American Conference on Neutron Scattering

Ottawa, ON, Canada June 26 - 30, 2010

The fifth American Conference on Neutron Scattering will be locally organized by the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (National Research Council), and will be held at the landmark Fairmont Château Laurier, located in the heart of Canada's capital next door to the Parliament Buildings.

The conference is intended to showcase recent scientific results in neutron science in a wide range of fields, including soft and hard condensed matter, liquids, biology, magnetism, engineering materials, chemical spectroscopy, crystal structure, fundamental physics, and developments in neutron instrumentation. This will be accomplished through a combination of invited and contributed talks, along with poster sessions.

For more details regarding ACNS 2010:

                                    Abstract Submission (ABSTRACT DEADLINE MARCH 15)




                                    Student Prizes

                                    Travel Grants

                                    Child Care Grants

please go to the ACNS conference website, hosted by the Materials Research Society (MRS):

 ACNS 2010 Program

    Program Co-chairs: Tonya Kuhl (UC Davis) & Collin Broholm (Johns Hopkins)

1. Plenary & Prize sessions

1. Looking back:science and/or instrumentation

2. Hot topics

3. Science policy and funding

4. Looking forward: science and/or instrumentation

5. Prizes


5. Chemistry & Materials

1. Adsorption, Structure, & Dynamics in Porous Materials

2. Materials and Chemical Properties at Interfaces

3. Earth Sciences & Geochemistry

4. Spectroscopy & Quantum Systems

5. Structure and Dynamics of Inorganic Compounds

2. Sources, Instrumentation & Software

             1. Source Development

             2. Analysis and simulation software

             3. New instrumentation & concepts

             4. Sample environments

             5. Control software and hardware

             6. Detectors

6. Condensed Matter Physics

1. Quantum Magnetism

2. Superconductivity

3. Ferro-electricity & multiferroic materials

4. Strongly correlated metals

5. Thin films & artificially-structured materials

3. Soft Condensed Matter

             1. Colloids and Gels

             2. Surfaces and Interfaces

             3. Polymer structure and dynamics

7. Engineering Applications

             1. Residual strain

             2. Imaging and radiography

             3. Texture

4. Biological Sciences

             1. Biotechnology for fuels and the environment

             2. Biomacromolecular struct. and dynamics

             3. Interacting biological systems

8. Neutron Physics

             1. Fundamental properties

             2. Interferometry & quantum physics



This year's ACNS will include two tutorial sessions (Saturday, June 26). One of the tutorials will deal with Soft Matter (organized by P. Butler, NIST), while the other will deal with Excitations (organized by Z. Yamani, Canadian Neutron Beam Centre).

Admission to this tutorial session is included with ACNS 2010 registration. However, seating is limited to 50 attendees, so register early! To reserve a place go to


Excitations Tutorial Schedule: [Saturday, June 26 (8:00 Am - 6:00 PM)]

1. Basic theory of inelastic scattering with an emphasis on magnetic inelastic scattering

  • 8:00 a.m - 9:00 a.m - Basic Theory I: John Tranquada (BNL)
  • 9:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m - Basic Theory II: Collin Broholm (JHU)
  • 10:00 a.m - 10:30 a.m - Break

2. Neutron Scattering Techniques:

  • 10:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m  - Triple axis: Zahra Yamani (CNBC)
  • 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m - Time of flight: Kent Crawford (SNS)
  • 12:30 p.m - 1:30 p.m - Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m - 2:30 p.m - Backscattering: Ken Herwig (SNS)
  • 2:30 p.m - 3:30 p.m - Spin-echo: Jason Gardner (NIST)
  • 3:30 p.m - 4:00 p.m - Break

3. Science talks with examples of superconductors and quantum magnets

  • 4:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m - HTSC and HF: Bill Buyers (CNBC)
  • 5:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m - Low-D and Frustrated magnets: Bruce Gaulin (McMaster)


Neutron Scattering for the Study of Soft Matter Tutorial Session

[Saturday, June 26 (9:00 Am - 5:30 PM)]

9:00 - SANS Theory:  B. Hammouda

9:35 - Discussion

9:45 - Reflectometry Theory: C. Majkrzak

10:20 - Discussion

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Theory Spin Echo: Speaker TBD

11:20 - Discussion

11:30 - SANS and Reflectometry instrumentation: A. Jackson

11:50 - Spin Echo instrumentation: Speaker TBD

12:10 - Break/Lunch

1:15 - 5:30 Examples will include SANS, NR and Spin Echo

Deadline for applications is May 1, 2010

The NSSA is pleased to announce that a limited number of modest child care grants are available to NSSA members with small children who are attending the ACNS meetings. Grants up to $200 will be provided to assist with the additional child care expenses incurred in connection with bringing your child with you to ACNS meetings or in arranging for childcare at home while you attend the meeting. Allowable expenses may include travel for you or your spouse/partner/caregiver, baby sitters, or day care. Pertinent receipts must be provided for all claimed expenses.

To qualify please complete the Application for Child Care Grant and submit it by fax or email to the number or address on the form. Applications will be considered by a subcommittee of the NSSA Executive Committee. In the event that the number of requests for grants exceeds the funding available, preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their careers.


Travel Awards

Limited funding is available to help offset the travel costs of students and early career scientists.  We expect to be able to make awards of  around $500 towards allowable travel expenses for those that are eligible.  To apply for a travel award, check the appropriate box in the abstract submission web-page.

Reimbursement will require submission of all original receipts for conference related expenses (e.g. lodging, transportation, meals, or registration). Only full-time students enrolled at a US or Canadian institution and early career scientists (within 10 years of their Ph.D) are eligible.


 Tour of Chalk River Laboratories

When: June 30, 2010. Buses will be leaving The Chateau Laurier around noon for the 2.5 hour trip to Chalk River.

How Many: The number of visitors will be limited to 100, so register early! To reserve a place go to

Information Required: In order to gain access to CRL the following information must be made available during registration:

                                              1) Full Name

                                              2) Citizenship

                                              3) Home and Work Address

Cost: No cost for travel to CRL. Free boxed lunch will be provided. Please state any special dietary requirements when signing up.

A valid photo id (e.g., passport or driver license) will be required at the time of visit.



Conference Chair:

Simon Billinge:

Organizing Committee Chair:

John Katsaras: