Centre for Molecular and Materials Science


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

Volume-wise Destruction of the Antiferromagnetic Mott Insulating State through Quantum Tuning
B. Fransden et al.
Nat. Commun. (2016) 7, 12519

β-NMR Investigation of the Depth-Dependent Magnetic Properties of an Antiferromagnetic Surface
D. L. Cortie et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. (2016) 116, 106103

Spin Fluctuations from Hertz to Terahertz on a Triangular Lattice
Y. Nambu et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. (2015) 115, 127202



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Centre for Molecular and Materials Science
4004 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 2A3