The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering Now Accepting Applications

Graduate students at universities in North America are invited to apply to attend the 23rd National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering, which will be held virtually at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne and Oak Ridge national laboratories from July 12 - 30, 2021.

This school is designed to introduce students to the capabilities available at U.S. neutron and x-ray user facilities. 

Lectures, presented by researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories include basic tutorials on the principles of neutron and x-ray scattering theory, the characteristics of neutron and synchrotron sources, and seminars on the application of scattering methods to a variety of scientific subjects. 

As part of the school, students will also conduct a series of short remote experiments that provide some experience using instruments at neutron and synchrotron sources, both at Oak Ridge's Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor facilities (3rd week), and Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (2nd week). 

Further details can be found on the website (or Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2021. The application process is quite competitive and requires submission of evaluation letters from the student’s advisor and other professors.

The U.S. Department of Energy's APS is one of the world’s most productive x-ray light source facilities. Each year, the APS provides high-brightness x-ray beams to a diverse community of more than 5,000 researchers in materials science, chemistry, condensed matter physics, the life and environmental sciences, and applied research. Researchers using the APS produce over 2,000 publications each year detailing impactful discoveries, and solve more vital biological protein structures than users of any other x-ray light source research facility. APS x-rays are ideally suited for explorations of materials and biological structures; elemental distribution; chemical, magnetic, electronic states; and a wide range of technologically important engineering systems from batteries to fuel injector sprays, all of which are the foundations of our nation’s economic, technological, and physical well-being.

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC, for the U.S. DOE Office of Science.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit the Office of Science website.


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