Direction indices

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<font color = "blue">Indices de direction</font> (''Fr''); <font color="green">Indices de dirección </font>(''Sp''); <font color="black">Indici di direzione</font> (''It''); <font color="purple"> 方向指数 </font>(''Ja'').
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<font color = "blue">Indices de direction</font> (''Fr''). <font color="red">Richtungssymbol</font> (''Ge''). <font color="black">Indici di direzione</font> (''It''). <font color="purple">方向指数</font>(''Ja''). <font color="green">Índices de dirección</font>(''Sp'').

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Indices de direction (Fr). Richtungssymbol (Ge). Indici di direzione (It). 方向指数(Ja). Índices de dirección(Sp).


Any direction in a Bravais lattice is identified by a set of N indices (where N is the dimensionality of the space), written in square brackets, called the direction indices.

In the three-dimensional space, the direction passing through the origin and the lattice nodes nu,nv,nw, where n is an integer, has direction indices [uvw]. This corresponds to taking the coordinates of the first lattice node on that direction after the origin as direction indices. The indices [-u, -v, -w] identify the same direction as [uvw] simply observed from the opposite side.

When a primitive unit cell is used, the direction indices are all integer; they may instead be rational when a centred unit cell is adopted.

See also