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N. Stribeck, "X-Ray Scattering of Soft Matter". ISBN 978-3-540-69855, 260 p. (total). Springer (2007)

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Applications of X-ray scattering to soft matter have advanced considerably within recent years both conceptually and technically – mature high-power X-ray sources, synchrotrons and rotating anodes, as well as high-speed detectors have become readily available. High-quality time-resolved experiments of polymer structure now can be performed with ease, a major advancement due to the genuine power of the scattering method.

This manual summarizes the analytical power of modern X-ray scattering in the field of soft matter. Description of simple tools alowing to elucidate the mechanisms of structure evolution in the studied materials is followed by a step-for-step guide and breakdown of the more advanced methods. Data analysis based on clear, unequivocal results is made easy and straightforward – certainly only in case the experiments are thoroughly planned and all required data adequately recorded. Towards these means, this book will serve as a useful ready-reference guide.