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Principles Of Neutron Reflection
Author(s): G. P. Felcher
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Paper Abstract

Neutron reflection is perhaps the most developed branch of slow neutrons optics, which in itself is a direct consequence of the undulatory nature of the neutron. After reviewing the basic types of interactions (nuclear and magnetic) between neutrons and matter, the formalism is introduced to calculate the reflectivity from a sample composed of stacked flat layers and, inversely, to calculate the stacking from reflectivity measurements. Finally, a brief survey of the applications of neutron reflection is given, both in technology and in fundamental research.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 January 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0983, Thin Film Neutron Optical Devices: Mirrors, Supermirrors, Multilayer Monochromators, Polarizers, and Beam Guides, (18 January 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.948740
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G. P. Felcher, Argonne National Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0983:
Thin Film Neutron Optical Devices: Mirrors, Supermirrors, Multilayer Monochromators, Polarizers, and Beam Guides
Charles F. Majkrzak, Editor(s)

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