Application Training

Polycrystalline thin film and coatings analysis

Remote Courses

Remote training courses will be hosted via video conference and will cover the same topics as the courses hosted at our Karlsruhe facility. The course will be broken up into a morning session and afternoon session (participants will attend both). Course work will include lecture sessions on principles of X-ray analysis as well as training sessions with different software packages. Participants will receive a customized virtual training environment complete with latest software versions and exercises.

The training will show the theoretical fundamentals and measurement techniques relevant for analysis of polycrystalline thin films and coatings. The focus is on using the D8 ADVANCE and DISCOVER diffractometers as well as the DIFFRAC.LEPTOS software. The course will be conducted in English, therefore good knowledge of English is also required.

This course takes place in the same week as the “Epitaxial Thin Film Analysis” course.  

Remote courses will contain a morning and afternoon session.

Course Outline and Agenda

  • Introduction and theory of X-ray reflectometry
    • Basics of specular reflection; interference, critical angle, density, roughness and thickness
    • Basics of off-specular reflection, instrument effects
  • Practical exercises on a D8 ADVANCE/ DISCOVER
    • XRR sample alignment and reflectometry measurements
  • Introduction and theory of grazing incidence diffraction
  • Practical exercises on a D8 ADVANCE/ DISCOVER
    • Sample alignment and measurements for XRR and GID
  • Hands-on computer exercises using DIFFRAC.LEPTOS
    • Strategies for simulation of reflectivity curves
    • Analysis and fit of reflectometry data
  • Practical exercises on a D8 ADVANCE/ DISCOVER
    • Performance and optimization of GID measurements
  • Phase identification in DIFFRAC.EVA


More details:

The participant should be familiar with the equipment and all its components and their functions. Knowledge of the basic principles of the operation of the system is a prerequisite. Training should not precede the installation of the system concerned.


November 15-16, 2021 (English, remote)


Further Information




Class size

Training should not precede the installation of the system concerned.

Class sizes are limited, so that each participant receives individual attention and participates in all hands-on activities. Early registration is encouraged as registrations are accepted on a first-come/first-served basis.

Attendance fee

For courses taking place at our Karlsruhe facility, the course price includes course materials, lunch, and refreshments. Travel and accommodation are not included.

For remote courses, the fee includes 1 hour of remote follow-up support (to be used within 1 month after completion of the course).


Registrations cancelled within 10 working days prior to the start of the course are subject to a cancellation fee of 30 %. Registered persons not attending the course without having given prior notice will be fully charged. We reserve the right to cancel a course if there are less than three registrants by the registration deadline.


For further information about the course content, please contact:

Dr. Fernando Rinaldi
Application Scientist XRD

For information about price, registration, or other questions:

Evi Breitinger

For a quotation, please contact:

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