The understanding of electronic behaviour in systems with reduced dimensionality and length scale is a central theme of contemporary condensed matter physics. The unique capabilities of neutron scattering make it an ideal method to study the atomic and molecular, chemical and magnetic structure of a wide class of materials. In this review we highlight recent studies where neutron techniques have been applied to emergent materials and look forward to the possibilities enabled by instrumentation on the ISIS Second Target Station.

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DOI: 10.1016/S1369-7021(09)70232-9