Elements of Modern X-ray Physics / Edition 2

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Eagerly awaited, this second edition of a best-selling text comprehensively describes from a modern perspective the basics of x-ray physics as well as the completely new opportunities offered by synchrotron radiation. Written by internationally acclaimed authors, the style of the book is to develop the basic physical principles without obscuring them with excessive mathematics.

The second edition differs substantially from the first edition, with over 30% new material, including: 

  • A new chapter on non-crystalline diffraction - designed to appeal to the large community who study the structure of liquids, glasses, and most importantly polymers and bio-molecules
  • A new chapter on x-ray imaging - developed in close cooperation with many of the leading experts in the field
  • Two new chapters covering non-crystalline diffraction and imaging
  • Many important changes to various sections in the book have been made with a view to improving the exposition
  • Four-colour representation throughout the text to clarify key concepts
  • Extensive problems after each chapter 

There is also supplementary book material for this title available online (http://booksupport.wiley.com).

Praise for the previous edition:

“The publication of Jens Als-Nielsen and Des McMorrow’s Elements of Modern X-ray Physics is a defining moment in the field of synchrotron radiation… a welcome addition to the bookshelves of synchrotron–radiation professionals and students alike.... The text is now my personal choice for teaching x-ray physics…” – Physics Today, 2002 

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"...Elements of Modern X-ray Physics has many features that make it stand apart from other books and, as such, it is more worthy of a bookshelf place..." (Contemporary Physics, Vol. 43, No.4, 2002)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470973943
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 434
  • Sales rank: 1,119,125
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

Preface to the first edition vi

Acknowledgements from the first edition vii

Notes on the use of this book vii

1 X-rays and their interaction with matter 1

1.1 X-rays: waves and photons 2

1.2 Scattering 5

1.3 Absorption 18

1.4 Refraction and reflection 23

1.5 Coherence 25

1.6 Magnetic interactions 27

1.7 Further reading 28

2 Sources 29

2.1 Early history and the X-ray tube 29

2.2 Introduction to synchrotron radiation 30

2.3 Synchrotron radiation from a circular arc 33

2.4 Undulator radiation 43

2.5 Wiggler radiation 59

2.6 Free-electron lasers 61

2.7 Compact light sources 62

2.8 Coherence volume and photon degeneracy 64

2.9 Further reading 66

2.10 Exercises 66

3 Refraction and reflection from interfaces 69

3.1 Refraction and phase shift in scattering 70

3.2 Refractive index and scattering length density 71

3.3 Refractive index including absorption 75

3.4 Snell’s law and the Fresnel equations in the X-ray region 77

3.5 Reflection from a homogeneous slab 81

3.6 Specular reflection from multilayers 85

3.7 Reflectivity from a graded interface 89

3.8 Rough interfaces and surfaces 90

3.9 Examples of reflectivity studies 97

3.10 X-ray optics 101

3.11 Further reading 111

3.12 Exercises 111

4 Kinematical scattering I: non-crystalline materials 113

4.1 Two electrons 114

4.2 Scattering from an atom 118

4.3 Scattering from a molecule 123

4.4 Scattering from liquids and glasses 125

4.5 Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) 134

4.6 Further reading 145

4.7 Exercises 145

5 Kinematical scattering II: crystalline order 147

5.1 Scattering from a crystal 147

5.2 Quasiperiodic structures 164

5.3 Crystal truncation rods 169

5.4 Lattice vibrations, the Debye-Waller factor and TDS 172

5.5 The measured intensity from a crystallite 179

5.6 Applications of kinematical diffraction 187

5.7 Further reading 203

5.8 Exercises 204

6 Diffraction by perfect crystals 207

6.1 One atomic layer: reflection and transmission 209

6.2 Kinematical reflection from a few layers 210

6.3 Darwin theory and dynamical diffraction 212

6.4 The Darwin reflectivity curve 216

6.5 DuMond diagrams 230

6.6 Further reading 237

6.7 Exercises 237

7 Photoelectric absorption 239

7.1 X-ray absorption by an isolated atom 242

7.2 EXAFS and near-edge structure 251

7.3 X-ray dichroism 261

7.4 ARPES 268

7.5 Further reading 271

7.6 Exercises 272

8 Resonant scattering 275

8.1 The forced charged oscillator model 277

8.2 The atom as an assembly of oscillators 281

8.3 The Kramers-Kronig relations 282

8.4 Numerical estimate of f ' 284

8.5 Breakdown of Friedel’s law and Bijvoet pairs 289

8.6 The phase problem in crystallography 295

8.7 Quantum mechanical description 300

8.8 Further reading 302

8.9 Exercises 302

9 Imaging 305

9.1 Introduction 305

9.2 Absorption contrast imaging 307

9.3 Phase contrast imaging 318

9.4 Coherent diffraction imaging 329

9.5 Holography 337

9.6 Further reading 340

9.7 Exercises 340

A Scattering and absorption cross-sections 343

B Classical electric dipole radiation 349

C Quantization of the electromagnetic field 355

D Gaussian statistics 361

E Fourier transforms 363

F Comparison of X-rays with neutrons 371

G MATLABr computer programs 373

H Answers to exercises and hints 397

Bibliography 403

Index 407

List of symbols 417

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