Mirwin notes from "Introduction to Solid State Physics", 6th Edition, Wiley, cp86

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Notes Bullet History

  • Crystals: When crystals are grown from constant conditions (saturated fluid, constant temperature, et.) they grow by adding identical blocks. This was known and supported in the 18th century by the fact that crystalline faces all provide the same integral index numbers. This could be accounted for only by periodic arrays of identical building blocks. This was conclusively demonstrated via x-ray diffraction as described below.
  • X-Ray Diffraction: "Interference Effects with Rontgen Rays" in 1912 provided a basis to launch Solid State Physics (which is now a subset of the larger field of Condensed Matter Physics In the first half of the paper Laue presented a theory that x-rays could be diffracted by periodic arrays of atoms. In the second half of the paper Friedrick and Knipping presented the first experimental data and analysis results using x-rays shined through crystals to support the diffraction theory.
  • Condensed Matter: Armed with x-ray diffraction and proven theory of periodic arrays of atoms in at least some solid matter, (ionic crystals), intensive studies of condensed matter has now expanded to amorphous (non crystalline) solids, liquids, and glasses. ^2 p.3.
  • Nanotech: Nanotech requirements for knowledge of behavior of molecular machinery, feedstocks, and surrounding matter will obviously be driving this field. Add links to computational tools and interesting nanotech science liberally to help update the material to be useful to modern students of science and technology.
Query: Can an AWACs style molecular machine be developed that can communicate with other molecular machines/computers in assembly environment? Perhaps miniturize the conceptual and implementation approach of U.S. DODs battlesphere to provide QC/QA or construction management for macroscopic projects nanotech has under construction?


Unit Cells

Reference ^1 has a good treatment of unit cells in Metals. Reference ^2 has a generic treatment of general crystalline unit cells in preparation of general mathematical treatment of generic methods.




^References 1. Engineering Materials and Their Applications, Flinn and Trojan, ISBN 0-395-29645-5, LOCCCN 80-82840. 2. Introduction to Solid State Physics, Kittel, ISBN 0-471-87474-4, LOCCCN 75-25963