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MRS Symposium VV: Advanced Materials Exploration with Neutrons and Synchrotron X-Rays
Modern diffraction methods of synchrotron and neutron radiation, combined simultaneously with time-resolved or imaging techniques, allow a multidimensional insight into materials. Thus, time-resolved and in-situ information from an ensemble of individual grains in a polycrystalline material can be obtained while undergoing mechanical, chemical, or electric load under working, or extreme, conditions. The powerful radiation sources, from reactors to spallation sources, synchrotrons to free-electron lasers, together with advanced detection, data analysis, and modeling tools, revolutionize the insight into materials in a broadest sense. Contributions are sought in the fields of metallurgy and materials forming; energy materials in realistic conditions; and response of functional materials under parametric load. The methods shall cover time and lengths scales from picoseconds to days, and sub-angstrom to meters, respectively. Particularly, contributions using an innovative approach in their application, or from the novel upcoming facilities with unprecedented possibilities, are solicited.
Abstracts are solicited in (but are not necessarily limited to) the following areas:
  • In-Situ Processes
    • time resolved
    • complex environments
    • extreme conditions
  • Single Grain Resolved Studies
    • embedded grain characterization
    • grain statistics
    • orientation relationships
    • subgrains
  • Strain Scanning
    • strains and residual stresses
    • multiple length scales
    • grain resolved strain
  • Texture
    • three-dimensional reciprocal space mapping
    • texture evolution
    • local texture
  • Liquid, Amorphous, Nanocrystalline and Distorted Materials
    • pair distribution function
    • diffuse scattering
    • phase transformations
    • local structure
  • Materials Imaging / Tomography
    • real time imaging
    • high resolution tomography
    • combined diffraction tomography
  • Exotic and Future Experimental Developments
    • coherent beam diffraction
    • Fourier reconstruction
    • X-ray photo-correlation spectroscopy
    • ultrafast processes
    • stepping into the future with X-ray free electron lasers
A joint session relating to diffraction methods applied to amorphous substances is being considered with Symposium NN: Structure-Property Relations in Amorphous Solids.
A tutorial on neutron and synchrotron x-ray diffraction methods is tentatively planned. Further information will be included in the MRS Program that will be available online in September.
Invited speakers include:
Joel D. Brock (Cornell Univ.), Donald W. Brown (Los Alamos National Lab), John D. Budai (Oak Ridge National Lab), Henry Chapman (Ctr. for Free-Electron Laser Science, Germany), Daniel Chateigner (Univ. Caen Basse-Normandie, France), Takeshi Egami (Oak Ridge National Lab), Vincent Favre-Nicolin (CEA, France), Jerome Hastings (Linac Coherent Light Source, SLAC National Accelerator Lab), Veijo Honkimaki (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, France), Andreas Magerl (Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany), Kazutaka G. Nakamura (Tokyo Inst. of Technology, Japan), Keith Nugent (Univ. of Melbourne, Australia), Henning Poulsen (Technical Univ. of Denmark, Denmark), David Reis (Stanford Univ.), Axel Steuwer (European Spallation Source Scandinavia, Sweden), Robert M. Suter (Carnegie Mellon Univ.), Richard Welberry (Australian National Univ., Australia).
Symposium Organizers
Klaus-Dieter Liss
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Locked Bag 2001, Kirrawee DC, NSW 2232, Australia
Tel 61-2-9717-9479, Fax 61-2-9717-3606
Ulrich Lienert
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron
DESY Photon Science
Notkestr. 85, D-22603 Hamburg, Germany
Tel 49-40-8998-3165, Fax 49-40-8998-4475

Rozaliya Barabash
University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
P. O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6118
Tel 865-241-7230, Fax 865-574-7659
Burkhard Schillinger
Technische Universität München
Research Reactor FRM-II
D-85747 Garching, Germany
Tel 49-89-289-12185, Fax 49-89-289-14997

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