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Scope of the course

HERCULES is a European course for PhD students and young researchers using Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation for applications in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Hard & Soft Condensed Matter.

The 1-month school includes lectures (60%), hands-on practicals and tutorials at partner institutes (DESY and the European XFEL in Hamburg, Germany, Elettra and FERMI in Trieste, Italy, ESRF, ILL in Grenoble in Paris-Saclay, PSI in Villigen, Switzerland, Soleil and LLB) and Grenoble Laboratories (CEA, CNRS, EMBL, IBS).

Why join Hercules ?

  • to learn new techniques using neutron and synchrotron radiation
  • to expand your theoretical and practical knowledge, not only for your present research but for your scientific career
  • to experiment these techniques on world-class instruments & beamlines
  • to build a network of relations with fellow young researchers and experienced teachers from all around the World

Last year's booklet

To get more information (full list of lectures, practicals, social activities): download the HERCULES 2019 booklet

Programme overview:

The school includes a common part and two parallel sessions:

Common Lectures:

  • Interaction of X-rays and neutrons with matter (absorption, elastic and inelastic interactions, ...)
  • Sources (neutron, synchrotron, XFEL)
  • Detectors
  • Optics &instrumentation
  • Diffraction (single crystal, powder..)
  • Scattering (elastic, inelastic..)
  • Spectroscopy
  • Imaging (Absorption, coherent,..)

Session B: Applications to Biomolecular, Soft Condensed matter Structure and Dynamics

  • Protein structure and dynamics
  • Studies in solutions
  • Partially ordered systems
  • Membranes, fibres and muscles
  • Crystallography of large structures (viruses,...)
  • Structural genomics
  • Biomedical applications (imaging, therapy)
  • Time-resolved and ultra-fast X-ray science
  • Biology with 4th generation sources
  • NMR, mass spectroscopy and electron microscopy
  • ...

Session A: Applications to Physics and Chemistry of Condensed Matter

  • Neutron and X-ray (and UV and IR) spectroscopies
  • X-ray reflectivity and diffraction of nano systems
  • Single crystal and powder diffraction
  • Coherent imaging and tomography
  • Neutron and X-ray magnetic scattering
  • Polarised X-rays and neutrons
  • FEL and ultra fast X-ray science
  • ...

HERCULES 2020 poster

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