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Crystal of Jewel

   Last Modified:    Published: 2021/04

Every crystal is formed so that the atoms are orderly lined up in accordance with certain rules. The crystal of which atomic arrangement is located in a line with the fixed rule forms the three dimensional structure in order, which is surrounded by a plane. In some case, Opal is an amorphous material that the atoms are lined at random among of it. Why it becomes three-dimensional structure is that has something to do with the symmetrical property of the crystal that a plane surface, straight line and a point becomes symmetric. The crystal makes a form becoming symmetric and has some axes (crystalline axis) binding aspects to face each other in the internal center together. By the length of this crystalline axis and an angle to intersect, it can divide into seven kinds of crystals classification.

Adding four kinds way of thinking of lattices (Primitive, Base-centered, Face-centered and Body-centered) to this, and an identical points can be arranged spatially to produce 14 types of regular pattern (spatial sequence of the constitutive particle of the crystal). These 14 space lattices are known as 'Bravais lattices'.

Crystals classification and Bravais lattices

Crystal system Bravais Lattices Mineral Color Applications
(no impurity)
Wafers, Watch parts, Scalpel
Cubic Rutile Pale yellow Isolator
Cubic Garnet
(Infrared transmission)
Colorless to Pale yellow/Palegreen
Spinel Various Watch parts
Diamond Colorless Scriber, Abrasive
Silicon Blue-grey Wafer
Boron nitride(cBN) Pale yellow Abrasive
Silicon carbide(SiC) Pale yellow to Black green Abrasive
Triclinic GPS(Gd2Si207) Colorless Scintillator
Monoclinic Gallium oxide Colorless Wafer
Hexagonal Gallium nitride Cololess to Pale yellow Wafer
Quartz Colorless Wafer
Orthorhombic YAP(YAI03) Colorless Scintillator

Kinds of Crystal

There are four kinds of crystal depending on how an atom is tied to the crystals.

(1) Covalent binding: a crystal in which all the atoms share the mutual electron and combine. Typically gives rise to a huge molecule.

The melting and the boiling points are high. No electrical conductivity (however, except for black lead) Example diamond, black lead and Silicon dioxides.

(2) Ionic crystals: a crystal in which a positive ion and negative ion are combined.

The melting point and the boiling are high. No electrical conductivity (there being a liquid and solution).
Example sodium chloride (salt), a cesium chloride.

(3) Metallic crystals: Metallic ion joined bond together was madein order

There are the melting point and the boiling point high and low. High thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity.
Example, gold, iron and copper, almost all metal belongs to these v classification

(4) Molecular crystals: the crystal which the molecule arranged regularly are lined up in order and what was made by the crystal which works between among molecules.

Example iodine, dry ice and naphthalene.

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