Elementary Scattering Theory: For X-ray and Neutron Users

Paperback | February 6, 2011

byD.S. Sivia

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The opportunities for doing scattering experiments at synchrotron and neutron facilities have grown rapidly in recent years and are set to continue to do so into the foreseeable future. This text provides a basic understanding of how these techniques enable the structure and dynamics ofmaterials to be studied at the atomic and molecular level. Although mathematics cannot be avoided in a theoretical discussion, the aim has been to write a book that most scientists will still find approachable. To this end, the first two chapters are devoted to providing a tutorial background in themathematics and physics that are implicitly assumed in other texts. Thereafter, the philosophy has been one of keeping things as simple as possible.

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The opportunities for doing scattering experiments at synchrotron and neutron facilities have grown rapidly in recent years and are set to continue to do so into the foreseeable future. This text provides a basic understanding of how these techniques enable the structure and dynamics ofmaterials to be studied at the atomic and molecula...

Dr. Sivia studied for his degrees at Cambridge University and then did post-doctoral work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was a staff scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and a College Lecturer at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, for many years before becoming a Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford. In addition t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:February 6, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019922868X

ISBN - 13:9780199228683

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Table of Contents

Part I: Some preliminaries1. Studying matter at the atomic and molecular level2. Waves, complex numbers and Fourier transformsPart II: Elastic scattering3. The basics of X-ray and neutrons scattering4. Surfaces, interfaces and reflectivity5. Small-angle scattering and the big picture6. Liquids and amorphous materials7. Periodicity, symmetry and crystallographyPart III: Inelastic scattering8. Energy exchange and dynamical information9. Examples of inelastic scattering

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"This book offers a fresh approach to scattering theory which emphasises geometric principles over quantum mechanical recipes. It demonstrates how scattering measurements can be understood in a simple and intuitive way via wave interference phenomena. Great care is taken to explain all thenecessary mathematics, and the presentation is crystal clear. The book will be particularly useful for individuals using X-ray and neutron scattering to investigate the structure of materials in chemistry, biology, physics, materials science and engineering." --Andrew Boothroyd, Oxford University