International Tables for Crystallography

Typical interatomic distances: metals and alloys
J. L. C. Daams, J. R. Rodgers and P. Villars. International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. C, ch. 9.3, pp. 774-777  [ doi:10.1107/97809553602060000619 ]


Typical interatomic distances in metals and alloys are reviewed. Metallic, atomic and covalent radii are compared and a linear dependence between the interatomic distance and the mean metallic radii is shown. Much more information about the short-range atomic arrangement, and a deeper insight into the geometry within a structure type, is obtained by looking at the coordination polyhedra (atomic environments) instead of looking only at the interatomic distances. The 23 most frequently occurring atomic environment types are illustrated.

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International Tables for Crystallography is the definitive resource and reference work for crystallography. The series consists of nine 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.