Rice University

Shared Equipment Authority

X-Ray Diffractometers

The instruments in this facility are capable of performing a number of X-ray Analysis Methods including Powder Phase Analysis, Transmission Small Angle Scattering (particle size and distribution from 1 to 100 NM), Single Crystal Small Molecule Crystal Structure Analysis, Thin Film Thickness Measurement and Surface Phase Analysis, Pole Figure Mapping,  Residual Stress Analysis, Grazing Incidence X-ray Analysis, and High Resolution XRD methods.  

XRD: Rigaku WAXS Diffractometer

 The Rigaku WAXS (Wide Angle X-ray Scattering) Diffractometer (SEA#103) consists of a RUH3R Copper Target Rotating Anode X-ray Generator, Osmic Blue Confocal Optics with 0.3 or 0.5 mm Collimator, a Single, Phi Axis Goniometer with verticle orientation, and a Rigaku R-Axis IV++ Image Plate Area Detector.  The detector imaging area is approximately 380 mm x 380 mm; with the ability to adjust the Sample to Detector distance from 70mm to 450mm.   The data collection software is the Rigaku Crystal Clear 2.0 installed on a Windows 7 Pro computer platform.  The instrument is useful for conducting

XRD: Quantum Design MPMS SQUID System


The Magnetic Property Measuring System (MPMS) System is fitted with a Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) attachment (SEA #412) for measuring the dynamic effect of samples in a strong DC magnetic field, which is operator selectable and adjustable.  This magnet field is produced by  two superconducting magnets submerged in a dewar of liquid Helium (He4).  Each sample is translated through two magnetic fields with opposit polarity while the detector measures various change effects.