I am trying to understand the structure of elemental, crystalline sulfur. I read that it is face-centered orthorhombic. My question is whether each point on the unit lattice contains a single atom of sulfur or a S6 molecule?

Thanks to anyone reading.

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    $\begingroup$ Also worth noting that there are many allotropes of elemental sulphur with different crystal structures and molecular makeups. $\endgroup$ – matt_black Jul 19 '19 at 23:28
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    $\begingroup$ Please see chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/94400/… $\endgroup$ – Ian Bush Jul 20 '19 at 5:57
  • $\begingroup$ There is no "whether". Crystal structures simply do not work like that. Besides, elemental sulfur typically consists of S8, not S6. $\endgroup$ – Ivan Neretin Jul 20 '19 at 7:32

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