Crystal Viewer Tool Learning Materials

by Saumitra Raj Mehrotra, Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck, Alejandra J. Magana


By completing the Crystal Viewer Lab in ABACUS - Assembly of Basic Applications for Coordinated Understanding of Semiconductors, you will be able to:

a) understand crystals,

b) understand crystal directions, and

c) Miller indices.

The specific objectives of the Crystal Viewer Lab are:


Recommended Reading

If you have not had experience with crystal structures and Miller indices, here is a list of resources that will help you have the required knowledge to get the most of these materials:

1. Rober F. Pierret, Semiconductor Device Fundamentals (Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 2000).

2. Michael Shur, Physics of Semiconductor Devices (Prentice Hall, 1990).

3. Dragica Vasileska, Stephen M. Goodnick and G. Klimeck: Computational Electronics: Semiclassical and Quantum Device Modeling and Simulation, Chapter 2 (CRC Press, 2010).


Crystal Viewer Tool: First-Time User Guide

Theoretical descriptions

* Crystal Structures

* Crystal Directions and Miller Indices

* Illinois ECE 440 Solid State Electronic Devices, Lecture 2: Crystal Lattices

* ECE 606 Lecture 2: Geometry of Periodic Crystals

Tool Verification

Crystal Viewer Tool Verification (V 2.3.4)

Worked Examples

1. Crystal Viewer Demonstration: Bravais Lattices

2. Crystal Viewer Demonstration: Bravais Lattices 2

3. Crystal Viewer Demonstration: Various Crystal Systems

Exercises and Homework Assignments

1. Homework Exercise on Bravais Lattices, Crystal Structures, Miller Indices

2. Exercise: Crystal Lattices

3. Illinois ECE 440: Introduction to Crystal Properties Homework

4. ABACUS Exercise: Crystal Lattices and Miler Indices

Solutions to Exercises

Solutions will be provided to instructors ONLY.

Take a Test

This test will assess your conceptual understanding of the physical, mathematical and computational knowledge related to crystal structures identification and Miller indices calculation.

ABACUS: Test for Crystal Viewer Tool

Solve the Challenge

In this final challenge you will integrate all what you have learned about crystal lattices.

Crystal Structures - Packing Efficiency Exercise

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