Tables for
Volume B
Reciprocal space
Edited by U. Shmueli

International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. B. ch. 2.1, p. 196   | 1 | 2 |

Section Other ideal distributions

U. Shmuelia* and A. J. C. Wilsonb

aSchool of Chemistry, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69 978, Israel, and bSt John's College, Cambridge, England
Correspondence e-mail: Other ideal distributions

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The distributions just derived are asymptotic, as they are limiting values for large N. They are the only ideal distributions, in this sense, when there is only strict crystallographic symmetry and no dispersion. However, other ideal (asymptotic) distributions arise when there is noncrystallographic symmetry, or if there is dispersion. The subcentric distribution, [\eqalignno{p(|E|)\;{\rm d}|E| &= {{2|E|}\over{(1-k^{2})^{1/2}}}\exp[-|E|^{2}/(1-k^{2})] & \cr &\quad\times{} I_{0}\left({{k|E|^{2}}\over{1-k^{2}}}\right)\;{\rm d}|E|, &( \cr}] where [I_{0}(x)] is a modified Bessel function of the first kind and k is the ratio of the scattering from the centrosymmetric part to the total scattering, arises when a noncentrosymmetric crystal contains centrosymmetric parts or when dispersion introduces effective noncentrosymmetry into the scattering from a centrosymmetric crystal (Srinivasan & Parthasarathy, 1976[link], ch. III; Wilson, 1980a[link],b[link]; Shmueli & Wilson, 1983[link]). The bicentric distribution [p(|E|)\;{\rm d}|E| = \pi^{-3/2}\exp(-|E|^{2}/8)K_{0}(|E|^{2}/8)\;{\rm d}|E| \eqno(] arises, for example, when the `asymmetric unit in a centrosymmetric crystal is a centrosymmetric molecule' (Lipson & Woolfson, 1952[link]); [K_{0}(x)] is a modified Bessel function of the second kind. There are higher hypercentric, hyperparallel and sesquicentric analogues (Wilson, 1952[link]; Rogers & Wilson, 1953[link]; Wilson, 1956[link]). The ideal subcentric and bicentric distributions are expressed in terms of known functions, but the higher hypercentric and the sesquicentric distributions have so far been studied only through their moments and integral representations. Certain hypersymmetric distributions can be expressed in terms of Meijer's G functions (Wilson, 1987b[link]).


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