Fundamentals of Powder Diffraction and Structural Characterization of Materials

  • Vitalij K. Pecharsky
  • Peter Y. Zavalij

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About this book


Fundamentals of Powder Diffraction and Structural Characterization of Materials provides an in-depth introduction to the theories and applications of the powder diffraction method for structure determination. The emphasis is placed on powder diffraction data collected using conventional x-ray sources, which remain primary tools for thousands of researchers and students in their daily experimental work. The book is divided into two parts: chapters one though three give essential theoretical background, while chapters four through seven guide the reader through practical aspects of extracting structural information from powder data.  In addition color electronic versions of some 300 illustrations found throughout the book will be included. The book is designed for both the undergraduate and graduate students from materials science, solid-state chemistry, physics, geology, and literally any other science or engineering background, who demand structural information at the atomic resolution. Key features: The book requires no prior knowledge of the subject, but is comprehensive and detailed making it useful for both the novice and experienced user of the powder diffraction method. The book is useful for any scientific or engineering background, where precise structural information is required. The book comprehensively describes the state-of-the-art in structure determination from powder diffraction data both theoretically and practically using multiple examples of varying complexity. Particular attention is paid to the utilization of the Internet resources, especially the well-tested and freely available computer codes designed for processing of powder diffraction data.


Point group Powder diffraction X-Ray crystallography scattering

Authors and affiliations

  • Vitalij K. Pecharsky
    • 1
  • Peter Y. Zavalij
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of EnergyIowa State UniversityAmesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry and Institute for Materials ResearchState University of New York at BinghamtonBinghamtonUSA

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