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polytypic transition

A transition of a crystalline structure into one or more forms which differ in the way identical layers of atoms are stacked. Example: ZnS consists of two identical close packings, one of Zn atoms, the other S atoms, with the one displaced to the other along the c-axis through one-quarter of the layer spacing. In sphalerite-type ZnS the layers have the face-centred-cubic (ABC ABC) sequence, in wurtzite-type ZnS they have the hexagonal-close-packed (AB AB) sequence. The transition of sphalerite-type ZnS to wurtzite-type ZnS occurs at 1297 K.
PAC, 1994, 66, 577 (Definitions of terms relating to phase transitions of the solid state (IUPAC Recommendations 1994)) on page 589
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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