Design of a Single-Crystal Diffractometer for the PIK Reactor

  • A. A. BykovEmail author
  • O. P. Smirnov


The scheme of arrangement of a four-circle diffractometer on a thermal neutron beam from the HEC-9 channel of the PIK reactor is proposed. Calculations are performed using analytical and numerical approaches. The setup parameters are optimized: the resolution, the size of the focusing monochromator and its curvature in the vertical and horizontal directions, the efficiency of filters, and the monochromatic neutron-flux density on the sample, with which the maximum intensity is achieved in the detector. It is shown that the beam intensity at the position of the detector is a more important parameter than the intensity at the sample position during device optimization. The device characteristic obtained will allow studying the atomic and magnetic structure of a wide class of crystals.


diffraction neutron tools resolution McStas 



We are grateful to M.S. Onegina for the granted spectrum for the HEC-9 channel.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Konstantinov Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute”GatchinaRussia

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