Face Centered Cubic Unit Cell Concept 1

Jules Bruno
Was this helpful?
the face centered cubic unit cell is composed of a cube with an atom in each corner and three atoms on the faces. Now, if we took all of this into consideration, that means that a face centered cubic unit cell has a total of four atoms per one unit cell. And again three of them are in the center. If we take a look here at the image, remember each one of these red spheres is shared by neighboring unit cells. Each one represents 1/8 of an atom. And since there are eight corners, 18 times eight means that this unit cell, one Atom of it comes from the corners. And then here we have these six spheres in the center. This unit sell shares half of each of those spheres. Alright, so we'd say here because of that, that gives us another three atoms and that's how we come up with our total of four total atoms for our face centered cubic unit self. Now the edge length because there's a small little gap here. Our edge link will not be just simply to our becomes now to times square to two times are. And remember as our complexity increases both our packing efficiency as well as our coordination number will increase here are packing efficiency becomes 74% And our coordination number now is 12. Now, these are the important ideas and key values associated with any type of face centered cubic unit cells. So keep them in mind anytime we're dealing with this particular type of unit cells