The Centre for Molecular and Materials Science (CMMS) provides unique tools for Canadian and international scientists to better understand matter at the microscopic level. We provide intense spin-polarized beams of muons (µ+ or µ) and lithium-8 (8Li), which are implanted into a material and characterized with novel magnetic resonance techniques known as µSR (muon spin rotation / relaxation / resonance) and βNMR (beta-detected nuclear magnetic resonance). µSR and βNMR can provide unique information about a wide range of materials (magnetic systems, superconductors, semiconductors, batteries and free radicals) that is unavailable with conventional spectroscopic methods.

Recent Highlights

Freezing out of a low-energy bulk spin exciton in SmB6
K. Akintola et al.
npj Quantum Materials, volume 3, Article number: 36 (2018)

Direct measurements of the temperature, depth and processing dependence of phenyl ring dynamics in polystyrene thin films by β-detected NMR,
I. McKenzie et al.
Soft Matter (2018) doi: 10.1039/C8SM00812D

Disentangling superconducting and magnetic orders in NaFe1‑xNixAs using muon spin rotation,
S.C. Cheung et al.
Phys. Rev. B 97, 224508 (2018)

Discovery of slow magnetic fluctuations and critical slowing down in the pseudogap phase of YBa2Cu3Oy
J. Zhang et al.
Science Advances 05 Jan 2018:Vol. 4, no. 1, eaao5235

The proposal submission deadline for the MMS-EEC has been extended to Tuesday, Dec. 18th, 2018. The next meeting will take place on Jan 21st and 22nd, 2019.



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