Crystal structure solution from experimentally determined atomic pair distribution functions

Abstract

An extension of the Liga algorithm for structure solution from atomic pair distribution functions (PDFs), to handle periodic crystal structures with multiple elements in the unit cell, is described. The procedure is performed in three separate steps. First, pair distances are extracted from the experimental PDF. In the second step the Liga algorithm is used to find unit-cell sites consistent with these pair distances. Finally, the atom species are assigned over the cell sites by minimizing the overlap of their empirical atomic radii. The procedure has been demonstrated on synchrotron X-ray PDF data from 16 test samples. The structure solution was successful for 14 samples, including cases with enlarged supercells. The algorithm success rate and the reasons for the failed cases are discussed, together with enhancements that should improve its convergence and usability.

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@inproceedings{Juhas2010CrystalSS, title={Crystal structure solution from experimentally determined atomic pair distribution functions}, author={Pavol Juhas and L. Granlund and S. R. Gujarathi and Phillip M. Duxbury and J. L. Billinge}, year={2010} }