Basic Structure, Plane Orientation, and Facetting in the Face-Centered and Body-Centered Cubic Crystal Structures

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This simple Demonstration is used in our course "Foundations of Materials Science" to help students visualize the orientation and structure of various low index planes for the face-centered cubic and body-centered cubic crystal structures. This Demonstration has a simple interface but hopefully provides enough flexibility to explore the cubic crystal structure in detail. The interface also allows for simulating basic facetting structures that are observed during the growth of "kitchen crystals" such as alum.

Contributed by: Sean G. Corcoran (Virginia Tech) (March 2011)
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