How to View Atomic Planes in FCC, NaCl and Simple Cubic Structures using Crystal Viewer

By Tanya Faltens

Purdue University

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Abstract

This step by step guide shows how to view atomic planes in some common crystal structures. The crystal structures can be sliced along the planes, and the atomic packing of each plane investigated.  Examples are given for viewing the (110) plane in an FCC metal structure, the (100) plane in the NaCl structure and the (100) plane in the simple cubic structure.

Links to saved simulations of each of the planes and structures are included.

These instructions should enable the user to create meaningful representations of many Miller planes in the numerous materials and structures available in Crystal Viewer.

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  • Tanya Faltens (2016), "How to View Atomic Planes in FCC, NaCl and Simple Cubic Structures using Crystal Viewer," http://nanohub.org/resources/25177.

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