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Powder Diffraction Pattern Simulation and Analysis

  • James K. Steele (a1) and Ronald R. Biederman (a2)


The graphics capability and speed available in modern personal computers has encouraged an increase in the use of a direct pattern comparison approach to the analysis of x-ray and electron diffraction patterns. Several researchers over the past 30 years have presented programs and algorithms which calculate and display powder patterns for xray diffraction. These programs originally required a main frame computer which was expensive and generally not available to all researchers. With the recent advances in the speed of personal computers, language compilers, and high resoultion graphics, expecially within the past 5 years, real time calculations and display of calculated patterns is becoming widely available. The power of this approach will be demonstrated through the use of an IBM compatable personal computer code developed by the authors.



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