Distinction of space groups (I23 and I213) and (I222 and I212121) using coherent convergent-beam electron diffraction

Kenji Tsuda, Koh Saitoh, Masami Terauchi, Michiyoshi Tanaka, Peter Goodman

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Convergent-beam electron diffraction (CBED) is well known as a powerful tool to determine space groups of crystals. However, it cannot distinguish several sets of space groups. It is shown theoretically that the coherent CBED method can distinguish between space groups (I23 and I213) and between (I222 and I212121), which belong to indistinguishable sets. It is demonstrated by computer simulations that the relative arrangement of 2-fold-rotation and 21-screw axes can be distinguished by examining the relative phases of specific reflections through the interference fringes of coherent CBED patterns. This fact implies that these space groups can be distinguished by the coherent CBED method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-369
Number of pages11
JournalActa Crystallographica Section A: Foundations of Crystallography
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology

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