SmartLab Studio II
SmartLab Studio II is a new Windows®-based software suite developed for the flagship Rigaku SmartLab X-ray diffractometer that integrates user privileges, measurements, analyses, data visualization and reporting. Newly available for the MiniFlex, the modular (plugin) architecture of this software delivers state-of-the-art interoperability between the functional components. Just one click switches from measurement to analysis. Watch real-time scans from one experiment while simultaneously analyzing other data on the same desktop by selecting an appropriate layout. The software provides various analysis tools such as automatic phase identification, quantitative analysis, crystallite-size analysis, lattice constants refinement, Rietveld analysis, ab initio structure determination, etc.
Powder XRD: phase identification with a variety of available databases
Peak position, FWHM, integrated intensity and crystallite size are calculated by profile fitting. Rigaku’s optional “Hybrid Search/Match” uses peak-base qualification, which detects heavily distorted lattices, to identify solid solution phases that are difficult to identify. It also can determine whether preferred orientation exists based on decomposed peak intensities.
Powder XRD: quantification package
This option supports internal standard, external standard, and standard addition calibration methods. Calibration curves are used to quantify specific phases in the sample.
Powder XRD: comprehensive analysis package
This optional package can provide analysis results such as crystalline size, lattice strain, lattice parameters refinement, % crystallinity based on fully automated profile fitting executed after loading measured data. Results obtained aid in understanding the relationship between structure and physical properties, and allow users to compare results across different samples.
Powder XRD: direct derivation analysis package
The direct derivation (DD) method was invented by Professor Hideo Toraya of Rigaku Corporation in 2016. It quantifies phases from all integrated diffraction intensities and the chemical formulas of each phase found. Compared to the classical RIR method, where a single integrated peak intensity and RIR number are used, the DD method is less affected by preferred orientation and peak overlap.
Powder XRD: Rietveld analysis package
The package performs phase identification followed by Whole Powder Pattern Fitting (WPPF). The Rietveld analysis refines crystal structure or quantifies the phases directly from measured data, requiring neither reference samples nor a calibration curve. The whole powder pattern decomposition (Pawley method) is based on both the measured peak positions, and peaks shapes.