About Quantum Beam Science


Quantum Beam Science (ISSN 2412-382X) is an international, open access journal that publishes reviews and original research focusing on the application of quantum beams for the study and characterization of materials in their widest sense, as well as developments of quantum beam sources, instrumentation and facilities. The journal publishes reviews, original research articles, and communications; there is no restriction on the maximum length of the papers.

Quantum beams encompass a wide range of particle and radiation sources, including synchrotron radiation, X-rays, gamma rays, neutron beams, electrons, lasers, muons, positrons, ions, and extremely strong lasers. These beams can be applied to the study of diverse materials, such as crystalline, amorphous, magnetic, metallic, ceramic, biologic, hard and soft matter, warm dense matter, functional materials, and structural materials, among others.

Quantum Beam Science spans various scientific disciplines, including solid-state physics, chemistry, crystallography, materials science, biology, geology, and earth and planetary materials, as well as engineering. Examples of research within this field encompass investigations into phase transformations in alloy development, modulated structures in spintronic systems, crystalline order and disorder, stresses in engineering specimens, changes in amorphous structure, excitations in functional materials, the interior of stars, electrochemistry in ion battery systems, imaging in life sciences, and the propagation of dislocations in crystals.

We particularly encourage submissions of papers and Special Issues that utilize multiple quantum beams for complementary studies, such as neutron and synchrotron radiation, or muons and neutrons, to provide more comprehensive data. Our instrumental publications cover a wide range, including large user facilities, novel developments, sources, spectrometers, diffractometers, their functionality, and the fundamental aspects of probing, encompassing physical and optical principles, pertinent scattering and interaction theories relevant to the kind of radiation and their applications.


The journal covers the following topics within the context of quantum beam science:

Quantum beams:

  • synchrotron radiation
  • X-rays
  • gamma rays
  • neutron scattering
  • free electron lasers
  • muons
  • positrons
  • electron scattering
  • high-strength lasers
  • protons, ions
  • extremely strong lasers


  • materials science
  • soft condensed matter
  • hard condensed matter
  • materials under extreme conditions
  • high pressure, high temperature, warm dense matter
  • radiation damage
  • quantum states, Bose-Einstein condensates, low temperature
  • dynamics of materials
  • density of states
  • diffusion, phonons, magnons, excitons
  • kinetics of materials, chemical reactions, catalysis
  • phase transformations
  • crystalline, charge and magnetic structure
  • protein crystallography
  • amorphous materials, glasses, liquids, gasses
  • engineering applications (strain, stress, texture, fatigue)
  • in-situ, real-time observations
  • bulk, surfaces, interfaces, atomic layers


  • facilities, sources
  • beamlines
  • sample environment
  • quantum beam optics
  • computing
  • combination of quantum beams
  • data analysis


  • quantum beam interactions
  • interferometry
  • fundamental optics
  • cross sections
  • scattering theories
  • complementarity of different quantum beams

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