What is crystallography as applied to mineralogy?
Crystallography studies how atoms are arranged in crystals structures. In crystallography, diffraction patterns are analyzed to determine the structures of crystalline solids. For instance, in X-rays crystallography, X-rays diffract from electrons in a crystal, allowing for a three-dimensional reconstruction of the crystal structure.
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Crystallography is often used in mineralogy (the study of minerals). Because minerals contain crystal structures, crystallography is used to determine...
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Discover the life and scientific achievements of German physicist and Nobel Prize winner Max von Laue. Learn about his discovery of x-ray diffraction and what it meant to our understanding of how electromagnetic waves behave.