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Joint ICTP-IAEA Advanced School on the Role of Nuclear Technology in Hydrogen-Based Energy Systems

J. Huot

13 - 18 June 2011

Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres Canada

& Institute for Energy Technology

Norway

Introduction to crystallography

Joint ICTP-IAEA Advanced School on the Role of Nuclear Technology in Hydrogen-Based Energy Systems Trieste Italy, 13 18 June 2011

Introduction to crystallographyJ. Huot

Universit du Qubec Trois-Rivires

Present address: Institute for Energy Technology, Norway

Content1. Crystal lattice

2. Symmetry operations

3. Plane and space groups

4. Crystallographic planes

5. Bragg law

6. X-ray diffractiona. Single crystal

b. Powder

7. Neutron diffraction

CrystallographyCrystallography is the experimental science of the arrangement of atoms in solids (wikipedia)

A crystal structure is a regular arrangement of atoms or molecules.

Question:Is there an finite ways to arrange atoms in a regular way in 2, and 3 dimensions?

If yes, how many?

How could we describe it?

Unit cell (2D)

There are five different ways to translate a point in two-dimensions. These are the Bravais lattices

Bravais lattices 2 dim

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bravais_lattice

Oblique Rectangular

SquareHexagonal

Centered rectangular

Unit cellThe space that is spannedby the translation vectorsis called the unit cell. Theunit cell constants definethe length of thetranslation vectors and theangles between them. In acrystal, the unit cellcontains the fundamentalatomic structure that isrepeated.

(DM Sherman, University of Bristol)

In 3D there is seven shape of unit cell possible. They are called crystal system.

cmbe.engr.uga.edu

14 Bravais lattices 3 dim

http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/icl/heyes/structure_of_solids/lecture1/lec1.html

Lattice points

http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/icl/heyes/structure_of_solids/lecture1/lec1.html

We now have our basic unit cells. Toeach of these cells are associatedlattice points that define the unit celland are related to each other bytranslation. They are a mathematicalabstraction and do not necessarilyrepresent a single atom. The actualatoms are part of the motif.

Basis or motif

P. Hofmann, Solid State Physics. An Introduction, 1st edition, 2008, Wiley-VCH.

Symmetry operations

http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/icl/heyes/structure_of_solids/lecture1/lec1.html

In addition to translation, the structuremay have some symmetry. There is onlya limited number of symmetry possiblein two and three dimensions. Some ofthese are point symmetries (one pointdo not move when the symetryoperation is performed) other are twosteps operations.

Simple symmetry operations

V.K. Pecharsky and P.Z. Zavalij, Fundamentals of Powder diffraction and Structural Characterization of Materials, Springer, 2nd edition (2008)

Rotation Inversion Reflection Translation

Symbol: m or Graphical symbol:

Rotations

GraphicalSymbol

Operation Printedsymbol

180 rotation 2120 rotation 390 rotation 460 rotation 6

These are the only rotations possible in 2 and 3 D in order to completely fill the space. Certain rotations are compatible with only certain lattices (i.e in 2D 2 with rectangular lattice but not 4)

Complex symmetry operations

To the simple symmetry operation we need three more symmetry operations do fully characterize the crystals. In two dimensions we need only one of them.

Glide reflection

http://www.themathlab.com/dictionary/wwords/wwords.htm

Graphical symbol:

Printed symbol : a, b or c

Complex symmetry operations

In three dimensions we need two more two-steps symmetry operations.

Screw axes

12

Notation NjN = Rotation (360/N)j = fraction of translation (j/N)Exemple: 32 = rotation of 120 followed by a translation of 2/3 of the unit cell

capsicum.me.utexas.edu/ChE386K/docs/14_Screw_Axes.ppt

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Screw axesGraphical Symbol Translation Printed symbol

1/2 21

1/3 31

2/3 32

1/4 41

1/2 42

3/4 43

1/6 61

1/3 62

1/2 63

2/3 64

5/6 65

Rotoinversion

Rotoinversions

GraphicalSymbol

Operation Printedsymbol

Inversion

3+90 rotation + inversion

3/m

Plane groups

We now have all the tools to characterizeregular patterns in 2 and 3 dimensions. Intwo dimensions, if we combine the 5Bravais lattices with the symmetryoperations we find there is only 17different arrangements. They are the planegroups. Lets see a few of them.

Wallpaper of each plane group could be found at: http://www.spsu.edu/math/tile/symm/ident17.htm

Space groups

In 3 dimensions things are morecomplicated. We now combine the 14Bravais lattices with all the symmetryoperations to get the 230 possible spacegroups.

Wallpaper of each plane group could be found at: http://www.spsu.edu/math/tile/symm/ident17.htm

Space group

http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/mineralogy/activities/26974.html

Crystal structures

http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/mineralogy/activities/26974.html

We know how to express all possiblecrystal structures but how could weactually see these structures?

Before doing this we need one more tool:Miller indices.

Miller indices

http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/mineralogy/activities/26974.html

A family of planes is identified by its Miller indices

The position is determined in terms of unit cell axes a, b and c. (fraction)One plane goes trhough the originThe first plane after origin determine the Miller indicesThe indices (h, k, l) are the reciproqual of the plane coordinates when it cross one axe A parallel plane to an axe has a Miller index of 0

Plans cristallographiques et indices de Miller

Une famille de plans est identifi par les indices de Miller

La position est dtermin en terme des axes a, bet c. (fractionnaire)

Un plan passe par lorigine Le premier plan aprs lorigine dtermine les

indices de Miller Les indices (h, k, l) sont la rciproque des

coordonns du plan lorsquil coupe laxe Un plan parallle un axe a lindice 0

Examples (2D)

P. Hofmann, Solid State Physics. An Introduction, 1st edition, 2008, Wiley-VCH.

Examples

P. Hofmann, Solid State Physics. An Introduction, 1st edition, 2008, Wiley-VCH.

Interplanar spacings

Crystallographic planesCrystallographic planes are fictitious planes linking lattices points. Some directions and planes have a higher density of lattices points; these dense planes have an influence on the behaviour of the crystal:

optical propertiesadsorption and reactivitysurface tension pores and crystallites tend to have straight grain boundaries following dense planes cleavagedislocations

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miller_index

Bragg lawFirst proposed by W. L. Bragg and W. H. Bragg in 1913

Observation: Crystalline solids, at certain specific wavelengths and incident angles, produced intense peaks of reflected radiation (known as Bragg peaks).

Explanation: W. L. Bragg explained this result by modeling the crystal as a set of discrete parallel planes separated by a constant parameter d.

It was proposed that the incident X-ray radiation would produce a Bragg peak if their reflections off the various planes interfered constructively.

Bragg law

The concept of Bragg diffraction applies equally to neutron diffraction and electron diffraction processes.

Both neutron and X-ray wavelengths are comparable with inter-atomic distances (~150 pm) and thus are an excellent probe for this length scale.

Bragg law

V.K. Pecharsky and P.Z. Zavalij, Fundamentals of Powder diffraction and Structural Characterization of Materials, Springer, 2nd edition (2008)

Single crystal diffraction

Three basic steps.

1. Obtain an adequate crystal of the material under study. (usually larger than 0.1 mm in all dimensions), pure in composition and regular in structure, with no significant internal imperfections such as cracks or twinning. (most difficult!)

2. The crystal is placed in an beam of X-rays, (usually monochromatic) producing a regular pattern of reflections. As the crystal is gradually rotated, previous reflections disappear and new ones appear; the intensity of every spot is recorded at every orientation of the crystal.

3. The data are combined computationally with complementary chemical information to produce the crystal structure.

Wikipedia: X-ray crystallography

Single crystal diffraction

http://serc.carleton.edu/research_education/geochemsheets/techniques/SXD.html

http://www.multiwire.com/products.html

Powder diffractionIt is not always easy (or even possible!) to get a single crystal. One could then use powder diffraction.Here, we must make sure that every possible crystalline orientation is equally represented. This put some constraint on the particle size and amount of material needed.

Advantages:simplicity of sample preparationrapidity of measurementthe ability to analyze mixed phases, e.g. soil samples"in situ" structure determination

Powder diffraction

Pattern obtained is a collapse of the single crystal 2D pattern into a 1D pattern.

ExampleCubic: spots from (100), (010), (001), ( 00), (0 0), (00 ) now are all together on the (001) line of the