The historical core of the TRIUMF molecular and materials science research program utilizes muon spin rotation, relaxation and resonance (μSR) techniques based on the unmatched capability of the positive muon (μ+) to detect the magnetic field at its microscopic location. It is now well recognized that this capability enables μSR to provide unique information over a very wide range of disciplines. Specifically, μSR has been applied to the study of magnetism, superconductivity, semiconductors and semi-metals, quantum diffusion, molecular bonding states, and fundamental and complex chemical reactions.
Topics studied at the Centre for Molecular and Materials Science include:
- Definitive measurements and test of high-temperature superconductors;
- Experimental tests of quantum mass effects in the chemical sciences;
- Physical, green, and materials design chemistry;
- Exotic magnetism, strongly correlated systems, and quantum phase transitions;
- Hydrogen-materials interactions; and
- Industrial basic research for automobile technology.
TRIUMF also operates a proton & neutron irradiation facility.