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X-Ray Microdiffraction at the Advanced Light Source

Current Research

There is a wide range of research being conducted at Beamline 7.3.3. The following is a partial list of current topics:

  • Biomaterials: Structure of hydroxyapatite precipitates on biomaterial substrates
  • Composites: Mechanical properties of composite materials
  • Electronic Packaging: Failure mechanisms in Pb-free solder joints and surface finish
  • Environmental Science: Speciation of trace elements in ferromanganese nodules from soils
  • Ferroelectrics: Local strain fields around Ferroelectric domains
  • Extraterrestrial Geology: Characterization of micrometeorites and cometary dust particles
  • Geology/Mineralogy: identification of new minerals
  • High-Pressure Physics: structure refinement of crystals in a diamond-anvil cell
  • MEMS: Deformation mechanisms in MEMS devices
  • Microelectronics: Electromigration in Al and Cu interconnect lines
  • Polycrystals: in-situ deformation of Al and Cu bulk polycrystalline samples
  • Shape Memory Alloys: Study of superelasticity in a NiTi Shape Memory Alloy
  • Solid Fuel Cell Materials: Twinning properties of LaSrGaMgO
  • Superconductors: Characterization and strain measurements in superconducting YBCO films
  • Thin Films: Local plasticity studies in thin films