Bravais-Miller indices

From Online Dictionary of Crystallography

Indices de Bravais-Miller (Fr). Indici di Bravais-Miller (It). ブラベー・ミラー指数 (Ja). Indices de Bravais-Miller (Sp).


For trigonal and hexagonal crystals, it is useful to use a reference built on four axes, three in the plane normal to the unique axis (a1, a2, a3) and one ( c) for the unique axis. Consequently, four indices of lattice planes (hkil) are used, called the Bravais-Miller indices. Here h, k, i, l are integers inversely proportional to the intercepts of a plane of the family with the four axes. Only two of the three axes in a plane are linearly independent: a3 is expressed as a3 = -a1-a2. Analogously, the indices h, k, i are cyclically permutable and related by

h + k + i = 0.


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