# Misinterpreting X-Ray Diffraction Results by Tom and Keith

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Misinterpreting X-Ray Diffraction Results by Tom and Keith

X-ray How many of you have carried out x-ray diffraction?
How many of you have interpreted x-ray diffraction results? Who is responsible for Bragg’s Law?

Example 1 Rock Salt

Why are peaks missing? The sample is made from Morton’s Salt
111 200 220 311 222 JCPDF# The sample is made from Morton’s Salt JCPDF# is supposed to fit it (Sodium Chloride Halite)

It’s a single crystal 111 200 220 311 222 2q The (200) planes would diffract at °2q; however, they are not properly aligned to produce a diffraction peak The (222) planes are parallel to the (111) planes. At °2q, Bragg’s law fulfilled for the (111) planes, producing a diffraction peak.

A random polycrystalline sample that contains thousands of crystallites should exhibit all possible diffraction peaks 200 220 111 222 311 2q 2q 2q For every set of planes, there will be a small percentage of crystallites that are properly oriented to diffract (the plane perpendicular bisects the incident and diffracted beams). Basic assumptions of powder diffraction are that for every set of planes there is an equal number of crystallites that will diffract and that there is a statistically relevant number of crystallites, not just one or two.

Hint Typical Shape Of Crystals
Powder Samples 200 111 220 311 222 Salt Sprinkled on double stick tape What has Changed? NaCl <100> Hint Typical Shape Of Crystals It’s the same sample sprinkled on double stick tape but after sliding a glass slide across the sample

Example 2 PZT

A Tetragonal PZT What happened to cause the peaks to shift?
Lattice Parameters a= Å b= Å Sample Re-polished and Re-measured 011 110 111 002 200 What happened to cause the peaks to shift?

Change In Strain/Lattice Parameter?
A Tetragonal PZT Lattice Parameters a= Å c= Å Change In Strain/Lattice Parameter? a=4.07A c=4.16A 101/110 002/200 111 Z-Displaced Fit Disp.=1.5mm D= 1.5 mm a [A] 4.07 c [A] 4.16 Disp

Z-Displacements Tetragonal PZT R θ 2θ a=4.0215 b=4.1100 Disp 011 110
111 002 200 θ Disp

Example 3 Nanocrystalline Materials

Hint: Why are the intensities different?
Which of these diffraction patterns comes from a nanocrystalline material? 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 2 q (deg.) Intensity (a.u.) Hint: Why are the intensities different? These two diffraction patterns come from the exact same sample (silicon). The apparent difference in peak broadening is due to the instrument optics, not due to specimen broadening These diffraction patterns were produced from the exact same sample The apparent peak broadening is due solely to the instrumentation 0.0015° slits vs. 1° slits

Peak Width B(2q) varies inversely with crystallite size The constant of proportionality, K (the Scherrer constant) depends on the how the width is determined, the shape of the crystal, and the size distribution the most common values for K are 0.94 (for FWHM of spherical crystals with cubic symmetry), 0.89 (for integral breadth of spherical crystals with cubic symmetry, and 1 (because 0.94 and 0.89 both round up to 1). K actually varies from 0.62 to 2.08 For an excellent discussion of K, refer to JI Langford and AJC Wilson, “Scherrer after sixty years: A survey and some new results in the determination of crystallite size,” J. Appl. Cryst. 11 (1978) p Remember: Instrument contributions must be subtracted

Methods used to Define Peak Width
46.7 46.8 46.9 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 47.4 47.5 47.6 47.7 47.8 47.9 2 q (deg.) Intensity (a.u.) Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM) the width of the diffraction peak, in radians, at a height half-way between background and the peak maximum Integral Breadth the total area under the peak divided by the peak height the width of a rectangle having the same area and the same height as the peak requires very careful evaluation of the tails of the peak and the background FWHM 46.7 46.8 46.9 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 47.4 47.5 47.6 47.7 47.8 47.9 2 q (deg.) Intensity (a.u.)

Williamson-Hull Plot y-intercept slope K≈0.94
Grain size and strain broadening Grain size broadening K≈0.94 Gausian Peak Shape Assumed

Dealing With Different Integral Breadth/FWHM Contributions Contributions
Lorentzian and Gaussian Peak shapes are treated differently B=FWHM or β in these equations Williamson-Hall plots are constructed from for both the Lorentzian and Gaussian peak widths. The crystallite size is extracted from the Lorentzian W-H plot and the strain is taken to be a combination of the Lorentzian and Gaussian strain terms. Lorentzian (Cauchy) Gaussian Integral Breadth (PV)

Example 4 Crystal Structure vs. Chemistry

Two Perovskite Samples
What are the differences? Peak intensity d-spacing Peak intensities can be strongly affected by changes in electron density due to the substitution of atoms with large differences in Z, like Ca for Sr. Assuming that they are both random powder samples what is the likely cause? SrTiO3 and CaTiO3 Ca Z=20; Sr Z=38 Zr Z=40; Y Z=39 Plays into why having an un-textured sample is important 200 210 211 2θ (Deg.)

What is a structure factor? What is a scattering factor?

Two samples of Yttria stabilized Zirconia
Why might the two patterns differ? Substitutional Doping can change bond distances, reflected by a change in unit cell lattice parameters The change in peak intensity due to substitution of atoms with similar Z is much more subtle and may be insignificant 10% Y in ZrO2 50% Y in ZrO2 45 50 55 60 65 2θ (Deg) Intensity(Counts) Ca Z=20; Sr Z=38 Zr Z=40; Y Z=39 Plays into why having an un-textured sample is important

Polycrystalline films on Silicon
Why do the peaks broaden toward each other? Solid Solution Inhomogeneity Variation in the composition of a solid solution can create a distribution of d-spacing for a crystallographic plane CeO2 19 nm 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 2 q (deg.) Intensity (a.u.) ZrO2 46nm CexZr1-xO2 0<x<1

Is that enough information?
Example 5 Radiation from a copper source - Is that enough information? “Professor my peaks split!”

Why does this sample second set of peaks at higher 2θ values?
Hints: It’s Alumina Cu source Detector has a single channel analyzer 006 113 Kα1 Kα2

Diffraction Pattern Collected Where A Ni Filter Is Used To Remove Kβ
Ka1 Ka2 What could this be? W La1 Due to tungsten contamination K alpha 1 and K alpha 2 overlap heavily at low angles and are easier to discriminate at high angles. Kb

Wavelengths for X-Radiation are Sometimes Updated
Copper Anodes Bearden (1967) Holzer et al. (1997) Cobalt Cu Ka1 Å Å Co Ka1 Å Å Cu Ka2 Å Å Co Ka2 Å Å Cu Kb Å Å Co Kb Å Å Molybdenum Chromium Mo Ka1 Å Å Cr Ka1 Å Å Mo Ka2 Å Å Cr Ka2 Å Å Mo Kb Å Å Cr Kb Å Å Often quoted values from Cullity (1956) and Bearden, Rev. Mod. Phys. 39 (1967) are incorrect. Values from Bearden (1967) are reprinted in international Tables for X-Ray Crystallography and most XRD textbooks. Most recent values are from Hölzer et al. Phys. Rev. A 56 (1997) Has your XRD analysis software been updated?

Example 6 Unexpected Results From An Obviously Crystalline Sample

Unexpected Results From an Unknown Sample
D8 Focus No peaks seen in a locked coupled 2θ scan of a crystalline material Why?

Bruker Diffractometer with Area Detector
α α = 35° 2θ=50° ω=25 ° Detector distance= 15 cm

After Crushing The Unknown Sample
D8 Focus JCPDF We now have two visible peaks that index with CaF

2D (Area) Diffraction allows us to image complete or incomplete (spotty) Debye diffraction rings
Polycrystalline thin film on a single crystal substrate Mixture of fine and coarse grains in a metallic alloy Conventional linear diffraction patterns can easily miss information about single crystal or coarse grained materials

Quiz

Match The Sample/Measurement Conditions With The Diffraction Pattern
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