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Neutron scattering e-learning platform now online

Contributed by: NMI3 and SINE2020

Neutron scattering textbook, exercises, and simulations of experiments are now available online and for free at
Neutron scattering techniques have proved their value in investigating the structure and properties of a wide range of materials. Although neutron experiments could therefore be of benefit to scientists from many different fields of research, neutron scattering is not regularly featured on the curriculum of university Master's courses, remaining unknown to many students to whom it could be a useful technique. For this reason NMI3 has decided to support a joint initiative by the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark, the Technical University of Munich, and the Institut Laue-Langevin to develop an e-learning platform on neutron scattering.

We are happy to officially announce the availability of, an e-learning platform for neutron scattering.

The platform was developed with support from NMI3-II and features an introductory course in neutron scattering and muon spin spectroscopy. The courses contain a varied selection of interactive learning material using three main technologies:

1. A WIKIbook built on Mediawiki with various extensions, e.g. for producing mathematical expressions. It is used as the main source of textbook-material
2. A Learning Management System (LMS) built on Moodle which, provides exercises, quizzes and evaluation
3. A web simulator for the McStas neutron instrument simulation program, allowing users to perform virtual neutron scattering experiments on predefined instruments

The platform will be further developed and the learning material expanded in connection with the SINE2020.

To access the e-learning portal go to, choose “Get an account” and fill in your personal information. We hope that you will enjoy this new resource and encourage you to try it out!

*Further reading*

* For background information on the platform, the teaching material and didactical considerations, please read the related article from Neutron News Volume 24, Issue 1, 2013 – DOI: 10.1080/10448632.2013.751795.
* Neutron scattering e-learning platform now online,
* Learning for free, online,


The main funding for the project is provided by the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the NMI3-II Grant number 283883 and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654000.

We are also grateful for the financial support recieved from the University of Copenhagen via the “Good Education” and “Education 2016″ programmes and from Interreg IV via the ÖMIC programme.


The people behind the infrastructure are:

* Project leader: Linda Udby, Associate Professor, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
* Platform development leader: Peter Willendrup, Senior Research Engineer, Technical University of Denmark
* Course content and didactical developers: Julie Hougaard, PhD student, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen & Jesper Bruun, Assistant Professor, Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen
* Content management and development: Pia J. Ray, PhD student & Linda Udby, Associate Professor, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
* Software engineer: Jakob Garde, Software developer, Technical University of Denmark
* Running server administrator: Jörg Pulz, Technical University of Munich
* Learning material / Content was contributed by:

- University of Copenhagen: Kim Lefmann, Linda Udby, Pia Jensen Ray, Julie Hougaard, Lise Arleth, Kell Mortensen, Bente Lebech, Jesper Bruun
- Institut Laue-Langevin, ILL: Andrew Wildes, Alain Filhol, Helmut Schober
- Technische Universität München: Jörg Pulz, Jürgen Neuhaus
- European Spallation Source, ESS: Markus Strobl



    NMI3 and SINE2020

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