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Silicon Crystal Lattice Structure


This is a view of the silicon crystal lattice structure. This is the same crystal structure formed by carbon to make diamond. The basic cubic cell has an atom in each corner and one in the center of each face. There are four additional atoms, two lodged in between at opposite corners of the bottom, and two at the top. The direction of these two pairs lie at right angles to each other. Each atom bonds with four adjacent atoms and is fairly content. This view is down the <110> direction. There are three additional directions through which similar tunnels run.

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