- © 2009 American Mineralogist
We calculate here the basal peak profiles of Na-rectorite (regularly interstratified Na-illite-smectite) with two different scattering origin choices, one based on the octahedral cationic plane and the other on the basal oxygen plane of the tetrahedral sheet. Our calculation shows that the scattering origin of the octahedral cationic plane, which has been often used in previous diffraction models, is ineffective for profiling the measured peak skewness and irrationality. Alternatively, the calculation using the scattering origin of the basal oxygen plane better mimics the measured peak profiles and provides more reliable crystallite thickness distributions for Bertaut-Warren-Averbach analyses. This origin is also useful for demonstrating the scattering sequence, the layer chemistry heterogeneity, and the effect of the crystallite margin on rectorite scattering.