X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Scattering (XRS)

Materials property characterization from fundamental research to industrial quality control

Bruker's X-ray portfolio covers a wide range of X-ray scattering techniques for materials characterization and quality control of crystalline or non-crystalline materials such as powders, solid blocks, nanoparticles, thin films, epitaxial layers, or liquids.

Techniques include X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD) including Rietveld (TOPAS), diffuse or "total" scattering (PDF analysis), Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS) and analysis of amorphous, polycrystalline or epitaxial films using X-Ray Reflectometry (XRR), High-Resolution X-Ray Diffraction (HRXRD), Reciprocal Space Mapping (RSM). All of those can be executed on micron sized samples or areas of a larger sample called micro-XRD.


Thanks to the DAVINCI design of the D8 ADVANCE and the D8 DISCOVER easy switching between all the applications can be performed on a single, multipurpose system.


If XRPD is the main task, the D2 PHASER brings full performance in benchtop size and the D8 ENDEAVOR allows for automated, high sample throughput.

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Our X-ray diffraction instruments

Our SAXS instruments

  • N8 HORIZON – compact small angle X-ray scattering system for advanced materials research
  • NANOSTAR – top of the line small angle X-ray scattering solution
  • MICRO Series – top-speed SAXS/WAXS for bio research

For more information please see our PDF file on X-ray Diffraction or contact us.