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The reticular theory of twinning gives the necessary conditions on the lattice level for the formation of twins. The latter are based on the continuation, more or less approximate, of a substructure through the composition surface. The analysis of this structural continuity can be performed in terms of the eigensymmetry of the crystallographic orbits(More)
Staurolite has been long considered an enigma because of its remarkable pseudosymmetry and the frequent twinning. Staurolite gives two twins whose occurrence frequency seems to contradict the condition of lattice restoration requested by the reticular theory of twinning, in that the more frequent one (Saint Andrews cross twin) has a twin index of 12,(More)
The occurrence frequency of the {110} twin in aragonite is explained by the existence of an important substructure (60% of the atoms) which crosses the composition surface with only minor perturbation (about 0.2 Å) and constitutes a common atomic network facilitating the formation of the twin. The existence of such a common substructure is shown by the C2/c(More)
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