Tables for
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International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. C, ch. 4.2, p. 239


D. C. Creaghb

In (a), the schematic rocking curve for a silicon crystal in the neighbourhood of the 111 Bragg peak is shown. The full curve is due to the crystal set to the true Bragg angle, and the dotted curve corresponds to a surface tilted at an angle of 2′′ with respect to the beam prior to the acquisition of the rocking curve. Only the 111 and 333 reflections are shown for clarity. The 222 reflection is very weak because the geometrical structure factor is small. The separation of the 111 and 333 peaks occurs because the refractive index is different for these reflections. In a double-crystal monochromator, white radiation from the source will produce the scattered intensity given by the full curve. If that intensity distribution now falls on the second crystal, which is tilted with respect to the first, an angle of tilt can be found for which the Bragg condition is not fulfilled in the second crystal, and the 333 radiation cannot be reflected. The resultant reflected intensity is shown in (b). Note that this is an idealized case, and in practice the existence of tails in the reflectivity curve can allow the transmission of some harmonic radiation through the double-crystal monochromator.