Simple Cubic

Of all the elements only polonium crystallizes to a simple cubic structure over a limited temperature range.

Volume of conventional cella3
Lattice points per cell1
Volume of primitive cella3
Lattice points per unit volume1/a3
Number of nearest neighbours6
Nearest neighbour distancea
Number of second neighbours12
Second neighbour distance21/2a
Packing fraction1/6π

See also: Body Centred Cubic, Face Centred Cubic.

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Subjects: Physics