The development of advanced new materials and their engineering on nanoscopic length scales will be an important key-technology of the next century. The technological properties of these materials are not only determined by their structure but also by their electronic and vibrational dynamics. Examples of technological relevance are friction accompanied by phonon excitation, heat transfer in microelectronic devices and magnetoelastic effects in magnetic microstructures. The more the dynamical properties are expected to govern the function and performance of future devices, the more important are the efficient methods for their characterization. Synchrotron radiation (SR) has become an ideal tool in this field over the recent years. The ultra-high brilliance of third-generation SR sources initiated enormous progress in established X-ray methods and enabled the development of completely new types of spectroscopies for the study of condensed matter dynamics.
A number of dedicated beamlines are available for inelastic scattering studies at SR facilities in Europe. So far, only very few research groups have used inelastic scattering methods in applications so that their strength is not common knowledge. The main objective of the EuroSchool is that potential users learn about the advantages of these novel techniques and that scientists from solid state physics, materials science, chemistry and biology join together in an multidisciplinary event and share their expertise. The EuroSchool will allow to bring SR specialists in contact with researchers that have detailed knowledge on advanced new materials and can rise the scientific questions to be worked on. The European scale of the event will enable the most efficient use of the inelastic research capabilities in Europe.