The brightness of synchrotron X-ray sources, which exceeds that available from conventional generators by many orders of magnitude1–3, provides the possibility of making conventional measurements on much smaller samples. We describe here measurements of Bragg diffracted intensities from two microcrystals of cancrinite, a typical zeolite, performed in order to assess the scope of microcrystal diffraction. Our results demonstrate that many materials previously regarded as polycrystalline can now be studied using well established single-crystal methods at synchrotron facilities.
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Eisenberger, P., Newsam, J., Leonowicz, M. et al. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction from a 800 µm3 zeolite microcrystal. Nature 309, 45–47 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1038/309045a0
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