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Crystals 2011, 1(1), 1-2; doi:10.3390/cryst1010001

Welcome to Crystals: A New Open-Access, Multidisciplinary Forum for Growth, Structures and Properties of Crystals

Department of Chemistry, Inorganic Solid-State and Coordination Chemistry, Universität zu Köln, Greinstrasse 6, D-50939 Köln (Cologne), Germany
Received: 14 December 2010 / Accepted: 15 December 2010 / Published: 17 December 2010
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The majority of the earth’s crust is made up of crystalline material. The research areas of mineralogy, petrology, chimie minerále (inorganic chemistry) and, of course, crystallography outgrew from the fascination of mankind with the color and symmetry of crystals. Crystals have translational symmetry in two or three dimensions, quasicrystals have translational symmetry in higher spaces. Further symmetries may be observed by the eye, by microscopic techniques or by the diffraction of X-ray, electron, or neutron beams. Diffraction techniques are also used, due to Max von Laue’s eminent discovery a century ago, to determine crystal structures. [...] View Full-Text
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Meyer, G. Welcome to Crystals: A New Open-Access, Multidisciplinary Forum for Growth, Structures and Properties of Crystals. Crystals 2011, 1, 1-2.

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