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General Vinciennite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Cu10Fe4Sn(As,Sb)S16
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 1,588.95 gm
   Iron      14.06 %  Fe
   Copper    39.99 %  Cu
   Tin        7.47 %  Sn
   Antimony   3.83 %  Sb
   Arsenic    2.36 %  As
   Sulfur    32.29 %  S
            100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Cu10Fe2+4SnAs0.5Sb0.5S16
Help on Environment: Environment: In a porphyry copper deposit with other tin-bearing sufides (Maggie deposit).
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1985
Help on Locality: Locality: Chizeuil, Saoneet-Loire, France and Maggie copper deposit, 15 km north of Ascroft, British Columbia, Canada. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Henri Vincienne (1898-1965), French mineralogist.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Vinciennite + Pronunciation Say VINCIENNITE

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  Vinciennite   Colusite

Comments: Polished section (PPL) of a Fe-rich rim of vinciennite (vinc) on earlier colusite (col). Matrix is bornite (bn).
Location: Kidd Creek Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide deposit, Western Abitibi Subprovince, Timmins, Ontario, Canada. Scale: Picture Size 0.5 mm.
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Vinciennite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:1
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 10.697, c = 10.697, Z = 2; V = 1,224.01 Den(Calc)= 4.31
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Tetragonal - Trapezohedral H-M Symbol (4 2 2) Space Group: P 4122
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 3.088(1), 1.895(0.9), 1.614(0.7),

Physical Properties of Vinciennite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: None
Help on Color: Color: Orange.
Help on Density: Density: 4.29
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Brittle - Conchoidal - Very brittle fracture producing small, conchoidal fragments.
Help on Habit: Habit: Granular - Generally occurs as anhedral to subhedral crystals in matrix.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 4.5 - Between Fluorite and Apatite
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic

Optical Properties of Vinciennite

Help on Optical Data: Optical Data: NCalc= 1.6 - from Gladstone-Dale relationship (KC = 0.1394) where Ncalc=Dcalc*KC+1
NCalc= 1.6 - from Gladstone-Dale relationship (KC = 0.1394) where Ncalc=Dmeas*KC+1
Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Weak, purplish blue to greenish brown yellow.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Vinciennite in Air
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 420 nm   19.40   19.40 
 460 nm   21.80   20.60 
 500 nm   23.90   22.80 
 540 nm   27.70   26.50 
 580 nm   30.70   29.50 
 620 nm   33.60   32.10 
 660 nm   35.90   34.30 
 700 nm   37.80   36.00 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Vinciennite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Vinciennite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=4.03 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Vinciennite =4.31 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.01
Boson Index = 0.99
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEVinciennite = 59.89 barns/electron
U=PEVinciennite x rElectron Density= 241.08 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Vinciennite is Not Radioactive

Vinciennite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (03)Sulfides - Sulfosalts
  (03.01)where z/y > 4 - (A+)i (A++)j [By Cz], A=metals, B=semi-metals, C=non-metals
  (03.01.02)Dana Group Vinciennite Cu10Fe4Sn(As,Sb)S16 P 4122 4 2 2
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.CB.35a 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.C - Metal Sulfides, M:S = 1:1 (and similar)
  02.CB -With Zn, Fe, Cu, Ag, Au, etc
02.CB.35a Hemusite Cu6SnMoS8 Unk Cubic
02.CB.35a Kiddcreekite Cu6SnWS8 Unk Cubic
02.CB.35a Renierite (Cu,Zn)11(Ge,As)2Fe4S16 P 42c- 4 2m
02.CB.35a Polkovicite (Fe,Pb)3(Ge,Fe)1-xS4 F d3m 4/m 3 2/m
02.CB.35a Morozeviczite (Pb,Fe)3Ge1-xS4 F d3m 4/m 3 2/m
02.CB.35a Catamarcaite! Cu6GeWS8 P 63mc 6/m 2/m 2/m
02.CB.35a Vinciennite Cu10Fe4Sn(As,Sb)S16 P 4122 4 2 2

Other Vinciennite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Dana8) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(AntBidBlaNic1)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Vinciennite :
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 - MinDAT
10 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
11 - Online Mineral Museum
12 - QUT Mineral Atlas
13 - Ruff.Info

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