MINERALS AND SYNTHETIC COMPOUNDS, AmXn, IN WHICH X ATOMS ARE
          CLOSE PACKED AND A ATOMS OCCUPY OCTAHEDRAL INTERSTICES
 
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RhF3

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octa

1/3

hcp

3-d

6 vertices

A- 6c, X- 2c/hcp

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  structure

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     In the RhF3 structure 1/3 of the octahedral interstices of the HCP packed X atoms .
in each successive layer are occupied with A atoms. .
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Ex. RhF3   (Rh - A, F - X ) .
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Crystal lattice
   The HCP staggered sequence of the occupied AX6 coordination groups results in
a unique "spiral staircase" structure for the crystal lattice.  This coupled with the 1/3
occupancy rate of each layer causes each occupied AX6 group to overly two
unoccupied octahedral interstices.
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       Figure 97 -  RhF3 lattice structure

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Polyhedral framework
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linking surfaces

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Figure 98 -   RhF3

polyhedral

framework

6 vertices

 

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overhead

front

( 74 T , 100 pinges )

 

 

 

 

     The polyhedral framework model shows the spiraling of the AX6 groups and the
vertex linkage. (the black triangles are braces)
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Isostructural minerals/compounds
PdF3, IrF3, PtO3, PtF3
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