Neutron Reflection and Neutron Reflectometers

Adrian R. Rennie
Materials Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Uppsala University
Uppsala, Sweden

This page provides links to descriptions of neutron reflection facilities, accounts of software and computer programs for analysis of neutron reflectivity data, and more general descriptions of the principles and theory of neutron reflectometry. A separate page provides a bibliography on neutron reflection with links to papers in scientific journals: the topics covered include review articles, instrumentation, calculation methods, sample environments and relevant books.

Instruments Instrument Papers Data Analysis Software Theory and Principles of Neutron Reflection

Table of Neutron Reflection Instruments

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Facility Country Instrument Geom.1 Polarisation2 ToF3 Notes and Comments
ANSTO, HIFAR Australia Reflectometer Horizontal No No HIFAR at Lucas Heights has shutdown. This reflectometer is no longer operational.
ANSTO, OPAL Australia Platypus Horizontal Yes    Yes     
BENSC Germany V6 Reflectometer Horizontal Yes No  
BENSC Germany V14 Reflectometer Vertical Yes No  
BENSC Germany V18 BioRef Vertical No Yes User operation started in 2011
BNL HFR U.S.A. H9A' Horizontal No No The reactor at Brookhaven has now been permanently shutdown and this reflectometer is no longer operational.
BRR, KFKI Hungary GINA Vertical Yes No  
BRR, KFKI Hungary REF Vertical Yes No  
Chalk River Canada C5 Vertical Yes No  
Chalk River Canada D3 Vertical Yes No  
CIAE, CARR China NR Horizontal No No  
NUR, CRND Algeria NUR reflectometer Vertical No No  
Demokritos Greece Reflectometer Vertical Yes Yes Under construction
Bhaba (BARC) India PNR Vertical Yes No  
ETTR-2 Egypt Reflectometer (NG1A) Horizontal No Yes Project
FRM2 Munich Germany MARIA Vertical Yes No Commissioning from December 2009
FRM2 Munich Germany MIRA Vertical Yes No Multipurpose instrument
FRM2 Munich Germany N-REX+ Horizontal Yes No  
FRM2 Munich Germany REFSANS Horizontal Yes Yes  
FRM2 Munich Germany TREFF Vertical Yes No  
FZ Jülich Germany HADAS Vertical Yes No The reactor at Jülich has been permanently shutdown. This reflectometer is no longer operational.
HZG Germany NeRo Vertical Yes No The reactor at Geesthacht is permanently shutdown from 2010.
HZG Germany PNR Vertical Yes No The reactor at Geesthacht is permanently shutdown from 2010.
HZG Germany TOREMA Vertical Yes No This instrument has been replaced by the new reflectometer NeRo.
HANARO South Korea REF-V Vertical No No  
HANARO South Korea REF-H Horizontal No No  
ILL France ADAM Vertical Yes No  
ILL France D16 Vertical No No  
ILL France D17 Vertical Yes Yes This instrument can work in either monochromatic or time-of-flight mode.
ILL France Figaro Horizontal No Yes  
ILL France EVA Vertical Yes No The instrument has now been dismantled and the components transferred elsewhere.
IN-06 Russia GORIZONT Horizontal No Yes  
IPNS U.S.A. POSY I Vertical Yes Yes IPNS at Argonne National Laboratory has been shut down. The instrument is no longer operational.
IPNS U.S.A. POSY II Vertical No Yes IPNS at Argonne National Laboratory has been shut down. The instrument is no longer operational.
IRI Delft Netherlands ROG Horizontal Yes Yes  
ISIS U.K. CRISP Horizontal Yes Yes  
ISIS U.K. SURF Horizontal No Yes  
ISIS U.K. Inter Horizontal No Yes  
ISIS U.K. PolRef Horizontal Yes Yes  
ISIS U.K. OffSpec Horizontal Yes Yes NSE option.
JAEA Japan MINE Vertical No No  
JINR, Dubna Russia REFLEX-P Vertical Yes Yes  
JINR, Dubna Russia REMUR Vertical Yes Yes  
JINR, Dubna Russia SPN Vertical Yes Yes  
J-PARC Japan SOFIA Horizontal No Yes  
J-PARC Japan SHARAKU Vertical Yes Yes  
KEK, KENS Japan ARISA Horizontal No Yes  
KEK, KENS Japan Pore Vertical Yes Yes  
LANSCE U.S.A. ASTERIX Vertical Yes Yes  
LANSCE U.S.A. SPEAR Horizontal No Yes  
LLB France DESIR Horizontal No Yes No longer operational
LLB France EROS Horizontal No Yes  
LLB France PRISM Vertical Yes No  
MIT Reactor U.S.A. 4DH4 Reflectometer   No Yes  
MURR U.S.A. GANS Vertical Yes No  
NIST U.S.A. AND/R Vertical Yes No Replaced by the MAGIK reflectometer
NIST U.S.A. CANDOR Vertical No No Under construction
NIST U.S.A. MAGIK Vertical No No  
NIST U.S.A. Polarized Beam Reflectometer Vertical Yes No The NG1 reflectometer was renamed when it was moved to a new guide position.
NIST U.S.A. NG7 Reflectometer Horizontal No No  
ORNL - HFIR U.S.A. CG4B Vertical No No This instrument has been dismounted.
ORNL-SNS U.S.A. Liquids Reflectometer Horizontal No Yes  
ORNL-SNS U.S.A. Magnetism Reflectometer Vertical Yes Yes  
PIK, PNPI Russia REVERAN Horizontal Yes   Project
WWR-M, PNPI Russia NR-4M Vertical Yes Yes Monochromatic and ToF modes are available
RINSC U.S.A. Reflectometer Variable No Yes  
Risoe Denmark TAS8 two-circle Reflectometer Vertical No No The DR3 reactor at Risoe has been shut down permanently and this instrument is no longer operational.
Risoe Denmark TAS9 Liquids Reflectometer Horizontal No No The DR3 reactor at Risoe has been shut down permanently and this instrument is no longer operational.
SINQ, PSI Switzerland AMOR Horizontal Yes Yes This instrument can work in either monochromatic or time-of-flight mode.
SINQ, PSI Switzerland Morpheus Vertical Yes No  
SINQ, PSI Switzerland Narziss Vertical Yes No  
Studsvik, NFL Sweden Fyris Vertical No No The R2 reactor at Studsvik has been shut down permanently and so the instrument is not operational.

Notes

1. Orientation of reflecting surface of the sample. If this is vertical the reflection angle is in the horizontal plane.
2. Possibility of work with polarised incident beam.
3. Operation in time-of-flight white beam mode (Yes) or as angle dispersive instrument (No).

Bibliography of Scientific Papers about Neutron Reflectometers

Papers in scientific journals provide an important source of information about neutron reflectometers. A bibliography of some papers that describe instruments is made available in two forms: sorted by date or sorted by the name of the instrument. The lists use the digital object identifier (DOI) for the papers to provide links where possible to the full text. In most cases this will require access by library subscription to access the full text.

Neutron Reflectometers - bibliography sorted by instrument

Neutron Reflectometers - bibliography sorted by date

Descriptions of Neutron Reflection Data Analysis

Software and Programs, Theory and Principles of Analysis, Data Formats

Software

The following links provide information about computer programs used for the analysis of neutron reflectivity data. In some case copies of the software are made available to other users. Consult the pages for further details.

Data Formats

A brief description of various data formats that are in use at different facilities and with different analysis programs has been prepared:
http://material.fysik.uu.se/Group_members/adrian/refdata.htm

Software and Programs, Theory and Principles of Analysis, Data Formats

Accounts of Theory and Principles of Neutron Reflection

Software and Programs, Theory and Principles of Analysis, Data Formats

Instruments, Neutron Reflectometer Bibliography, Data Analysis

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