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Certification of Standard Reference Material 1878b Respirable Alpha Quartz



David R. Black, Marcus H. Mendenhall, Pamela S. Whitfield, Donald A. Windover, Albert Henins, James J. Filliben, James P. Cline


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) certifies a suite of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) to address specific aspects of the performance of X-ray powder diffraction instruments. This report describes SRM 1878b, the third generation of this powder diffraction SRM. SRM 1878b is intended for use in the preparation of calibration standards for the quantitative analyses of α-quartz by X-ray powder diffraction in accordance to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Analytical Method 7500, or equivalent (Eller and Cassinelli, 1994). A unit of SRM 1878b consists of approximately 5 g of α-quartz powder bottled in an argon atmosphere and is certified with respect to crystalline phase purity, or amorphous phase content, and lattice parameter. A NIST built diffractometer, incorporating many advanced design features was used to make the certification measurements for lattice parameter and neutron diffraction was used to certify the phase purity.
Powder Diffraction


standard reference material, X-ray diffraction, certification, lattice parameter, diffractometer


Black, D. , Mendenhall, M. , Whitfield, P. , Windover, D. , Henins, A. , Filliben, J. and Cline, J. (2016), Certification of Standard Reference Material 1878b Respirable Alpha Quartz, Powder Diffraction, [online], (Accessed February 26, 2024)
Created June 9, 2016, Updated November 10, 2018