Symmetry analysis of extinction rules in diffuse-scattering experiments

R. L. Withers, M. I. Aroyo, J. M. Perez-Mato, D. Orobengoa

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    Structured diffuse-scattering intensities, whether of compositional or of pure displacive origin, static or dynamic, contain important information about the symmetry of the individual compositional and/or displacive modes responsible for the observed intensities. However, the interpretation of the experimental data is very often impeded by the lack of a symmetry-based approach to the analysis of the structured diffuse-scattering distributions. Recently, we have demonstrated the existence of systematic phonon selection rules for diffuse scattering that depend on the symmetries of the mode and the scattering vector, and not on the specific structure. Here, we show that such symmetry analysis can be successfully extended and also applied to structure-dependent diffuse scattering associated with disordered materials: the combination of theoretically determined, diffuse-scattering extinction conditions with the concept of non-characteristic orbits proves to be very useful in the interpretation of the observed diffuse-scattering extinctions. The utility of this approach is illustrated by the analysis of diffuse-scattering data from ThAsSe, FeOF and FeF2. The essential part of the associated calculations are performed by the computer programs NEUTRON (systematic phonon extinction rules in inelastic scattering) and NONCHAR (non-characteristic orbits of space groups) that are available on the Bilbao crystallographic server (http://www.cryst.ehu. es).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)315-322
    Number of pages8
    JournalActa Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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