Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) Instrument Performance and Validation Using Silver Nanoparticles

Report No. ARL-TR-7898
Authors: Frederick L Beyer
Date/Pages: December 2016; 20 pages
Abstract: Small-angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) is a powerful technique for characterizing the morphology of certain materials but requires that great care be given to data collection, data correction, and instrumental effects on the data. In this report, the performance of the US Army Research Laboratory's new SAXS instrument is compared to the predicted performance and tested using samples of silver nanoparticles provided by an outside laboratory. The effect of beam-stop shadowing is discussed, and corrections for this effect are applied to the data.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: December 1, 2016