Elements for Designing an X-Ray Diffraction Experiment

  • Ullrich Pietsch
  • Václav Holý
  • Tilo Baumbach
Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)


The aim of this chapter is to discuss the basic elements of the apparatus necessary for performing x-ray diffraction and x-ray reflectometry experiments. These are the sources providing the x-rays, the optical elements to monochromate and collimate the incident beam for an optimum interaction with the sample and the detection units, recording the diffracted/reflected radiation as a function of a spatial angle or of energy. The particular design will be different, of course, depending on whether we are performing the experiment in a home laboratory or at a beamline of a storage ring facility. Although the arrangement of elements may differ, the functions of the elements will be the same.


Synchrotron Radiation Optical Element Angular Width Diffraction Curve Incoming Photon 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ullrich Pietsch
    • 1
  • Václav Holý
    • 2
  • Tilo Baumbach
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of PhysicsUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Department of Solid State PhysicsMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic
  3. 3.Institut fuer SynchrotronstrahlungForschungszentrum Karlsruhe in der Helmholtz-GemeinschaftKarlsruheGermany

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