x-rays: explain diffraction vs coherent scatter

L. D. Marks L-marks at nwu.edu
Thu Aug 31 13:58:11 EST 2000

While it is true that there is no difference between Rayleigh and Bragg
scattering in many respects, this is only part of the answer. Bragg
as used for x-ray diffraction refers primarily to the case when the wave
scattered from different regions add coherently to give a large nett
Rayleigh scattering is, I think, more for the case when the scattering
from different regions adds incoherently. A loose analogy would be to
compare Rayleigh scattering to what one has from an amorphous material,
versus Bragg diffraction from a crystal.

Laurence Marks
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Northwestern University
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mailto:L-marks at northwestern.edu

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