Condensed Matter Physics, 2008, vol. 11, No. 1(53), p. 7, English

Title: Inelastic neutron scattering applied to the investigation of collective excitations in topologically disordered matter
  J.-B.Suck (Institute of Physics, University of Technology Chemnitz, D-09107 Chemnitz, Germany) ,

Inelastic neutron scattering techniques are introduced here as one of the most important experimental techniques in the investigation of collective excitations in fluids (liquids and compressed gases) and amorphous solids. The correlation functions involved, the spectra of which are determined in inelastic neutron scattering experiments, the dispersion relations of the collective excitations and how they are obtained from the measured spectra and finally two of the most often used instrumental techniques are briefly discussed.

Key words: inelastic neutron scattering, correlation functions, dispersion relations, collective excitations, topologically disordered matter
PACS: 61.12.Ex, 63.20.Dj, 63.50.+x

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