Chapter 3.1 Preparation, selection, and investigation of specimens
Mathematical, physical and chemical tables
First Online Edition (2006)
Part 3. Preparation and examination of specimens
Published Online: 1 JAN 2006
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International Tables for Crystallography
How to Cite
Lindley, P. F. 2006. Preparation, selection, and investigation of specimens. International Tables for Crystallography. C:3:3.1:148–155.
- Published Online: 1 JAN 2006
This chapter deals with the preparation and selection of single-crystal specimens for subsequent X-ray investigation. It contains brief notes on crystal growth and a general introduction to the special problems that may be encountered with biological macromolecules. The references have been selected to guide the reader towards more comprehensive texts that are available and specialists in this field should certainly consult the new volume of International Tables dedicated to biological macromolecules (Volume F). The section on crystal selection gives some overall guidelines regarding crystal size, shape and quality, and emphasizes that time spent on optical examination can often save effort at a later stage of a crystal structure analysis.
- relation of physical properties to crystal structure;
- preparation of specimens