X-rays Go Where Neutrons Fear to Tread

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Science  29 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5330, pp. 1216-1217
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5330.1216

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Some neighborhoods have been off limits to x-rays, such as materials' fine-scale magnetic structure and the fleeting molecular alliances within disordered materials such as liquids and glasses. Those have been the domains of neutron beams ever since the first research reactors were built in the 1950s. With the advent of third-generation synchrotron sources, however, x-ray scattering is making inroads into neutron territory.