X-ray atomic pair distribution function (PDF) is an X-ray scattering technique that can be used to study the local structure of materials at the atomic scale. The technique requires scattering data to be collected to very high scattering angles using high energy powder diffraction coupled with Fourier transform to produce the PDF data.
Diamond has two current beamlines capable of performing this type of experiment and is currently designing a new dedicated PDF beamline. The advantage of using of synchrotron X-rays:
In recent years PDF analysis has provided crucial information for many strategically important materials including:
Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
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