Wavelength-independent constant period spin-echo modulated small angle neutron scattering

Morten Sales, Jeroen Plomp, Klaus Habicht, Anton Tremsin, Wim Bouwman, Markus Strobl

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Spin-Echo Modulated Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SEMSANS) in Time-of-Flight (ToF) mode has been shown to be a promising technique for measuring (very) small angle neutron scattering (SANS) signals and performing quantitative Dark-Field Imaging (DFI), i.e., SANS with 2D spatial resolution. However, the wavelength dependence of the modulation period in the ToF spin-echo mode has so far limited the useful modulation periods to those resolvable with the limited spatial resolution of the detectors available. Here we present our results of an approach to keep the period of the induced modulation constant for the wavelengths utilised in ToF. This is achieved by ramping the magnetic fields in the coils responsible for creating the spatially modulated beam in synchronisation with the neutron pulse, thus keeping the modulation period constant for all wavelengths. Such a setup enables the decoupling of the spatial detector resolution from the resolution of the modulation period by the use of slits or gratings in analogy to the approach in grating-based neutron DFI.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063907
Number of pages4
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Neutrons
  • Magnetic field sensors
  • Magnetic fields
  • Spin echoes
  • Diffraction grating


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