** Next:** 1. Introduction

# The Reciprocal Lattice

**A. Authier**

**Laboratoire de Minéralogie Cristallographie associé au C.N.R.S. -
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, PARIS**

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## Teaching Aims

To give a firm mathematical understanding of the reciprocal lattice, of the
relationships between real and reciprocal space and of their implications
for X-ray diffraction.
### Level

This approach would be suitable for final year undergraduates in physics and
mathematics or for initial post-graduate students in other disciplines
provided that their mathematical background is adequate.
### Background

A familiarity with vector manipulation is needed and, for certain sections,
an understanding of tensor calculus.
### Practical Resources

No specific practical resources are required.
### Time Required for Teaching

If the mathematical background is already adequate this could be taught in 3
or 4 lectures. More would be required, however, if time has to be spent on
mathematical equations and derivations as in places the treatment given is
very concise.

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