Tables for
Volume F
Crystallography of biological macromolecules
Edited by M. G. Rossmann and E. Arnold

International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. F, ch. 5.1, p. 113   | 1 | 2 |

Section Measurement of crystal habit

H. L. Carrella* and J. P. Gluskera

aThe Institute for Cancer Research, The Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA
Correspondence e-mail: Measurement of crystal habit

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The habit of a crystal may be described in detail by measurements, particularly of the angles between adjacent faces. This can be done with an optical goniometer, in which a collimated visible beam of light is reflected from different faces as the crystal is rotated, and the angles between positions of high light intensity are noted. Such studies can be combined with X-ray diffraction measurements of the crystal orientation of the unit cell with respect to the various crystal faces (Oki et al., 1999[link]).


Oki, H., Matsuura, Y., Komatsu, H. & Chernov, A. A. (1999). Refined structure of orthorhombic lysozyme crystallized at high temperature: correlation between morphology and intermolecular contacts. Acta Cryst. D55, 114–121.Google Scholar

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