Advances in Neutron Optics: Fundamentals and Applications in Materials Science and Biomedicine

1st Edition

Maria L. Calvo, Ramon F. Alvarez-Estrada

CRC Press
December 5, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 328 Pages - 166 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138364462 - CAT# K396650

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Neutron optics involves studying the interactions of matter with a beam of free slow neutrons. This book discusses two major sources for the production of beams of free slow neutrons: (1) fission reactions at nuclear reactors and (2) collisions in particle accelerators (small ones, spallation sources) of proton beams with targets of heavy atoms. There will also be a focus on the very active topics of neutron imaging (NI) and neutron spin optics (NSO). Finally, the book will also present applications of neutron optics in biomedicine, such as Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) and related techniques.



  • Discusses diffraction and interference of slow neutrons
  • Reviews neutron imaging and neutron spin optics
  • Discusses sources of neutron beams
  • Presents neutron optics: quantum aspects of slow neutron beams and confined propagation thereof
  • Examines slow neutron beams and biomedicine: BNCT


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