Neutrons can penetrate deep into a sample without destroying it.
In addition, neutrons can also distinguish between light elements such as hydrogen, lithium and substances containing hydrogen.
Because neutrons themselves have a magnetic moment, they react to the smallest magnetic characteristics inside the material.
This makes them a versatile and powerful tool for materials research.
2D or 3D images, called neutron tomographs, can be calculated from the absorption of the neutrons in the sample.
A world-renowned team headed by Dr. Nikolay Kardjilov and Dr. Ingo Manke is working with BER II, the neutron source at HZB, to constantly expand and improve of neutron tomography methods.