X-ray diffraction

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  • Name and what department each person was in.
  • Student or staff partner?
  • How was each person involved?
  • What rough dates did they contribute?
  • Jonathan Rackham, Department of Materials. Staff partner from October 2021.

Aims & Learning Outcomes

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This visualisation would be used as teaching tools in MATE50005 (Materials Characterisation) lectures as well as self-study tools in lab sessions. It will also be useful in the MATE70001 module (MSc Characterisation course).

After using this visualisation, students will be able to:

  • qualitatively describe the relationship between direct and reciprocal lattices.
  • discuss the features of reciprocal space and how they relate to a crystal’s structure.
  • relate the motion of a diffractometer to that of the scattering vector through reciprocal space.
  • evaluate the effect of experimental conditions on the diffraction patterns obtained.

Design Overview

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Design Justification

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Education Design

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Graphical Design

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