Crystals are solid material whose constituents, such as atoms, molecules or ions, are *arranged in a highly ordered microscopic pattern*, a crystal lattice that extends with regularity in all directions. Use for all crystallography and ordered structure topics.

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Coulomb potential of a periodic crystal in reciprocal space

Usually the Coulomb potential (electron-electron interaction) can be Fourier transformed (aside from prefactors) like that: $$ \frac{1}{|\vec r_1 -\vec r_2|} = \int \frac{\text d ^3 k}{(2\pi)^3} ...
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Reduce integration over crystal to integration over unit cell

I am wondering when I can reduce integrals over a periodic crystal to a an integral over the unit cell. Especially I consider the following two-electron integral $$ I=\langle \varphi_i \varphi_j | V | ...
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Might a diamond with impurities (doped) be less brittle than a pure diamond?

Diamonds are extremely hard (resistant to pressure) but quite brittle (susceptible to shock). Sufficient impurity will compromise hardness, but I am finding it difficult to find out the effect on ...
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Could a flat battery make a watch run fast?

My watch used to keep good time but as of about a month ago it runs fast (gains about 5 mins per day). Could a flat battery be responsible, or is this physically impossible? It's a quartz crystal ...
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Non-uniqueness of the k-vector in Bloch state

How to understand that Bloch wave solutions can be completely characterized by their behaviour in a single Brillouin zone? Given Bloch wave: \begin{equation*} \psi_{\mathbf{k}}(\mathbf{r}) = ...
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Primitive unit cell of fcc

When I consider the primitive unit cell of a fcc lattice (red in the image below) the lattice points are only partially part of the primitive unit cell. All in all the primitive unit cell contains ...
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Any scientific basis behind “crystal energy”? [closed]

I always hear people talking very loosely about the terms "vibration" and "energy" in relation to crystals. Is there any scientific basis in "crystal energy" or is it purely metaphysical ...
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How does crystal lattice explain electrical conductance?

From http://education.jlab.org In a metal, the atoms are arranged in a crystal-like configuration. ... Now, in a metal, the valence band is relatively close to the conduction band - ...
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Activation energy of luminescence

Assuming that activation energy is constant for some range of temperature, it can be determined from the slope of the plot: $$\ln{I}=A-\frac {E_a}{k_bT}$$ where $I$ - intensity , $E_a$ - activation ...
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Jet turbine blades from single crystals, how are they formed?

I know about nothing about crystals, although I do know a bit more about jet turbine engines, and I definitely know that you don't want the fan blade hitting the fan housing. The reason given in the ...
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How would the fermi energy of an element inside of crystal affect its fermi level?

If I had a substitutional crystal of nickel atoms inside of a copper fcc lattice, how would this affect the Fermi level of the material?
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How do phonons affect the work function?

How do phonons affect the work function? Could phonons that are directed towards a single atom, such as in a body-centered cubic crystal, increase the amount of thermal excitation and thus decrease ...
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Double groups in Crystallography

I'm currently studying double point groups and their applications in condensed matter physics. Let me start by giving you the definition of the double group that is used in my textbook: Let $G$ be a ...
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Estimate Uncertainties in Rietveld Refinement

I have the output of an x-ray diffraction experiment made on a thin film. Here I report the output of the experiment (I analyzed those data using powdercell and coloured regions have been excluded ...
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Notation in crystallography

I'm trying to comprehend the proof that for a crystal with translational symmetry only 1,2,3,4 or 6 rotational axes exist. The proof I'm trying to follow however uses a weird notation I haven't seen ...
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How can crystal symmetry operations be used to reduce the number of unique properties of a solid?

Can anyone please give an example or a reference which shows how crystal point groups and symmetry operations can be used to reduce the number of parameters describing the property of a crystal, ...
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Dispersion in crystall for a random direction

Lets say one get a dispersion of electrons or phonons from this website: http://www.matprop.ru Usually dispersion in particular directions is drawn: as for wurtzite crystall it is A to L, L to U and ...
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How to experimentally identify the exposed face of a crystal?

After depositing a material (e.g, TiO2) on a substrate, what methods can I use to check whether the material is crystalline, and what face (e.g, 001, 101, etc..) of the crystal is exposed?
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Energy Oscillations in a One Dimensional Crystal?

Can anyone help me find articles on similar topics "Energy Oscillations in a One Dimensional Crystal" (I have links to one article on this subject)? article, that I have Especially interested in ...
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Reciprocal Plane diagram of body-centered cell?

I was reading that the reciprocal lattice of a body-centered cell (BCC) is simply the face-centered cell(FCC), right? Would each of the reciprocal lattice vectors be the FCC lattice vectors, but with ...
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Deformation in the nematic phase of a liquid crystal survived in solid state

Does anyone know if I cool a liquid crystal with a deformed nematic phase quickly it will preserve the deformation in the crystal lattice? I didn't never see that in classical books on liquid ...
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Four dimensional Bravais lattice

I am wondering if there are any reference on four dimensional Bravais lattice and their primitive vectors, even an example will help.
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The proof of a discrete Fourier identity in quantum field theory

On page 25, in the book Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur by Tom Lancaster and Stephen. J Blundell, it states the following: We impose periodic boundary conditions forcing ...
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Any good reference on crystal optics?

I am primarily interested in the birefringence phenomenon. Any good reference? I want something above the general physics level.
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Why are reciprocal lattice vector periodic, and time-frequency not?

k-space vectors are related to each other by $k=k'+G$, where $G$ is the reciprocal lattice vector $G=2\pi/a$. This means that the frequency of oscillation in real space of a plane wave $e^{ikx}$ is ...
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Definition of Fourier Transform on a Lattice

I am reading a book(EDIT: the book is Czyholls theoretical condensed matter physics, though i am not sure if there is an english version) where for periodic functions $f(x_l+L)=f(x_l)$ the Fourier ...
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Density of particles in hexagonal lattice

I need to calculate, in a 2D hexagonal lattice of point particles in which the nearest neighbours are a distance apart $a$, what's the density of particles. What I really need is, if $\rho$ is the ...
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can ice crystals be molded into a structural shape in space

I know that water exposed to vacuum space first boils and then turn into vapor (sublimates) . Is it possible re use this vapor say inside a pressurized membrane, to mold it into a solid ice structure, ...
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Is graphene on a sticky tape strong enough to compete with my hand stretching it?

As we know we can make graphene using sticky tape so after we make graphene on a sticky tape will that thin sheet of graphene on a sticky tape be strong enough to compete with my hand trying to ...
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Why is graphene stronger than graphite?

Why is graphene stronger than graphite when graphene is just a single layer while graphite is multiple layers of graphene? And can't we say that diamond and coal also consist of layers of graphene as ...
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Sum in the reciprocal lattice

I have to use this property but I don't understand at all the deduction, so I was wondering if someone could help me. We have a crystal lattice with vectors to each atom from one of them $R_j$, and ...
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What is the importance of reciprocal lattice?

Reciprocal lattice is the diffraction plot of a crystal. Now with the STM instrument we can get the get the topology of the crystal, so what is the importance of reciprocal lattice or the Brillouin ...
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If Ionic crystals are heated up, where does the energy go?

Ionic crystal are poor conductors of heat, due to lack of delocalised electrons. So if they are heard up where does the heat go? Does it get dumped in the potential well created by interatomic ...
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Getting the ($hkl$) Miller indices from the angle of incidence of a light ray

I was given an X-ray diffraction lab this week. We measured the count rate for different angles $2\theta$ of the rotation of the detector. From these measurements we plotted a graph of 2theta vs the ...
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Path length requirement for diffraction problem [closed]

The following question has been asked in a problem sheet I have been asked to answer: "The above diagram relates to the path lengths of radiation, with an angle of incidence, θ, reflecting off ...
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Software to calculate and visualize reciprocal lattice

I am currently preparing XRD experiments for an epitaxial thin film on a silicon wafer. I am looking for software (Win oder Mac) to calculate the reciprocal lattice from the cell parameters and ...
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In which direction along a GaN (wurtzite) crystal are only Ga atoms being observed?

So, if you have an electron microscope image of a GaN crystal, and that it shows only white dots which represent Ga atoms. No nitrogen atoms are seen in the image. Along which direction is this ...
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Building a Crystal Radio Questions

I have been reading several books and articles about building a crystal radio and the explanations about the inner workings of the circuit seem vague. All articles and books mention the coil and the ...
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Is it possible to “see” atoms?

As per my knowledge, atoms are small beyond our imaginations. But there is an image on Wikipedia that shows silicon atoms observed at the surface of silicon carbide crystals. The image: How can we ...
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crystal momentum conservation

Electrons on 1D chain interacting with each other $$ H = \sum_{k_4,k_3, k_2, k_1} V(k_4-k_1) c_{k_4}^{\dagger}c_{k_3}^{\dagger}c_{k_2}c_{k_1}\delta_{k4+k3=k2+k1;\text{mod}~G}$$ where $G$ is ...
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Why are $2\pi$ factors included in the definition of the reciprocal lattice?

I would like to know where the $2\pi$ factors are coming from in the formula for reciprocal vectors in reciprocal lattices. For example, in a simple cubic lattice the primitive vectors are given by ...
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FCC lattice as a stack of triangular lattices

According to Marder, Condensed Matter Physics, Chapter 2: Within the planes normal to the vector [1,1,1], the atoms of an fcc lattice lie in a two dimensional triangular lattice However, he does ...
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Is there an intuitive reason for why the reciprocal lattice of FCC is BCC and vice versa?

This can be proved using formulae for generating reciprocal lattice vectors from direct lattice vectors. But does this result have more to it than meets the eye?
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How to prove Bloch function is periodic in reciprocal lattice?

How to prove Bloch function is periodic in reciprocal lattice? I saw in some textbooks this formula: $$ \Psi_{\mathbf{k}} (\mathbf{r}) = \sum_{\mathbf{G}} ...
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How is periodic potential approximation justified in semiconductor physics?

In semiconductor physics the usual approximation is that of infinite crystal. This seems to allow one to write Hamiltonian for electron subsystem (in adiabatic approximation) as having periodic ...
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Why do crystals grow in preferred directions?

I want to know why snowflakes (and other crystals) grow symmetrically and I find the leading answer to the established question to be entirely unsatisfactory. When water freezes, you get ice. ...
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neglect of lattice potential for conduction electrons

Why is it true that in nearly free electron compunds, complete neglect of the lattice potential is usually a good approximation as long as one considers crystal momenta remote from the boundaries of ...
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planewave Ansatz for modelling phonon dispersion in crystals

From Ashcroft's "Solid State Physics", for one-dimensional monatomic Bravais lattice, the equations of motion of ions are: \begin{equation} M\ddot u(na)=-K[2u(na)-u([n-1]a)-u([n+1]a)] \end{equation} ...
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Zero Diffraction Plates: Why do they give such low diffraction signals?

In our laboratory we use silicon plates named "Zero Diffraction Plates". They are named so because they give extremely low diffraction signals in an XRD instrument (reflection mode). But how are these ...
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What limits the doping concentration in a semiconductor?

Si and Ge can be blended in any ratio, $\mathrm{Si}_x\mathrm{Ge}_{1-x},\ 0\le x\le 1$. So do InxGa1-x. So what exactly causes doping impurities inside Si/Ge/etc. to saturate at $\sim 10^{-19}\ ...