Original Home Site at CSIRO: ftp://ftp.minerals.csiro.au/pub/xtallography/koalariet/
XFIT with config files modified so 150 files can be handled and peaks can be used to model background. Previous versions that had config files changes to optimise for peak fitting broke the Rietveld part of the program. Version 7 of the install should work properly. Temporary site at Daresbury Synchrotron, England:
Latest version (1st May 1998) menu config file reset to handle *.dat files again as a default.
Via the web at:
To Install the zip version, use your favorite unzipping program and make sure to create subdirectories/folders. The main executable should be in c:\koalarie.
To Install the self extracting exe version (which will install into a c:\koalarie directory), type:
k-inst8 c:\ -dReadme File for the program follows:
Wednesday 24th September 1997 - Melbourne, Australia. Koalariet for Win95/NT By Alan Coehlo. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Other contact/help-elf: Lachlan Cranswick E-mail: email@example.com This program is normally available via anonymous ftp to: ftp://ftp.minerals.csiro.au/pub/xtallography/koalariet (CCP14 Daresbury version has modified config files) If you use this program, you are requested to cite the references in the XFIT.DOC file in any publications. INDEX What is Koalariet and why bother using it Fundamental parameters approach of Coehlo and Cheary Inbuilt equation/macro editor. Known kludges/problems/limitations Is first distributed version - kludges as well as features. How to Install koalariet Where (and what) are the instruction and help files? Using the Rietveld users mailing list for help and discussion Quickstart - hints on how to try this software out. ----- WHAT IS KOALARIET AND WHY BOTHER USING IT Koalariet is a brand new Rietveld program for Windows 95 (and soon to be runnable on Windows NT) using new, modern, original code in C++. The main plus of Koalariet over present traditional Rietveld programs is in the modeling of peaks using the fundamental parmaeters approach with modern algorithms describe by Coehlo and Cheary. This properly handle most of the systematic effects of the sample and XRD geometry (the most obvious to the eye being low angle peak asymmetry). In traditional Rietveld software, modeling peaks is a major pain in (using U V W, Gamma 1 2 3, etc.) In Koalariet, there is only a Crystallite Size and Strain parameter to model the peak width and shape. The asymmetry is correctly taken care of by inputting the diffractometer geometry, slit system, XRD tube parameters, etc in the top of the inp file. All the XRD parameters can be refined if need be (though these should normally be known constants). The peak modelling algorithms have been found to be very stable. Another major feature of the program is an equation or macro editor within the program that is accessed from the input file. This allows you to add or modify parameters and equations at whim. While presently not describe in much detail - a example of this is in the na41.inp file taken from Armel LeBail's web site. There is a special macro inserted inside the input file to check for and model changes in intensity due to non-infinite thickness in flat plate samples. Koalariet uses a free format for the input file in a hierarchical order. Koalariet uses the data format of LHPM/RIET7/CSRIET. (4 lines of header, start, step, stop 10F8 - 10F8 for data) (Freely available powder data interconversion software is described at As mentioned below, if you have discussion points about Koalariet, feel free to email to the Rietveld Mailing list as users of the program (as well as many Rietveldty type people) hang around there. ----- KNOWN KLUDGES/PROBLEMS/LIMITATIONS As usual for a first version of a new Rietveld program, there are kludges galore but hopefully these do not detract too much from using the program. There are many required additions to the software. Some known limitations/kludges/problems/features to be added - Will only work with fixed count time X-ray data (no neutron or ESD data) - Some non-standard space groups such as c 1 and c -1 are not in-built and are calculated using the hkl_numerically_generate (the bauxite.inp file has an example of this with the kaolin) - There is presently no anisotropic thermal/displacement parameters - There is no LeBail extraction - There is no print or edit-copy option in X-fit. For publication, take the *.dat *.cal, *.hkl and use with EXCEL or a scientific graphing program. - Presently some ionised atoms will not be recognised, i.e., S-2, C+4, O-1 - Data has to be in the C-Drive of the PC. ----- HOW TO INSTALL KOALARIET Koalariet is in the form of a self extracting exe file. To install this program (from a DOS box) type: k-inst c:\ -d (this will install in the c:\koalarie directory) ---- koala.txt contains the brief instruction files. xfit.doc is a word file containing the tutorial for xfit. ---- If you have any discussion points, we recommend you subscribe to the Rietveld Mailing list and post your queries there as users of Koalariet are on the mailing list and you should get good help and interesting advice. Otherwise, contact the above people if you do not get any satisfaction out of the mailing list. Rietveld Mailing list homepage at: http://www.unige.ch/crystal/stxnews/riet/welcome.htm To subscribe to the mailing list send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org With only the following in the body text: sub Rietveld_l Your_Name (that is an L - not a numeric one) You should get a response confirming that you have subscribed correctly. Contact Lachlan Cranswick on email@example.com if you have any difficulties subscribing. ---- QUICKSTART USING KOALARIET AND EXAMPLE FILES 1. run xfit.exe 2. Click on File Details in the little Options box 3. In the resulting Edit File Details Box, click on the Koalariet INP File line. 4. Click on the bottom white box under the Koalariet INP file. 5. Click on the Assign option that now appears in the top right options. 6. Select an input file in the c:\koalarie\examples directory (try the titanate.inp or the ceo2.inp file to start with) 7. To see what the input file looks like, from the menu go Koalariet, Edit INP File (the file should come up in notepad) 8. To run the Koalariet rietveld, from the menu, click on, Koalariet, Launch Koalariet (after it finishes you are prompted to update the input file - normally click yes) 9. After the program runs, you should see two scans on the graph window. The one with boxes is the raw data, the line is the calculated data. To eliminate the symbols for the raw data, click on File Details, then General Display Options (Edit File Details Box) Yobs Data Point Size Change the Size for the data file to 1 (one) 10. You can zoom and manipulate the data using mouse and keyboard. Some of these instructions are in the Help Help menu. A more exact set of instructions is located in the XFIT.DOC file.