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Crystal Viewer Tool

By Abhijeet Paul1, Gerhard Klimeck1

1. Purdue University

Visualize different lattices and planes

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This tool version is unpublished and cannot be run. If you would like to have this version staged, you can put a request through HUB Support.

Archive Version 1.24
Published on 10 Jun 2009, unpublished on 22 Jun 2009
Latest version: 2.3.4. All versions

doi:10.4231/D3057CR98 cite this

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This tool will help in visualizing various types of Bravais lattices, planes and Miller indices needed for many material, electronics and chemistry courses. Also large bulk systems for different materials (Silicon, InAs, GaAs, diamond, graphene, Buckyball) can be viewed using this tool. The main purpose of this tool is to provide insight about the crystalline structure of various materials.

Please feel free to send comments and requests in the nanoHUB help system.

Homework : Homework material is provided to help the user to understand the crystal structures and to be able to use the tool to get better idea about the crystals which is necessary to understand materials and their properties.

First Time User Guide: This document provides useful information to the users who are using the tool for the first time. This document explains some important details about crystallography, usage of the tool and some useful related links to find more information about crystals.

Bug Fixes:

Graphene atoms were too small to be seen. This has been fixed in

the latest release of the tool. Mixup in trigonal and tetragonal bravais lattice resolved. Also angle dependence in trigonal bravais lattice corrected.

New Features:

Now it is possible to visualize the atoms in certain planes for the crystal structures. CNTs can be visualized in the tool now. Atoms in Bravais lattices are now bigger by default. To further adjust the atomic size use the setting tool in the rappture output.

Wish List:

To make the atomic plane visualization better for clear understanding To show the miller indices in better way Include other crystal systems like Wurtzite, cubic, class etc. Allow to upload PDB files to view simple molecular and atomic structures.

See this link for elaborate wishlist of the tool.

Tags, a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.