Small-angle scattering: Principles, data analysis and advanced modeling

2.0.G.064/070 (Niels Bohr Building)


Niels Bohr Building

Jagtvej 155, 2200 Copenhagen N

Course description

This course will introduce you to the methods of small-angle scattering using x-rays and neutrons. The course will have a strong hands-on approach using a mixture of lectures combined with simulations and walked-through analysis examples giving you direct experience with a range of the most common lines of attack for SAS data analysis. 
We aim to work on actual experimental data - either measured using University of Copenhagen's 3 different SAXS machines but could also be your own data from elsewhere - we will determine this upon your registration on the course. The course is evaluated through active participation, hand-ins during the course and also a final report.
The course is relevant for all fields of material science where structure on the nanoscale is important and for students aiming to use SAS in their project, for example polymer science, food science, plant science, nanoparticle research, soft matter physics, drug-delivery etc. The course allows up to 30 students - in principle first come, first served - but the organizers will evaluate suitability of all applicants

Signing up

Attending the course is free of charge; participants will have to cover travel expenses and accommodation themselves. Please use the following link to register for the course:

Tentative program and list of subjects

Preparations before the course

Introduction to x-ray and neutron scattering

  • Properties of x-rays and neutrons

  • Form factors, structure factors, polydispersity, contrast and variation thereof

  • Basic experimental principles

  • Raw data reduction and background subtraction

Modeling and analysis of scattering data

  • Model-free concepts (Guinier/Porod/IFT analysis)
  • Monte Carlo simulation of scattering patterns
  • Model fitting approaches in Sasview
  • Coupling molecular simulations and SAS
  • Grazing-incidence SAXS

Confirmed speakers

  • Jan Skov Pedersen (Aarhus University)
  • Dorthe Posselt (Roskilde University)
  • Marie Skepö (Lund University)
  • Carsten Svaneborg (University of Southern Denmark)

Organizers and speakers

  • Jacob J. K. Kirkensgaard (University of Copenhagen)
  • Andreas Haahr Larsen (University of Copenhagen)
  • Martin Cramer Pedersen (University of Copenhagen)