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An indexing method for single-crystal diffractometry is described which is applicable to especially difficult cases such as twin lattices, incommensurate structures, fragmented crystals, long axes and unreliable data. Finding the reciprocal lattice from a cloud of reciprocal-lattice points (reflections) is reduced to finding elementary periods in one-dimensional rows, obtained by projecting all observed points onto the normal to the plane formed by any three of these points. Row periodicity and offending reflections are easily recognized. Each row, by its direction and (reciprocal) spacing, defines one direct axis vector, based upon all cooperating observations. From the direct vectors so obtained a primitive direct cell is chosen and refined against the fitting reflections. The result is one main lattice, or a main lattice and a set of alien reflections. The method operates semi-automatically in the program DIRAX and has been tested, without failure, on hundreds of CAD4 reflection files, among which there were many auto-indexing-resistant lists.
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