The animation shows a Schottky defect in NaCl. Schottky defects are point defects that occur when a pair of ions leave the structure. This maintains the overall charge but also resluts in a redution in density of the solid. Consequently there is a relaxtion of the ions around the vacant site and slight increase in volume.
Schottky defects can lead to ionic conduction in solids. To view the mechanism click here.
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M. J. de Castro, J. Phys.-Condes. Matter, 2008, 20, 3.
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