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The number of lattice point in FCC?

  1. Mar 4, 2012 #1
    The number of lattice point in FCC???

    Hi, I am having a trouble to figure the number of lattie point in FCC structure out. My text book said simple cubic has 1 lattice point, BCC has 2 points, and FCC has 4 points. However there is no further explaination or figures. I am a kind of understand about the simple cubic structure since the atom on every corner is the lattice point.

    Can you guys explain that how the lattice points in FCC and BCC are 4 and 2?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Mar 5, 2012 #2

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    Re: The number of lattice point in FCC???

    Atoms on the sides are shared between two unit cells, so you can only count each one as 1/2 atom. Atoms on the edges are shared four unit cells, so they count as 1/4 atoms. Atoms on the corners are shared between eight unit cells, so they count as 1/8 atoms. Do the numbers add up now?
     
  4. Mar 5, 2012 #3
    Re: The number of lattice point in FCC???

    So, one whole atom represents for one lattice point, right?
     
  5. Mar 5, 2012 #4

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    Re: The number of lattice point in FCC???

    Yes. If you like, just replace "atom" by "lattice point" everywhere in my previous post.
     
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