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Atom Positions in Cubic Unit Cells
• Cartesian coordinate system is use to locate atoms.
• In a cubic unit cell
y axis is the direction to the right.
x axis is the direction coming out of the paper.
z axis is the direction towards top.
Negative directions are to the opposite of positive
directions.
• Atom positions are
located using unit
distances along the
axes.
Figure 3.10 b
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Directions in Cubic Unit Cells
• In cubic crystals, Direction Indices are vector
components of directions resolved along each axes,
resolved to smallest integers.
• Direction indices are position coordinates of unit
cell where the direction vector emerges from cell
surface, converted to integers.
Figure 3.11
[100]
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Procedure to Find Direction Indices
(0,0,0)
(1,1/2,1)
z
Produce the direction vector till it
emerges from surface of cubic cell
Determine the coordinates of point
of emergence and origin
Subtract coordinates of point of
Emergence by that of origin
(1,1/2,1)  (0,0,0)
= (1,1/2,1)
Are all are
integers?
Convert them to
smallest possible
integer by multiplying
by an integer.
2 x (1,1/2,1)
= (2,1,2)
Are any of the direction
vectors negative?
Represent the indices in a square
bracket without comas with a
over negative index (Eg: [121])
Represent the indices in a square
bracket without comas (Eg: [212] )
The direction indices are [212]
x
y
YES
NO
YES
NO
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Direction Indices  Example
• Determine direction indices of the given vector.
Origin coordinates are (3/4 , 0 , 1/4).
Emergence coordinates are (1/4, 1/2, 1/2).
Subtracting origin coordinates
from emergence coordinates,
(1/4, 1/2, 1/2)  (3/4 , 0 , 1/4)
= (1/2, 1/2, 1/4)
Multiply by 4 to convert all
fractions to integers
4 x (1/2, 1/2, 1/4) = (2, 2, 1)
Therefore, the direction indices are [ 2 2 1 ]
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Miller Indices
• Miller Indices are are used to refer to specific lattice
planes of atoms.
• They are reciprocals of the fractional intercepts
(with fractions cleared) that the plane makes with the
crystallographic x,y and z axes of three nonparallel
edges of the cubic unit cell.
z
x
y
Miller Indices =(111)
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Miller Indices  Procedure
Choose a plane that does not pass
through origin
Determine the x,y and z intercepts
of the plane
Find the reciprocals of the intercepts
Fractions?
Clear fractions by
multiplying by an integer
to determine smallest set
of whole numbers
Enclose in parenthesis (hkl)where h,k,l
are miller indices of cubic crystal plane
for x,y and z axes. Eg: (111)
Place a ‘bar’ over the
Negative indices
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Miller Indices  Examples
• Intercepts of the plane at
x,y & z axes are 1, ∞ and
∞
• Taking reciprocals we get
(1,0,0).
• Miller indices are (100).
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• Intercepts are 1/3, 2/3 & 1.
• taking reciprocals we get
(3, 3/2, 1).
• Multiplying by 2 to clear
fractions, we get (6,3,2).
• Miller indices are (632).
x
x
y
z
(100)
Figure 3.14
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Miller Indices  Examples
• Plot the plane (101)
Taking reciprocals of the indices
we get (1 ∞ 1).
The intercepts of the plane are
x=1, y= ∞ (parallel to y) and z=1.
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• Plot the plane (2 2 1)
Taking reciprocals of the indices
we get (1/2 1/2 1).
The intercepts of the plane are
x=1/2, y= 1/2 and z=1.
Figure EP3.7 a
Figure EP3.7 c
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Miller Indices  Example
• Plot the plane (110)
The reciprocals are (1,1, ∞)
The intercepts are x=1, y=1 and z= ∞ (parallel to z
axis)
To show this plane a
single unit cell, the
origin is moved along
the positive direction
of y axis by 1 unit.
x
y
z
(110)
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Miller Indices – Important Relationship
• Direction indices of a direction perpendicular to a
crystal plane are same as miller indices of the plane.
• Example:
• Interplanar spacing between parallel closest planes
with same miller indices is given by
• ( a= latice constant)
[110]
(110)
x
y
z
l k h
d
a
hkl
2 2 2
+ +
=
Figure EP3.7b
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Volume Density
• Volume density of metal =
• Example: Copper (FCC) has atomic mass of 63.54
g/mol and atomic radius of 0.1278 nm. (a=lattice
constant)
v
µ
Mass/Unit cell
Volume/Unit cell
=
a=
2
4R
=
2
1278 . 0 4 nm ×
= 0.361 nm
Volume of unit cell = V= a
3
= (0.361nm)
3
= 4.7 x 10
29
m
3
v
µ
FCC unit cell has 4 atoms.
Mass of unit cell = m =


.

\

×
÷
g
Mg
mol atoms
mol g atoms
6
23
10
/ 10 022 . 6
) / 54 . 63 )( 4 (
= 4.22 x 10
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Mg
3 3 3 29
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98 . 8 98 . 8
10 7 . 4
10 22 . 4
cm
g
m
Mg
m
Mg
V
m
= =
×
×
= =
÷
÷
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Planar Atomic Density
• Planar atomic
density =
• Example: In Iron (BCC, a=0.287), The (100) plane
intersects center of 5 atoms (Four ¼ and 1 full atom).
Equivalent number of atoms = (4 x ¼ ) + 1 = 2 atoms
Area of 110 plane =
Equivalent number of atoms whose
centers are intersected by selected area
µ
p
=
Selected area
2
2 2 a a a = ×
µ
p
( )
2
287 . 0 2
2
=
2
13
2
10 72 . 1 2 . 17
mm nm
atoms ×
= =
Figure 3.22 a&b
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Linear Atomic Density
• Linear atomic density =
• Example: For a FCC copper crystal (a=0.361), the
[110] direction intersects 2 half diameters and 1 full
diameter.
Therefore, it intersects ½ + ½ + 1 = 2 atomic
diameters.
Length of line =
µ
l
=
Number of atomic diameters
intersected by selected length
of line in direction of interest
Selected length of line
mm
atoms
nm
atoms
nm
atoms
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10 92 . 3 92 . 3
361 . 0 2
2 ×
= =
×
= µ
l
nm 361 . 0 2 ×
Figure 3.23
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Interplanar Spacing
Interplanar spacing
in cubic crystal structures
between two closest parallel
planes with the same
Miller indices
is designated dhkl,
where h, k, and l are
the Miller indices
of the planes.
This spacing represents
the distance from a
selected origin containing one
plane and another parallel plane
with the same indices
that is closest to it.
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• Where :
d
hkl
= interplanar spacing between
parallel closest planes with
Miller indices h, k, l.
a = Lattice constant
h, k, l = Miller indices of cubic planes
being considered.
2 2 2
l k h
a
d
hkl
+ +
=
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XRay Diffraction (XRD)
• XRay Diffraction (XRD) is a method used
to determine the crystal structures, atomic
radii and interplanar distance (distance
from one plane to the next adjacent
plane). Xray is directed toward a flat
sample at an angle u and a certain
wavelength, ì. Planes of atoms/ions within
the crystal will reflect back the xray.
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XRay Diffraction and Bragg’s
Law
• X rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation
that have high energies and short wavelengths
wavelengths on the order of the atomic spacings
for solids.
• When a beam of xrays impinges on a solid
material, portion of this beam will be scattered in
all directions by the electrons associated with
each atom or ion that lies within the beam’s
path. (i.e the interaction of photon of the
radiation with the orbital electrons in the atom)
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Crystal planes of target metal
act as mirrors
reflecting Xray beam.
If rays leaving a set of planes
are out of phase (as in case
of arbitrary angle of incidence)
no reinforced beam is
produced.
If rays leaving are in phase,
reinforced beams are
produced.
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Derivation of Bragg’s Law
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For rays reflected from different planes
to be in phase,the extra distance traveled
by a ray should be a integral multiple of wave
length λ .
nλ = MP + PN (n = 1,2…)
n is order of diffraction
If d
hkl
is interplanar distance,
Then MP = PN = d
hkl
.Sinθ
Therefore, λ = 2 d
hkl
.Sinθ
Figure 3.28
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2
2 2 2 2
2
2 2 2
2 2 2
4
2
2
a
l k h
Sin
l k h
aSin
dSin
l k h
a
d
hkl
+ +
=
+ +
=
=
+ +
=
ì
u
u
ì
u ì
Note that the wavelength λ and lattice constant a are the same
for both incoming and outgoing radiation.
Since
Substituting for d,
Therefore
Square power
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Scanning Electron Microscope
(SEM)
• An important tool in
materials science.
• Electron source
generates electrons.
• Electrons hit the
surface and secondary
electrons are produced.
• The secondary
electrons are collected
to produce the signal.
• The signal is used to
produce the image.
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How does SEM works?
The SEM is an instrument that produces a large magnified
image by using electrons instead of light to form an
image.
A beam of electrons is produced at the top of the
microscope by an electron gun.
The electron beam follows a vertical path through the
microscope, which is held within a vacuum.
The beam travels through electromagnetic fields and
lenses, which focus the beam down toward the sample.
Once the beam hits the sample, electrons and Xrays are
ejected from the sample.
Detectors collect these Xrays, backscattered electrons,
and secondary electrons and convert them into a signal
that is sent to a screen similar to a television
screen. This produces the final image
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A typical SEM instrument, showing the electron column,
sample chamber, EDS detector, electronics console, and
visual display monitors.
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SEM image of gypsum and/or anhydrite crystals
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Anthophyllite asbestos, Georgia
SEM of intergranular corrosion fracture near a
circumferential weld in a thick wall tube made of
304SS
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SEM in material analysis
• Used to examine fractured surfaces of
metals.
• Samples to be analyzed is normally
coated with gold or other heavy metals to
achieve better resolution.
• Limitation: Sample must fit chamber size.
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Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
• Electron produced by
heated tungsten
filament.
• Accelerated by high
voltage (75  120 KV)
• Electron beam passes
through very thin
specimen.
• Difference in atomic
arrangement change
directions of electrons.
• Beam is enlarged and
focused on fluorescent
screen.
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TEM
• TEM is used to study defects in materials
in nanometer range.
• Sample preparation is more complex than
using SEM.
• Sample must be very small (thickness
several hundred nanometers), thin, flat
surface.
• Requires highly specialized equipment to
thin a sample.
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