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An Introduction to X-ray Crystallography

An Introduction to X-ray Crystallography

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  • Date Published: January 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521423595

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  • A textbook for the senior undergraduate or graduate student beginning a serious study of X-ray crystallography. It will be of interest both to those intending to become professional crystallographers and to those physicists, chemists, biologists, geologists, metallurgists and others who will use it as a tool in their research. All major aspects of crystallography are covered--the geometry of crystals and their symmetry, theoretical and practical aspects of diffracting X-rays by crystals and how the data may be analyzed to find the symmetry of the crystal and its structure. Includes recent advances such as the synchrotron as a source of X-rays, methods of solving structures from power data and the full range of techniques for solving structures from single-crystal data. Computer programs are provided for carrying out many operations of data-processing and solving crystal structures including by direct methods. These programs are required for many of the examples given at the end of each chapter but can be used to create new examples by which students can test themselves or each other.

    • Completely up-to-date for second edition
    • A good balance of theoretical background and practical application
    • Provides computer programs listings (also available on the Internet), which illustrate most of the important operations of the subject including modern methods of solving structures
    • International reputation of the author
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… compulsory reading … extensively revised and updated … Woolfson was, and remains, a pioneer in this field. His work has revolutionised chemical crystallography … In summary, this book complements a number of texts in the field destined for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates, making it indispensable reading. The availability of a paperback version at a quite reasonable price serves to reinforce this. No crystallography laboratory should be without it.' Chris Gilmore, Chemistry in Britain

    '… a comprehensive text of fundamental principles and theory … I would wholeheartedly recommend this as a solid formal text for the serious X-ray crystallographer.' Keith D. Rogers, Crystallography News

    '… the new edition has been brought bang up to date with modern crystallographic techniques … I am delighted to welcome back this authoritative and highly readable textbook.' David C. Palmer, Geological Magazine

    ' … highly recommendable to everybody who wishes to understand what he (or she) does when pressing the return key.' P. Luger, Zeitschrift für Kristallographie

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521423595
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 187 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 252 b/w illus. 56 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the first edition
    Preface to the second edition
    1. The geometry of the crystalline state
    2. The scattering of X-rays
    3. Diffraction from a crystal
    4. The Fourier transform
    5. The experimental collection of diffraction data
    6. The factors affecting X-ray intensities
    7. The determination of space groups
    8. The determination of crystal structures
    9. Accuracy and refinement processes
    Physical constants and tables
    Solutions to examples

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