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The relationship between the lattice spacing and the distance between parallel planes

  1. Oct 5, 2011 #1
    How can one derive the relationship for a cubic crystal:
    [itex]d= \frac{a}{\sqrt{h^2 + k^2 + l^2}}[/itex]

    It is shown here.

    This is probably trivial but I am having trouble proving it as the Miller indices are reciprocals but the reciprocal is not distributive. This isn't for homework by the way - I am just going over solid state stuff from last year trying to get a more solid understanding than I got when I just learnt it by focusing on the then impending exams.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)
     
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  3. Oct 5, 2011 #2
    Re: The relationship between the lattice spacing and the distance between parallel pl

    I found the solution had already been posted here: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=119037

    Can someone explain why the sum of the squares of the cosines is equal to one though? It just says 'from trig' but I'm not familiar with that identity :/
     
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