The Liquids Reflectometer at SNS
The reflectometry beam line at SNS consists of two separate instruments sharing the same primary shutter, one specialized in soft matter/liquids experiments and the other in magnetism (see Magnetism Reflectometer).
The Liquids Reflectometer is designed for viewing horizontal surfaces and is used for a wide range of science. Data rates and Q-range covered at a single scattering angle setting are sufficiently high to permit "real-time" kinetic specular reflectivity on many systems. Time-resolved phenomena such as chemical kinetics, solid-state reactions, phase transitions, and chemical reactions in general are accessible for study.
Researchers are using the LR to study a broad range of problems in these and related scientific fields.
- Phase separation in polymer films
- Inorganic templating at air/water interfaces
- Complex fluids under flow
- Vesicles and gels
- Reaction kinetics
- Surfactants at interfaces
- Interfacial structure in drug delivery systems
- Membranes and their intermolecular interaction
- Protein adsorption
- Critical phenomena in fluid systems
- Biocompatibility and sensors