EX3: Crystallography

Module title: Crystallography (EX3)

Lecture room MAS 2.06, University of Warwick http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/current/postgraduate/regs/mpag...

Module convenor: Dr David Woodward (University of Warwick)

Module aims:

The primary aim of this module is to provide the basic knowledge necessary for the description, understanding and investigation of crystalline materials. The secondary aim is to give a general idea on how the symmetry of a material is responsible for the unique physical properties of many crystals, e.g. piezoelectricity, optical activity etc.

Learning objectives:

After attending the module an understanding will be gained of the terminology used in scientific literature to describe crystal structures and physical properties of crystals. A general knowledge of the key X-ray, electron and neutron diffraction techniques used to investigate the atomic structure of crystals will also be gained.


  1. Crystal morphology (what is responsible for the fascinating polyhedral shapes of single crystals)
  2. Crystal lattice (the main concept of crystallography, how to get it right?)
  3. Reciprocal lattice and Miller indices
  4. Symmetry of crystals (what is symmetry and what is so special about the symmetry of crystals?)
  5. Crystallographic nomenclature (without knowledge of this you will NOT be able to read ANY paper, discussing the atomic structure of a crystal)
  6. Physical properties of crystals (there are a number of important macroscopic properties of crystalline solids, which motivate the study of crystal structure)
  7. An overview of X-ray, neutron and electron diffraction techniques for investigating crystal structures
Students are requested to print out the course notes to amend during the lecture and also print out the exercises to work through in the second hour.
1 hour lecture with an hour for worked examples
Academic year: 
13/11/2013 - 13:00