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The form of the weak interaction between electromagnetic radiation and the ordered magnetic moments in solids was deduced many years ago. However, it was not until synchrotron radiation sources provided intense X-ray beams, during the last decade, that the magnetic diffraction of X-rays could be developed into a useful technique for magnetic structure investigation. The very high intensity, good wavevector resolution, and polarisation properties of synchrotron radiation are yielding important results on a variety of magnetic systems. Neutron diffraction remains the routine technique for the determination of the spin arrangements in solids, but X-ray diffraction is becoming increasingly important. Workers at many different synchrotron sources have contributed to the development of this field with a particularly strong programme currently at NSLS. This article reviews some of the work done in this field of research.

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Authors: STIRLING W G, Keele University, School of Physical Science and Engineering, Department of Physics (GB);LANDER G H, JRC Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Synchrotron Radiation News, Vol. 5 (1992) No. 4, pp. 17-21
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