Neutron and X-Ray Scattering in the Studies of Metals
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Neutrons and X-rays are well established tools for studying properties of condensed matter. With the advent of synchrotron radiation facilities their high photon fluxes started to be effectively used in the fields reserved earlier for neutrons. Although the two techniques are conceptually so similar that many physical problems can be solved using either technique, there are apparent fields in which one method is superior with respect to the other one. Therefore both techniques are often needed for characterization of the material of interest. The paper concentrates on the studies of some static properties of metals and alloys. Relatively wide range of phenomena is presented, starting from structural aspects and ending on the sophisticated studies of the magnetic moment components. The paper is intended to bring a short (yet necessarily subjective and incomplete) review of what has recently been achieved by using neutrons and X-rays in metal (or more precisely - metallic states) studies.
- Institute of Physics, University in Białystok, Lipowa 41, 15-424 Białystok, Poland
- The Sołtan Institute for Nuclear Studies, 05-400 Otwock-Świerk, Poland
- Laboratoire de Minéralogie-Cristallographie, Université de Paris VI, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05, France
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