scattering programme will start off with small-angle neutron-scattering (SANS). This seems to be in contrast with other nations' neutron-scattering programmes where the usual activity would first be neutron diffraction. This paper gives the reasons behind the selection of small-angle neutron-scattering (SANS) as a starting point. The design of Malaysia's SANS instrument and its expected applications will be explained. Other matters, especially those related to expected future developments or arrangements will also be discussed. (author)

  19. SAS. The Package for Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Data Treatment. Version 2.4. Long Write-Up and User's Guide

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    Soloviev, A G; Stadnik, A V; Islamov, A H; Kuklin, A I

    2003-01-01

    The SAS program is aimed to process the spectra measured on the YuMO spectrometer (channel four of the IBR-2 reactor). The program allows one to combine data referring to the same sample, to calculate the spectrometer resolution function for the given experiment conditions, to carry out data correction on dead times of neutron detectors, and to subtract a background substrate from detector data (in two possible modes: using the neutron beam breaker or without it), to carry out the normalization of the obtained spectrum on the standard vanadium scatterer, to subtract background sample data.

  20. SAS. The package for small angle neutron scattering data treatment. Version 2.4. Long write-up and user's guide

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    The SAS program is aimed to process the spectra measured on the YuMO spectrometer (channel four of the IBR-2 reactor). The program allows one to combine data referring to the same sample, to calculate the spectrometer resolution function for the given experiment conditions, to carry out data correction on dead times of neutron detectors, and to subtract a background substrate from detector data (in two possible modes: using the neutron beam breaker or without it), to carry out the normalization of the obtained spectrum on the standard vanadium scatterer, to subtract background sample data. (author)

  1. New Techniques in Neutron Scattering

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    Birk, Jonas Okkels

    Neutron scattering is an important experimental technique in amongst others solid state physics, biophysics, and engineering. This year construction of European Spallation Source (ESS) was commenced in Lund, Sweeden. The facility will use a new long pulsed source principle to obtain higher...... potential performance than any existing facility, however in order to use this pulse structure optimally many existing neutron scattering instruments will need to be redesigned. This defense will concentrate on the design and optimization of the inverse time-of-flight cold neutron spectrometer CAMEA. The...... unprecedented large fraction of neutrons scattered in the horizontal plane. Together with the ESS source this will produce an instrument that promises several orders of magnitude higher performance than the best currently existing neutron spectrometers. The design of CAMEA involved kinematic calculations...

  2. Neutron scattering studies in the actinide region

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    This report discusses the following topics: Prompt fission neutron energy spectra for 235U and 239Pu; Two-parameter measurement of nuclear lifetimes; ''Black'' neutron detector; Data reduction techniques for neutron scattering experiments; Inelastic neutron scattering studies in 197Au; Elastic and inelastic scattering studies in 239Pu; and neutron induced defects in silicon dioxide MOS structures

  3. Analysis of nano-sized irradiation-induced defects in Fe-base materials by means of small angle neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulations

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    Thermonuclear fusion of light atoms is considered since decades as an unlimited, safe and reliable source of energy that could eventually replace classical sources based on fossil fuel or nuclear fuel. Fusion reactor technology and materials studies are important parts of the fusion energy development program. For the time being, the most promising materials for structural applications in the future fusion power reactors are the Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic (RAFM) steels for which the greatest technology maturity has been achieved, i.e., qualified fabrication routes, welding technology and a general industrial experience are almost available. The most important issues concerning the future use of RAFM steels in fusion power reactors are derived from their irradiation by 14 MeV neutrons that are the product, together with 3.5 MeV helium ions, of the envisaged fusion reactions between deuterium and tritium nuclei. Indeed, exposure of metallic materials to intense fluxes of 14 MeV neutrons will result in the formation of severe displacement damage (about 20-30 dpa per year) and high amounts of helium, which are at the origin of significant changes in the physical and mechanical properties of materials, such as hardening and embrittlement effects. This PhD Thesis work was aimed at investigating how far the Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) technique could be used for detecting and characterizing nano-sized irradiation-induced defects in RAFM steels. Indeed, the resolution limit of Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) is about 1 nm in weak beam TEM imaging, and it is usually thought that a large number of irradiation-induced effects have a size below 1 nm in RAFM steels and that these very small defects actually contribute to the irradiation-induced hardening and embrittlement of RAFM steels occurring at irradiation temperatures below about 400 °C. The aim of this work was achieved by combining SANS experiments on unirradiated and irradiated specimens

  4. 3rd AINSE neutron scattering conference, Lucas Heights -AINSE Theatre

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    Abstracts of papers, the conference program and general information is included in the conference handbook. The program is divided into the following sessions: hydrogeneous and biological materials, industrial applications, phase transitions, magnetism, small angle neutron scattering and new developments

  5. Neutron scatter camera

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    Mascarenhas, Nicholas; Marleau, Peter; Brennan, James S.; Krenz, Kevin D.

    2010-06-22

    An instrument that will directly image the fast fission neutrons from a special nuclear material source has been described. This instrument can improve the signal to background compared to non imaging neutron detection techniques by a factor given by ratio of the angular resolution window to 4.pi.. In addition to being a neutron imager, this instrument will also be an excellent neutron spectrometer, and will be able to differentiate between different types of neutron sources (e.g. fission, alpha-n, cosmic ray, and D-D or D-T fusion). Moreover, the instrument is able to pinpoint the source location.

  6. Small Angle Light Scattering by Biological Objects

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    In this paper the small angle laser radiation scattering by the particles of different shape and size is analyzed. Experimental results and theoretical calculations show that after ejection from bacteriophage DNA forms the scattering medium consisted of quasi-spherical elements with radius of R⁓10λ0. (author)

  7. Mie scattering near the critical angle

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    Complex angular momentum theory is applied to the problem of high-frequency critical light scattering by a spherical cavity near the critical angle. The main contributions to the scattering arise from a critical domain close to critical incidence. The results are in good agreement with the exact Mie solution. (author)

  8. Neutron detector resolution for scattering

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    Kolda, S.A. [Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY (United States)

    1997-03-01

    A resolution function has been determined for scattered neutron experiments at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). This function accounts for the shifting and broadening of the resonance peak due to the additional path length, traveled by the neutron after scattering and prior to detection, along with the broadening of the resonance peak due to the bounce target. This resolution function has been parameterized both in neutron energy and size of the sample disk. Monte Carlo Neutron and Photon (MCNP) modeling has been used to determine the shape of the detector resolution function while assuming that the sample nucleus has an infinite mass. The shape of the function for a monoenergetic neutron point source has been compared to the analytical solution. Additionally, the parameterized detector resolution function has been used to broaden the scatter yield calculated from Evaluated Neutron Data File ENDF/B-VI cross section data for {sup 238}U. The target resolution function has been empirically determined by comparison of the broadened scatter yield and the experimental yield for {sup 238}U. The combined resolution function can be inserted into the SAMMY code to allow resonance analysis for scattering measurements.

  9. New techniques in neutron scattering

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    New neutron sources being planned, such as the Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) or the European Spallation Source (ESS), will provide an order of magnitude flux increase over what is available today, but neutron scattering will still remain a signal-limited technique. At the same time, the development of new materials, such as polymer and ceramic composites or a variety of complex fluids, will increasingly require neutron-based research. This paper will discuss some of the new techniques which will allow us to make better use of the available neutrons, either through improved instrumentation or through sample manipulation. Discussion will center primarily on unpolarized neutron techniques since polarized neutrons will be the subject of the next paper. (author)

  10. Neutron scattering science in Australia

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    Knott, Robert [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Menai, NSW (Australia)

    1999-10-01

    Neutron scattering science in Australia is making an impact on a number of fields in the scientific and industrial research communities. The unique properties of the neutron are being used to investigate problems in chemistry, materials science, physics, engineering and biology. The reactor HIFAR at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation research laboratories is the only neutron source in Australia suitable for neutron scattering science. A suite of instruments provides a wide range of opportunities for the neutron scattering community that extends throughout universities, government and industrial research laboratories. Plans are in progress to replace the present research reactor with a modern multi-purpose research reactor to offer the most advanced neutron scattering facilities. The experimental and analysis equipment associated with a modern research reactor will permit the establishment of a national centre for world class neutron science research focussed on the structure and functioning of materials, industrial irradiations and analyses in support of Australian manufacturing, minerals, petrochemical, pharmaceuticals and information science industries. (author)

  11. Neutron scattering science in Australia

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    Neutron scattering science in Australia is making an impact on a number of fields in the scientific and industrial research communities. The unique properties of the neutron are being used to investigate problems in chemistry, materials science, physics, engineering and biology. The reactor HIFAR at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation research laboratories is the only neutron source in Australia suitable for neutron scattering science. A suite of instruments provides a wide range of opportunities for the neutron scattering community that extends throughout universities, government and industrial research laboratories. Plans are in progress to replace the present research reactor with a modern multi-purpose research reactor to offer the most advanced neutron scattering facilities. The experimental and analysis equipment associated with a modern research reactor will permit the establishment of a national centre for world class neutron science research focussed on the structure and functioning of materials, industrial irradiations and analyses in support of Australian manufacturing, minerals, petrochemical, pharmaceuticals and information science industries. (author)

  12. Magnetic scattering and polarized neutrons

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    The last few years have witnessed considerable progress in the use of polarized neutron beam techniques for the study of condensed matter physics. Among the methods actively pursued at present are neutron spin echo as pioneered by Mezei for ultra high resolution and the energy integrated magnetic scattering measurement technique developed by Brown and Ziebeck. We have concentrated on a medium resolution range utilizing 5 to 100 MeV polarized neutrons. In this review we discuss recent work at Brookhaven on the development of the triple axis neutron scattering technique with polarization analysis. We have now reached the stage where quantitative characterization, in absolute units, can be done for a wide range of energy and momentum transfers in paramagnetic scattering. We will discuss some examples of recent inelastic measurements on 3d ferromagnets as well as diffraction studies of multibilayer thin film structures

  13. Small-angle neutron scattering instrument of Institute for Solid State Physics, the Univeristy of Tokyo (SANS-U) and its application to biology

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    Ito, Yuji; Imai, Masayuki; Takahashi, Shiro [Univ. of Tokyo, Tokai Naka Ibaraki (Japan)

    1994-12-31

    A small-angle neutron spectrometer (SANS-U) suitable for the study of mesoscopic structure in the field of polymer chemistry and biology, has been constructed at the guide hall of JRR-3M reactor at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. The instrument is 32m long and utilizes a mechanical velocity selector and pinhole collimation to provide a continuous beam with variable wavelength in the range from 5 to 10{Angstrom}. The neutron detector is a 65 x 65cm{sup 2} 2D position sensitive proportional counter. The practical Q range of SANS-U is 0.0008 to 0.45{Angstrom}{sup -1}. The design, characteristics and performance of SANS-U are described with some biological studies using SANS-U.

  14. Small-angle neutron scattering instrument of Institute for Solid State Physics, the Univeristy of Tokyo (SANS-U) and its application to biology

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    A small-angle neutron spectrometer (SANS-U) suitable for the study of mesoscopic structure in the field of polymer chemistry and biology, has been constructed at the guide hall of JRR-3M reactor at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. The instrument is 32m long and utilizes a mechanical velocity selector and pinhole collimation to provide a continuous beam with variable wavelength in the range from 5 to 10 Angstrom. The neutron detector is a 65 x 65cm2 2D position sensitive proportional counter. The practical Q range of SANS-U is 0.0008 to 0.45 Angstrom -1. The design, characteristics and performance of SANS-U are described with some biological studies using SANS-U

  15. Kinetics of the urea-induced dissociation of human plasma alpha-2-macroglobulin as measured by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Sjöberg, B.; Pap, S.; Järnberg, S.-E.; Mortensen, K.

    1991-01-01

    there is a pronounced kinetic isotope effect, i.e. the dissociation is 4 times faster in the H-1-containing medium as compared with the H-2-containing medium at the same molar concentration of urea. From the angular dependence of the neutron scattering it can be concluded that the dissociation is......-macroglobulin can best be explained by that of a Gaussian coil with a radius of gyration equal to 9.44 nm. These data indicate that the so-called non-covalent interaction of alpha-2-macroglobulin probably is more complicated than just a pure hydrophobic interaction. Finally, it is also shown that the...

  16. Effect of the age of the C60/N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone solution on the structure of clusters in the C60/N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone/water system according to the small-angle neutron scattering data

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    Fullerene clusters in the C60/N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP)/water system have been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering. It is shown that the scattering cross section corresponding to the size range 10-100 nm depends on the water content in the mixture. Addition of water to a C60/NMP solution in an amount exceeding 40% leads to a sharp increase in the average scattering cross section. This effect depends on the interval between the times of preparation of a C60/NMP solution and its dilution with water: the size of the clusters formed as a result of adding water increases with increasing the age of the initial solution. The reasons for this effect are discussed

  17. Neutron scattering in liquids

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    Barocchi, F. [Florence Univ. (Italy). Ist. di Fisica

    1996-12-31

    Together with X-rays, thermal neutrons are the ideal probe to study the microscopic structure of condensed matter, however the precision attainable usually with neutrons for the measurement of atomic position correlation functions in liquids is, at least, one order of magnitude better than for X-rays. In order to measure properly the microscopic dynamics a wide range of momentum transfer with corresponding energy transfer must be available in the range of liquid state excitations. This again is only attainable, with good resolution, with neutrons. (author) 7 figs., 3 refs.

  18. Analysis of neutron spectra and fluxes obtained with cold and thermal moderators at IBR-2 reactor: experimental and computer modeling studies at small-angle scattering YuMO setup

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    Results of experimental and computer modeling investigations of neutron spectra and fluxes obtained with cold and thermal moderators at the IBR-2 reactor (JINR, Dubna) are presented. The studies are done for small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) spectrometer YuMO (beamline number 4 of the IBR-2). The measurements of neutron spectra for two methane cold moderators are done for the standard configuration of the SANS instrument. The data from both moderators under different conditions of their operation are compared. The ratio of experimentally determined neutron fluxes of cold and thermal moderators at different wavelength is shown. Monte Carlo simulations are done to determine spectra for cold methane and thermal moderators. The results of the calculations of the ratio of neutron fluxes of cold and thermal moderators at different wavelength are demonstrated. In addition, the absorption of neutrons in the air gaps on the way from the moderator to the investigated sample is presented. SANS with the protein apoferritin was done in the case of cold methane as well as a thermal moderator and the data were compared. The perspectives for the use of the cold moderator for a SANS spectrometer at the IBR-2 are discussed. The advantages of the YuMO spectrometer with the thermal moderator with respect to the tested cold moderator are shown

  19. Calibration of key parameters for small angle neutron scattering spectrometer by using silver behenate%使用山嵛酸银标定中子小角散射谱仪的关键参数

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    陈良; 彭梅; 孙良卫; 王燕; 陈波

    2013-01-01

    To calibrate quickly key parameters of a small angle neutron scattering spectrometer,such as selecting neutron wavelengths,wavelength resolution,and the Q resolution under a geometrical layout of the spectrometer,the experiment data of small angle neutron scattering for silver behenate powder were fitted.First,the geometrical layout of spectrometer was chosen including the size of circular source,sample apertures of the collimator,the source-to-sample distance and the sample-to-detector distance.Then,the spectra of small angle neutron scattering on silver behenate were obtained under four different revolving speeds of mechanical velocity selector.Finally,these experiment data were inversed and analyzed.Obtained results show that the velocity selector constant is 2 329.2 r · m-1 · nm,correspondingly,four different selecting neutron wavelengths are 0.776、0.582、0.466、0.388 nm,respectively.The wavelength resolution of the velocity selector is 23.75% by fitting these experiment data and the spectrometer Q resolution curves can be obtained by using the chosen layout parameter and different rotating speeds.It concludes that the key parameters of small angle neutron scattering spectrometer can be achieved by using silver behenate,which supports the exact analysis and inversion for experiment data of small angle neutron scattering.%为了快速标定中子小角散射谱仪的关键参数:速度选择器的选择波长和波长分辨率以及谱仪布局下的Q分辨率,采用实验方法对山嵛酸银粉末的中子小角散射实验数据进行了拟合.首先,确定谱仪布局,包括准直光阑孔径大小、准直长度、样品到探测器之间的距离;其次,在中子小角散射谱仪的机械速度选择器设置在3 000、4 000、5 000和6 000r·min-1 4种不同转速下,测定山嵛酸银粉末的中子小角散射谱;最后,对实验数据进行反演分析.通过分析,计算出该机械速度选择器常数为2 329.2 r· m-1·nm,从而得到了4

  20. Small angles Bhabha scattering: two loop approximation

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    The elastic and inelastic cross sections for small angles e+e- scattering at high energies are considered. We prove that all the diagrams with two or more virtual photons in scattering channel may be omitted when calculating the radiative corrections with accuracy of the order 0.1%. It is the consequence of the generalized eikonal representation for elastic and inelastic amplitudes. We take into account the processes of single and double bremsstrahlung in the same and opposite directions and the pair production processes. Basing on this calculations we construct the combined formula for the inclusive scattering electron and positron cross section in terms of the structure functions. 15 refs.; 10 figs

  1. Advances in neutron scattering research

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    This issue of the Supplement to Journal of the Physical Society of Japan collects invited and contributed papers from the first International Symposium on Advanced Science Research (ASR-2000) 'Advances in Neutron Scattering Research'. The 182 of the presented papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)

  2. Bibliography for thermal neutron scattering

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    Bibliographic references are given for measurements, calculations, reviews and basic studies of thermal neutron scattering and dynamical properties of condensed matter. This is the sixth edition covering 3,326 articles collected up to 1978. The edition being the final issue of the present bibliography series, a forthcoming edition will be published in a new form of bibliography. (author)

  3. Evaluation of Pore Networks in Caprocks at Geologic Storage Sites: A Combined Study using High Temperature and Pressure Reaction Experiments, Small Angle Neutron Scattering, and Focused Ion Beam-Scanning Electron Microscopy

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    Mouzakis, K. M.; Sitchler, A.; Wang, X.; McCray, J. E.; Kaszuba, J. P.; Rother, G.; Dewers, T. A.; Heath, J. E.

    2011-12-01

    Low permeability rock units, often shales or mudstones, that overlie geologic formations under consideration for CO2 sequestration will help contain injected CO2. CO2 that does flow through these rocks will dissolve into the porewaters, creating carbonic acid lowering the pH. This perturbation of the system may result in mineral dissolution or precipitation, which can change the pore structure and impact the flow properties of the caprocks. In order to investigate the impacts that reaction can have on caprock pore structure, we performed a combination of high pressure high temperature reaction experiments, small angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments and high resolution focused ion beam-scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM) imaging on samples from the Gothic shale and Marine Tuscaloosa Group. Small angle neutron scattering was performed on unreacted and reacted caprocks at the High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. New precipitates and pores are observed in high-resolution images of the reacted samples. The precipitates have been preliminarily identified as gypsum or anhydrite, and sulfide minerals. Results from small angle neutron scattering, a technique that provides information about pores and pore/mineral interfaces at scales ~ 5 to 300 nm, show an increased porosity and specific surface area after reaction with brine and CO2. However, there appear to be differences in how the pore networks change between the two samples that are related to sample mineralogy and original pore network structure. Changes to pores and formation of new pores may lead to different capillary sealing behavior and permeability. This combination of controlled laboratory experiments, neutron scattering and high-resolution imaging provides detailed information about the geochemical processes that occur at the pore scale as CO2 reacts with rocks underground. Such information is integral to the evaluation of large-scale CO2 sequestration as a feasible technology

  4. Influence of neutron scattering on fission neutron spectrum measurement

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    The study of the influence of neutron scattering by the surrounding medium and fragment detector on fission neutron spectrum measurement with time-of-flight (TOF) method has been carried out. The scattering by air and the walls of the measuring room was determined by both experiment and Monte Carlo simulation. It was found that the neutron scattering influence on the fission neutron spectrum is rather essential and can noticeably change the shape of the fission neutron spectra. (4 figs.)

  5. Recent development in magnetic neutron scattering studies

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    Neutron scattering results contain many new concepts in modern magnetism. We review here the most recent neutron magnetic scattering studies from so called '214' copper oxide lamellar materials, because a number of important developments in magnetism are condensed in this novel subject. We show that neutron scattering has played crucial role in our understanding of modern magnetism. (author)

  6. An expression for elastically scattered neutron polarization via nuclear neutron parameters

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    In the approximation of nonoverlapping resonances an expression for the value of neutron polarization due to spin-orbital interaction at their elastic scattering on even-even nuclei is obtained in terms of s- and p-wave average neutron parameters of nuclei: neutron strength functions and potential scattering phase shifts. The obtained expression is compared with the experimental data at approximately 400 keV neutron energy for 55, 90 and 130 deg scattering angles; a rather good agreement with them is shown

  7. Neutron total scattering cross sections of elemental antimony

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    Neutron total cross sections are measured from 0.8 to 4.5 MeV with broad resolutions. Differential-neutron-elastic-scattering cross sections are measured from 1.5 to 4.0 MeV at intervals of 50 to 200 keV and at scattering angles distributed between 20 and 160 degrees. Lumped-level neutron-inelastic-scattering cross sections are measured over the same angular and energy range. The exPerimental results are discussed in terms of an optical-statistical model and are compared with respective values given in ENDF/B-V

  8. Small-angle proton elastic scattering from the neutron-rich isotopes {sup 6}He and {sup 8}He, and from {sup 4}He, at 0.7 GeV in inverse kinematics

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    Neumaier, S.R.; Alkhazov, G.D.; Andronenko, M.N.; Dobrovolsky, A.V.; Egelhof, P. E-mail: p.egelhof@gsi.de; Gavrilov, G.E.; Geissel, H.; Irnich, H.; Khanzadeev, A.V.; Korolev, G.A.; Lobodenko, A.A.; Muenzenberg, G.; Mutterer, M.; Schwab, W.; Seliverstov, D.M.; Suzuki, T.; Timofeev, N.A.; Vorobyov, A.A.; Yatsoura, V.I

    2002-12-30

    Absolute differential cross sections for elastic p {sup 4}He, p {sup 6}He and p {sup 8}He small-angle scattering were measured in inverse kinematics with secondary {sup 4,6,8}He-beams at an energy near 0.7 GeV/u. The experiment was performed using beams from the heavy-ion synchrotron SIS and the fragment separator FRS of GSI Darmstadt. The hydrogen-filled ionization chamber IKAR served simultaneously as a gas target and a detector for the recoil protons. Projectile scattering angles were measured with multi-wire tracking detectors. For proton scattering from the neutron-rich isotopes {sup 6}He and {sup 8}He, differential elastic-scattering cross sections d{sigma}/dt were deduced in the range 0.002{<=} parallel t parallel {<=}0.05 (GeV/c){sup 2} of the four-momentum transfer squared t. For elastic p {sup 4}He scattering, the data obtained in the t-range 0.002{<=} parallel t parallel {<=}0.02 (GeV/c){sup 2} supplement the results from an earlier work performed in direct kinematics. From the differential cross sections the integral elastic-scattering cross sections {sigma}{sub el}, the total cross sections {sigma}{sub tot}, and the total reaction cross sections {sigma}{sub r} for the proton-nucleus strong interaction were evaluated. The data obtained on d{sigma}/dt allow the radial matter distributions in the {sup 6}He and {sup 8}He nuclei to be determined and the corresponding root-mean-square matter radii to be deduced.

  9. Neutron scattering. Annual progress report 1997

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    The present progress report describes the scientific and technical activities obtained by LNS staff members in 1997. It also includes the work performed by external groups at our CRG instruments D1A and IN3 at the ILL Grenoble. Due to the outstanding properties of neutrons and x-rays the research work covered many areas of science and materials research. The highlight of the year 1997 was certainly the production of neutrons at the new spallation neutron source SINQ. From July to November, SINQ was operating for typically two days/week and allowed the commissioning of four instruments at the neutron guide system: - the triple-axis spectrometer Druechal, - the powder diffractometer DMC, - the double-axis diffractometer TOPSI, the polarised triple-axis spectrometer TASP. These instruments are now fully operational and have already been used for condensed matter studies, partly in cooperation with external groups. Five further instruments are in an advanced state, and their commissioning is expected to occur between June and October 1998: - the high-resolution powder diffractometer HRPT, - the single-crystal diffractometer TriCS, - the time-of-flight spectrometer FOCUS, - the reflectometer AMOR, - the neutron optical bench NOB. Together with the small angle neutron scattering facility SANS operated by the spallation source department, all these instruments will be made available to external user groups in the future. (author) figs., tabs., refs

  10. A method for using neutron elastic scatter to create a variable energy neutron beam from a nearly monoenergetic neutron source

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    This work describes preliminary investigation into the design of a compact, portable, variable energy neutron source. The proposed method uses elastic neutron scatter at specific angles to reduce the energy of deuterium–deuterium or deuterium–tritium (D–T) neutrons. The research focuses on D–T Monte Carlo simulations, both in idealized and more realistic scenarios. Systematic uncertainty of the method is also analyzed. The research showed promise, but highlighted the need for discrimination of multiply-scattered neutrons, either through a pulsed generator or associated particle imaging. - Highlights: • We investigated neutron elastic scatter to reliably change the energy of neutrons. • Idealized simulations showed distinct energy peaks at predicted lower values. • Realistic simulations were less encouraging. • The method requires accurate neutron timing information for proper discrimination. • A discussion of scatter based uncertainty is included

  11. Characterization of porous materials by small-angle scattering

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    S Mazumder; D Sen; A K Patra

    2004-07-01

    Characterization of porous materials by small-angle scattering has been extensively pursued for several years now as the pores are often of mesoscopic size and compatible with the length scale accessible by the technique using both neutrons and X-rays as probing radiation. With the availability of ultra small-angle scattering instruments, one can investigate porous materials in the sub-micron length scale. Because of the increased accessible length scale vis-a-vis the multiple scattering effect, conventional data analysis procedures based on single scattering approximation quite often fail. The limitation of conventional data analysis procedures is also pronounced in the case of thick samples and long wavelength of the probing radiation. Effect of multiple scattering is manifested by broadening the scattering profile. Sample thickness for some technologically important materials is often significantly high, as the experimental samples have to replicate all its essential properties in the bulk material. Larger wavelength of the probing radiation is used in some cases to access large length scale and also to minimize the effect of double Bragg reflections.

  12. Low angle neutron data acquisition system for molecular biology

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    The low angle spectrometer system utilizing a 2-dimensional position sensitive counter was designed to accommodate a variety of experiments in molecular biology requiring good low angle resolution. Biological structures requiring low angle analysis techniques fall into two groups: non-ordered systems (proteins or protein complexes in solution) and ordered systems with large spacings like muscle, collagen, and membranes. For structural investigations into such systems, data are ideally needed to a low scattering angle of 0.20 at 4.5 A or a minimum Q of 0.005 A-1 (Q = theta . 2π/lambda). Depending on the type of structure, data often extend to the high angle region, say 300. Apart from the low angle requirements, the spectrometer has to have good resolution to resolve diffraction peaks from samples with crystal spacings up to 1000 A or even larger. While it is desirable to build a spectrometer to such scattering conditions, given reactor conditions might not permit this and compromises have to be made between flux, resolution and lowest angle. The low angle spectrometer described here was designed to be used at the HFBR neutron beam pipe working at approximately 4.2 A or at the H4 satellite station working at 2.4 A

  13. Summary of neutron scattering lengths

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    All available neutron-nuclei scattering lengths are collected together with their error bars in a uniform way. Bound scattering lengths are given for the elements, the isotopes, and the various spin-states. They are discussed in the sense of their use as basic parameters for many investigations in the field of nuclear and solid state physics. The data bank is available on magnetic tape, too. Recommended values and a map of these data serve for an uncomplicated use of these quantities. (orig.)

  14. A New Model for the Morphology of P3HT/PCBM Organic Photovoltaics from Small-Angle Neutron Scattering: Rivers and Streams

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    Yin, Wen [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Dadmun, Mark D [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    Organic photovoltaics (OPVs) have attracted increasing interest as a lightweight, low-cost, and easy to process replacement for inorganic solar cells. Moreover, the morphology of the OPV active layer is crucial to its performance, where a bicontinuous, interconnected, phaseseparated morphology of pure electron donor and acceptor phases is currently believed to be optimal. In this work, we use neutron scattering to investigate the morphology of a model OPV conjugated polymer bulk heterojunction, poly[3-hexylthiophene] (P3HT), and surface-functionalized fullerene 1-(3-methyloxycarbonyl) propyl(1-phenyl [6,6]) C61 (PCBM). These results show that P3HT and PCBM form a homogeneous structure containing crystalline P3HT and an amorphous P3HT/PCBM matrix, up to ca. 20 vol % PCBM. At 50 vol % PCBM, the samples exhibit a complex structure containing at least P3HT crystals, PCBM crystals, and a homogeneous mixture of the two. The 20 vol % PCBM samples exhibit behavior consistent with the onset of phase separation after 6 h of thermal annealing at 150 C, but appear to be miscible at shorter annealing times. This suggests that the miscibility limit of PCBM in P3HT is near 20%. Moreover, for the 50 vol % PCBM sample, the interface roughens under thermal annealing possibly owing to the growth of PCBM crystals. These observations suggest a different morphology than is commonly presented in the literature for optimal bulk heterojunctions. We propose a novel rivers and streams morphology to describe this system, which is consistent with these scattering results and previously reported photovoltaic functionality of P3HT/PCBM bulk heterojunctions.

  15. Inelastic scattering of neutrons by superconducting rings

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    2010-01-01

    The differential cross section for the inelastic magnetic scattering of neutrons by superconducting rings is derived theoretically taking account of the interaction of the neutron magnetic moment with magnetic field created by the superconducting current. In this scattering process the neutron kinetic energy increases discretely and, respectively, the number of the magnetic flux quanta trapped in the ring, reduces. Quantitative calculations of the scattering cross section for cold neutrons is...

  16. Entanglement quantification by neutron scattering

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    Marty, Oliver; Plenio, Martin; Cramer, Marcus [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Universtitaet Ulm, Ulm (Germany); Epping, Michael; Kampermann, Hermann; Bruss, Dagmar [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik III, Heinrich-Heine Universitaet Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    We present studies about the quantification of the entanglement contained in large samples of magnetic materials by structure factor measurements - a standard tool in analyzing condensed matter systems. We discuss experimentally relevant models (such as Heisenberg, Majumdar-Ghosh and XY models) in different geometries and with different spin numbers. For those, lower bounds to entanglement measures can be read off directly from the cross section obtained in neutron-scattering experiments.

  17. Detection device for neutron scattering material

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    The device of the present invention comprises a neutron supply device equipped with a neutron radiation source using radioactive isotope elements, a neutron moderator, a neutron coolants, a neutron wavelength selection device and a neutron conduit, and a scattering vessel equipped with a dimensional neutron detector for detecting neutrons scattered by irradiating neutrons having a wavelength selected by the neutron wavelength selection device to specimens. The neutron conduit is bent so that the neutron supply device and the scattering vessel are not arranged linearly. With such a constitution, the leakage of neutrons from the neutron supply device into the scattering vessel by neutron streaming can be minimized. With such a constitution, a neutron receiving port for receiving the supply of thermal neutrons from the outside can be disposed without disposing a neutron radiation source in the device main body, and the device can be connected to a small-sized research reactor or used in a circumstance of receiving supply of thermal neutrons previously. (I.S.)

  18. A small angle neutron scattering study of the adsorbed asphaltene layer in water-in-hydrocarbon emulsions: structural description related to stability.

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    Jestin, Jacques; Simon, Sébastien; Zupancic, Lina; Barré, Loïc

    2007-10-01

    We have developed a specific protocol to study with SANS measurements, the structure of the interfacial film layer in water-in-oil emulsions stabilized by asphaltene. Using the contrast matching technique available for neutron scattering, we have access to both the composition and the quantity of interface. The results obtained give us a view of the asphaltene aggregates in the interfacial film, which are structured as a monolayer and show a direct correlation between the size of asphaltene aggregates in solution and the thickness of the film layer. The organization of the interface has been studied as a function of several parameters such as the quantity of resins, i.e., the size of aggregates, the pH of the aqueous phase, and the aging time of the emulsions and the consequences of these variations on the macroscopic stability of these emulsions. We show that the key parameter for the stability is the inter-asphaltene aggregate interaction inside the film layer. Changing the attractive/repulsive balance between the aggregates in the film at the microscopic scale, by changing the aggregate's size or the aggregate's ionization, has a direct incidence on the quantity of water recovered after centrifugation: the stronger the attraction between aggregates in the film, the more stable the emulsion is. PMID:17867712

  19. Scattering depth correction of evanescent waves in inelastic neutron scattering using a neutron prism

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    Grazing Incidence Neutron Spin Echo Spectroscopy (GINSES) has recently been applied to measure the dynamics of surfactant membranes close to a hydrophilic silicon wall. The scattering depth of the evanescent wave inside the microemulsion depends strongly on the angle of incidence and the wavelength. The inherently low scattering intensity of GINSES measurements, however, requires the integration over a rather broad wavelength band. In particular, at a pulsed source the instrument operates with a broad wavelength band covering all neutrons within one frame between two pulses. In order to yield viable counting statistics it is highly desirable to integrate data corresponding to significant fractions of the wavelength band. Therefore, in a normal reflectometry setup the penetration length would be smeared and blur the depth dependence of the experimental results. Here we describe a new method to strongly mitigate this effect and show its application in a GINSES experiment at the neutron spin echo instrument at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). A prism in front of the sample was introduced in order to adapt the angle of the incoming beam according to the wavelength by this optical component. As an example an experiment on a bicontinuous microemulsion using these neutron optics is presented.

  20. Scattering depth correction of evanescent waves in inelastic neutron scattering using a neutron prism

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    Frielinghaus, H. [Juelich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS), Outstation at FRM II, D-85747 Garching (Germany); Holderer, O., E-mail: o.holderer@fz-juelich.de [Juelich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS), Outstation at FRM II, D-85747 Garching (Germany); Lipfert, F. [Juelich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS), Outstation at FRM II, D-85747 Garching (Germany); Monkenbusch, M. [Juelich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) and Institute for Complex Systems, Forschungszentrum Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Arend, N. [Juelich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS), Outstation at SNS, Oak Ridge (United States); Richter, D. [Juelich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS), Outstation at FRM II, D-85747 Garching (Germany); Juelich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) and Institute for Complex Systems, Forschungszentrum Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany)

    2012-09-11

    Grazing Incidence Neutron Spin Echo Spectroscopy (GINSES) has recently been applied to measure the dynamics of surfactant membranes close to a hydrophilic silicon wall. The scattering depth of the evanescent wave inside the microemulsion depends strongly on the angle of incidence and the wavelength. The inherently low scattering intensity of GINSES measurements, however, requires the integration over a rather broad wavelength band. In particular, at a pulsed source the instrument operates with a broad wavelength band covering all neutrons within one frame between two pulses. In order to yield viable counting statistics it is highly desirable to integrate data corresponding to significant fractions of the wavelength band. Therefore, in a normal reflectometry setup the penetration length would be smeared and blur the depth dependence of the experimental results. Here we describe a new method to strongly mitigate this effect and show its application in a GINSES experiment at the neutron spin echo instrument at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). A prism in front of the sample was introduced in order to adapt the angle of the incoming beam according to the wavelength by this optical component. As an example an experiment on a bicontinuous microemulsion using these neutron optics is presented.

  1. Fractal properties of lysozyme: a neutron scattering study.

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    Lushnikov, S G; Svanidze, A V; Gvasaliya, S N; Torok, G; Rosta, L; Sashin, I L

    2009-03-01

    The spatial structure and dynamics of hen egg white lysozyme have been investigated by small-angle and inelastic neutron scattering. Analysis of the results was carried using the fractal approach, which allowed determination of the fractal and fracton dimensions of lysozyme, i.e., consideration of the protein structure and dynamics by using a unified approach. Small-angle neutron scattering studies of thermal denaturation of lysozyme have revealed changes in the fractal dimension in the vicinity of the thermal denaturation temperature that reflect changes in the spatial organization of protein. PMID:19391977

  2. Small-Angle X-ray and Neutron Scattering Study on Microphase Separation Induced by Non-Solvent in a Semi-Dilute Solution of an Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Block Copolymer

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    Full text: A block copolymer consists of immiscible different polymers covalently connected to each other and form micro domain structures such as lamellae, cylinders, spheres, gyroids, etc of the size of their own molecular size. Utilization of an ultra-high-molecular-weight block copolymer enables us to create micro domains on the order of several hundred nanometers. However, such large molecules have high viscosity due to the large number of entanglements per chain. Therefore the structures usually contain a lot of defects or distortion and are far from the equilibrated state. Here, We found a very interesting phenomenon that a microphase separation is induced by addition of a non-solvent into a semi dilute solution of an ultra-high-molecular-weight block copolymer. The solvent mixture of the common solvent and the non-solvent act as a highly selective solvent and are selectively introduced into one phase of the phase-separated state. We investigated the structures by the small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) technique using synchrotron radiation and the small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) technique. The results showed that micro domain structures were highly ordered and the grain size was gigantic because block copolymers in a semi dilute solution has high mobility due to the dilution effect by solvents. The SANS results showed there was not the composition fluctuation of constituent different solvent molecules in both phases. In other words, the results means the common good solvent was also selectively introduced into one phase. (author)

  3. Latest developments of neutron scattering instrumentation at the Juelich Centre for Neutron Science

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    Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) is operating a number of world-class neutron scattering instruments situated at the most powerful and advanced neutron sources (FRM II, ILL and SNS) and is continuously undertaking significant efforts in the development and upgrades to keep this instrumentation in line with the continuously changing scientific request. These developments are mostly based upon the latest progress in neutron optics and polarized neutron techniques. For example, the low-Q limit of the suite of small angle-scattering instruments has been extended to 4·10-5 Å-1 by the successful use of focusing optics. A new generation of correction elements for the neutron spin-echo spectrometer has allowed for the use of the full field integral available, thus pushing further the instrument resolution. A significant progress has been achieved in the developments of 3He neutron spin filters for purposes of the wide-angle polarization analysis for off-specular reflectometry and (grazing incidence) small-angle neutron scattering, e.g. the on-beam polarization of 3He in large cells is allowing to achieve a high neutron beam polarization without any degradation in time. The wide Q-range polarization analysis using 3He neutron spin filters has been implemented for small-angle neutron scattering that lead to the reduction up to 100 times of the intrinsic incoherent background from non-deuterated biological molecules. Also the work on wide-angle XYZ magnetic cavities (Magic PASTIS) will be presented. (author)

  4. Extracting the neutron-neutron scattering length -- recent developments

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    Gardestig, Anders

    2009-01-01

    The experimental and theoretical issues and challenges for extracting the neutron-neutron scattering length are discussed. Particular emphasis is placed on recent results and their impact on the field. Comments are made regarding current experimental and theoretical possibilities.

  5. Definition of resulting angle of the deviation after the passage of neutrons through the crystal

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    The present paper is dedicated to the consideration of passage of neutrons in the crystal. The expression for intensity distribution is obtained by the method of the multiple scattering theories. The received results are applied to calculation angle of the deviation of neutrons by nucleus of the crystal. Here is shown that at the large angle of deviation, the intensity of distribution decreases with reduction of angle much more slowly than till Gaussian law. The received expression for the angle of the dviation allows defining of the impulse of the neutron

  6. Study of liquid crystal composite systems by neutron scattering

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    X-ray is one of the most important tools to characterise the structure of smectic and columnar liquid crystals. X-ray scattering profile can provide information about the smectic layer spacing, alignment and tilt direction of the director with respect to the layer normal. In these investigations the X-ray technique is superior to other scattering methods, like neutron or light scattering. Although the smectic layer spacing (∼ 30 A) is accessible also for small-angle-neutron-scattering (SANS) studies, it requires much more material than X-ray. SANS measurements, however can become very useful, or even unavoidable to get information about the structure of some liquid crystal composites, or about the molecular dynamics of certain highly symmetric smectic phases. Neutron scattering studies carried out in Saclay and in Budapest on liquid crystal composites are reviewed. (author)

  7. Instruments and accessories for neutron scattering research

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    This report describes neutron scattering instruments and accessories installed by four neutron scattering research groups at the ASRC (Advanced Science Research Center) of the JAERI and the recent topics of neutron scattering research using these instruments. The specifications of nine instruments (HRPD, BIX-I, TAS-1 and PNO in the reactor hall, RESA, BIX-II, TAS-2, LTAS and SANS-J in the guide hall of the JRR-3M) are summarized in this booklet. (author)

  8. Introduction to neutron scattering by magnetic excitations

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    The magnetic moment of neutrons makes them an excellent probe of magnetic phenomena and very direct information is obtainable with neutrons. In fact the generalized susceptibility is directly given by a neutron scattering experiment, and this quantity tells all there is to know about a magnetic system. This paper serves as an introduction to a series of papers on magnetic excitations. The necessary neutron scattering formalism is established and various types of magnetic systems are briefly discussed

  9. Neutron scattering studies in the actinide region

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    During the report period we have investigated the following areas: Neutron elastic and inelastic scattering measurements on 14N, 181Ta, 232Th, 238U and 239Pu; Prompt fission spectra for 232Th, 235U, 238U and 239Pu; Theoretical studies of neutron scattering; Neutron filters; New detector systems; and Upgrading of neutron target assembly, data acquisition system, and accelerator/beam-line apparatus

  10. Current status of neutron scattering in Thailand

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    Thailand's neutron spectrometer has been installed soon after the startup of the reactor. The neutron scattering experiments have been done continuously, although there were some problems involving the neutron intensity and instruments. Development program has been planned for better experimental result. This paper reports the past and present status of neutron scattering equipment and experiments in Thailand. In addition, installation of a HRPD (High Resolution Powder Diffraction) system is included within the scope of the Ongkharak Nuclear Research Center project. (author)

  11. Neutron scattering for analysis of processes in lithium-ion batteries

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    The review is concerned with analysis and generalization of information on application of neutron scattering for elucidation of the structure of materials for rechargeable energy sources (mainly lithium-ion batteries) and on structural rearrangements in these materials occurring in the course of electrochemical processes. Applications of the main methods including neutron diffraction, small-angle neutron scattering, inelastic neutron scattering, neutron reflectometry and neutron introscopy are considered. Information on advanced neutron sources is presented and a number of typical experiments are outlined. The results of some studies of lithium-containing materials for lithium-ion batteries, carried out at IBR-2 pulsed reactor, are discussed. The bibliography includes 50 references

  12. Nitrogen Contamination in Elastic Neutron Scattering

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    Chi, Songxue; Lynn, Jeffrey W.; Chen, Ying; Ratcliff II, William; Ueland, Benjamin G.; Butch, Nicholas P.; Saha, Shanta R.; Kirshenbaum, Kevin; Paglione, Johnpierre

    2011-01-01

    Nitrogen gas accidentally sealed in a sample container produces various spurious effects in elastic neutron scattering measurements. These effects are systematically investigated and the details of the spurious scattering are presented.

  13. Small-angle scattering study of Aspergillus awamori glycoprotein glucoamylase

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    Glucoamylase from fungus Aspergillus awamori is glycoside hydrolase that catalyzes the hydrolysis of α-1,4- and α-1,6-glucosidic bonds in glucose polymers and oligomers. This glycoprotein consists of a catalytic domain and a starch-binding domain connected by an O-glycosylated polypeptide chain. The conformation of the linker, the relative arrangement of the domains, and the structure of the full-length enzyme are unknown. The structure of the recombinant glucoamylase GA1 was studied by molecular modelling and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) methods. The experimental SANS data provide evidence that glucoamylase exists as a monomer in solution and contains a glycoside component, which makes a substantial contribution to the scattering. The model of full-length glucoamylase, which was calculated without taking into account the effect of glycosylation, is consistent with the experimental data and has a radius of gyration of 33.4 ± 0.6 Å

  14. Small-angle scattering study of Aspergillus awamori glycoprotein glucoamylase

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    Schmidt, A. E.; Shvetsov, A. V.; Kuklin, A. I.; Lebedev, D. V.; Surzhik, M. A.; Sergeev, V. R.; Isaev-Ivanov, V. V.

    2016-01-01

    Glucoamylase from fungus Aspergillus awamori is glycoside hydrolase that catalyzes the hydrolysis of α-1,4- and α-1,6-glucosidic bonds in glucose polymers and oligomers. This glycoprotein consists of a catalytic domain and a starch-binding domain connected by an O-glycosylated polypeptide chain. The conformation of the linker, the relative arrangement of the domains, and the structure of the full-length enzyme are unknown. The structure of the recombinant glucoamylase GA1 was studied by molecular modelling and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) methods. The experimental SANS data provide evidence that glucoamylase exists as a monomer in solution and contains a glycoside component, which makes a substantial contribution to the scattering. The model of full-length glucoamylase, which was calculated without taking into account the effect of glycosylation, is consistent with the experimental data and has a radius of gyration of 33.4 ± 0.6 Å.

  15. Small angle scattering from protein/sugar conjugates

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    Jackson, Andrew; White, John

    2006-11-01

    The Maillard reaction between free amine groups on proteins and sugars is well known. We have examined the effect of the reaction of the casein group of milk proteins with sugars on their nanoscale structure and aggregation. The small angle neutron scattering from beta casein and sodium caseinate and their sugar conjugates have been studied as a function of solution concentration. At high conjugate concentration (greater than ca. 5 mg/ml) the addition of sugar reduces supra-micellar aggregation of the protein whilst at lower concentration, where the protein is expected to be deaggregated already, little effect is seen. Guinier analysis of the scattering data show a radius of gyration of around 75 A˚ for beta casein in solution and around 80 A˚ for the sucrose conjugate.

  16. Small angle scattering from protein/sugar conjugates

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    Jackson, Andrew [Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia)]. E-mail: ajj@nist.gov; White, John [Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia)

    2006-11-15

    The Maillard reaction between free amine groups on proteins and sugars is well known. We have examined the effect of the reaction of the casein group of milk proteins with sugars on their nanoscale structure and aggregation. The small angle neutron scattering from beta casein and sodium caseinate and their sugar conjugates have been studied as a function of solution concentration. At high conjugate concentration (greater than ca. 5mg/ml) the addition of sugar reduces supra-micellar aggregation of the protein whilst at lower concentration, where the protein is expected to be deaggregated already, little effect is seen. Guinier analysis of the scattering data show a radius of gyration of around 75A-bar for beta casein in solution and around 80A-bar for the sucrose conjugate.

  17. Small-angle scattering study of Aspergillus awamori glycoprotein glucoamylase

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    Schmidt, A. E., E-mail: schmidt@omrb.pnpi.spb.ru; Shvetsov, A. V. [National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”, Konstantinov Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (Russian Federation); Kuklin, A. I. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation); Lebedev, D. V.; Surzhik, M. A.; Sergeev, V. R.; Isaev-Ivanov, V. V. [National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”, Konstantinov Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (Russian Federation)

    2016-01-15

    Glucoamylase from fungus Aspergillus awamori is glycoside hydrolase that catalyzes the hydrolysis of α-1,4- and α-1,6-glucosidic bonds in glucose polymers and oligomers. This glycoprotein consists of a catalytic domain and a starch-binding domain connected by an O-glycosylated polypeptide chain. The conformation of the linker, the relative arrangement of the domains, and the structure of the full-length enzyme are unknown. The structure of the recombinant glucoamylase GA1 was studied by molecular modelling and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) methods. The experimental SANS data provide evidence that glucoamylase exists as a monomer in solution and contains a glycoside component, which makes a substantial contribution to the scattering. The model of full-length glucoamylase, which was calculated without taking into account the effect of glycosylation, is consistent with the experimental data and has a radius of gyration of 33.4 ± 0.6 Å.

  18. Small angle scattering from protein/sugar conjugates

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    The Maillard reaction between free amine groups on proteins and sugars is well known. We have examined the effect of the reaction of the casein group of milk proteins with sugars on their nanoscale structure and aggregation. The small angle neutron scattering from beta casein and sodium caseinate and their sugar conjugates have been studied as a function of solution concentration. At high conjugate concentration (greater than ca. 5mg/ml) the addition of sugar reduces supra-micellar aggregation of the protein whilst at lower concentration, where the protein is expected to be deaggregated already, little effect is seen. Guinier analysis of the scattering data show a radius of gyration of around 75A-bar for beta casein in solution and around 80A-bar for the sucrose conjugate

  19. Fundamentals of neutron scattering by condensed matter

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    Scherm, R. [Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin (ILL), 38 - Grenoble (France)

    1996-12-31

    The purpose of this introductory lecture is to give the basic facts about the scattering of neutrons by condensed matter. This lecture is restricted to nuclear scattering, whereas magnetic scattering will be dealt with in an other course. Most of the formalism, however, can also be easily extended to magnetic scattering. (author) 17 figs., 3 tabs., 10 refs.

  20. Fundamentals of neutron scattering by condensed matter

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    The purpose of this introductory lecture is to give the basic facts about the scattering of neutrons by condensed matter. This lecture is restricted to nuclear scattering, whereas magnetic scattering will be dealt with in an other course. Most of the formalism, however, can also be easily extended to magnetic scattering. (author) 17 figs., 3 tabs., 10 refs