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Early Days of X-ray Crystallography

André Authier


2012 marked the centenary of one of the most significant discoveries of the early twentieth century: the discovery of X-ray diffraction in March 1912 by Laue, Friedrich, and Knipping, and of the birth of X-analysis with Bragg’s law in November 1912. The discovery of X-ray diffraction confirmed the wave nature of X-rays and the space-lattice hypothesis. The book stresses the unique role played by X-ray diffraction in the analysis of the structure of atoms and in the determination of the atomic structure of materials. It relates the discovery itself and the context in which it was made: the loca ... More

Keywords: atomic structure, Bragg’s law, X-ray diffraction, Laue, X-ray analysis, X-ray crystallography, X-ray spectroscopy, X-rays

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199659845
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659845.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

André Authier, author
Professor Emeritus at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris