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Homework Help: Question about miller indicies.

  1. Apr 30, 2014 #1
    I've come across a problem in a past paper while studying for exams, the solution is not given so I can only guess what I have to do, any guidance would be appreciated.

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Calculate the Miller indices of the shaded plane with respect to the three primitive lattice vectors shown. In fig 1 and 2.


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    3. The attempt at a solution
    So figure 1 is quite obviously (1 1 1), I'm not sure how to handle figure 2. The way I was taught to calculate miller indices was pretty formulaic; Define an origin, look for intercepts with the lattice vectors, take the reciprocals and voila. I've never encountered a problem in which the lattice vectors aren't parallel to the edges of the cube and it's thrown me off a little.

    Is it as simple as defining another set of axes parallel to the lattice vectors and extrapolating the plane to see where it intercepts those axes?
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  3. May 1, 2014 #2


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    Yes. Find the components of the new lattice vectors in the "regular" coordinate system, and determine their intercept with the given plane, in terms of the given lattice constant. Than take the reciprocals.

  4. May 1, 2014 #3
    Thanks. So would that make the correct answer (1 sqrt(2) 0)? Or have I completely butchered that. It looks like the plane will never intersect with a'3 making the intercept infinity the reciprocal of which being zero.
  5. May 1, 2014 #4


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    The sqrt(2) term is wrong. The Miller indices have to be integers. Find the intercept in terms of the base vectors. They need not be unit vectors.

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