This course provides an introduction to the basic theory and skills of using the X-ray diffraction (XRD) instrument for materials science applications.

Who can enrol

Researchers, PhD and honours students in the physical or biological sciences or engineering, intending to use the Empyrean X-ray diffractometer.

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Course outline

Lectures will cover the following:

  • basic introduction to crystallography
  • X-ray scattering and diffraction theory
  • sample preparation
  • simple data analysis

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Course materials

Lecture notes and supporting documentation will be provided as downloadable files one week before the start of the course. Attendees are expected to be familiar with basic principles and applications of XRD before attending. 

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You are expected to be familiar with the basic principles of XRD and its relevance to your research prior to attending this course.

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A short written test will assess your understanding of the theory underlying instrument operation. Practical assessment will take place during the training labs on the instruments.

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  • New users must complete an application to access the facilities. They will be enrolled in the course at their new user meeting.
  • Existing users should contact the relevant Technique Group Leader. You will be offered a place if you can demonstrate a need for this training.

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