Chapter 2.9 Neutron reflectometry

Mathematical, physical and chemical tables

First Online Edition (2006)

Part 2. Diffraction geometry and its practical realization

  1. G. S. Smith1,
  2. C. F. Majkrzak2

Published Online: 1 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1107/97809553602060000584

International Tables for Crystallography

International Tables for Crystallography

How to Cite

Smith, G. S. and Majkrzak, C. F. 2006. Neutron reflectometry. International Tables for Crystallography. C:2:2.9:126–146.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Manuel Lujan Jr Neutron Scattering Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA

  2. 2

    NIST Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2006


Neutron reflectivity is a powerful tool for the study of surface layers and interfaces. Topics covered in this chapter include: the theory of elastic specular neutron diffraction; polarized neutron reflectivity; surface roughness; experimental methodology; resolution in real space; and applications of neutron reflectometry.


  • elastic specular neutron diffraction;
  • neutron reflectivity;
  • neutron reflectometry;
  • surface-roughness scattering