Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France
Helmut Schober is from Bavaria in Germany, where he studied physics at the University of Regensburg, before going on to the University of Colorado in Boulder (USA) and specialising in the spectroscopy of molecular systems. He later carried out research at the University of Mainz and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe before joining the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL). His research has focused on fullerenes, the dynamics of liquids and glasses and on neutron instrumentation.
Helmut is also currently an Associate Professor at Grenoble Alpes University, having previously taught as visiting professor at the Technical University of Munich. He is a former chair of the German Committee for Research with Neutrons (KFN) and was the coordinator of the European Neutron and Muon Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (NMI-II).
Helmut Schober was appointed Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin as of 1st October 2016. The ILL is the world’s leading research centre for research using neutron beams.
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The structure and dynamics of finite-size magnetic systems elucidated by neutron scattering
Magnetic systems of finite size, from molecules to nanoparticles, are fascinating objects of investigation both from a fundamental point of view and due to their broad range of applications. Neutron scattering is an ideal tool to investigate those systems both in what concerns their magnetic structure as well as their excitations. In my presentation I will first introduce the basic principles of these investigations. The exceptional depth and breadth of the method will then be illustrated by a selection of recent examples. These examples will include the magnetization distribution of finite spin chains, the characterization of the entanglement of magnetic states in coupled molecular magnets and its comparison with more classical spin relaxation, as well as the magnetization properties of magnetic nanoparticles.