X-ray diffraction uses straight forward physics and provides a unique tool to explore the atomic structure of materials. This technique has revealed numerous crystalline structures and confirmed recently discovered quasicrystals. This talk discusses the variety of structures atoms can take as well as the interesting physical problems posed by these atoms. The basics of x-ray diffraction will be introduced as well as its limitations in understanding disordered solids.
Graduate Seminar Series
The seminar series consists of weekly talks designed and delivered by graduate students within the department. The goal of this project is to expose upper-level undergraduates to current physics research. The talks are aimed at the fourth-year level, but all are welcome and encouraged to attend.