Appl Note 1014

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Mineralogical Application of Powder Diffraction



Historically the mineral object were the first and most common application area of  powder diffraction technique.  Minerals are the naturally formed phases. Mineralogical science and mineral processing industry still widely uses powder diffraction method. This method probably is most popular and valuable in technique for research and industrial purposes, such as:

  • Determination of phase composition of rocks and ores
  • Mineral raw material quality control
  • Determination of nature and impurities concentration in minerals
  • Elucidation the nature of isomorphic substitutions, character of structural changes in minerals in the process of their polymorphic transformations, determination of new minerals.

Sample Preparation

Phase Identification

Phase Quantification

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