On the Equilibrium Shape of Metal Crystals

  • M. Drechsler
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 86)


Why is it of interest to study equilibrium shapes ? Three essential reasons may be cited here: (1) It is a basis of crystal growth, including the surface matter transport which leads to a morphology change of a solid surface. (2) It permits a determination of the anisotropic surface free energies, which are important for many metallurgical problems (see /1/). (3) It plays a role in chemisorption and catalysis though this is still fairly unknown.


Surface Free Energy Equilibrium Shape Metal Crystal Zone Line Field Electron Microscope 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Drechsler
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  1. 1.Centre de Recherche sur les Mécanismes de la Croissance CristallineCNRS-Université Aix Marseille, Campus de LuminyMarseille cedex 9France

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