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General Aleksite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: PbBi2Te2S2 (?)
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 944.49 gm
   Bismuth    44.25 %  Bi
   Tellurium  27.02 %  Te
   Lead       21.94 %  Pb
   Sulfur      6.79 %  S
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: PbBi2Te2S2
Help on Environment: Environment: Of hydrothermal origin.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1978
Help on Locality: Locality: In the Alekseev mine, Sutemskii region, Stanovoi Range, Russia. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named after the locality.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Aleksite Say ALEKSITE

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Comments: Gray, metallic aleskite grains in quartz with tellurobismuthite and Pb-bearing tetradymite.
Location: St. David's Mine, Bontddu, Dogellau, Gwynedd, Wales, UK. Scale: Specimen Size 2.5x4.5 cm.
© Diederik Visser

Aleksite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:18.79405
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 4.2423, c = 79.73, Z = 6; V = 1,242.67 Den(Calc)= 7.57
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Trigonal - Hexagonal Scalenohedral H-M Symbol (3 2/m) Space Group: P 3m1
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 3.09(1), 2.12(0.6), 2.25(0.4),

Physical Properties of Aleksite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {???} Perfect
Help on Color: Color: Steel gray.
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Habit: Habit: Granular - Generally occurs as anhedral to subhedral crystals in matrix.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 2.5 - Finger Nail
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic

Optical Properties of Aleksite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Weak.
Help on RL Color: RL Color: Light pale gray with slight greenish tint.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Aleksite in Air
λ R  ∑ R(λ) 
 460 nm   51.40   
 480 nm   51.80 
 500 nm   52.70 
 520 nm   52.80 
 540 nm   53.20 
 560 nm   53.10 
 580 nm   53.40 
 600 nm   53.90 
 620 nm   53.90 
 640 nm   54.20 
 660 nm   54.50 
 680 nm   54.40 
 700 nm   54.90 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Aleksite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Aleksite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=6.16 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Aleksite =7.57 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.07
Boson Index = 0.93
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEAleksite =1,392.30 barns/electron
U=PEAleksite x rElectron Density=8,570.21 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Aleksite is Not Radioactive

Aleksite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.06)where Am Bn Xp, with (m+n):p=4:3
  (02.06.03)Kochkarite Group Kochkarite PbBi4Te7 P 3m1 3 2/m Aleksite PbBi2Te2S2(?) P 3m1 3 2/m Hedleyite Bi7Te3(?) R 3m 3 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.GC.40a 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.G - Sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites
  02.GC -Poly-sulfarsenites
02.GC.40a Aleksite PbBi2Te2S2(?) P 3m1 3 2/m

Other Aleksite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( AntBidBlaNic1) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(AntBidBlaNic1)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Aleksite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Athena
3 - EUROmin Project
4 - Ecole des Mines de Paris
5 - GeoScienceWorld
6 - Google Images
7 - Google Scholar
8 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
9 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
10 - MinDAT
11 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
12 - Online Mineral Museum
13 - QUT Mineral Atlas
14 - Ruff.Info

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