Courses of Study 2017-2018 
    Apr 19, 2019  
Courses of Study 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AEP 7110 - [Principles of Diffraction]

(crosslisted) MSE 6710  
Spring (not offered every year). 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: assumes some knowledge of statistical thermodynamics, crystallography, elementary quantum mechanics, and theory of rate processes.


Graduate-level introduction to diffraction/scattering phenomena in the context of solidstate and soft condensed-matter systems. The primary topic is using the scattering and absorption of neutron, electron, and X-ray beams to study physical systems. Particular emphasis is placed on issues related to synchrotron X-ray sources. Specific topics include elastic and inelastic scattering; diffraction from two- and three-dimensional periodic lattices; the Fourier representation of scattering centers and the effects of thermal vibrations and disorder; diffraction, reflectivity, or scattering from surface layers; diffraction or scattering from gases and amorphous materials; small angle scattering; X-ray absorption spectroscopy; resonant (e.g., magnetic) scattering; novel techniques using coherent X-ray beams; and a survey of dynamical diffraction from perfect and imperfect lattices.

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