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Crystallography - VPMXCRI4

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  • Number of hours

    • Lectures : 12.0
    • Tutorials : 18.0
    ECTS : 2.5

Goals

The knowledge of the structure of matter is most often a prerequisite for understanding its properties. X-ray, neutron or elecron scattering can be used in order to investigate the structure of materials. The course is an introduction. It will focuse on perfect crystal structure and X-ray scattering.

The two main objectives of the course are that students are able to describe any crystal structure and to determine a crystal structure from the analysis of its X-ray diffraction pattern.

Contact Francoise HIPPERT

Content

Summary
1/ Introduction
2/ Direct and recirocal lattices, lattice classification
3/Study of crystal symmetries, space groups, point groups
4/ X-ray scattering
5/ Experimental methods

Chapters 2 and 3 deal with geometrical crystallography. The importance of the symmetry of crystals will be emphasized. Examples will be analyzed only from a structural point of view. Questions about the origin of a given structure or chemical bonding are out of the scope of the lectures.
Chapters 4 and 5 on X ray scattering are illustrated by tutorials on relevant examples of crystal structure determination.



Prerequisites

Teaching methods : 24h Theoretical classes (T)
Language : Classes and assessment in English, Bibliography in English.

Tests

The exam is given in english only 

Final written examination. 2 hours

No document exept one sheet of paper containing a summary of the course.
Pocket calculator allowed.



written examination 100%

Additional Information

This course is given in english only EN

Curriculum->Internationals Cursus->Semester 3
Curriculum->Master RI MANUEN->Semester 3

Bibliography

N.W. Ashcroft and N.D. Mermin
Solid State Physics (Holt-Saunders International editions) : chapters 4,5,6,7.

C. Hammond
The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction (International Union of Crystallography / Oxford Science Publications, 2001).

M. T. Dove
Structure and Dynamics : an atomic view of materials (Oxford series in condensed matter physics, 2003)

B. E. Warren
X-Ray Diffraction ( Dover publications, 1969 first edition, 1990 second edition).

J. Als-Nielsen and D. McMorrow
Elements of Modern X-ray Physics (John Wiley and sons, 2001)

V. Pecharsky and P. Zavalij
Fundamentals of Powder Diffraction and Structural Characterization of Materials
(Springer, second Edition 2009)

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Date of update August 28, 2014

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