Atomic Physics and Related Subjects.: Communications to Nature.: The Diffraction of X-Rays by Vitreous Solids and its Bearing on their Constitution

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THE diffraction of X-rays by glasses has been the subject of many investigations during the last fifteen years, notably by Scherrer, Wyckoff, and Seljakow. Scherrer obtained broad diffraction bands similar to those obtained with liquids, whilst Wyckoff obtained, in general, more complicated patterns consisting of lines, bands, or lines superimposed on bands. The latest contributors to this subject are Parmelee, Clark, and Badger (Jour. Soc. Glass Technology, 13, 285; 1929), and Clark and Amberg (ibid., p. 290), who have also obtained broad diffraction bands for silica and felspar glasses. Quite apart from the Validity of any of these measurements, no previous workers appear definitely to have identified the diffraction bands with small crystallites in the glass.

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