ISSN (Print): 2333-4436

ISSN (Online): 2333-4444


Editor-in-chief: Dr. A. Heidari

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Special Issue Call for Papers

Special Issue on Femtosecond x-ray diffraction studies for matter in extreme conditions of high pressure and high temperature

Ultrahigh pressures and temperatures can now be generated statically in the laboratory using high power optical lasers, which allow for measurements of the equation of the state, shock-induced phase transitions, melting models and high-pressure polymorphism, so on and so forth, of materials. Lattice-level in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements are vital to probe these mechanisms under dynamic compression and decompression. Traditionally, two different methodologies for investigating a material’s atomic arrangement in the solid state are imaging, which provides real space information, and x-ray scattering, which provides reciprocal space information. Imaging techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy focus on a small area at atomic or near atomic dimensions, while XRD techniques sample a much larger volume of material. R&D on advanced XRD techniques including Rietveld refinement, structure solution, crystallite size determination, percent crystallinity, residual stress, and orientation (texture analysis) are highly useful for a precise measure of the crystal microstructure, phase identifications. This special issue targets on research of the state-of-art X-ray diffraction techniques dedicated for physics under high pressure and high temperature conditions.

About the issue

The scope of topics covered in the this issue include:

  • • Simultaneous time-resolved in situ x-ray diffraction
  • • Rietvield refinement technique for refining the crystal structure of a compound including cell parameters, atomic positions and Debye-Waller factors etc.

  • • High pressure phase transitions or polymorphisms, and the implications for meteorite impact events and material science

  • • Planetary physics and geoscience, shock metamorphism for minerals.

Important dates

Submission Deadline: February 01, 2016
Notification of Acceptance: April 01, 2016
Final Version Due: May 01, 2016
Special Issue Publishing Date: September 01, 2016

Chief Guest Editor

Dr. Zhou Xing
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Dr. Zhou Xing at the address: <>

or through the journal's Paper Submission System.