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 (download from the journal website, which may require access via the library of your institution — if you don’t have access, you can download here the author version (=same text and figures, but without the journal layout)).  As usual, focussing on concepts is 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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