X-Ray Facility Overview
X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) is a powerful structural characterization tool that is essentially a two point probe which measures the distance between all pairs of atoms within the diffraction volume. As a result, the information gained is dependent only on your creative knowledge of diffraction and ability to mathematically extract the information from the data. There are several well established XRD analysis techniques provided with the instrument analysis and data acquisition software; in addition, the facility has developed several in-house software programs along with a variety of stand-alone XRD related software programs. With over 20 years of experience in teaching, training, data acquisition, and data analysis, in the field of XRD on a wide variety of samples, including unconventional diffraction samples, please consult with Edward Laitila to learn more on how this facility may enhance your research.
X-ray fluorescence (XRF) wavelength spectroscopy provides elemental analysis of materials in solid, powder, or liquid form. The EX-6600 energy dispersive spectrometer is capable of analyzing all elements from fluorine thorough uranium. Detection limits can be in the parts per million range with easy identification of elements present. Standard-less analysis capability provides quick quantification of elements particularly useful for material development, externally provided samples, and combined with XRD enhances identification of phases present in a material.
X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) Capabilities
Lattice Parameter Determination
Crystallite (Particle) Size and Strain Analysis
A Variety of Other Techniques Available Upon Request
Zero Background Sample Holder
Custom Powder Sample Holders
Custom Irregular Shaped Solid Holder
Custom Liquid Holder
Anton-Paar High Temperature Stage
X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (XRF) Capabilities
Bulk elemental analysis capable of detecting boron to uranium.
Eight analyzing crystals, with a specialized crystal for carbon analysis.
Three fundamental modes of operation, qualitative scans to determine elements present, classical quantitative analysis for precise quantification (requires standards), and standardless quantitative analysis.
UniQuant quantitative analysis software available which can determine elements from fluorine to uranium in 17 minutes.
Requires no standards particularly useful if standards are not available e.g. material development.
Irregularly shaped samples can be accommodated.
Helium flush system allows the ability to do loose powders and liquids for all methods of analysis.
Capable of detection and quantification in the parts per million (ppm) range.
Mettler High Precision Scale
Liquid Sample Cells