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Neutrons "101"; a primer for earth scientists

Nancy L. Ross and David R. Cole
Neutrons "101"; a primer for earth scientists
Elements (June 2021) 17 (3): 155-160


The fundamental properties of the neutron make it a powerful tool for Earth science investigations because neutrons provide information that cannot be obtained by any other research method. This is because neutrons are magnetically sensitive, nondestructive, and sensitive to the lighter elements, such as hydrogen. They provide a unique, nondestructive method for obtaining information ranging from Angstrom-scale atomic structures (and related motions) to micron-scale material strain, stress, and texture, and even up to meso-scale porous matrices and defects in materials and functional components. In this article, we introduce neutrons and their unique properties, neutron production and sources, and provide an overview of the different types of neutron methods applicable to the Earth sciences.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 17
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Neutrons "101"; a primer for earth scientists
Affiliation: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Geosciences, Blacksburg, VA, United States
Pages: 155-160
Published: 20210601
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 32
Accession Number: 2021-060418
Categories: General mineralogy
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Secondary Affiliation: Ohio State University, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2021, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 2021
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