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Demonstration of Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Measurements with a Nested Neutron-Focusing Supermirror Assembly

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Huarui Wu, Zhiyuan Wang, Yao Zhang, Wenbo Mo, Pulin Bai, Kun Song, Zhong Zhang, Zhanshan Wang, Daniel S. Hussey, Yun Liu, Zhe Wang, Xuewu Wang

Abstract

Neutron-focusing mirrors with both a nested structure and supermirror coatings enable a large collecting area, and consequently a large neutron current gain for mirror-based instruments. A nested neutron-focusing supermirror assembly has been fabricated with nested conical optics. Here, we demonstrate a series of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements using this supermirror assembly. A prototype instrument was built to measure the absolute scattering intensity of a solution of silica colloids and the instrumental resolution was calibrated with highly ordered SBA-15. By comparing the theoretical and experimental values of the minimum Q (Qmin), the non-geometrical component leading to the deterioration in Qmin is estimated and employed to calculate the performance of mirror-based SANS instruments. These results, together with the discussions on the capability of mirror-based instruments and other practical issues, are meaningful for promoting the development of neutron-focusing optics and mirror-based SANS instruments.
Citation
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A

Keywords

small angle neutron scattering, focusing, supermirror

Citation

Wu, H. , Wang, Z. , Zhang, Y. , Mo, W. , Bai, P. , Song, K. , Zhang, Z. , Wang, Z. , Hussey, D. , Liu, Y. , Wang, Z. and Wang, X. (2021), Demonstration of Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Measurements with a Nested Neutron-Focusing Supermirror Assembly, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=929703 (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created April 21, 2021, Updated October 12, 2021