International Tables for Crystallography

Radiations used in crystallography
V. Valvoda. International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. C, ch. 4.1, pp. 186-190  [ doi:10.1107/97809553602060000591 ]


A review of the different kinds of radiations used in crystallography is presented. Equations for some of the fundamental properties of electromagnetic waves and particles are given. The different properties of the most frequently used radiations in crystallography (X-rays, electrons and neutrons) are tabulated. Special applications of X-rays, synchrotron radiation, γ-rays, electrons and neutrons are discussed. Other radiations, including atomic and molecular beams, positrons and muons, and infrared, visible and ultraviolet light, are also briefly considered.

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International Tables for Crystallography is the definitive resource and reference work for crystallography. The series consists of eight volumes and comprises articles and tables of data relevant to crystallographic research and to applications of crystallographic methods in all sciences concerned with the structure and properties of materials.