X-ray Crystallography

School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

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This website is a review tutorial of x-ray crystallography. It serves as a refresher of the subject and gives insight into typical problems relating to this technique. Topics include x-ray diffraction, crystal structure determination, and refinement. Links to short explanations on the related topics of powder diffraction, thermal motion, Bragg's Law, and Fourier synthesis and the phase problem are also included. For students wishing to test their comprehension, there is a short quiz with answers at the end of the tutorial.

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Part of the Cutting Edge collection. The NAGT/DLESE On the Cutting Edge project helps geoscience faculty stay up-to-date with both geoscience research and teaching methods.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystallography, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Mineralogy:X-ray Techniques
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)
Topics: Solid Earth:Geochemistry, Mineralogy:X-ray Techniques, Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, Solid Earth, Mineralogy:Crystallography
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Mineralogy, Geochemistry