Week 1: Properties of neutron, Comparison with other probes: optical rays, x-rays, electrons, Nature of interaction between neutrons and matter at microscopic length scale
Week 2: Neutron Sources: Reactors and Accelerator based sources, Neutron Scattering Instrumentation for condensed matter studies vis a vis neutron sources, Neutron detectors.
Week 3: Principles of Neutron Scattering under Born approximation, Scattering Laws, coherent and incoherent scattering, Principle of detailed balance, correlation functions.
Week 4: Neutron diffraction at different length scales: microscopic to mesoscopic.
Week 5: Neutron diffraction from powders, single crystals, liquid and amorphous systems
Week 6: Magnetic structure using neutron diffraction
Week 7: Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) from precipitates and inhomogeneities
Week 8: Polarized Neutron Reflectometry (PNR) from magnetic thin films
Week 9: Back to Born approximation and scattering law. Inelastic and Quasi-elastic neutron scattering for dynamics in condensed matter.
Week 10: Inelastic neutron scattering from phonons. Experiments to determine phonon dispersion relations using single crystals and phonon density of states from powders. Magnons.
Week 11: Quasi-elastic neutron scattering to determine stochastic dynamics like diffusion in solids and liquids
Week 12: Detailed discussion on available neutron sources and spectrometers at nuclear reactors and spallation neutron sources for experiment design with examples.