Q. 114.1( 36 Votes )

Name the parameters that characterize a unit cell

Answer :

There are a total of six parameters that characterize a unit cell.

i. Dimensions of a unit cell (also called the edges): a, b and c.


ii. The angles between the edges: α, β and γ


The variation of these 6 parameters leads to different shapes and sizes of the unit cell, shown as below:



Where a, b and c are technically the vectors of the unit cell. The angle α is between edges b and c; the angle β is between the edges α and γ; γ is the angle between a and b.


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