UWinnipeg student scatters neutrons in France

Bright and expressive, Megan Rutherford, is a third-year physical chemistry student who is working with Dr. Chris Wiebe (chemistry).  She enjoys taking the ideas of physics and applying them to chemistry. She is curious about the quantum behaviour of matter, so much so, she spent 10 weeks in France studying it at two prestigious French institutions — the Université Grenoble Alpes, and the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) both in the city of Grenoble.

She spent her first six weeks at the Université Grenoble Alpes attending lectures and conducting lab work on the topics of crystallography, neutron scattering, and synchrotron radiation. After completing this study, Rutherford was awarded an internship at the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), an international flagship research centre for neutron science.

During this time she was able to work on the diffuse scattering spectrometer D7. The D7 is an instrument that is used to study short-range magnetic order with polarized neutrons. This study-abroad experience and working in the ILL facility brought Rutherford a new level of excitement in her program of study. It also confirmed her love and commitment to the field.

“Overall, I am so excited to bring what I have learned back to Canada as I continue my studies in physical chemistry,” Rutherford says.


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