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Muon Spectroscopy

An Introduction

Edited by Stephen J. Blundell, Roberto De Renzi, Tom Lancaster, and Francis L. Pratt

November 2021

ISBN: 9780198858966

432 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

Price: £35.50

Aimed at beginner graduate students, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to muon spectroscopy and its uses in, among other applications, the study of semiconductors, magnets, superconductors, chemical reactions, and battery materials.

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Aimed at beginner graduate students, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to muon spectroscopy and its uses in, among other applications, the study of semiconductors, magnets, superconductors, chemical reactions, and battery materials.

  • This textbook highlights the relevance of muon spectroscopy to many scientific areas across physics and chemistry
  • Introduces the technique including theoretical foundations and practical and computational skills
  • Draws on the expertise of a large team of contributors, while maintaining consistency in its pedagogical style and systematic presentation of topics
  • Equally suitable as a course text and as an aid to independent study

About the Author(s)

Edited by Stephen J. Blundell, Professor of Physics, University of Oxford, Roberto De Renzi, Professor of Physics, University of Parma, Tom Lancaster, Professor of Physics, Durham University, and Francis L. Pratt, STFC Fellow, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source

Stephen J. Blundell is a Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford. He leads a research group which uses muon spectroscopy to solve problems in magnetism and superconductivity and he has been developing ab initio techniques to understand the nature of the muon site.

Roberto De Renzi is Professor of Physics at the University of Parma. He started developing muon spin spectrometers at CERN in 1980 and later took part in the design of the ISIS Muon Facility. He currently leads a <i>µ</i>SR and NMR group dedicated to the experimental investigation of magnetic and superconducting compounds, and to the application of ab-initio techniques to assist the measurement of condensed matter properties based on the experimental detection of hyperfine fields.

Tom Lancaster was a research fellow at the University of Oxford before taking up a lectureship at Durham University in 2012, where he is currently Professor of Physics. His research group's interests include using muons to investigate low-dimensional, topological, and molecular magnetism, and the nature of the muon stopping state.

Francis L. Pratt is a senior scientist and STFC Fellow based in the muon group at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. He has worked in muon spectroscopy for more than thirty years, using experimental facilities in the UK, Switzerland, and Japan. His research interests are focused on condensed matter physics using muons, with topics ranging from the study of quantum magnets and spin liquids to organic magnets and superconductors and the physics of molecular systems.

Table of Contents

    1:The Basics of µSR
    Part I: Elements of Muon Spectroscopy
    2:Introduction
    3:Muon Charge and Spin States
    4:The Quantum Muon
    5:Polarization Functions
    Part II: Science with µSR
    6:Magnetism
    7:Dynamic Effects in Magnetism
    8:Measuring Dynamic Processes
    9:Superconductors
    10:Semiconductors and Dielectrics
    11:Ionic Motion
    12:Chemistry
    Part III: Practicalities of Muon Spectroscopy
    13:Making Muons
    14:Instrumentation
    15:Doing the Experiment
    Part IV: Further Topics in Muon Spectroscopy
    16:Calculating Muon Sites
    17:Numerical Modelling
    18:Low Energy µSR
    19:Stimulation Methods
    20:High Magnetic Fields
    21:Muons under Pressure
    22:Negative Muon Techniques
    Part V: Complementary Techniques
    23:µSR versus Other Resonance and Bulk Techniques
    24:X-rays, Neutrons, and µSR

Reviews

"Such an introductory text is completely lacking at the moment, and I think that this team is the ideal choice for bringing an edited volume together." - Nicola Spaldin (Materials Theory, ETH Zurich)