X-ray Diffraction System for Advanced Materials Analysis in Research and Education
Technical Report,01 Feb 2015,31 Jan 2016
Texas State University San Marcos United States
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Funds were received and expended to acquire the Rigaku SmartLab high-resolution x-ray diffraction XRD system with HyPix-3000 array detector. The SmartLab is suitable for user-friendly measurement reconfiguration to analyze thin films, powders, and nanomaterials. The acquisition supports current materials research at Texas State University, a Hispanic serving institution, and will support future research initiatives based on a 5-year warranty and broad base of university funding to projects. The system is emerging as a major resource in the existing Analysis Research Service Center RSC, a fee-based user facility which ensures broad access to instrumentation. The XRD complements extensive materials growth and device fabrication RSCs for conducting research supported by federal, state, and industry funding. This support currently includes four Department of Defense awards. The new XRD system replaced an antiquated, single investigator system acquired in 1994 for thin-film analysis. The state-of-the-art SmartLab system provides new capabilities and reduces measurement time to allow expanded usership for both research and education.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods