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Homework Help: CsCl primitive cell and basis

  1. Oct 19, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    CsCl has a BCC unit cell containing 2 atoms, Cs in the origin of the cell and Cl at the centre of the cell. Describe the CsCl unit cell in terms of its primitive cell+basis.

    2. Relevant equations

    R = n1a1 + n2a2 + n3a3 ~ R is the vector which relates one point of the lattice to any other.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    R = n1a1 + n2a2 + n3a3,
    Where Cs is at the point (0,0,0) and Cl is at the point (1/2,1/2,1/2)

    My issue is mostly with the terminology - I am not really sure what the question is asking. I know that either ion can be described with a SC lattice and together they make a BCC lattice. I don't really know how to answer this.
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  3. Oct 20, 2014 #2


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    It the Cs and Cl ions were identical spheres, the unit cell would look like as BCC . But they are different, so it is not BCC but a primitive cell with a basis. What kind of cell and what is the basis?

  4. Oct 20, 2014 #3
    Emm, I think its a SC primitive cell with a two point basis, where Cs is at the point (0,0,0) and Cl is at the point (1/2,1/2,1/2).
  5. Oct 20, 2014 #4


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    Correct :)
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