Generalization of the classical xyz-polarization analysis technique to out-of-plane and inelastic scattering

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The technique of longitudinal ("xyz") polarization analysis has been used successfully for many years to study disordered magnetic materials in thermal and cold neutron diffraction experiments. The technique allows the simultaneous and unambiguous separation of the nuclear, magnetic, and nuclear spin-incoherent contributions to the scattering. The technical advances seen in recent years, such as the availability of polarized He-3 analyzer cells to cover a large detector solid angle, the ability to detect out-of-plane scattering in a multi-detector, and a significant increase of the usable beam divergence, call for a generalization of the method. A general treatment of the formalism for carrying out neutron polarization analysis will be given in this paper, which describes a possible method of usage at a future, modern diffractometer or inelastic spectrometer with large area multi-detector coverage. (C) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.


  • G. Ehlers
  • J. R. Stewart
  • A. R. Wildes
  • Pascale Deen
  • Ken Andersen
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  • Natural Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
Original languageEnglish
Article number093901
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch