Crystal directions

Hi all!

I’m wondering if there’s a way to tell which direction we are looking at the crystal structure when visualising the CIF files?

I open them in vesta but need to know if it’s the 100, 111 etc direction.

I can just use the atom positions to work it out if need be - just wondered if there was an easier way :slight_smile:

Thanks again!


You can use the Objects->Orientation option or use the Edit->Lattice Planes… to draw the plane and have better view of your structures.

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Thanks @jap0012! Yes, VESTA has this functionality. It’s not something we (at MP) can help with too much. The one important caveat is that if you do want to look at specific directions, make sure to use the conventional cell, since the [001] direction is defined with respect to the setting of your crystal.