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Low-Angle Polarized Neutron and X-Ray Scattering from Magnetic Nanolayers and Nanostructures


  • Provides and explains important tools for the investigation of magnetic heterostructures

  • Comprehensively introduces the techniques of low angle neutron and X-ray scattering

  • Presents young research with all the essentials to treat data from scattering experiments


Part of the Springer Tracts in Modern Physics book series (STMP, volume 273)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Amitesh Paul
    Pages 1-12
  3. Amitesh Paul
    Pages 43-47
  4. Amitesh Paul
    Pages 49-101
  5. Amitesh Paul
    Pages 125-129
  6. Amitesh Paul
    Pages 131-134
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 135-143

About this book


This research monograph presents the latest results related to the characterization of low dimensional systems. Low-angle polarized neutron scattering and X-ray scattering at grazing incidence are used as the two main techniques to explore various physical phenomena of these systems. Special focus is put on systems like thin film transition metal and rare-earth layers, oxide heterostructures, hybrid systems, self-assembled nanostructures and self-diffusion. 

Readers will gain in-depth knowledge about the usage of specular scattering and off-specular scattering techniques. Investigation of in-plane and out-of-plane structures and magnetism with vector magnetometric information is illustrated comprehensively. The book caters to a wide audience working in the field of nano-dimensional magnetic systems and the neutron and X-ray reflectometry community in particular.


Neutron reflectometry low-angle polarized neutron scattering Magnetization reversal mechanism Magnetic properties interfaces Magnetic nanostructures Specular scattering Off-specular scattering Grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering Hybrid heterostructures Oxide heterostructures Self-assembled growth Interlayer exchange coupling Exchange bias Scattering experiments Scattering techniques Low dimensional systems

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsTechnical University MunichGarchingGermany

About the authors

Dr. Paul is doing research at the neutron scattering department of the Technical University Munich. His focus is on fundamental and applied research on novel nanomaterials. He received his PhD from Indore University, India and spent his early postdoc phase collaborating with Nobel laureate Peter Grünberg in Jülich, Germany.

Amitesh Paul's work is addressing the fundamental details of interface magnetism, such as exchange bias, interlayer exchange coupling, magnetization reversal, anisotropic properties, as well as magneto-transport properties in layered materials and layered oxide heterostructures. His particular interest lies in layer resolved magnetization profiles and lateral magnetic correlations and domains, using polarized neutron scattering and grazing incidence x-ray and neutron scattering as the main techniques. 

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