What is crystal growth ?
As the development of scientific instruments and analytical methods, such as x-rays, electron microscopy, NMR, and scanning tunneling microscopy continues, research on crystal growth an ...more
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Quartz is one of the several thermodynamically stable crystalline forms of silica, SiO2
A crystal is a solid material whose constituent atoms, molecules, or ions are arranged in an orderly repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions. Crystal growth is a major stage of a crystallization process, and consists in the addition of new atoms, ions, or polymer strings into the characteristic arrangement of a crystalline Bravais lattice. The growth typically follows an initial stage of either homogeneous or heterogeneous (surface catalyzed) nucleation, unless a "seed" crystal, purposely added to start the growth, was already present.
The action of crystal growth yields a crystalline solid whose atoms or molecules are typically close packed, with fixed positions in space relative to each other ...more