Advanced Photon Source

An Office of Science National User Facility

NRS Workshop 2018: Nuclear Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering and Data Analysis

Nov. 2 - 4, 2018

Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory


This two-and-half-day workshop is organized within the COMPRES infrastructure initiative to promote the application of the state-of-the-art Nuclear Resonant Scattering (NRS) techniques for characterizing the properties of materials under high P-T conditions of planetary interiors. The purpose of the workshop is to train current and potential scientific users in nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering and data analysis using PHOENIX and SciPhon.

Nuclear Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (NRIXS) provides information on vibrational and elastic properties, such as the phonon density of states, sound velocities, and isotope fractionation. NRIXS technique has become a powerful tool to understand the lattice and thermo-dynamics of Fe-bearing planetary materials in extreme pressure temperature conditions.

During the workshop we intend to

  • provide an introduction to lattice dynamics
  • provide an introduction of the NRIXS technique
  • discuss NRIXS applications to important geophysical problems
  • introduce PHOENIX and SciPhon for data evaluation
  • offer hands-on training sessions for PHOENIX
  • discuss experiment setup at the beamline and added features to the software


Important dates

Deadline for registration: Oct. 12, 2018

Deadline for requesting travel support: Oct. 5, 2018

Workshop dates: Nov. 2-4, 2018


For all workshop related matters, email

Lodging/Site Access

Lodging will be arranged at the Argonne Guest House for out-of-town participants. If you need a room, please specify the arrival and departure dates when you register.


Meals during the workshop and accommodation expenses for participants staying at the Argonne Guest House will be fully covered. Limited travel support is available upon request for COMPRES members. If you have any question, please send email to Dr. Wenli Bi at

Organizing Committee

Dr. Wenli Bi, Argonne National Laboratory/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Ercan Alp, Argonne National Laboratory

Prof. Jay D. Bass, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign