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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1959. Department of Physics.


Copyright 1959, the author. Used by permission.


This research is concerned with the study of the orientations of single crystals of sodium metal as determined by an x-ray diffraction technique.The single crystals were grown in this glass capillary tubes from the molten sodium.The effect of the form of the mold on the crystal growth was examined.

In order to determine the orientations of single crystals various methods have been developed.The Laue X-Ray Diffraction method, where the crystal is stationary during the exposure, was used, because it is the most convenient one for sodium.

It was hypothesized that the distribution of orientations of single sodium crystals was random.Methods of statistical analysis were used in order to test whether or not the hypothesis was valid.

Advisor:J. W. Weymouth