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**Determination of Crystal Structures by X-ray Diffraction**

Lec. 6,7 Determination of Crystal Structures by X-ray Diffraction

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X-Ray Diffraction Diffraction gratings must have spacings comparable to the wavelength of diffracted radiation. Can’t resolve spacings Spacing is the distance between parallel planes of atoms.

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**X-Ray Diffractıon Methods**

Von Laue Rotating Crystal Powder Lattice Parameters Poly Crystal Monchromatic Beam, Variable Angle Many s (orientations) Orientation Single Crystal Polychromatic Beam, Fixed Angle single Lattice constant Single Crystal Monchromatic Beam, Variable Angle Varied by rotation

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**Laue Method The Bragg angle is fixed**

The Laue method is mainly used to determine the orientation of large single crystals while radiation is reflected from, or transmitted through a fixed crystal. The diffracted beams form arrays of spots, that lie on curves on the film. The Bragg angle is fixed for every set of planes in the crystal. Each set of planes picks out & diffracts the particular wavelength from the white radiation that satisfies the Bragg law for the values of d & θ involved.

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**Transmission Laue Method**

In the transmission Laue method, the film is placed behind the crystal to record beams which are transmitted through the crystal. In the transmission Laue method, the film is placed behind the crystal to record beams which are transmitted through the crystal. One side of the cone of Laue reflections is defined by the transmitted beam. The film intersects the cone, with the diffraction spots generally lying on an ellipse. Single Crystal Film X-Rays

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**Crystal Structure Determination**

by the Laue Method The Laue method is mainly used to determine the crystal orientation. Although the Laue method can also be used to determine the crystal structure, several wavelengths can reflect in different orders from the same set of planes, with the different order reflections superimposed on the same spot in the film. This makes crystal structure determination by spot intensity diffucult. The rotating crystal method overcomes this problem.

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**Rotatıng Crystal Method**

In the rotating crystal method, a single crystal is mounted with an axis normal to a monochromatic x-ray beam. A cylindrical film is placed around it & the crystal is rotated about the chosen axis. As the crystal rotates, Sets of lattice planes will at some point make the correct Bragg angle for the monochromatic incident beam, & at that point a diffracted beam will be formed.

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**Rotatıng Crystal Method**

The Lattice constant of the crystal can be determined with this method. For a given wavelength λ if the angle θ at which a reflection occurs is known, d can be determined by using Bragg’s Law.

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**Rotatıng Crystal Method**

The reflected beams are located on the surfaces of imaginary cones. By recording the diffraction patterns (both angles & intensities) for various crystal orientations, one can determine the shape & size of unit cell as well as the arrangement of atoms inside the cell. Film

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**Hence, X-rays can be used for the study of crystal structures**

For electromagnetic radiation to be diffracted the spacing in the grating should be of the same order as the wavelength In crystals the typical interatomic spacing ~ 2-3 Å so the suitable radiation is X-rays Hence, X-rays can be used for the study of crystal structures Target X-rays Beam of electrons An accelerating (/decelerating) charge radiates electromagnetic radiation

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**Relationship of the Bragg angle (θ) and the experimentally measured diffraction angle (2θ).**

X-ray intensity (from detector) q c d = n l 2 sin

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**K K Mo Target impacted by electrons accelerated by a 35 kV potential**

Characteristic radiation → due to energy transitions in the atom K White radiation Intensity 0.2 0.6 1.0 1.4 Wavelength ()

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Target Metal Of K radiation (Å) Mo 0.71 Cu 1.54 Co 1.79 Fe 1.94 Cr 2.29

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**d dSin The path difference between ray 1 and ray 2 = 2d Sin**

BRAGG’s EQUATION Deviation = 2 Ray 1 Ray 2 d dSin The path difference between ray 1 and ray 2 = 2d Sin For constructive interference: n = 2d Sin

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**Note that in the Bragg’s equation: **

The interatomic spacing (a) along the plane does not appear Only the interplanar spacing (d) appears Change in position or spacing of atoms along the plane should not affect Bragg’s condition !! d Note: shift (systematic) is actually not a problem!

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**Diffraction = Reinforced Coherent Scattering**

Bragg’s equation is a negative law If Bragg’s eq. is NOT satisfied NO reflection can occur If Bragg’s eq. is satisfied reflection MAY occur Diffraction = Reinforced Coherent Scattering Reflection versus Scattering Reflection Diffraction Occurs from surface Occurs throughout the bulk Takes place at any angle Takes place only at Bragg angles ~100 % of the intensity may be reflected Small fraction of intensity is diffracted X-rays can be reflected at very small angles of incidence

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**n is an integer and is the order of the reflection **

n = 2d Sin, n= 1, 2, 3, … n is an integer and is the order of the reflection For Cu K radiation ( = 1.54 Å) and d110= 2.22 Å n Sin 1 0.34 20.7º First order reflection from (110) 2 0.69 43.92º Second order reflection from (110) Also written as (220)

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**In XRD nth order reflection from (h k l) is considered as 1st order reflection from (nh nk nl)**

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The Powder Method If a powdered crystal is used instead of a single crystal, then there is no need to rotate it, because there will always be some small crystals at an orientation for which diffraction is permitted. Here a monochromatic X-ray beam is incident on a powdered or polycrystalline sample. Useful for samples that are difficult to obtain in single crystal form. The powder method is used to determine the lattice parameters accurately. Lattice parameters are the magnitudes of the primitive vectors a, b and c which define the unit cell for the crystal.

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The Powder Method For every set of crystal planes, by chance, one or more crystals will be in the correct orientation to give the correct Bragg angle to satisfy Bragg's equation. Every crystal plane is thus capable of diffraction. Each diffraction line is made up of a large number of small spots, each from a separate crystal. Each spot is so small as to give the appearance of a continuous line.

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The Powder Method If a monochromatic X-ray beam is directed at a single crystal, then only one or two diffracted beams may result. See figure For a sample of several randomly orientated single crystals, the diffracted beams will lie on the surface of several cones. The cones may emerge in all directions, forwards and backwards See figure For a sample of hundreds of crystals (powdered sample), the diffracted beams form continuous cones. A circle of film is used to record the diffraction pattern as shown. Each cone intersects the film giving diffraction lines. The lines are seen as arcs on the film. See figure

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THE POWDER METHOD Cone of diffracted rays

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**Diffraction cones and the Debye-Scherrer geometry**

POWDER METHOD Diffraction cones and the Debye-Scherrer geometry Different cones for different reflections Film may be replaced with detector

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Debye Scherrer Camera A small amount of powdered material is sealed into a fine capillary tube made from glass that does not diffract X-Rays. The sample is placed in the Debye Scherrer camera and is accurately aligned to be in the center of the camera. X-Rays enter the camera through a collimator. The powder diffracts the X-Rays in accordance with Braggs Law to produce cones of diffracted beams. These cones intersect a strip of photographic film located in the cylindrical camera to produce a characteristic set of arcs on the film.

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**Powder Diffraction Film**

When the film is removed from the camera, flattened & processed, it shows the diffraction lines & the holes for the incident & transmitted beams.

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**Some Typical Measurement Results**

Laue - “white” X-rays Yields stereoscopic projection of reciprocal lattice Rotating-Crystal method: monochromatic X-rays Fix source & rotate crystal to reveal reciprocal lattice Powder diffraction - monochromatic X-rays Powder sample to reveal “all” directions of RL

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**(Courtesy H&M Services.)**

Photograph of a XRD Diffractometer (Courtesy H&M Services.)

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(a) Diagram of a diffractometer showing a powdered sample, incident & diffracted beams. (b) Diffraction Pattern from a sample of gold powder.

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**Example (From the Internet)**

The results of a diffraction experiment using X-Rays with λ = Å (radiation obtained from a molybdenum, Mo, target) show that diffracted peaks occur at the following 2θ angles: Find: The crystal structure, the indices of the plane producing each peak, & the lattice parameter of the material.

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Example (Solution) First calculate the sin2 θ value for each peak, then divide through by the lowest denominator,

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**Example (Solution Continued) Picking Peak 8: 2θ = 59.42° or θ = 29.71°**

Then use the 2θ values for any of the peaks to calculate the interplanar spacing & thus the lattice parameter. Picking Peak 8: 2θ = 59.42° or θ = 29.71° So, for example: Ǻ Ǻ This is the lattice parameter for body-centered cubic iron.

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**Note: XRD is a nondestructive technique! Some uses of XRD include:**

Applications of XRD Note: XRD is a nondestructive technique! Some uses of XRD include: Distinguishing between crystalline & amorphous materials. Determination of the structure of crystalline materials. Determination of electron distribution within the atoms, & throughout the unit cell. Determination of the orientation of single crystals. Determination of the texture of polygrained materials. Measurement of strain and small grain size…..etc.

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**Advantages & Disadvantages of XRD Compared to Other Methods**

X-Rays are the least expensive, the most convenient & the most widely used method to determine crystal structures. X-Rays are not absorbed very much by air, so the sample need not be in an evacuated chamber. Disadvantages X-Rays do not interact very strongly with lighter elements.

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