This course has beneficiated of many kinds of helps since the beginning, that we would like to thank here:
Armel Le Bail, Directeur de Recherches (CNRS) at the Laboratoire des Fluorures, Université du Maine, Le Mans, France, unmeasurably helped by his pioneering work in distant teaching, the SPDP internet course, that served as a main basis for this diploma.
Luca Lutterotti, Researcher/Assistant Professor at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dei Materiali, Univ. di Trento, Italia, made available the MAUD (Multiple Analysis Using Diffraction) package, the first multi platform package for combined diffraction approaches.
Hans-Rudolf Wenk, Professor at the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California at Berkeley, USA, gave life to the first windows-based package for texture analysis, BEARTEX, that is freely used in this diploma.
INEL S.A., Artenay, France, and particularly Michel Hugnot and Henry Pillière, for giving access to the GOMAN and WINCONV programs freely to the students of this course.
Patrick Ducrot, Network responsible, ENSICaen, ISMRA, Caen, whom constantly renders assistance to the course development.