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Diffraction anomalous fine structure is a recently developed technique which can provide a measurement of the local structure of a given element in a particular phase or crystallographic site. Most previous investigations have applied the technique to bulk solids, thin films, and nano-dots or wires on crystalline substrates. In this paper, the technique is applied to highly disordered nanometre-sized Fe/Fe oxide core–shell nanocrystalline powders, the diffraction patterns of which exhibit weak and greatly broadened diffraction peaks. Focusing on the oxide shell diffraction peaks, a qualitative analysis of the near-edge spectral region and a quantitative analysis of the extended energy region are provided; in particular, good quality fittings of the extended range spectra are obtained. The local structure is selectively probed around the tetrahedral and octahedral sites of the oxide shell, finding the presence of a high degree …
International Union of Crystallography
Publication date: 
1 Aug 2009

Carlo Meneghini, Federico Boscherini, Luca Pasquini, Hubert Renevier

Biblio References: 
Volume: 42 Issue: 4 Pages: 642-648
Journal of Applied Crystallography