Concepts of Charge Density Analysis: The Experimental Approach

  • Philip Coppens


Though the potential for deriving electron distributions from elastic diffraction data was recognized in the decade following Von Laue’s discovery of X-ray diffraction, its practical application was delayed by many unrecognized problems of both experimental and theoretical nature. Only with the advent of four-circle diffractometers and high-speed computing could sufficiently accurate data be collected, corrected for physical effects like extinction, absorption and thermal diffuse scattering, and interpreted with a scattering factor formalism based on a more realistic description of bonded atoms.


Acta Cryst Cobalt Atom Deformation Density Total Charge Density Thermal Diffuse Scattering 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Coppens
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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