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Neutron and X-ray Optics

Covering a wide range of topics related to neutron and x-ray optics, this book explores the aspects of neutron and x-ray optics and their associated background and applications in a manner accessible to both lower-level students while retaining the detail necessary to advanced students and researchers. It is a self-contained book with detailed mathematical derivations, background, and physical concepts presented in a linear fashion. A wide variety of sources were consulted and condensed to provide detailed derivations and coverage of the topics of neutron and x-ray optics as well as the background material needed to understand the physical and mathematical reasoning directly related or indirectly related to the theory and practice of neutron and x-ray optics. The book is written in a clear and detailed manner, making it easy to follow for a range of readers from undergraduate and graduate science, engineering, and medicine. It will prove beneficial as a standalone reference or as a complement to textbooks.


Advanced students and researchers in x-ray, gamma, and neutron sciences as well as in general physics and astronomy, bioengineering, and biophysics.

Hardbound, 1124 Pages

Published: February 2013

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-407164-3


  • "Among his topics are neutron refractive index in materials and fields, the magnetic scatter of neutrons in paramagnetic materials, diffractive X-ray and neutron optics, neutron and X-ray optics in general relativity and cosmology, and neutron and charged particle magnetic optics."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013


  • Introduction
    Chapter 1: Neutron Refractive Index in Materials and Fields    
    Chapter 2: Magnetic Neutron Scatter from Magnetic Materials
    Chapter 3 : LS Coupling Basis for Magnetic Neutron Scatter  
    Chapter 4: LS Coupled, Localized Electron Magnetic Scatter of Neutrons  
    Chapter 5: Magnetic Scatter of Neutrons in Paramagnetic Materials
    Chapter 6: Neutron Scatter in Ferromagnetic, Anti-ferromagnetic, and Helical Magnetic Materials
    Chapter 7: Coherent, Inelastic, Magnetic Neutron Scatter, Spin Waves, and Magnons  
    Chapter 8: Coherent, Elastic Scatter of Neutrons by Atomic Electric Field  
    Chapter 9: Diffractive X-ray and Neutron Optics    
    Chapter 10: Kirchoff Equation Solution for CRL, Pinhole, Phase Contrast Imaging
    Chapter 11: Electromagnetic Fields of Moving Charges, Electric and Magnetic Dipoles
    Chapter 12: Special Relativity, Electrodynamics, Least Action, and Hamiltonians
    Chapter 13: The Klein-Gordon and Dirac Equations
    Chapter 14: Special and General Relativity - History and Relation to Neutron and X-ray Optics
    Chapter 15: Radiation Imaging Systems and Performance
    Chapter 16: Neutron and Charged Particle Magnetic Optics


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