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Crystalline Materials

The complete crystal structure 1 of a crystalline material is obtained when a set of atoms, known as the basis atoms or repeating unit, are convolved (combined) with each one of the lattice points of the underlying Bravais lattice.

This results in a crystal structure with long-range order, which gives its corresponding space group symmetry assignment.


The image below outlines the crystal structure definition conceptually.

Crystal Structure