Highlights and breakthroughs. Pauling's rules, in a world of non-spherical atoms

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Abstract

The electron density distribution in a mineral is measureable, and in some ways, provides all the information required to understand the properties of minerals. Through the analysis of the electron density distributions of a large variety of mineral species, Gibbs et al. (2014) examine and challenge the fundamental tenet of Pauling's Rules, which is that atoms are spheres of a single fixed size. Their analysis provides an updated model of crystal chemistry that is both self-consistent and does what new models should do, explains the older ones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalAmerican Mineralogist
Volume99
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

Keywords

  • Electron density distribution
  • Paulings rules
  • non-spherical atoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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