Buy article online - an online subscription or single-article purchase is required to access this article.
Download citation
Download citation
link to html
X-ray diffraction peak broadening is discussed in terms of line broadening and rocking-curve broadening in a novel theoretical description. The nonlocal strain tensor is factorized by using the method of polar decomposition instead of the more conventional separation into symmetrical and antisymmetrical components. A number of X-ray line-broadening and rocking-curve experiments on the same single crystals or individual grains in bulk polycrystals prove that plastic deformation produces strained subgrains mutually rotated by rigid-body rotations. The novel theoretical description appropriately accounts for the rigid-body rotation and strain at the same time and provides straightforward separation of the two effects of line and rocking-curve broadening in the radial and normal directions of the diffraction vector. The mathematical results are discussed in terms of experiments of X-ray diffraction, Laue asterism and electron backscatter diffraction. From the experimental results it is shown that the simultaneous evaluation of line and rocking-curve broadening provides qualitative information about the redundant and geometrically necessary character of dislocations, not available if only one or the other is accessible.

Subscribe to Journal of Applied Crystallography

The full text of this article is available to subscribers to the journal.

If you have already registered and are using a computer listed in your registration details, please email for assistance.

Buy online

You may purchase this article in PDF and/or HTML formats. For purchasers in the European Community who do not have a VAT number, VAT will be added at the local rate. Payments to the IUCr are handled by WorldPay, who will accept payment by credit card in several currencies. To purchase the article, please complete the form below (fields marked * are required), and then click on `Continue'.
E-mail address* 
Repeat e-mail address* 
(for error checking) 

Format*   PDF (US $40)
   HTML (US $40)
   PDF+HTML (US $50)
In order for VAT to be shown for your country javascript needs to be enabled.

VAT number 
(non-UK EC countries only) 

Terms and conditions of use
Contact us

Follow J. Appl. Cryst.
Sign up for e-alerts
Follow J. Appl. Cryst. on Twitter
Follow us on facebook
Sign up for RSS feeds