Polymorphism arising from Screw Dislocation


FRANK1 predicted from theoretical considerations that crystal growth may proceed owing to the presence of screw dislocations. Spiral growth-steps confirming these ideas were observed by Griffin2 in beryl crystals and by Dawson and Vand3 in n-paraffin crystals. The dislocation responsible for the growth of a crystal may be described by means of a Burgers vector. For a simple screw dislocation, this vector is one structural unit in length and perpendicular to the growing face, so that a spiral growth-step one unit in height is generated. In a certain number of cases the Burgers vector is several units in length, the original length being determined by the detailed shape of the primary nucleus or other accidents of growth.


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    Frank, F. C., Phil. Mag., 42, 1014 (1951).

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VAND, V. Polymorphism arising from Screw Dislocation. Nature 168, 783 (1951). https://doi.org/10.1038/168783a0

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