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General Vasilite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: (Pd,Cu)16(S,Te)7
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 1,870.08 gm
   Copper      9.68 %  Cu
   Tellurium   2.52 %  Te
   Palladium  77.11 %  Pd
   Sulfur     10.68 %  S
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Pd13.55Cu2.85S6.23Te0.37
Help on Environment: Environment: Heavy-mineral concentrates obtained from Priabonian clastic sediments.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1990
Help on Locality: Locality: Novoseltsi, Bourgas region, southeastern Bulgaria Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Vasil Atanasov, Associate Professor of mineralogy, Higher Institute of Mining and Geology, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Vasilite Say VASILITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 32053
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Vasilite Image

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  Osmium   Cooperite   Vasilite   Vysotskite

Comments: BSE image taken with a SEM of the sulfide-dominant microparagenesis filling a gas vacuole. Cooperite crystal surrounded by Pd-Cu-Pt-S phase (vasilite?), vysotskite and osmium laths (white) in chalcopyrite-bornite matrix (dark). (CanMin 38:1258).
Location: Pustaya River placer deposit, situated within the Koryak-Kamchatka platinum-bearing belt of Alaskan-type intrusions in eastern Russia. Scale: See Image.
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Comments: B&W BSE image of an inclusion of vasilite (vas), bowieite (bow) and Pd-bearing troilite (tro) in an isoferroplatinum (iso) matrix..
Location: Novoseltsi, Bourgas region, southeastern Bulgaria. Scale: See Image.
© Canadian Mineralogist

Vasilite Crystallography

Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 8.922, Z = 2; V = 710.21 Den(Calc)= 8.74
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Isometric - Hextetrahedral H-M Symbol (4 3m) Space Group: I 43m
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.389(1), 2.1(0.8), 3.638(0.8),

Physical Properties of Vasilite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: None
Help on Color: Color: Steel gray.
Help on Density: Density: 8.79
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Brittle - Uneven - Very brittle fracture producing uneven fragments.
Help on Habit: Habit: Inclusions - Generally found as inclusions in other minerals.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 5-5.5 - Apatite-Knife Blade
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Streak: Streak: black

Optical Properties of Vasilite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: None.
Help on RL Bireflectance: RL Bireflectance: None.
Help on RL Color: RL Color: Creamy white with a yellowish tint.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Vasilite in Air
λ R  ∑ R(λ) 
 420 nm   45.60   
 440 nm   43.90 
 460 nm   42.00 
 480 nm   40.20 
 500 nm   38.90 
 520 nm   38.20 
 530 nm   38.00 
 540 nm   37.70 
 560 nm   37.70 
 600 nm   39.20 
 620 nm   40.60 
 640 nm   42.30 
 660 nm   43.90 
 680 nm   45.40 
 700 nm   47.10 
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Vasilite in Oil
λ R  ∑ R(λ) 
 420 nm   29.90   
 440 nm   28.20 
 460 nm   26.30 
 480 nm   24.80 
 500 nm   23.40 
 520 nm   22.60 
 530 nm   22.40 
 540 nm   22.10 
 560 nm   22.10 
 600 nm   23.60 
 620 nm   25.10 
 640 nm   26.40 
 660 nm   28.40 
 680 nm   30.10 
 700 nm   31.60 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Vasilite in Air
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Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Vasilite in Oil
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Calculated Properties of Vasilite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=7.71 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Vasilite =8.74 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.17
Boson Index = 0.83
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEVasilite = 196.92 barns/electron
U=PEVasilite x rElectron Density=1,518.32 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Vasilite is Not Radioactive

Vasilite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.16)with miscellaneous formulae
  (02.16.22)Dana Group Vasilite (Pd,Cu)16(S,Te)7 I 43m 4 3m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.BC.25 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.B - Metal Sulfides, M:S > 1:1 (mainly 2:1)
  02.BC -With Rh, Pd, Pt, etc.
02.BC.25 Vasilite (Pd,Cu)16(S,Te)7 I 43m 4 3m

Other Vasilite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( CanMin, v28:687) PHYS. PROP.(Am.Min.,Vol.76,p1435,1991) OPTIC PROP.(CanMin, v28:687)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Vasilite :
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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