To use materials effectively, their composition, physical and mechanical characteristics, and microstructure must be accurately determined. The second edition of this concise encyclopledia covers the wide range of characterization techniques necessary to achieve this. With over 130 articles taken from the award-winning 'Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology', containing revisions and updates not available in the original set, this concise encyclopedia is an ideal quick reference for materials scientists, chemists and engineers.

Key Features

· Extensive topical coverage, from traditional methods to the very latest in research. · Includes ScienceDirect updates and revisions not available in the original 'Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology' · Over 500 illustrations, extensive cross-referencing, and a detailed index.


All materials scientists, chemists and engineers involved in research into any aspect of the characterization of materials

Table of Contents

CONTENTS Editor's Preface – newly written Alphabetical List of Articles An Introduction to Investigation and Characterization of Materials Acoustic Microscopy Adhesives: Tests for Mechanical Properties Amorphous Materials: Electron Spin Resonance Amorphous Materials: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Amorphous Materials: Nuclear Spin Relaxation Amorphous Materials: Small-Angle Scattering Amorphous Materials: Vibrational Spectroscopy Amorphous Materials: X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Analytical Transmission Electron Microscopy Anodization Microscopy Art Forgeries: Scientific Detection Atomic Force Microscopy Auger Electron Microscopy Auger Microscopy: Angular Distribution Brittle Materials: Strength Testing Ceramics, Cathodoluminescence Analysis of Ceramics: Fracture Toughness Testing Ceramic Powders: Packing Characterization Channelling-Enhanced Microanalysis Chemical Analysis of Solid Surfaces Combinatorial Screening Composite Materials: Nondestructive Evaluation Compton Scattering Confocal Optical Microscopy Corrosion and Oxidation Study Techniques Corrosion: Test Methods Crack Growth Measurement Creep by Indentation Creep, Creep Rupture and Stress Relaxation Testing Creep-Fatigue Interaction Testing Dating Archaeological Materials Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy Depth Profiling Diffusion: Novel Measurement Methods *Diffusion Multiple Screening: Phase Diagram Mapping and Related Studies Dislocations: Experimental Observation


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About the editor

Robert Cahn

Robert S. Cahn received his B.S. from the University of Chicago in 1966 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale University in 1970. From 1970 until 1982, he was a member of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Miami and of the Mathematics Department of Lehman College from 1983-1985. In 1986 he joined the IBM Communications Department working on network design algorithms and network design tools. He has also designed a number of very large, high-speed networks for both IBM and IBM customers. He is the author or over 20 research articles spanning his various interests. He is adjunct professor of Computer Science at Polytechnic University and regularly teaches about network design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Cambridge University