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The Cambridge Atom Scattering Centre has been launched in mid 2020 to provide access to internationally unique instrumentation for nanoscale characterisation of surfaces, both structurally and dynamically.

We can already provide access to some of our facilities. In-particular, we can offer a limited amount of free access to trial measurements. Please contact atomscattering@phy.cam.ac.uk for more information.

Material Science of surfaces: Helium scattering is uniquely complementary to other surface characterisation techniques, in particular, it is:

  • Sensitive to even 0.001 ML of defects.
  • Applicable to all kinds of surfaces.
    In particular to both insulating and conducting samples, as well as transparent samples.

For further details please see our recent review paper, “Material Properties Particularly Suited to be Measured with Helium Scattering” [click here].

Our main facilities include:

  • Helium Spin Echo Spectroscopy (HeSE)
    • For surface-diffusion, potential energy landscapes and molecular scale friction measurements.
    • Temporal range of sub-picoseconds to 2 nanoseconds.
    • Nominal energy resolution of 3 micro-electronvolts.
  • Helium Diffractometry (MiniScat):
    • For diffraction and structural measurements.
  • Neutral Helium Atom Microscopy (SheM)
    • For ultra-delicate microscopy (beam energy 50 milli-eV).
    • Resolution: down to ~0.5 μm resolution (HR-SHeM in development, ~50 nm resolution).