nuclear resonant scattering

The photon beams produced by a synchrotron radiation facility can be used for many purposes. To name an obvious one: X-ray diffraction (XRD), just as you would do it in a regular lab. At a synchrotron, however, a XRD-measurement that takes hours in a lab, can be done in seconds. Which opens possibilities for serial measurements, e.g. as a function of temperature or pressure.

In this section, we are interested in an application of synchrotron beams that is fundamentally different from what can be done in a conventional lab: Nuclear Resonant Scattering (NRS) of synchrotron beams. It builds upon Mössbauer spectroscopy, yet is different in several respects due to the peculiar properties of synchrotron photons.

A typical starter to explain this method, would be to refer to a Wikipedia article. Alas, there is none about NRS. Whence your goal for this topic: after having gone through the two resources listed hereafter, write in the forum a text that could serve as a short Wikipedia article to explain NRS.

The two resources are:

  • A conference talk by Tomasz Slezak, explaining the NRS method (2m02s-6m27s) together with an application example (10m04s-16m24s).
  • A paper of Schlage and Röhlsberger (2013) about Nuclear Resonant Scattering, available on Perusall. Read it, and try to get out of it what you can. As it is on Perusall, you can annotate it, search explanations for concepts you don’t understand, help your colleagues,… The more annotations, the better. As usual, concepts are more important than equations. Fig. 1 of the paper is a very important one.

Now digest what you understood about NRS, and explain it in the style of a Wikipedia article in this forum (after posting, you will be able to see what others wrote):

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