Title of the course

MM 206 :  Experimental Techniques in Materials Science     


Credit structure

L          T          P          C

2           1          0           6



Pre-requisite, if any




Course content

Properties of Electromagnetic radiation, interaction of EM radiation with matter, absorption, scattering, diffraction, polarization, excitation and de-excitation. Experimental techniques and analysis of materials through X-ray scattering techniques: powder method, Laue method, crystal structure determination.  Phase diagram determination; X-ray stress measurements; X-ray spectroscopy;   Scanning techniques (SEM, AFM, STM); Optical microscopy; optical and vibrational spectroscopy.

Experimental methods in materials properties measurements: electrical, thermal, magnetic, mechanical and optical.




H.H. Willard, L.L. Merritt, J.A. Dean and F.A. Settle, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, 6th Ed., C.B.S. Publishers, New Delhi, 1991.


Metals Handbook Vol. 9, Characterization of Materials, 10th Ed., American Soc. of Metals, Metals Park, Ohio, 1986.


G.A. Higgerson, Experiments in Materials Technology, Affiliated East-West Press, 1973.


L.C. Azzarof, Elements of X-ray Crystallography, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1968.


M.V. Heimendahl, Electron Microscopy of Materials-An Introduction, Academic Press, 1980.


Instructor(s) name

Prof. Parag Bhargava



L – Lecture, T – Tutorial, P – Practical, C - Credit