Correlation between Crystal Structure, Relative Growth Rates and Evolution of Crystal Surfaces
Jolanta Prywer
Institute of Physics, Technical University of £ód¼ Wólczańska 219, 93-005 £ód¼, Poland
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Received: May 17, 2002; revised version September 17, 2002; in final form November 8, 2002
According to most crystal growth theories, the ``as grown'' crystal morphology is dominated by the slow-growing faces and the fast-growing faces may ``grow out'' and not be represented in the final crystal habit. In this paper a brief survey is given of the recently developed correlation between the evolution of both fast- and slow-growing surfaces, their relative growth rates, and the crystallographic structure of crystal. It is shown that even the fast-growing faces may increase their sizes. On the other hand, the slow-growing faces may decrease and, in consequence, disappear from crystal morphology. Such a behaviour of slow- and fast-growing surfaces influences the growth and evolution of both low- and high-index faces.
DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.103.85
PACS numbers: 81.10.Aj