Electron Population Parameters from Least-Squares Refinement of X-ray Diffraction Data

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Science  20 Feb 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3921, pp. 1126-1128
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3921.1126


A least-squares refinement of x-ray diffraction data has been developed in which the parameters are the populations of atomic orbital products describing the molecular electron density distribution. The procedure is applied to α-oxalic acid dihydrate and cyanuric acid. Complementary structural information obtained by neutron diffraction has been used. In the absence of complementary information, the method allows simultaneous determination of structural and charge-density parameters. There is an indication of a migration of charge from the pπ to the pσ orbitals in both molecules.

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