Crystallography Journals Online : IUCR Backfile Archive 1948-2001
Thermal density fluctuations within phases and finite interphase widths lead to systematic deviations from Porod's law. The validity of present methods used to analyze these deviations and determine diffuse-boundary widths is determined. In view of the inadequacies found in these methods, a simple yet accurate method is proposed to determine the diffuse-boundary width from direct graphical analysis of slit-smeared intensity data. The diffuse interface is modelled by a sigmoidal-gradient model which is justified on thermodynamic grounds, with the interphase thickness as a function of the Flory–Huggins interaction parameter.
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