Modular crystals as modulated structures: the case of the lillianite homologous series

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L. Elcoro, J.M. Perez-Mato, K. Friese, V. Petricek, Tonci Balic Zunic, L.A. Olsen

The use of the superspace formalism is extended to the description and refinement of the homologous series of modular structures with two symmetry-related modules with different orientations. The lillianite homologous series has been taken as a study case. Starting from a commensurate modulated composite description with two basic subsystems corresponding to the two different modules, it is shown how a more efficient description can be achieved using so-called zigzag modulation functions. These linear zigzag modulations, newly implemented in the program JANA2006, have very large fixed amplitudes and introduce in the starting model the two orientations of the underlying module sublattices. We show that a composite approach with this type of function, which treats the cations and anions as two separate subsystems forming a misfit compound, is the most appropriate and robust method for the refinements.
TidsskriftActa Crystallographica. Section B: Structural Science
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)684-701
StatusUdgivet - 2008

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