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Common Concepts in Materials Characterization, Introduction

Common Concepts

  1. Elton N. Kaufmann

Published Online: 12 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/0471266965.com001.pub2

Characterization of Materials

Characterization of Materials

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Kaufmann, E. N. 2012. Common Concepts in Materials Characterization, Introduction. Characterization of Materials. 1.

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  1. Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA

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  1. Published Online: 12 OCT 2012


One may view this chapter as a preparatory entrance to subsequent chapters of Characterization of Materials. We expect that each article of this chapter will be separately valuable to readers as they refer to it for concepts and procedures underlying many of those covered in articles about specific measurement methods in subsequent chapters.

Of course, not every topic covered by an article in this chapter will be relevant to every measurement method covered later. However, the concepts in this chapter are sufficiently common to appear repeatedly in a materials research context.


  • common concepts;
  • basic measurements and properties