Skip to main content
Materials Science Division

Neutron and X-Ray Scattering

The Neutron and X-ray Scattering program uses a variety of scattering techniques to investigate the structure and dynamics of complex disorder in crystalline materials that drives many unusual phenomena of interest for future energy applications.
(Right) Experimentally observed neutron scattering and ab-initio calculation of the generalized susceptibility in the coherent state of CePd3. (Left) The quantitative excellent agreement validates a decades old prediction of the crossover to random electronic excitations observed at high temperature

We aim to characterize and determine the origin, nature, and consequences of the different long- and short-range ordered states found in a variety of systems in order to define novel organizing principles that govern physical properties. This knowledge is crucial for enabling the design of novel materials with desired functionality. Our research focuses on studies of electronic disorder, in particular short-range charge and spin correlations in bulk crystals and heterostructures, as well as ionic disorder. We also work to develop new efficient techniques for measuring nanoscale phase fluctuations, both static and dynamic, to enable the rational design of new materials for energy.

Current areas of research are:



Materials Science General Inquiries


Neutron and X-Ray Scattering Scientific Publications

Sharing the results of research through publications supports scientific collaboration and fosters innovation.


Related Organizations