SmartLab training (EMEA)

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Course name:   SmartLab Regular Training Europe
Duration:   4½ days
Sessions:   March 11-15, 2024
July 15-19, 2024
October 14-18, 2024
Course times:   9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location:   Neu-Isenburg, Germany

General Scope

This course addresses the basic operations in terms of hardware and software for the SmartLab multi-purpose XRD instrument.  The training is based on hands-on solving of example problems in order to illustrate a range of XRD techniques. Starting from basic general purpose powder X-ray diffraction right through to pole figure, residual stress, SAXS and thin-film X-ray diffraction including X-ray reflectivity, grazing incidence diffraction, in-plane diffraction and high-resolution diffraction using SmartLab Studio II, Powder XRD, XRR, HR-XRD and Texture Plugins. Previous experience in X-ray diffraction is required. Persons attending the training should expect to leave the course with a basic working knowledge of both the SmartLab hardware and analysis software. Some of the specific topics covered are outlined below.

Rigaku will provide the training notes and a course certificate.

Persons attending the training are advised to have a personal computer with SmartLab Studio II software installed and software dongle / network license that is required to run the software.

Who should attend?

Operators, engineers, research scientists and university students in university and operators of the SmartLab diffractometer supplied by Rigaku.

Registration is required. The number of places is limited.

Course agenda

Day 1
9:00 - 12:00 Theory
1. Introduction
2. XRD basics
3. Sample preparation
SmartLab (SL) hardware (HW) and software (SW)
4. Measurements
14:00 - 17:00 SW
1. Introduction to SLSII
2. Data analysis
a) Basic/data processing
b) Conversion/saving
c) Visualization/graphics
d) Database (COD, ICDD) installation
3. Qualitative
a) RIR
b) Internal/external standards
4. Introduction to the Rietveld Method, WPPF
5. WPPF - exercises
Day 2
9:00 – 12:00 SW
1. Quantitative phase analysis
2. Quantification of amorphous phases
3. Comprehensive analysis
a) Crystallite size determination
4. Crystallite size distribution
14:00 – 17:00 SW
1. Crystal structure solution from powder X-ray data
a) Indexing, space group determination
b) Crystal structure model determination
2. Transmission measurements
3. PDF
Day 3
9:00 - 12:00 Theory
1. Gracing Incidence Diffraction (GID)
2. In-plane diffraction
3. Pole Figure
SL HW and SW
4. GID measurement
5. In-plane measurement
14:00 - 17:00 SL HW and SW
1. PF measurements (0D,2D) measurement & analysis
Theory, HW & SF
2. Residual Stress
3. Residual Stress measurement (0D,2D) & analysis
Day 4
9:00 - 12:00 Theory, HW & SW
14:00 - 17:00 SL HW & SW
1. Microdiffraction (incident optics, camera)
2. XRR theory, measurement and analysis
3. RC measurement and analysis
Day 5
9:00 – 12:30 Theory, HW & SF
1. RSM measurement and analysis (fast RSM, wide Range RSM) 
2. Q & A Session
3. Summary of the training

Note: During training course, the latest version of software for instrument control and analysis software that is available on the market is used. Therefore, details of the operation might be different from your environment. Our trainers are more than happy to discuss the operations on your version of the software.