Tables for
Volume B
Reciprocal space
Edited by U. Shmueli

International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. B. ch. 2.3, p. 246   | 1 | 2 |

Section Introduction

M. G. Rossmanna* and E. Arnoldb

aDepartment of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA, and  bCABM & Rutgers University, 679 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854-5638, USA
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The physical basis for anomalous dispersion has been well reviewed by Ramaseshan & Abrahams (1975)[link], James (1965)[link], Cromer (1974)[link] and Bijvoet (1954)[link]. As the wavelength of radiation approaches the absorption edge of a particular element, then an atom will disperse X-rays in a manner that can be defined by the complex scattering factor [f_{0} + \Delta f' + i\Delta f'',] where [f_{0}] is the scattering factor of the atom without the anomalous absorption and re-scattering effect, [\Delta f'] is the real correction term (usually negative), and [\Delta f''] is the imaginary component. The real term [f_{0} + \Delta f'] is often written as f′, so that the total scattering factor will be [f' + if'']. Values of [\Delta f'] and [\Delta f''] are tabulated in IT IV (Cromer, 1974[link]), although their precise values are dependent on the environment of the anomalous scatterer. Unlike [f_{0}], [\Delta f'] and [\Delta f''] are almost independent of scattering angle as they are caused by absorption of energy in the innermost electron shells. Thus, the anomalous effect resembles scattering from a point atom.

The structure factor of index h can now be written as [{\bf F}_{{\bf h}} = {\textstyle\sum\limits_{j = 1}^{N}}\; f'_{j} \exp (2\pi i{\bf h}\cdot {\bf x}_{j}) + i {\textstyle\sum\limits_{j = 1}^{N}}\; f''_{j} \exp (2\pi i{\bf h}\cdot {\bf x}_{j}). \eqno(] (Note that the only significant contributions to the second term are from those atoms that have a measurable anomalous effect at the chosen wavelength.)

Let us now write the first term as [A + iB] and the second as [a + ib]. Then, from (,[link] [{\bf F} = (A + iB) + i(a + ib) = (A - b) + i(B + a). \eqno(] Therefore, [|{\bf F}_{{\bf h}}|^{2} = (A - b)^{2} + (B + a)^{2}] and similarly [|{\bf F}_{{{\bar {\bf h}}}}|^{2} = (A + b)^{2} + (- B + a)^{2},] demonstrating that Friedel's law breaks down in the presence of anomalous dispersion. However, it is only for noncentrosymmetric reflections that [|{\bf F}_{{\bf h}}| \neq |{\bf F}_{{\bar{\bf h}}}|].

Now, [\rho ({\bf x}) = {1 \over V} {\sum\limits_{{\bf h}}^{\rm sphere}} {\bf F}_{{\bf h}} \exp (2\pi i{\bf h}\cdot {\bf x}).] Hence, by using ([link] and simplifying, [\eqalignno{\rho ({\bf x}) = &{2 \over V} {\sum\limits_{{\bf h}}^{\rm hemisphere}} [(A \cos 2\pi {\bf h}\cdot {\bf x} - B \sin 2\pi {\bf h}\cdot {\bf x})\cr &+ i(a \cos 2\pi {\bf h}\cdot {\bf x} - b \sin 2\pi {\bf h}\cdot {\bf x})]. &(}] The first term in ([link] is the usual real Fourier expression for electron density, while the second term is an imaginary component due to the anomalous scattering of a few atoms in the cell.


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First citation Cromer, D. T. (1974). Dispersion corrections for X-ray atomic scattering factors. In International tables for X-ray crystallography, Vol. IV, edited by J. A. Ibers & W. C. Hamilton, pp. 148–151. Birmingham: Kynoch Press. (Present distributor Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.)Google Scholar
First citation James, R. W. (1965). The optical principles of the diffraction of X-rays. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.Google Scholar
First citation Ramaseshan, S. & Abrahams, S. C. (1975). Editors. Anomalous scattering. Copenhagen: Munksgaard.Google Scholar

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