Systematic absences

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Absences systématiques (Fr). Systematische Auslöschungen (Ge). Assenze sistematiche, estinzioni sistematiche(It). 消滅則 (Ja). Ausencias sistemáticas, extinciones sistemáticas (Sp).


One speaks of systematic absences or extinctions when the structure factor is zero, due either to the centring of the lattice or to the presence of glide or screw symmetry elements. Conversely, the conditions for a reflection to exist and not to be systematically absent, are called reflection conditions.

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