International Tables for Crystallography

The Rietveld method
A. Albinati and B. T. M. Willis. International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. C, ch. 8.6, pp. 710-712  [ doi:10.1107/97809553602060000614 ]


An overview of the Rietveld method of analysing powder diffraction data, in which the crystal structure is refined by fitting the entire profile of the diffraction pattern to a calculated profile, is provided. The basic theory of Rietveld refinement is described and some problems that may lead to failure of the method are discussed.

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International Tables for Crystallography is the definitive resource and reference work for crystallography. The series consists of nine volumes and comprises articles and tables of data relevant to crystallographic research and to applications of crystallographic methods in all sciences concerned with the structure and properties of materials.