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Team Including Ralph Smith Makes Fundamental Advance in Materials Science

A team of researchers from NC State, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, including Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Ralph Smith, has published a fundamental advance in materials science that will allow researchers to use advanced statistical techniques to derive more complete information about the crystallographic structure of materials using data from scattering experiments. In a paper published August 23 in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, the team shows how to use Bayesian inference to better describe the variability and uncertainty in a material’s structure. For more information, see the NC State press release.