Correlation between growth of high-index faces, relative growth rates and crystallographic structure of crystal
Institute of Physics, Technical University of Lódź, Wólczańska 219, 93-005 Lódź, Poland
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Published online: 15 January 2002
According to contemporary crystal growth theories, crystals are bound by low-index faces which are the most slowly growing. However, high-index faces are observed in crystal habits more and more often. In this paper the growth of high-index faces is analysed from a crystallographic perspective. It is shown that the crystallographic structure of a given crystal, expressed by the trigonometric function of appropriate interfacial angles, influences to great degree the crystallisation process and the morphology of crystals, in particular the behaviour of high-index faces. Additionally, it is concluded that at particular crystallographic structure of a crystal, a given high-index face may exist in the habit and develop its size, although it grows much faster than the neighbouring faces.
PACS: 81.10.Aj – Theory and models of crystal growth; physics of crystal growth, crystal morphology and orientation
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2002