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It is assumed that the positions of the heavy atoms are known and that there is a sufficient number of reflections whose signs are determined by the heavy atoms. These reflections do not obey the probability relation (2.6).
On subtracting the heavy atom contribution from the observed structure factors of these reflections, one obtains the sign of the light atom contributions for these reflections. Thereafter one can solve the remaining light atom structure by applying equation (2.6) to obtain the signs of the reflections that do not have contributions from the heavy atoms.
The procedure was used to solve the structure of the complex Au[S2C2(CN)2]2Au[S2CN(C4H9)2]2. The space group was found to be P21/c, with two formula units per unit cell. The reflections hkl (h = 2n, k + l = 2n) were all very strong and the gold atoms were placed at the (special) position 000, 00, , and 0. 1337 observed `strong' reflections (with equal positive contributions from the gold atoms) and 538 observed `weak' reflections (without any contributions from the gold atoms) were used.
The first step was a calculation of the Wilson plot. The following expression was used:
where is the observed intensity on a relative scale, K = KL = KH is the scale factor, denotes a summation over all light atoms in the unit cell, FH is the heavy atom contribution to the structure factor and BL and BH are the overall temperature factor parameters of the light and heavy atoms respectively. The average is taken over reflections h within a given sin interval.
For the `weak' reflections (FH = 0) the second term in equation (2.7) vanishes and a Wilson plot for these reflections gave the scale factor KL (1.29) and the value of BL (3.24 Å2). On substituting these results in equation (2.7) a Wilson plot for the `strong' reflections gave the scale factor KH (1.26) and the value of BH (2.91 Å2). A small difference in KL and KH will not affect the following steps.
The second step is the calculation of the normalized structure factors E. The formulae normally used for the calculation of E values do not make sense for a structure containing heavy atoms. For the corresponding light atom structure the E values, EL, are defined by:
where FL is the light atom contribution to the structure factor and, for space group = 2 for h01 and 0k0 reflections and = 1 for all other reflections.6
The `strong' reflections have positive structure factors and we have ; the magnitude and the sign of the EL value is obtained by equation (2.8). This resulted in 365 signed EL values, with |EL| > 1.3. For the `weak' reflections we have |FL| = and only the magnitude of the EL value is obtained. This resulted in 270 reflections with |EL| > 1.3.
The third step is the application of equation (2.6) to obtain the signs of the `weak' reflections. When several interactions of the type () = (h) + () occur for |EL| > 1.3, where both Sh and are known, several predictions of the sign are obtained by application of (2.6). These predictions should be reasonably consistent before is considered to be determined and singly occurring interactions should never be trusted. We have followed a procedure similar to the sign correlation procedure. The origin is partly fixed by the choice of the gold atom positions and further determined by assigning arbitrary signs to two `weak' reflections: 221 (|EL| = 4.0) and 34(|EL| = 2.9). We define the following sets of reflections, all |EL| > 2.0:
Continued application of equation (2.6) on 365 `strong' reflections, 2 reflections h2 and 24 reflections h4 resulted in the sign determination of 158 more `weak' reflections with |EL| > 1.3. A Fourier synthesis revealed the positions of all of the light atoms, except the hydrogen atoms.
The above described procedure may be generalized for heavy atoms on general positions. In this case there also exist reflections with intermediate heavy atom contributions. For these reflections |FL| = | | and the lowest FL value is taken to avoid incorrect sign indications. In our opinion this procedure is well suited to an automatic solution of structures containing heavy atoms.
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