Chemical bonds and crystal structures



This chapter introduces the various types of chemical bonds, and discusses how the nature of the bonds gives an insight into some crystal structures.


Covalent Bond Equilateral Triangle Spontaneous Magnetization Regular Tetrahedron Face Center 
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Further reading

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    H. Ryan, Neutron Powder Diffraction Studies of Magnetic Materials. Powerpoint document, prepared for the 2009 summer course of the Canadian Institute for Nuclear Scattering; available on the web at (click on DHR_CNBC_June09.ppt)
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    M. de Graef, Teaching crystallographic and magnetic point group symmetry using three-dimensional rendered visualizations, International Union of Crystallography, Teaching Pamphlets;
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    J. Rodríguez-Carvajal and F. Bourée, Symmetry and magnetic structures, in Contribution of Symmetries in Condensed Matter, ed. by B. Grenier, V. Simonet and H. Schober. Proceedings of spring school held at Presqu’île de Giens, France, in May 2009. EDP Web of Conferences, vol. 22 (2012). Available on the web, at


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Minéralogie, de Physique des Matériaux et de Cosmochimie, case 115, 4 place JussieuUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques, Bâtiment Condorcet, case 7021Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7Paris CedexFrance
  3. 3.Grenoble-INP et Institut Néel du CNRS, B.P. 166Université Grenoble-AlpesGrenobleFrance

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