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Structure of Solids: ideal solids
Ohring: Chapter 1, Section 1.2
We will study crystalline solids first.
crystals have two parts
- lattice - regular periodic array of points in space
- basis - a group of atoms located at each point in the lattice
in three dimensions: only 14 unique lattices (Bravais lattices)
examples: (NOTE: the spheres are just points in space - NOT atoms !)
lattice parameter = ao = length of a cube side
see Figure 1-1 for other lattices
number and arrangement of atoms we put at each lattice point
- bcc lattice
- one Cr atom basis
- ao = 2.88 Angstroms
- fcc lattice
- one Cu atom basis
- ao = 3.615 Angstroms
- fcc lattice
- two Si atom basis
- one Si atom at (0,0,0)
- other Si atom at (1/4, 1/4, 1/4)a
- ao = 5.43 Angstroms
For thin films, we are interested in surfaces.
=> cut crystals in different ways.
Describe surfaces by Miller indices.
General Procedure Specific Example
1. Cut crystal along some plane.
cut along a face of a cube
2. Determine x, y, z, intercepts(xo, yo, zo)
(1, infinity, infinity)
3. Take reciprocals and reduce to smallest integer.
[if we had used the (200) plane, reduce to (100)]
See Figure 1-3 for other examples.
Other cubic surfaces:
What would these surfaces look like ?
Note how open some surfaces are packed and how dense others are packed.
Different surfaces have different arrangements of atoms => different properties.
[crystal models demonstration]
Close packed planes:
Two surfaces produce the maximum possible density for packing spheres. The surface layers and second layers of atoms are identical, but the positions of atoms in the third planes are different.
- hcp (0001) = base plane of the hexagonal close packed structure
- ABABAB repeat pattern
- fcc (111) = diagonal cut through the face centered cubic sructure (shown above)
- ABCABCABC repeat pattern
[see handout figures]
define a vector [h k l] between two lattice points
when the direction is negative, instead of a minus sign, use a bar over the number.
angle (a) between any two vectors [h1 k1 l1] and [h2 k2 l2] :
for cubic lattices:
where ao is the length of one side of the cube face
example: spacing between (100) planes in a simple cubic lattice:
not stable state for most pure metalscan be formed by very rapid cooling (106 K/sec)
readily formed from many metal alloys, semiconductors, oxides - especially at low temperatures
generally less dense than crystalline materials
no crystalline defects since no crystal structure