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

Quantum spin fluctuations in the bulk insulating state of pure and Fe-doped SmB6
K. Akintola et al.
Phys. Rev. B (2017) 95, 245107

Lithium diffusion in spinel Li4Ti5O12 and LiTi2O4 films detected with 8Li β-NMR
J. Sugiyama et al.
Phys. Rev. B (2017) 96, 094402

Uniaxial pressure effect on the magnetic ordered moment and transition temperatures in BaFe2‑xTxAs2 (T = Co, Ni)
D. W. Tam et al.
Phys. Rev. B (2017) 95, 060505



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