Los Alamos National Laboratory

Materials Physics and Applications Division Condensed Matter and Magnet Science, MPA-CMMS




Neutron Scattering

Neutron Scattering

Capability description:

Neutron scattering is a powerful probe of structure and collective modes of condensed matter. We are focused on direct measurement of the energy and momentum-dependent dynamic magnetic correlation function, which completely determine magnetism of a material within linear response. Such experimental investigation is indispensable in frontier research of condensed matter physics where magnetism plays a role and theoretical understanding is incomplete. We are presently occupied with three topics which often concur in a sample:

  1. Strongly correlated electrons in the Kondo lattice model and the Mott-Hubbard model, as exemplified in heavy-fermion materials, high-Tc cuprates and related magnetic oxides.
  2. Quantum spin states and quantum phase transitions in low-dimensional and frustrated spin systems.
  3. Spin-glass phenomenon, in particular, in quasi-low-dimensional materials.

To access the phase of interest, extreme sample environments such as temperature down to 40mK, magnetic field up to 14T, and pressure as high as 2GPa have been used during neutron scattering experiments. Success relies on close collaboration within the group and with outside collaborators in sample preparation, bulk characterization, neutron scattering and theoretical interpretation.

Neutron Scattering

MPA-CMMS Capabilities

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory/NHMFL

Thermal Physics

Correlated Electrons

Actinide Chemistry

Low Energy Spectroscopy

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