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International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. C, ch. 6.2, p. 596

Section 6.2.4. The Lorentz factor

H. Lipson,a J. I. Langforda and H.-C. Hub

aSchool of Physics & Astronomy, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, England, and bChina Institute of Atomic Energy, PO Box 275 (18), Beijing 102413, People's Republic of China

6.2.4. The Lorentz factor

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There has been some argument over the meaning to be attached to the term Lorentz factor, probably because Lorentz did not publish his results in the ordinary way; they appear in a note added in proof to a paper on temperature effects by Debye (1914[link]). Ordinarily, Lorentz factor is used for the trigonometric part of the angular-velocity factor, or its equivalent, if the sample is stationary. (See below).


Debye, P. (1914). Interferenz von Röntgenstrahlen und Wärmebewegung. Ann. Phys. (Leipzig), 43, 49–95.

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