Muon spin spectroscopy

Hillier, Adrian D., Blundell, Stephen J., McKenzie, Iain, Umegaki, Izumi, Shu, Lei, Wright, Joseph A. ORCID:, Prokscha, Thomas, Bert, Fabrice, Shimomura, Koichiro, Berlie, Adam, Alberto, Helena and Watanabe, Isao (2022) Muon spin spectroscopy. Nature Reviews Methods Primers, 2. ISSN 2662-8449

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Muons are particles with a spin of ½ that can be implanted into a wide range of condensed matter materials to act as a local probe of the surrounding atomic environment. Measurement of the muon’s precession and relaxation provides an insight into how it interacts with its local environment. From this, unique information is obtained about the static and dynamic properties of the material of interest. This has enabled muon spin spectroscopy, more commonly known as muon spin rotation/relaxation/resonance (μSR), to develop into a powerful tool to investigate material properties such as fundamental magnetism, superconductivity and functional materials. Alongside this, μSR may be used to study, for example, energy storage materials, ionic diffusion in potential batteries, the dynamics of soft matter, free radical chemistry, reaction kinetics, semiconductors, advanced manufacturing and cultural artefacts. This Primer is intended as an introductory article and introduces the μSR technique, the typical results obtained and some recent advances across various fields. Data reproducibility and limitations are also discussed, before highlighting promising future developments.

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Additional Information: Acknowledgements: All authors acknowledge the support and access of the muon facilities around the world. In particular, the staff scientists and technical support teams over the years. F.B. acknowledges the support of the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, under Grant No. ANR-18-CE30-0022. I.M. acknowledges the support of a Discovery Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. A.D.H. acknowledges the support of an ERC grant (RACOM). H.A. acknowledges funds from FEDER (Programa Operacional Factores de Competitividade COMPETE) and from FCT- Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I. P. (Portugal) under projects UIDB/04564/2020, UIDP/04564/2020 and PTDC/FIS-MAC/29696/2017. L.S. acknowledges support from the National Natural Science Foundations of China, No. 12174065, and the Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology No. 20ZR1405300.
Uncontrolled Keywords: biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
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Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2023 08:30
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2023 08:30
DOI: 10.1038/s43586-021-00089-0

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