Without a doubt, our ability to determine the atomic structure of complex materials has revolutionized our understanding of these materials over the last decades. Neutron scattering with its unique abilities has contributed greatly to this success. The range of applications of neutron scattering in geosciences are apparent when reading through this volume of Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry. Usual structure determination, the realm of crystallography, is based on the analysis of Bragg intensities. In this article we want to look beyond or underneath the Bragg peaks and discuss the atomic pair distribution function (PDF) method as an approach to more...

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