Introduction
to
X-ray Diffraction (XRD)

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Theory: X-rays
 

Questions:

1.  Is water or Cr a better absorber of X-rays?

2.  What effect does the wavelength of the X-ray sources have on penetration of X-rays?


Try the following demonstration below to help in answering these questions:

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Applet from: matter.org.uk (http://www.matter.org.uk/diffraction/x-ray/x_ray_diffraction.htm)

In addition to adsorption, X-rays can also be scattered and diffracted by a material.

Question:

1. What do you think makes something scatter vs. diffract?
 

Let’s take a look at the next section on Diffraction to Learn More.

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Contact

Celeste Morris, Bradley Sieve and Heather Bullen, Department of Chemistry, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY 41099