Determining Crystal Habits From Oberservations of Planar Sections
D M. Saylor, G S. Rohrer
A Method is described for reconstructing the crystal habit from the observations of many random planar sections of known orientation. We have generated simulated observations based on five different assumed crystal habits and found that it is possible to reconstruct the shape from 100 to 1000 planar sections, depending on the relative area of each facet. Habit planes comprising as little as 3% of the crystal's area have been detected and axial ratios accurately determined.