The “Introduction to crystallography and diffraction” course for undergraduate students

In the framework of MOMA project, today, the 9th September 2019, the “Introduction to crystallography and diffraction” course has been started at Faculty of Physics, Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE).

The objective of this course is to present the basic concepts needed to understand the crystal structure of materials. Fundamental concepts including lattices, symmetries, point groups, and space groups will be discussed and the relationship between crystal symmetries and physical properties will be addressed. The theory of X-ray diffraction by crystalline matter along with the experimental x-ray methods used to determine the crystal structure of materials will be covered. Application of X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction and Fourier analysis in diffraction will also be discussed.

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

– Students are supposed to: be familiar with symmetry operations,

– be able to recognise/identify symmetry,

– be familiar with the formalism of direct and reciprocal space,

– Identify and describe different diffraction methods used for single crystals and polycrystalline systems,

– Interpret and assign X-ray and electron diffraction patterns

– be familiar with use Fourier analysis in diffraction and image formation

This course will be taught by Prof. Luc Van Meervelt, KU Leuven, Belgium, from 9 to 18 September 2019. 32 students from faculty of physics and faculty of chemistry and 4 lecturers from Da Nang University, Qui Nhon University, and Can Tho University attend the class.

The information of the class as follows:

Location: Room 206, C-building (Faculty of Physics)


Day Morning Afternoon
Mon. 9/9 8h30-11h30 14h00-17h00
Tue. 10/9 14h00-17h00
Wed. 11/9 8h30-11h30 14h00-17h00
Thu. 12/9 14h00-17h00
Fri. 13/9 8h30-11h30 14h00-17h00
Mon. 16/9 14h00-17h00
Tue. 17/9 8h30-11h30 14h00-17h00
Wed. 18/9 14h00-17h00


  1. Crystal symmetry: point groups, space groups
  2. X-ray diffraction: geometry and intensity
  3. X-ray diffraction of polycrystalline materials
  4. Fourier analysis in diffraction and image formation
  5. Electron diffraction and its applications