Wurtzite 4H

Depiction of Gallium Nitride in the form of 4H
Depiction of Gallium Nitride in the form of 4H from the [001] direction

Crystal structure:12 Hexagonal – 12 Cubic

Space Group: P63mc

Stacking Sequence: ABCB

A1: 0 0 0

A2: 13 23 416

B1: 0 0 316

B2: 13 23 716

Example: ZnS


Clearly the fractions of the z component can be simplified further but that would not show the coherent symmetry of the model. One can see clearly in this form that the component ascends by four steps and alternates between even and odd numbers for the numerator but with equal denominator.

If one is even more precise in their observation, by correlating the 2H-4H-6H denominators, one can see how the pattern just repeats with the denominator being respectively half and three times less the size from 2H, something that makes sense since 4H, 6H are two and three times the size of 2H. This is truly a wonderful depiction of the spatial symmetry that these structures have.

The same applies for 3C, being a diamond structure and needing only 2 components and 9R which exhibits the same translational and spatial symmetry by alternating its x and y components and following the principles of the common denominator, representing a part of a whole.

All images were produced using VESTA [1]

[1] [doi] K. Momma and F. Izumi, “VESTA3 for three-dimensional visualization of crystal, volumetric and morphology data,” Journal of Applied Crystallography, vol. 44, iss. 6, pp. 1272-1276, 2011.
author = {Momma, Koichi and Izumi, Fujio},
title = {VESTA3 for three-dimensional visualization of crystal, volumetric and morphology data},
journal = {Journal of Applied Crystallography},
year = {2011},
volume = {44},
number = {6},
pages = {1272--1276},
month = {Dec},
abstract = {VESTA is a three-dimensional visualization system for crystallographic studies and electronic state calculations. It has been upgraded to the latest version, VESTA3, implementing new features including drawing the external morphology of crystals; superimposing multiple structural models, volumetric data and crystal faces; calculation of electron and nuclear densities from structure parameters; calculation of Patterson functions from structure parameters or volumetric data; integration of electron and nuclear densities by Voronoi tessellation; visualization of isosurfaces with multiple levels; determination of the best plane for selected atoms; an extended bond-search algorithm to enable more sophisticated searches in complex molecules and cage-like structures; undo and redo in graphical user interface operations; and significant performance improvements in rendering isosurfaces and calculating slices.},
doi = {10.1107/S0021889811038970}