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Durham University

Department of Physics

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Publication details for Prof Peter Hatton

Hatton, P.D., Wilkins, S.B., Beale, T.A.W., Johal, T.K., Prabhakaran, D. & Boothroyd, A.T. (2005). Resonant soft X-ray diffraction - in extremis. Journal Of Synchrotron Radiation 12(4): 434-441.

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The use of softer-energy X-rays produced by synchrotron radiation for diffraction is an area of current interest. In this paper, experiments exploiting resonant scattering at the L absorption edges of 3d transition metal elements are reported. Such energies, typically 500-1000 eV, are at the extreme limit of soft X-ray diffraction where absorption effects are so severe that the sample and diffractometer must be placed in a windowless high-vacuum vessel. In addition, the Ewald sphere is so small as to likely contain, at most, only a single Bragg reflection. Advantages of using such radiation for the study of weak diffraction effects such as anomalous scattering, charge ordering, magnetic diffraction and orbital ordering are reported.