Principles of Solid State Physics by Robert A. Levy

By Robert A. Levy

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30 is a projection of this structure. Each calcium is surrounded by eight fluorines at the corners of a cube (not the unit cell cube), and each fluorine is tetrahedrally surrounded by four calciums. Packing. Although we have pictured the crystal structure as an array of fairly separated lattice points (or bases), it would be more correct to think of the atoms as touching each other. In Chapter 3 we will discuss some aspects of crystal binding, but it is apparent that condensation into a solid state can occur only as a result of some kind of attractive force between the constituent ions, atoms, or molecules.

This type of classification is more widely used in three-dimensional lattices. When the basis is added to the lattice to form the crystal structure, the lattice symmetry may be reduced, so that the point group of the crystal LATTICE Oblique Rectangular (p and c) Square Hexagonal POINT GROUP 2, 1 2mm, 4mm, 6mm, \m, \m, 1 4, 2mm, 2, \m, 1 6, 3m, 3, 2mm, 2, 1 structure may not be the same as that of its Bravais lattice. For example, as shown in Fig. 19, the hexagonal lattice has 6mm symmetry. But if the basis, for example, consists of an A3B3 molecule at each lattice point as illustrated, the symmetry is reduced to 3m.

The collection of all point operations that leave an object invariant is called the point group for that particular object, just as the collection of all translation operations was called the translation group for a lattice. Point operations apply to objects but translation operations apply only to lattices. * In two dimensions an axis of rotation is a point and a plane of reflection becomes a line. Rotations. A body possesses rotational symmetry about an axis if after rotation of the body about this axis by some angle Θ, the body appears as it did prior to rotation ; that is, the body is left invariant as a result of the rotation.

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