Information on Imperfections

  • Matteo Leoni
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)


Line Profile Analysis is the common name given to those methods allowing microstructure information to be extracted from the breadth and shape of the peaks in a diffraction pattern. A fast analysis is always possible via traditional techniques such as the Scherrer formula, Williamson-Hall plot and Warren-Averbach method, but at the expenses of the physical meaning of the result. A more sound alternative is offered by the Whole Powder Pattern Modelling, allowing physical information to be extracted from diffraction data in a self-consistent way.


Average Crystallite Size Reciprocal Space Scherrer Formula Integral Breadth Spherical Domain 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



The author wishes to thank Prof. P. Scardi for continuous support, critical reading and useful discussions. The PM2K software implementing the WPPM method and the DIFFaX+ code for the analysis of systems with heavy faulting are both available on request from the author. A free license is granted for academic and non-profit use.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials Engineering and Industrial TechnologiesUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly

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