The First International Workshop on Neutron Brillouin Scattering,  held  in Perugia, Italy, in 2005, was organized to illustrate the wealth of information on the dynamical properties of disordered matter that was being provided by advanced scattering techniques, by computer simulations, and by theoretical methods. The workshop revealed a very active scientific community, and a broad range of topics already under study or yet to be tackled.

The denomination "Brillouin scattering" (BS), originally referred to visible light scattering, where the well-known Brillouin lines reflect the existence of propagating sound modes, has in the years been extended to include scattering of other probes able to span the kinematic plane at momentum transfers up to the nanometer range. Dedicated neutron BS instruments are now operational, and high-resolution beam lines of modern synchrotrons also provide facilities for x-ray and UV inelastic scattering.

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Photos by Marco Maccarini


The last years have seen a continuing interest in the field, and there are good reasons why, a decade after the first workshop, it seems that times are ripe to give all involved scientists the opportunity to gather again, with a twofold purpose: first, to assess the progresses that have been made; and second, to propose and discuss what can, and should, be done in the near future to exploit at best the potential of Brillouin scattering, also with special attention to new fields of application. Besides the unfading interest in a deeper understanding of fundamental features of the dynamics of disordered systems, which is far from being an exhausted theme, one may remind that Brillouin scattering plays a large role in the study of magnetic excitations, and delivers interesting results in the research on biological systems.

We are therefore pleased to invite the scientists working, or interested, in the field to attend the Second International Workshop on Brillouin Scattering, that will be held from the 3rd to the 5th of February, 2016 at "Sapienza" University in Rome.

The workshop is open to all contributions (from theoretical, experimental, and simulation methods) able to show progresses in the field, to stimulate novel research and new collaborations, and to foresee instrumental upgrades. We wish all participants to enjoy a lively and open discussion on up-to-date scientific issues and research projects.

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Key Dates
Abstract submission deadline 05/01/2016
Notification of poster/oral communications 07/01/2016
Payment period begins 08/01/2016
Payment and registration deadline 27/01/2016


Organizing Committee

Ubaldo Bafile, Stefano Bellissima, Matteo Brutti, Vanja Cvelbar, Roberta De Donatis,

Alessio De Francesco, Ferdinando Formisano, Eleonora Guarini, Fernanda Lupinacci, Giancarlo Ruocco

Contact: Brillouin2016@iom.cnr.it

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