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Textures and Microstructures
Volume 13 (1991), Issue 2-3, Pages 189-197

Resolution of Superimposed Diffraction Peaks in Texture Analysis of a YBa2Cu3O7 Polycrystal

1Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
2Center for Materials Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, K-765, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA

Received 1 September 1990; Accepted 3 November 1990

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Texture measurements in polycrystalline 123 oxide superconductors are complicated by the superposition of Bragg reflections in the pole figures due to the near degeneracy of the crystal structure. A method is described, based on an extension of the WIMV algorithm, for resolving these superpositions and determining the crystal orientation distribution (OD). The method is exemplified by OD analysis of a magnetically aligned, strongly textured powder sample of YBa2Cu3O7.