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Textures and Microstructures
Volume 8 (1988) –9

Texture Analysis by TOF Measurements of Spallation Neutrons With a 2D-Position Sensitive Detector

1Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
2LANSCE, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA

Received 3 July 1987

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A new method is introduced to measure preferred crystallographic orientation in deformed polycrystals. A pulsed beam of protons is accelerated in the linear accelerator at Los Alamos. The beam is then compressed in time in a storage ring and directed towards a W spallation target producing bursts of pulsed neutrons of 0.25 μs duration. The neutron beam (107 n cm−2s−1) is scattered by the polycrystal sample and diffractions, including time of flight of neutrons, are recorded on a 2D detector. This offers both simultaneous coverage of a wide d spectrum (many peaks) and a large orientation region (pole figure segment). Results on Al polycrystals obtained with this instrument agree well with pole figures measured by conventional X-ray diffraction.