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Revised fast-track proposal on wavelength passes DMG review

  • To: "Discussion list of the IUCr Committee for the Maintenance of the CIFStandard (COMCIFS)" <comcifs@iucr.org>
  • Subject: Revised fast-track proposal on wavelength passes DMG review
  • From: James Hester <jamesrhester@gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2010 12:15:53 +1100
Please note the following message from the chair of the core DMG regarding the fast-track proposal to define a _diffrn_radiation_wavelength_determination data item.  Under the fast-track system, if no unresolvable objections are received from COMCIFS within the next 6 weeks, the proposal will be accepted.


(message from core DMG chair follows)

 Dear Colleagues,

Last September I circulated for fast track approval a recommendation for adding a new item:                            


to the core dictionary (see below for details).  The intent was that this could be used for giving a nominal wavelength calculated e.g., from the parameters of a diffractometer.  It was proposed that this might be needed for completeness even though it was not accurate enough for calculating  lattice parameters, etc.  This proposal was passed by the core CIF dictionary maintenance group by default (no one raised any objection).  When this proposal was subsequently presented for final approval to COMCIFS, Nick Spadaccini suggested a more elegant alternative, namely that by adding instead the item


we could loop the nomiinal wavelength with the  refined (and any other interesting) wavelengths.  This would be more informative and allow for future expansion.

An example of how this might be used is:

                1   1.23456   fundamental
                2   1.25      estimated

According to our rules, this proposal was posted for comment to the coreCIF dictionary maintenance group for six weeks.  Two comments were received, neither raising any serious objection

David Brown
Chair Core CIF Dictionary Maintenance Group


Comment from Jim Kaduk
I think this enumerated data item gets us to where we want to be.  We 
want to document the wavelength(s) used in the experiment, as well as 
how it was determined.  Knowing both, one could change/correct the 
wavelength later if desired for some particular purpose.

Comment from R. Curtis Haltiwanger
Research Scientist
Cephalon, Inc.

As I said I have only used lab sources, so I have not needed other wavelengths.
That makes it hard for me to comment on this further extension. 
In general, I like including additional information. 
Probably because of my lack of experiance this extension seems complicated to me.
I'll leave it to others to comment and evaluate.


Add new item to DDL1 Core CIF dictionary

  _name                      '_diffrn_radiation_wavelength_determination'
  _category                    diffrn_radiation_wavelength
  _type                        char
  _list                        both
  _list_reference            '_diffrn_radiation_wavelength_id'
 'Wavelength that is a fundamental property of matter e.g. MoK\alpha'
 'Estimated from secondary information e.g. monochromator angle or time of flight'
 'Based on refinement using a standard material with known cell parameters'

;              The method of determination of incident wavelength. Further information may be provided in _diffrn_radiation_special_details

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