Effective techniques for conducting high-pressure and high-temperature single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments were developed in the 1970s. By the end of that decade a number of papers had been published that defined optimal methods for operating diffractometers, especially for high-pressure experiments. The following decade saw the spread of the techniques from the institutions involved in the original developments into many other, mostly mineralogical, crystallography laboratories around the world. The state of the art of high-pressure diffractometry as it stood in the early 1980s was summarized in Comparative Crystal Chemistry (Hazen and Finger 1982). Since that time, advances in computing...

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