TYC@Imperial: Science and Software at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Dr Anthony Lim

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, STFC

Wednesday 7th November 2018
Time: 12.00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre G20, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London
Contact: Ms Hafiza Bibi
Tel: 020 7594 7252


The ISIS Neutron and Muon source produces 2x10^16 neutrons per second in operation, and each neutron produces data. Reducing, processing and analysing this data is critical to the success of the work of more than 4000 scientists per year and contributed to 486 peer-reviewed publications in 2017. I will present an overview of the work performed by the team of physicists, software engineers and data scientists based at Mantid and Ada Lovelace Centre (ALC) teams in Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, supporting this work.

Mantid is used for data reduction and analysis for an enormous range of scientific problems, from quantum topological states, to fatigue and damage in aerospace alloys. I will give a brief overview of some of this range of functionality and also  focus in-depth on some cutting edge developments involving negative muons. As an example of the work in the ALC I take a particularly relevant example for neutron science. I will show how a new molecular dynamics with Monte Carlo hybrid approach, incorporating Bayesian optimisation,  is being used to understand dynamical structure factors in biological structures.


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