26th National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering

The National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering (NXS) will be held July 28 – August 9, 2024.


The main purpose of NXS is to educate graduate students in the use of major neutron and x-ray facilities. Lectures, presented by researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories, include basic tutorials on the principles of scattering theory and the characteristics of the sources, as well as seminars on the application of scattering methods to a variety of scientific subjects. Students will conduct short in-person experiments and tutorials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor as well as at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, which provide hands-on experience for using neutron and synchrotron sources.

Target Audience: Graduate students attending universities in North America majoring in physics, chemistry, materials science, geosciences, engineering or related fields, as well as researchers with similar backgrounds who frequently use physical analysis techniques. Because NXS is highly competitive and often oversubscribed, priority is given to students who are expected to use multiple neutron and x-ray experimental techniques and who have already started the graduate research work.

Jointly conducted by: Argonne National Laboratory's, Advanced Photon Source and Materials Science Division, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Neutron Sciences Directorate and Materials Science and Technology Division.

School Coordinators: Stephan Rosenkranz, Jessica McChesney and Chengjun Sun, Argonne; Bianca Haberl, Michael Manley and Adam Aczel, Oak Ridge.

What Do the Students Think?

Students talk about their experience at the 25th National School on Neutron and X‑ray Scattering, or NXS 2023.

Jointly conducted by Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories, NXS immerses graduate students in national user facilities to learn in a hands-on environment how to use neutrons and X-rays in their research.

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