20 January 2017

Full Elasticity Tensor from Thermal Diffuse Scattering

We present a method for the precise determination of the full elasticity tensor from a single crystal diffraction experiment using monochromatic X-rays. For the two benchmark systems calcite and magnesium oxide, we show that the measurement of thermal diffuse scattering in the proximity of Bragg reflections provides accurate values of the complete set of elastic constants. This approach allows for a reliable and model-free determination of the elastic properties and can be performed together with crystal structure investigation in the same experiment.
Reference: B. Wehinger et al, Physical Review Letters 118, 035502 (2017)

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