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Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienze della Terra


X-Ray Diffractometry Laboratory


Where we are:

Physics and Earth Science Department “M. Melloni” - University of Parma

Parco Area delle Scienze 157/A, 43124 Parma – Italy

E-mail: -  Phone: +39 0521 905316



Prof. Mario Tribaudino

E-mail: -Phone: +39 0521 905340 (office)

Dott.ssa Mantovani Luciana

E-mail: - Phone: +39 0521 905333



The X-ray Diffraction Laboratory is currently equipped with a Bruker D2 PHASER diffractometer.


Technical charachteristics:

  • Geometry:                         Theta/Theta
  • Max. useable angular range:        -3 to 160° 2theta
  • Accuracy:                          ±0.02°
  • Achievable peak width:               <0.05°
  • Alignement:                       not needed, factory aligned
  • X-ray wavelength:              Cu, standard ceramic selected tube
  • X-ray generation:               30 kV/10 mA
  • Radiation level:                  <<1mSv/h
  • Detector:                           1-dimentional LYNXEYE
  • Sample motion:                  spinner
  • Instrument type:                        portable, desktop
  • Exterior dimension:             61x60x70 cm
  • Weight:                             95kg
  • Power supply:                    90-250V
  • External cooling water supply: None
  • Computer:                         Built in, addition PC connected with LAN
  • Interface:                          2 USB and 1 LAN


The DIFFRAC.SUITE software package - provides wide opportunities of automated pre-processing of powder diffraction data collected on a Bruker diffractometer and qualitative and quantitative phase analysis; clarification of some of the structural characteristics of the material, such as unit cell parameters, etc.

The GSAS-EXPGUI software is a powerful way of full-profile analysis by the Rietveld method, which allows specifying the structure of known substances as well as solving and refining structures of the new compounds and minerals according to the powder diffraction data.

Information from the manufacturer:

Typical uses of the D2 PHASER

  • Geological material identification
  • Characterization of synthetic materials
  • Clay minerals
  • Pigments identification and quantification
  • Cement phases quantification
  • Crystal structure refinement
  • Pharmaceuticals

For students and new users:

X-ray physical principles

Bruker D2 phaser: technical characteristic

User manual

Facility access

To request the opportunity to register on calendar (username and password) or to plan long period of measurement please contact Prof. Mario Tribaudino

X-ray lab calendar

 XRD rules and cost

Regolamento del laboratorio