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Certification of Standard Reference Material 1879b Respirable Cristobalite



David R. Black, Marcus H. Mendenhall, Pamela S. Whitfield, Craig Brown, 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 1879b, the third generation of this powder diffraction SRM. SRM 1879b is intended for use in the preparation of calibration standards for the quantitative analyses of cristobalite by X-ray powder diffraction in accordance with National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Analytical Method 7500, or equivalent. A unit of SRM 1879b consists of approximately 5 g of cristobalite powder bottled in an argon atmosphere. It is certified with respect to crystalline phase purity, or amorphous phase content, and lattice parameter. Neutron powder diffraction, both time-of-flight and constant-wavelength, was used to certify the phase purity using SRM 676a as an internal standard. A NIST-built diffractometer, incorporating many advanced design features was used for certification measurements for lattice parameters.
Powder Diffraction


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


Black, D. , Mendenhall, M. , Whitfield, P. , Brown, C. , Henins, A. , Filliben, J. and Cline, J. (2018), Certification of Standard Reference Material 1879b Respirable Cristobalite, Powder Diffraction, [online], (Accessed February 28, 2024)
Created July 27, 2018, Updated November 10, 2018