**Unit cell** The unit cell is the parallelepiped built on the vectors, a, b, c, of a

crystallographic basis of the

direct lattice. Its volume is given by the scalar triple product, V = (a, b, c) and corresponds to the square root of the determinant of the metric tensor.

If the basis is

primitive, the unit cell is called the

primitive cell. It contains only one lattice point. If the basis is non-primitive, the unit cell is a multiple cell and it contains more than one lattice point. The multiplicity of the cell is given by the ratio of its volume to the volume of a primitive cell.

__See also:__ Primitive cell

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