Xray Structural Analysis Of A Crystalline Compound Stock Photo 107993177Biology,Chemistry,Color Image,Condensation,Crystal,Discovery,Horizontal,Ice,Indoors,Laboratory,Lattice,Liquid Nitrogen,No People,Photography,Physics,Progress,Refraction,Research,Sample,Technology,X-ray ImagePhotographer Peter GinterCollection: Science Faction Just one tiny crystal from a synthesized sample is required for structural analysis by X-ray crystallography. Compounds produce a specific pattern by diffracting X-rays through the closely spaced lattice of atoms in the crystal compound. These patterns are recorded and analyzed to reveal the molecular structure of the substance. Vapor and ice is due to liquid nitrogen used to supercool the crystal and minimize radiation damage. Bayer Industry Services.