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Slip in Single Crystals

This teaching and learning package explains how plastic deformation of materials occurs through the mechanism of slip. Slip involves dislocation glide on particular slip planes. The geometry of slip is explained, and electron microscopy techniques are used to show slip occurring in single crystals of cadmium.

Micrograph showing slip steps on the surface of a cadmium crystal

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First created: April 2004. "Going further" updated: January 2008.