Dr Gail Iles

Instrument Scientist
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Role at ANSTO
Dr Gail Iles left ANSTO in May 2017 to take up a Lecturer role at Physics, RMIT.
Dr Gail Iles was an instrument scientist on EMU, the cold neutron backscattering spectrometer and PELICAN, the time-of-flight spectrometer in the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering.  Her expertise in neutron scattering has been demonstrated through characterisation measurements at neutron sources around the world, and in neutron instrumentation.
Gail was instrument scientist of FALCON, the neutron Laue diffractometer at HZB in Berlin, Germany, responsible for the design, construction and commissioning of this new instrument.  Previously, Gail also spent a short time as instrument scientist on the high-flux powder diffractometer, D20 at the ILL in Grenoble, France.
Gail’s research interests are in the field of rare earth magnetism.  The very high resolution of EMU will be ideal for investigating hyperfine energy fields which typically occur at just a few µeV.  A number of rare earth atoms have been shown to undergo hyperfine splitting which can be observed as the interaction between the spins of the incoming neutron and the sample nuclei.  Studies of nuclear magnetism will help us better understand the mechanisms of high-temperature superconductivity, for example.
Qualifications and Achievements
  • Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (2017)
  • Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra (2016)
  • WISE Champion award presented by HRH Princess Anne for a range of outreach activities with Unlimited Theatre; for inspiring children, especially girls, to study science, technology and mathematical subjects at school (2011)
  • Novespace Bronze Medal awarded for flying 500 parabolas onboard the Zero-G aircraft, Bordeaux, France, accumulating over 2.5 hours in microgravity (2011)
  • European Space Agency fellowship awarded to characterise intermetallics at ILL and ESRF, Grenoble, France, within the framework of the FP6 project, IMPRESS (2007-2009)
  • PhD in experimental condensed matter physics awarded by University of Leicester, UK (2007)
  • BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences with Physics awarded by Open University, UK (2003)



Selected publications

G. N. Iles (2017). High Flux Metal Vapour Cell. In  Y. Huttel (Ed.), Gas Aggregation Synthesis of Nanoparticles. Wiley-VCH
G. N. Iles, Inelastic Neutron Scattering School 2015 (INSS 2015) Neutron News 27 Issue 2 (2016)
G. N. Iles, F. Devred, P. F. Henry, T. Hansen, G. Reinhart; Neutron Diffraction studies for realtime leaching of catalytic Ni J. Chem. Phys. 141 034201 (2014)
G. N. Iles and S. Schorr; The HZB neutron Laue diffractometer – from E11 to FALCON, Neutron News 25 Issue 2 (2014)
T. Chatterji, G. N. Iles, B. Frick, A. Marcinkova and J-W G. Bos; Direct evidence for the magnetic ordering of Nd ions in NdFeAsO by high resolution inelastic neutron scattering, Phys. Rev. B. 84 132413 (2011)
G. N. Iles, C. Binns, S. H. Baker and M. Roy; Ferromagnetism of Dy Films containing Embedded Fe Atoms and Nanoparticles J. Mag. Mag. Mat. 322 (2010) 2509-2515
T. Chatterji, G. N. Iles, B. Ouladdiaf and T. Hansen; Magnetoelastic effect in MF2 (M=Mn,Fe,Ni) investigated by neutron powder diffraction J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 22 316001 (2010)
S. Lösch, B. Günther, G. N. Iles and U. Büngener; Microgravity Compatible Equipment for Inert Gas Condensation of Metals During Parabolic Flights Rev. Sci. Instrum. 80 083907 (2009)
O. Shuleshova, D. Holland-Moritz, W. Löser, G. Reinhart, G. N. Iles And B. Büchner; Metastable formation of decagonal quasicrystals during solidification of undercooled Al-Ni melts: in situ observations by synchrotron radiation Europhys. Lett. 86 (2009) 36002
G. N. Iles, S. H. Baker, S. C. Thornton, C. Binns; Enhanced Capability in a Gas Aggregation Source for Magnetic Nanoparticles J. Appl. Phys. 105 024306 (2009)