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

Local Electronic Structure and Dynamics of Muon-Polaron Complexes in Fe2O3
M. H. Dehn, et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 037202 (2021). doi 10.1103/PhysRevLett.126.037202

Coexistence of metallic and nonmetallic properties in the pyrochlore Lu2Rh2O7
A. M. Hallas et al.
npj Quantum Materials 4, 9 (2019). doi 10.1038/s41535-019-0148-1

Incommensurate Magnetism Near Quantum Criticality in CeNiAsO
Shan Wu et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 122 197203 (2019), doi 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.197203

Magnetic moment of rare-earth elements in R2Fe14B estimated with µ+SR
Jun Sugiyama et al.
Phys. Rev. Materials 3, 064402 (2019)



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