Identification of the Chirality and Polarity of Intermetallic Compounds with the Point Groups of 23, 432, 422, and 321 by Electron Diffraction


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A CBED (convergent-beam electron diffraction) method proposed by the present authors for chiral identification of enantiomorphic crystals has been successfully applied to intermetallic compounds with the point groups of 23, 422, 432 and 321. The intensity asymmetry of ZOLZ and/or FOLZ reflections of the Bijvoet pairs is easily recognized in CBED patterns with the incidence along the appropriate zone-axis orientations for each of the two members of the enantiomorphic pair and the intensity asymmetry with respect to the symmetry line is reversed upon changing the space group (handedness) from one to the other. Thus, the generality of the proposed method in identifying the chirality for all crystallographycally possible enantiomorphic crystals is verified.



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H. Inui et al., "Identification of the Chirality and Polarity of Intermetallic Compounds with the Point Groups of 23, 432, 422, and 321 by Electron Diffraction", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 539-543, pp. 1457-1462, 2007

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