How to use X'Pert HighScore Plus for powder diffraction analysis
X'Pert HighScore Plus is a software application that allows you to perform various tasks related to powder diffraction analysis, such as phase identification, quantification, profile fitting, indexing, structure refinement and more. It is compatible with Windows 10 and supports data from various X-ray diffraction instruments. In this article, we will show you how to download, install and use X'Pert HighScore Plus for your powder diffraction analysis.
To download X'Pert HighScore Plus, you need to have a valid license from Malvern Panalytical, the developer of the software. You can request a quote or a demo from their website[^2^]. Alternatively, you can search for a file named \"X pert Highscore Plus.rar\" on the internet, which is a compressed archive containing the installation files of the software. However, be careful of possible malware or viruses that may be attached to such files. You also need to have a program that can extract .rar files, such as WinRAR or 7-Zip.
Once you have downloaded the file, extract it to a folder on your computer. Then, run the setup.exe file and follow the instructions on the screen to install X'Pert HighScore Plus. You may need to restart your computer after the installation is complete.
Use X'Pert HighScore Plus for powder diffraction analysis
To use X'Pert HighScore Plus for powder diffraction analysis, you need to have some data files that contain the powder diffraction patterns of your samples. You can either import these files from your X-ray diffraction instrument or create them using a simulation tool. X'Pert HighScore Plus supports various file formats, such as .raw, .xye, .udf, .cpi and more.
Once you have your data files, you can open them in X'Pert HighScore Plus by clicking on File > Open > Scan(s). You can select multiple files at once and view them in different tabs or windows. You can also drag and drop files from your file explorer to the program window.
After opening your data files, you can perform various tasks related to powder diffraction analysis using X'Pert HighScore Plus. Some of the most common tasks are:
Phase identification: You can compare your data with reference databases of known crystal structures and identify the phases present in your sample. You can access the reference databases by clicking on File > Open > Reference Database(s). You can also load your own custom databases or create them using X'Pert HighScore Plus. To perform phase identification, you need to select your data file and click on Analysis > Identify Phases. You can adjust various parameters and options to optimize the results.
Quantification: You can determine the relative amounts of each phase present in your sample using different methods, such as peak area ratio, Rietveld refinement or PLSR (Partial Least Squares Regression). To perform quantification, you need to select your data file and click on Analysis > Quantify Phases. You can choose the method and parameters that suit your needs.
Profile fitting: You can fit your data with analytical functions that describe the shape and position of each peak in your powder diffraction pattern. This can help you improve the resolution and accuracy of your data and extract information such as peak intensity, width, position, asymmetry and more. To perform profile fitting, you need to select your data file and click on Analysis > Profile Fitting. You can choose from various functions and options to fit your data.
Indexing: You can determine the unit cell parameters and symmetry of an unknown crystal structure from your powder diffraction data using different algorithms, such as Ito, Dicvol, Treor or McMaille. To perform indexing, you need to select your data file and click on Analysis > Indexing. You can adjust various parameters and options to optimize the results.
Structure refinement: You can refine an existing crystal structure model or create a new one from scratch using your powder diffraction data and the Rietveld method. This can help you obtain detailed information about the atomic positions 0efd9a6b88