Synchrotron radiation sources are increasingly being used for X-ray diffraction experiments on surfaces, solid-solid interfaces and solid-liquid buried interfaces. We review the basic principles of X-ray diffraction from truncated crystal lattices and demonstrate how this technique is used for the determination of their structure and atomic-scale roughness. We have selected two examples: the interface between crystalline and amorphized Si(001) and the interface between liquid Ga and diamond(111).

M. Kitajima , H. Haneda , K. Ishioka , K. Hirata

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