Laboratory X-ray Powder Diffraction

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


Laboratory diffractometers form the introduction to powder diffraction for most researchers. On a basic level for phase ID, etc., one diffractometer is very much like another. However when configuring a system for more challenging and advanced experiments, a variety of options and choices confront the experimentalist. Rather than cover the basics of diffractometer operation and geometry we will discover how a good understanding of the concepts behind laboratory diffractometers and their components is vital to getting the best from a system and pushing the limits of what can be achieved with lab instrumentation. Laboratory instrumentation will never compete with the sheer power and resolution of a synchrotron beamline. However, by departing from the conventional setups, it can be surprising what may be achieved in-house without resorting to the delay and inconvenience of synchrotron beamtime proposals.


Scintillation Detector Position Sensitive Detector Primary Mirror Nickel Laterite Secondary Monochromator 
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The author would like to thank Ian Madsen and Nicola Scarlett of CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia and Ron Peterson of Queens University, Kingston, Canada for kindly allowing their work to be used as examples.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Research Council CanadaOttawaCanada

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