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Vavrinite Mineral Data

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General Vavrinite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Ni2SbTe2
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 491.04 gm
   Iron        1.25 %  Fe
   Nickel     23.07 %  Ni
   Bismuth     0.43 %  Bi
   Antimony   23.80 %  Sb
   Tellurium  50.15 %  Te
   Palladium   1.30 %  Pd
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Ni1.93Fe2+0.11Pd0.06Sb0.96Bi0.01Te1.93
Help on Environment: Environment: The tellurides occur as anhedral inclusions enclosed by pyrrhotite. Nickeline group.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 2005 (Dana # Added)
Help on Locality: Locality: Dump of the abandoned Kunratice near Sluknov, Northern Bohemia, Czech Republic. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Ivan Vavr�n in recognition of his investigations of tellurium minerals and significant contributions to research on Cu-Ni sulfide deposits.
Help on Synonym: Synonym: IMA2005-045

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Comments: BSE image of a polished section of vavrínite and associated minerals. Symbols: va: vavrínite, pn: pentlandite, vi: violarite. (CanMin, v45:1213).
Location: Kunratice near Sluknov, Northern Bohemia, Czech Republic. Scale: See Image.
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Vavrinite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:4.01176
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 3.909, c = 15.682, Z = 2; V = 207.52 Den(Calc)= 7.86
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Hexagonal - Dihexagonal Dipyramidal H-M Symbol (6/m 2/m 2/m) Space Group: P 63/mmc
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 1.9556(1), 2.8421(0.81), 1.6114(0.23),1.2437(0.2), 2.0704(0.16), 1.129(0.14), 3.3848(0.13), 1.4218(0.07),

Physical Properties of Vavrinite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {0001} Perfect
Help on Color: Color: Silvery gray.
Help on Density: Density: 7.79
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Brittle - Generally displayed by glasses and most non-metallic minerals.
Help on Habit: Habit: Inclusions - Generally found as inclusions in other minerals.
Help on Habit: Habit: Microscopic Crystals - Crystals visible only with microscopes.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 2 - Gypsum
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Streak: Streak: dark gray

Optical Properties of Vavrinite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Appearant without internal reflections.
Help on RL Bireflectance: RL Bireflectance: Weakly.
Help on RL Color: RL Color: Creamy whte.
Help on RL Pleochroism: RL Pleochroism: Weak from pale light brown to pale brown.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Vavrinite in Air
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 400 nm   46.60   48.50 
 420 nm   48.00   50.40 
 440 nm   47.50   51.20 
 460 nm   47.40   52.00 
 470 nm   47.50   52.50 
 480 nm   47.70   52.90 
 500 nm   48.00   53.90 
 520 nm   48.70   54.90 
 540 nm   49.40   55.80 
 546 nm   49.70   56.10 
 560 nm   50.50   56.90 
 580 nm   51.40   58.00 
 589 nm   51.70   59.30 
 600 nm   52.10   58.90 
 620 nm   52.90   59.70 
 640 nm   53.90   60.40 
 650 nm   53.30   60.60 
 660 nm   54.10   60.80 
 680 nm   54.60   61.20 
 700 nm   55.00   61.40 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Vavrinite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Vavrinite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=6.72 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Vavrinite =7.86 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.04
Boson Index = 0.96
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEVavrinite = 283.95 barns/electron
U=PEVavrinite x rElectron Density=1,907.24 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Vavrinite is Not Radioactive

Vavrinite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.08)where Am Bn Xp, with (m+n):p=1:1
  (02.08.11)Nickeline Group (Hexagonal: P63/mmc) Nickeline NiAs P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Breithauptite NiSb P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Sederholmite NiSe P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Hexatestibiopanickelite (Ni,Pd)(Te,Sb) P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Sudburyite (Pd,Ni)Sb P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Kotulskite Pd(Te,Bi) P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Sobolevskite PdBi P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Stumpflite Pt(Sb,Bi) P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Langisite (Co,Ni)As P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Freboldite CoSe P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Achavalite! FeSe P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Sorosite! Cu(Sn,Sb) P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m Vavrinite! Ni2SbTe2 P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.CC.30 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.C - Metal Sulfides, M:S = 1:1 (and similar)
  02.CC -With Ni, Fe, Co, PGE, etc.
02.CC.30 Vavrinite! Ni2SbTe2 P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m

Other Vavrinite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( CanMin, v45:1213) PHYS. PROP.(CanMin, v45:1213) OPTIC PROP.(CanMin, v45:1213)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Vavrinite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Athena
3 - GeoScienceWorld
4 - Google Images
5 - Google Scholar
6 - MinDAT
7 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
8 - Online Mineral Museum
9 - QUT Mineral Atlas
10 - Ruff.Info

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