X-ray diffraction is a commonly used technique for structural characterisation of materials. Diffraction from single crystals is covered in our crystallography section. Here we concentrate on applications to polycrystalline materials (powders) or alternative sample geometries (e.g. surfaces). Technical information about Diamond’s X-ray diffraction facilities is summarised below.
Even though X-ray sources are widely available in home laboratories, the synchrotron provides a unique environment and unmatched features. Users benefit from a significant increase in data quality and often the synchrotron can solve the structure of otherwise intractable samples.
Types of samples which can be studied range from simple powders which can be loaded in glass capillaries through to large engineered components such as fan blades from aero-engines.
Applications are multitude and include:
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