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Underneath the Bragg Peaks

Structural Analysis of Complex Materials

* Introducing a unique method to study the atomic structure of nano-materials
* Award winning research. Takeshi Egami received the 2003 Eugene Bertram Warren Diffraction Physics Award for the work described in the book.

This book focuses on the structural determination of crystalline solids with extensive disorder. Well-established methods exist for characterizing the structure of fully crystalline solids or fully disordered materials such as liquids and glasses, but there is a dearth of techniques for the cases in-between, crystalline solids with internal atomic and nanometer scale disorder. Egami and Billinge discuss how to fill the gap using modern tools of structural characterization. While this subject might sound rather narrow, the fact is that today this problem is encountered in the structural characterization of a surprisingly wide range of complex materials of interest to modern technology and is becoming increasingly important.

Audience

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, experienced researchers in solid state chemistry or physics, earth science, materials science and engineering and biochemistry moving into this field of nanostructured materials, advanced undergraduate students

Included in series
Pergamon Materials Series

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Published: October 2003

Imprint: Pergamon

ISBN: 978-0-08-042698-3

Reviews

  • "Egami and Billinge are experts in the application of PDF analysis and their writing is both clear and insightful. The organisation of the book is also excellent, with illuminating examples provided throughout. If you have an interest in atomic structure of materials, and local structural details in particular, PDF methods can be profoundly useful. I would heartily recommend this book as a starting point if you are considering using PDF analysis in your own work. For more experienced practitioners, this text is a useful reference."
    Materials Today, June 2004

Contents

  • Preface
    Ch. 1 Structure of complex materials
    Ch. 2 Crystallographic analysis of complex materials
    Ch. 3 The method of total scattering and atomic pair distribution function analysis
    Ch. 4 Total scattering experiments
    Ch. 5 Data collection and analysis
    Ch. 6 Extracting structural information from the PDF
    Ch. 7 Dynamics of the local structure
    Ch. 8 Structure of well-ordered crystals
    Ch. 9 Defects, nanocrystalline and crystallographically challenged materials
    Ch. 10 Local structure of systems with competing interactions
    Ch. 11 Phase transitions
    Ch. 12 The structure of anisotropic glasses
    Ch. 13 Concluding remarks

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