Volume 1 (1972), Issue 2, Pages 125-127

The Spherical Sample Method in Neutron Diffraction Texture Determination

1Technische Universität Dresden, Sektion Physik, Germany
2Zentralinstitut für Festkörperphysik und Werkstofforschung Dresden, der Deutschen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, Germany

Received 2 May 1972; Accepted 28 June 1972

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Neutron diffraction proves advantageous as compared to X-ray diffraction in texture analysis because of the lower absorption coefficient for a broad variety of materials especially metals. The spherical sample method is recommended because it yields the most reliable results and it does not require great preparational efforts. The fundamental difference between the spherical sample method in X-ray and in neutron diffraction is discussed.