Rigaku XRD

We have a Rigaku X-ray diffractometer. This is a complex, computer-controlled instrument that has many different capabilities. It has two X-ray source paths (diverging and parallel beam), a variety of slits and columnators, a regular and two high-temperature heating stages, and a 2-d array solid-state detector. It is equipped with a copper tube rated to 2.2 kW. There are a variety of normal, heated, zero diffraction, capillary, and low-angle sample holders. We also have peak search and match capabilities using NIST and ICDD PDF-2 (2019) powder diffraction file databases.

Instructions and other goodies

Normal operationInstrument start-up procedure
Basic procedure to run samples
Data analysis introduction
Instrument shut-down procedure
Lock, lights, hardware status
InstrumentationX-ray tube
Hypix 400 detector
External plumbing
Internal wires and hoses
Water chiller
Hardware detailsStandard stage and sample holders
Incident and receiving hardware
Small angle equipment (SAXS)
Parr 600 oven anatomy
Parr 1200 oven anatomy
Parr 1200 oven, Mary Carroll instructions
Vacuum pumps
Other parts
Instruction materialsReview of SAXS analysis
StandardsStandard reference materials
ManualsVarious hardware manuals
Rigaku XRD web resourcesApplications notes, videos
Rigaku Journal
Handy little spreadsheetsCell refinement templates
d-2Θ conversions

 A Few Other Things…

image: usb_stick

The USB stick, attached by a magnet to the XRD, has help files, manuals, some papers, and other documentation.

One confusing thing in the documentation involves terms used for sample and X-ray spot dimensions. I think this explains what the terms refer to.