15. August 2019 - 23. August 2019 International Advanced School in Muon Spectroscopy

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK


This will be a new theoretical school where advanced concepts of muon spectroscopy will be taught across a wide range of science areas. It will be the first school of this type since the 1998 Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics held at St Andrews University. Lectures and tutorials covering the theory and practice of muon spectroscopy and complimentary techniques will be given by the international experts. Students will gain a comprehensive grounding in modern techniques and applications at both continuous and pulsed muon sources and have the opportunity to hear about the latest research being carried out with the technique.

The first half of the school will introduce the muon spectroscopy technique and various science areas. The second half will focus on in-depth discussion of its application to various science areas. There will be a series of lectures and tutorials on each science subjects. The students will be asked to make short presentations (single slide for 2 min each) to their peers about their current research projects and how muon spectroscopy can help them. There will also be tutorial to work in pairs to write a beamtime proposal. The students will also have the opportunity to visit the ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Facility and attend a number of evening lectures from prestigious names from the muon community.
Topics covered during the school include:
• Magnetic materials
• Superconductors
• Energy materials
• Semiconductors
• Molecular materials
• Studies of thin films and interfaces
• Reaction kinetics
• Muon spectroscopy under Extreme environments
• Muon site determination & DFT

To apply for the school you will need to submit both a personal statement and a statement from your academic supervisor that will be used in the selection process. Applications should arrive no later than the 3rd June 2019. The course is normally highly oversubscribed, so we encourage applicants to apply in plenty of time, as late applications will not be accepted. Applicants are selected for the course based on their requirements for muon spectroscopy techniques as part of their present and future research activities. Applicants will be notified shortly after of the outcome of their application. The school is open to all applicants worldwide.

To apply please visit the school webpage.

Fees: School fee is £520 per residential student which includes the cost of an en-suite room during the school, breakfast, afternoon and evening meals, teaching materials, drinks reception and the gala dinner. There are 50 residential places available. There are also 5 non-residential places for students who do not require local accommodation, at a school fee of £150, which includes teaching materials, drinks reception and gala dinner. Fees will be payable once the names of successful applicants have been announced.


STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland Oxford University, UK

Contact Name

Pabita Biswas