Crystal Chemistry of Rock-Forming Minerals
labs, homework problems
of the instructor (students from other departments
should have a course introducing concepts in symmetry
to obtain consent of the instructor)
(with EaES 4224 )
|| 4 credit
This course covers X-ray diffraction theory and
methods starting with the basics of symmetry, X-ray
generation, and the common powder diffraction techniques
followed by single-crystal methods. The powder techniques
are used for sample identification and the obtainment
of accurate unit cell parameters. Single crystal techniques
are useful to obtain unit cell information and symmetry
of an unknown material. The last 25% of the course
examines ways in which the atomic coordinates of an
unknown structure may be obtained, the use of synchrotron
radiation, and the Rietveld powder technique.
Laboratories emphasize powder diffraction techniques.
Laboratory examples include sample preparation, sample
identification, quantitative analysis of certain mixtures,
and the use of computers to obtain and process data.
syllabus of this course is available.