angstrom star
(Å* or A*)
   a unit used to measure the wavelength of X-rays. Because it's easier to measure the ratio between two X-ray wavelengths than it is to measure the wavelengths themselves, the wavelengths are usually stated as multiples of a standard wavelength. The X unit and the angstrom star are the units used for this purpose. Å* was defined by J.A. Bearden in 1965 to provide a unit approximately equal to the angstrom (10-10 meter or 0.1 nanometer). Later measurements have shown that in fact A* is equal to approximately 1.000 0015 x 10-10 meter or 100.000 15 picometers.

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