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Crystallography: relationship between side length and radius of atom

For a FCC the relationship between the radius and the side length 'a' is 4r=(2)^.5 a And this is derived by drawing a diagonal across one of the faces of the unit cell. However, is this meant to be ...
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What is the the real world interpretation of the high dimensionality of quasicrystals?

One of the examples of the problems of 5-fold symmetry is that pentagons tiled on a 2D plane do not completely fill that plane, leaving voids. This may be solved by "folding" it into 3D space, and ...
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Can you explain why crystals form without thermodynamics?

I know that the basic reason that solid crystals form is because it's the lowest energy configuration (i.e. this). I am looking for an intuitive explanation for this process, one that does not involve ...
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Why aren't base-centered orthorhombic Bravais lattice simple monoclinic?

I am learning 7 crystal systems and 32 Bravais lattices. I am quite confused about why a base-centered orthorhombic Bravais lattice is not a simple monoclinic one, if we take two edges and a half ...
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$c/a$ ratio for an ideal hexagonal close-packed (HCP) structure [closed]

Show that the $c/a$ ratio for an ideal hexagonal close-packed (HCP) structure is $\left(\frac{8}{3}\right)^\frac{1}{2} = 1.633$. I believe $a$ is the length of $a_1$ and $a_2$. I figured that ...
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What are some structures which minimize surface stress upon expansion

Intro I am currently researching into a problem involving the cyclical expansion and contraction of a 3 layered structure comprised of an internal metal encased by another metal encased in an outer ...
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Quantity to measure order in crystals

Imagine a cubic lattice for simplicity and put some atomic configuration inside of each unit cell. Lattice is of course a highly ordered entity (long range order). Please, how could I quantitatively ...
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What exactly are crystal planes and how do they reflect x-rays?

What exactly are crystal planes and how do they reflect x-rays? Are crystal planes real physical planes or just an abstract concept? What are these planes made of? If they are an abstraction, what ...
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Crystal Momentum in a Periodic Potential

I'm working through some basic theory on periodic potentials, and I would appreciate help in understanding the crystal momentum. Suppose we have a Bravais lattice with lattice vectors $\textbf{R}$. ...
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Lattice geometry and dispersion relation

Is there a general theorem which gives some information about which influence have the lattice geometry (for example sub-lattice structure, square lattice, honeycomb lattice, lattice symmetries, ...) ...
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What physical phenomenon occured in this experiment?

I noticed a strange behavior of my experiment. I have a glass container with a fully saturated solution of CuSO4, which I use to grow CuSO4 crystals, by waiting for the water to evaporate. Recently I ...
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Mixed-Alloy materials

Short version: Is it a physical problem (crystal structure/grains/redox/etc.) or just a logistics problem (keeping the solutes from homogenizing, molten/solid/temperature related problems) that keeps ...
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3-dimensional quasicrystals

As is well known, quasicrystals (i.e. their diffraction patterns) show patterns which can be deciphered and understood via the use Penrose tilings (and aperiodic tilings of the plane in general). ...
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Why is there a 'loophole' in Mermin Wagner for rotations?

I'm just starting out in my mathematics career by looking at some simple stuff on broken symmetries in statistical mechanics. Since 3D is 'hard' it would be very nice to look at 2D toy models of ...
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Bloch theorem, Energy, Free electron

I'm trying to learn on my own a bit of solid physics to tackle semiconductors afterwards. I'm struggling with the Energy versus $k$ diagrams for a free electron which shows that for a single value of ...
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Effect of crystal growth on its scintillation

How does crystal growth affect its scintillation properties? What are possible ways in which growth of CaWO crystals grown via Chochralski method could be modified to avoid non-linearity in its ...
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How many of the 230 crystallographic groups are realized in nature?

All of them or only a subset? This is a famous and fundamental result in solid state physics.
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How to calculate the density of a polycrystalline sample?

I'm trying to figure out the density (g/cm^3) of La2CuO4. I know that the mass is 405.355 g/mol; what do I have to do to calculate the volume? Thanks!
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Why do we still get sharp scattering spots with quasi-crystal?

In a quasi-crystal, there is no translational invariance. This means there is no delta-function in the Fourier transform. But to get a sharp scattering spot, we need a delta function. Physically, ...
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What is the symmetry difference between simple-cube and body-centered-cube structures

If the lattice types are categorized according to the point group symmetries, then what is the difference, for example, between sc and bcc structures?
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Are there materials that get softer with temperature decrease?

Could be there material that begins melting/softening when it's temperature is lowered? I would say no, but I've seen enough physics to know that not always life is so easy. Moreover I think I've ...
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Which metal will be on the surface after solidification?

I know that there are some metals that just "like" to be on a surface, so if I make an alloy of such metal and some other metal, the first one will be on the surface after solidification of initially ...
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Kronig-Penney model

I am studying the Kronig-Penney model as treated in the book by Kittel: Introduction to Solid State Physics. In this model one considers a period potential which is zero in the region $[0,a]$ ...
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Bloch's theorem

I am studying Bloch's theorem, which can be stated as follows: The eigenfunctions of the wave equation for a period potential are the product of a plane wave $e^{ik \cdot r}$ times a modulation ...
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Why does a halocline form?

I was doing an experiment over the last couple of days to try to crystallize alum using a thermal gradient. The idea was that solute at the bottom of my container would be dissolved at a higher ...
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Why a mono-atomic crystal layer (2D) can't be stable?

According to Peierls and Landau, 2D crystals were thermodynamically unstable. They can't exist! Of course, this theory was disapproved in 2004 (example: graphene). What is the general definition of ...
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Pseudocubic unit cells: how to construct one?

I keep coming across the term pseudocubic unit cell while reading about orthorhombic perovskite structures. No clear explanation ...
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How can one reasonably theoretically model polycrystalline materials?

Many techniques are taught in advanced solid state courses but they are almost all derived for perfectly crystalline materials. For example, band structure really only appears theoretically when you ...
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Reciprocal Lattice of a non-bravais lattice

Is a reciprocal lattice defined for non-Bravais lattices? I'm trying to work out one for HCP structure and not figuring it out.
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Why can't a dislocation terminate in the bulk?

We are told that they can only terminate on surfaces, grain boundaries or other dislocations but we are not told why they can't terminate inside the crystal.
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What does (001) Silicon mean?

If someone gives me a thin film of Si, and they tell me it's (001) Si, does that mean that the (001) planes of Si are the ones making up the surface of the film?
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How can I get the lattice constant of a salt?

This is probably a very dummy question, but I am not able to solve it on my own. Given that the radius of $Li^+$ ions is 76 picometers, and the radius of $F^-$ is 133 pm, I would expect the size of a ...
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Transmissivity of Liquid Crystals in the near-infrared range

The gist of my query is in the title. I have been searching for papers and studies that could provide transmission curves (in nematic liquid crystals) across the visible to near-IR range (or from ...
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Translation invariance in crystals

Context: solid state physics - dynamics of atoms in crystals. Coupling constants are defined as: \begin{align*} \frac{\partial^2\Phi}{\partial r_{nai}\partial r_{mbj}} = \Phi_{nai}^{mbj} ...
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Ashcroft Mermin Solid State Eq. 22.15

I recently read a paper on Specific heat of a Classical Crystal: Dulong-Petit law. In Eq. 22.15, I don't understand why the ionic displacement $\mathbf{u}$ and ...
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Conductivity of a crystalline solid

In a crystalline solid each atomic level 'splits' into n levels (n = number of atoms in the system). When the number of atoms is large each level becomes replaced by a band of closely spaced levels. ...
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Difference in chemical potential in supersaturated solutions

I have been more or less struggeling to understand an equation that is apparently used in almost all books covering crystals in any way. Basically every book that I have found explains the following: ...
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Experimental Evidence of Random Tiling Limit Shapes

In the area of random tilings, there are many results that fall under the term "Arctic Circle Theorems." This roughly means that if one chooses a tiling of a specific region uniformly at random, then ...
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How to derive the exponential distribution for the Pool-Frenkel effect?

For the Pool-Frenkel effect, the external electrical field $E_{ext}$ reduces barrier by a potential energy amount $U_{ext}(r_{m})$, where $r_{m}$ is the distance maximizing the total potential enrgy ...
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Diffusion coefficient of a crystal

I've been trying to work this out so I can give a hand waving argument for one of the effects I'm observing on the fly and I find myself going down a rabbit hole that seems way too complicated for ...
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How does a liquid crystal on Silicon affect the phase of incident light?

When a polarized light beam is directed to a phase-only LCoS system how is the phase modulated ? What is the physical effect behind ? Does voltage modulation has an impact on birefringence ?
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Bragg's law in photonic crystals

So in photonic crystals when looking at diffraction the refraction of light has to be taken into account. I am told this would lead to the "photonic bragg's law" which is $$n \lambda = ...
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Overview and doubts about Bloch's theorem and the concept of partial density of states

So I have a large confusion with QM as applied to solid state. The following is a summary of what I know, what I think I know, and what I know I don't know. I hope to stir a discussion that will help ...
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How strong is electron degeneracy pressure?

I'm trying to get some specific numbers for electron degeneracy that I can understand, using a concrete example. Take for example this portion of carbon crystal: Exactly how much energy would be ...
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Type-II SHG of linearly polarized light

It's possible to perform type-II frequency doubling of unpolarized light in suitable nonlinear crystals. But for a single beam of linearly polarized input light, is it still possible to do type-II ...
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What groups of symmetry are most suited for filling uniformely a spherical 3D space, whilst possessing the lowest possible surface-to-volume ratio?

I am looking for the closest known approximate solution to Kelvin foams problem that would obey a spherical symmetry. One alternative way of formulating it: I am looking for an equivalent of ...
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Impurities involved in nucleation centres

When magmas begin to crystallise, a first step is the formation of a crystal nucleus around an impurity (nucleation centre), whereby a few of the right atoms get together to form a speck of a crystal. ...
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Bragg's law - intensity “sensitivity” to lattice spacing or scattering angle

I don't understand this sentence (emphasis added): A consideration of Bragg's law (nλ = 2dsinθ), i.e. the relationship between scattering angle (θ) and the interplanar spacing (d) shows that if ...
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Topological Insulators: is HgX a special case?

I got confused by reading this article: Francois Virot, Roland Hayn, Manuel Richter, and Jeroen van den Brink. “Engineering topological surface-states: HgS, HgSe and HgTe.” arXiv preprint ...
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How does a vacancy become mobile during annealing?

The Nitrogen Vacancy (NV) centre is a defect in diamond consisting of a substitutional nitrogen atom accompanied by a vacant nearest-neighbour lattice site. Substitutional nitrogen impurities are ...