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Crystal Viewer Tool

Visualize different crystal lattices and planes

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Version 3.0.1 - published on 13 Oct 2014

doi:10.4231/D3K06X217 cite this

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    Silicon With Miller Plane AlN NaCl Ag Bravais Vectors GaN Bravais Vector Hexagonal Bravais Lattice Carbon Nano Tube Bucky Ball Graphene User-defined Crystal User-defined Crystal Definition



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Crystal Viewer 3.0 is a new tool starting from scratch. It is designed based on the old version 2.3.4 and aims to include better visualization and new features. It visualizes 14 Bravais lattices, Miller planes, and crystal structures of specific materials needed for many courses in materials, electronics and chemistry. Users can also create and view materials not contained in our database by setting certain material properties like the basis atom position, the Bravais vector. The main purpose of this educational tool is to provide insight about the crystalline structure of various materials.

For problems with this tool, please submit a support ticket (click on "Need Help?" button in upper right part of this page). To submit a wish for improvements, please click on the Wishlist tab above.

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

Version History:

Version 3.0 (Oct 2014)

  • Initial publish 


Wish List:

  • See this link for an elaborate wishlist of the tool.

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NEMO 5, a code under development in the research group of Gerhard Klimeck. NEMO 5 is an open source nanoelectronics device simulator containing a variety of different material and geometry models. Features include the construction of atomistic grids of varying crystal structures, multiband Schroedinger-Poisson simulations, atomistic strain and phonon computations, quantum transport using open-boundary wavefunctions or NEGF, and user-friendly input/output.


Crystal Viewer 3.0 was written and developed by Yuanchen Chu as a PhD student at Purdue University. 


Various other people are also involved in the development of Crystal Viewer 3.0:

Travis Shepherd, Yosef Borga, Vincent Ntarugera, Kevin Margatan, Zach Shaffter... SURF program students summer intern (< V3.0)

G. Klimeck, H.-H. Park, J. Fonseca,  J. Sellier, M. Povolotskyi, S. Steiger, T. Kubis... NEMO 5 simulation engine (in alphabetical order)


The main author Yuanchen Chu is obliged to D. Mejia, G. Klimeck, J. Fonseca, M. Povoltskyi, T. Faltens for the valuable information and advice provided by them.


Sponsored by

Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), Purdue University


Robert F. Pierret, Purdue University, Advanced Semiconductor Fundamentals (Second Edition).

ISBN-10: 013061792X  ISBN-13: 9780130617927 ©2003  Prentice Hall

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Yuanchen Chu; Daniel F Mejia; James Fonseca; Michael Povolotskyi; Gerhard Klimeck (2007), "Crystal Viewer Tool," (DOI: 10.4231/D3K06X217).

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