Fall 2021 - PHYS 864 G100

Structural Analysis of Materials (3)

Class Number: 4066

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    BLU 10901, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Permission of instructor.



The application of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and x-ray diffraction techniques to the study of the structure of materials. Hands-on instruction about the operation of a TEM and x-ray diffractometers is provided. The basic theory required for analyzing TEM and x-ray images and diffraction data is described.


Senior undergraduate level experimental or theoretical interest in the topic.

To introduce the structural analysis of materials using x-rays and electrons. Focus will be on those materials of major interest of the class, including crystalline and amorphous systems, inorganic and organic. The experimental techniques, software applications, and instrumentation will be discussed.

Students will be required to propose one experiment, carry it out through simulations (software) and/or via a hands-on project, and submit a report.

Lecture Topics:
What structure are we considering?
Electron and x-ray scattering from what?
Instrumentation capabilities available
Imaging and diffraction data
Simulation techniques
Spectroscopy applications (STEM, EDS, EELS)


  • Labs 50%
  • Homework 30%
  • Final 20%



E-copy through the library:
Transmission Electron Microscopy: A Textbook for Materials Science Williams, David B ; Carter, C. Barry
Boston: Springer 2009

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