Dissemination of IT for the Promotion of Materials Science (DoITPoMS)

DoITPoMS Teaching & Learning Packages Diffraction and Imaging

Diffraction and Imaging

This Teaching and Learning Package presents a brief summary of diffraction and imaging, using an optical system. The analogies to X-ray and electron diffraction make knowledge of optical diffraction key to understanding the behaviour. Diffraction plays a useful part in materials science, with such applications as the determination of crystal structure and the study of dislocation lines.


Photo of a zebra diffraction grating

First created: April 2004. "Going further" updated: January 2008