Tables for
Volume H
Powder diffraction
Edited by C. J. Gilmore, J. A. Kaduk and H. Schenk

International Tables for Crystallography (2018). Vol. H, ch. 2.3, p. 98

Section 2.3.6. Concluding remarks

C. J. Howarda* and E. H. Kisia

aSchool of Engineering, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
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2.3.6. Concluding remarks

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Neutron powder diffraction is just one of many neutron-scattering techniques available; however, it is one that is very commonly used. In fact, the demand for this particular neutron technique is rivalled only by that for small-angle neutron scattering. The close analogy with X-ray powder diffraction makes the technique very familiar to many practitioners of that technique. The differences from X-rays are also critical (Sections 2.3.1[link] and 2.3.2[link]), since these are the means by which neutron diffraction can obtain information not otherwise accessible. In this chapter we have included descriptions of the various types of neutron source, the neutron powder diffractometers installed at these sources, and a selection of routine and more specialized applications. Demand for the technique is expected to continue, buoyed by further developments in instrumentation and the exploration of new applications.


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