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Lattice Matching (LM)-Prevention of Inadvertent Duplicate Publications of Crystal Structures



Alan D. Mighell


Lattice-matching techniques have proved to be an extremely effective for the identification of unknown crystalline materials. A commonly employed lattice-matching strategy is based on matching the reduced cell of an unknown against a database of known materials represented by their respective standard reduced cells. The success of the method relies on the fact that the lattice or the lattice plus chemical information (e.g. element types) is highly characteristic of a material-like a finger print. Because of its intrinsic power, the procedure has many and diverse applications-in materials characterization, in nano-technology, in epitaxial growth, in materials design, etc. An especially fruitful role for the method is in the journal publication process as the quality of the scientific literature can be enhanced. The focus herein is on the major role that lattice matching can play in the experimental and publication process in the prevention of inadvertent duplicate publications and in the determination of key cross-references.
Journal of Research (NIST JRES) -
107 No. 5


cystallography, identification, lattice matching, mathematical lattices, multiple publication of same structure, reduction


Mighell, A. (2002), Lattice Matching (LM)-Prevention of Inadvertent Duplicate Publications of Crystal Structures, Journal of Research (NIST JRES), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created October 1, 2002, Updated February 19, 2017