Structural evolution of metals at high temperature: Complementary investigations with neutron and synchrotron quantum beams

Klaus Dieter Liss*

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In situ neutron and synchrotron X-ray diffraction deliver unique and complementary insight into the microstructural evolution of metals at high temperature. Neutrons illuminate a larger bulk volume and reveal quantitative phase abundance, bulk texture, lattice parameter changes and other ensemble averaged quantities. In contrast, fine-bundled high-energy X-rays deliver reflections from a number of individual grains. For each constituting phase, their statistics and behavior in time reveal information about grain growth or refinement, subgrain formation, static and dynamic recovery and recrystallization, slip systems, twinning, etc. The complementarity between neutron and synchrotron radiation is demonstrated to study atomic order under ambient and extreme conditions. Examples are given on various metallic systems including magnesium, zirconium alloys and titanium aluminides.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMagnesium Technology 2017
EditorsNeale R. Neelameggham, Alok Singh, Kiran N. Solanki, Dmytro Orlov
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319523910
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Symposium on Magnesium Technology, 2017 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 26 Feb 20172 Mar 2017

Publication series

NameMinerals, Metals and Materials Series
VolumePart F8
ISSN (Print)2367-1181
ISSN (Electronic)2367-1696


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Magnesium Technology, 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Grain reorientation
  • High pressure
  • High temperature
  • In situ studies
  • Magnesium
  • Materials oscilloscope
  • Metals
  • Phase transformation
  • Titanium aluminides
  • Zirconium


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