Department of Chemistry

Lund University

Scattering Methods (NAKE017) 7.5 ECTS

Course description

On completion of the course, participants shall be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
• Account for basic knowledge and understanding of different scattering methods and how they can be used to study structure and dynamics of colloidal dispersions.
• Describe the general experimental setups for light scattering and small angle scattering of X-rays and neutrons.

Skills and abilities
• Calculate, analyze and interpret the results from static scattering experiments from colloidal dispersions in terms of the static structure factor and various form factors and the results from dynamic light scattering experiments from colloidal dispersions.
• Compute the static scattering from a dispersion of spherical colloidal particles.

Judgement and approach
• Explain the general principles of dynamic light scattering experiments, and what
information that may be obtained from such experiments.

Syllabus (pdf)

Course content

Lectures on basic scattering theory and a derivation, from basic principles, of the scattering from a dispersion of spherical colloidal particles. This is followed by a presentation of different experimental methods, such as small angle neutron scattering (SANS), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and static and dynamic light scattering. As the main model system, we treat dispersions of spherical particles but non-spherical particles will also be discussed.

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