Relevance of Charge-Density Measurements for High-Precision Calculations

C. Petrillo, F. Sacchetti, G. Mazzone

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High-precision photon diffraction data in beryllium, diamond, silicon, copper and germanium are reanalysed with the aim of assessing the accuracy of experimental X-ray and γ-ray structure factors by comparing derived values for cohesive energy with the thermochemical ones. Special attention is devoted to the diffraction data analysis for a meaningful and accurate comparison between theory and experiment. A good overall agreement of local density approximation calculations is found when the electron density exhibits spherical symmetry around each atomic site. On the contrary, the analysis of experimental data in 3d transition metals, namely vanadium, chromium, iron, cobalt and nickel, points out failures of the theory in reproducing the asphericity of the electron distribution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468 - 480
Number of pages13
JournalActa Crystallographica Section A: Foundations of Crystallography
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 1998
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Structural Biology

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