Limited sample size is a common problem in exploratory synthesis or when the yield of a chemical, physical, or mechanical process on a material is very low. Furthermore, micro-sampling on a single specimen of a few millimeters in size can be important for identifying inhomogeneity. Micro-diffraction using focused X-ray radiation down to 100-150 μm can be an extremely useful probe for mapping crystallinity, texture, and homogeneity in samples with small volume (< 1mm3).
Example of micro-focused 2D diffraction on a sample with an approximate size of 1 mm that contains a mixture of crystalline and amorphous phases
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