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X-Ray Diffraction and its Applications

X-Ray Diffraction and its Applications

This eLearning module covers the basic principles and applications of X-Ray Diffraction - a technique used in the study of crystal structures, and atomic spacing. characterization​


  • Material types: Crystalline and amorphous​

  • Constructive and destructive interference and diffraction pattern from a crystalline material​

  • Basics of X-ray diffraction and Bragg’s law​

  • Diffractogram: Diffraction angle vs diffracted X-ray intensity​

  • Applications of X-ray diffraction: Quantitative and qualitative analysis​

  • Diffractometer and its components​

  • X-ray source, optics, and typical detectors​

  • Calibration of instrument and sample preparation​

  • Methods used for XRD measurements​

  • Operating the diffractometer​

  • Precautions while handling the diffractometer​

  • Why it matters

    An X-Ray diffractometer is used for Phase identification, Phase detection and Phase quantification, texture and orientation analysis, order-disorder transformation, and Lattice parameter determination of crystal structures. Understanding the science behind X_Ray diffraction can enable analysts to perform QC experiments correctly and get to the root cause of any errors.​

  • Who is it for​ ​

    Personnel in production, analytical quality, including quality control and quality assurance who use this technique  should complete this module.​

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