MAT_SCI 361: Crystallography & Diffraction

Quarter Offered

Winter : MWF 12-12:50 ; Haile/Emery


1. Differential and Integral Calculus 2. Vector Analysis 3. Complex Analysis (Euler's Formula and the Complex Plane) 4. Elementary Electricity and Magnetism 5. Elementary Modern Physics (Atomic Energy Levels) 6. Atomic Bonding and Coordination


Course Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to identify different types of crystal structures that occur in metals, ceramics, and polymers.
  2. Students will be able to perform standard x-ray diffraction measurements on metals, ceramics and polymers and quantitatively interpret the results.
  3. Students will attain an intermediate level of understanding for the particle and wave physical processes underlying x-ray emission, elastic and inelastic scattering, absorption, and interference of coherent waves. They will understand how these processes manifestly explain 3D and 2D kinematical diffraction, thin-film diffraction, conventional and synchrotron x-ray sources, x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, and low-energy electron diffraction.
  4. Students will understand how to use reciprocal space graphical constructions and vector algebra to interpret diffraction from 3D and 2D single crystals, and random and textured polycrystalline samples.

Relationship to Department Objectives

Supports 1, 2, 4, 5, 13, 15

Textbook: "Elements of Diffraction", B.D. Cullity and S.R. Stock, Prentice Hall (3rd ed. 2001) ISBN: 0-201-61091-4 "The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction", C. Hammond, Oxford 3rd ed. (2009) ISBN: 9780199546459