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Title: Stibarsen  
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Subject: Native element minerals, Antimony, Arsenic
Collection: Arsenic Minerals
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Size: 4.7×3.3×3.3 cm.
Category Arsenic mineral
(repeating unit)
Crystal symmetry Hexagonal (rhombohedral), H-M symbol 3m, space group R3m No. 166, Pearson symbol hR6
Unit cell a = 0.4025 nm, c = 1.084 nm, Z = 6
Color White, gray, grayish white, reddish white
Crystal habit Reniform ("kidney like")
Cleavage Perfect
Mohs scale hardness 3–4
Luster Metallic
Streak grayish-black
Diaphaneity Opaque
Specific gravity 5.8–6.2 (meas.); 6.37 (calc.)
Other characteristics Non-fluorescent, nonmagnetic
References [1][2][3]

Stibarsen or allemontite is a natural form of arsenic antimonide (AsSb) or antimony arsenide (SbAs). The name stibarsen is derived from Latin stibium (antimony) and arsenic, whereas allemonite refers to the locality Allemont in France where the mineral was discovered.[2][4] It is found in veins at Allemont, Isère, France; Valtellina, Italy; and the Comstock Lode, Nevada; and in a lithium pegmatites at Varuträsk, Sweden. Stibarsen is often mixed with pure arsenic or antimony,[5] and the original description in 1941 proposed to use stibarsen for AsSb and allemontite for the mixtures.[6] Since 1982, the International Mineralogical Association considers stibarsen as the correct mineral name.[7]


Crystal structure common to As, Sb and AsSb

Stibarsen has the same crystal structure as arsenic and antimony, with the intermediate values of the lattice parameters. This structure (space group R3m No. 166) is variably described as hexagonal, trigonal and rhombohedral because of the overlap between these terms (see trigonal crystal system). Simulation of the X-ray diffraction intensities reveals that the Sb and As atoms form ordered (or partly ordered) sublattices in SbAs.[7] The atoms are arranged in warped graphite-like sheets, which extend normal to the c axis. Week bonding between the sheets accounts for the relatively low hardness of As, Sb and AsSb.

Mineral a (nm) c (nm) ρ (g/cm3) ref.
As 0.376 1.055 5.78 [8]
AsSb 0.4025 1.084 6.37 [7]
Sb 0.43056 1.125 6.72 [9]


  1. ^ Stibarsen. Webmineral
  2. ^ a b Stibarsen.
  3. ^ Stibarsen. Handbook of mineralogy
  4. ^ Allemontite.
  5. ^ allemontite. Encyclopedia Britannica on-line
  6. ^ Michael Fleischer "New mineral names" American Mineralogist 26 (1941) 456
  7. ^ a b c Peter Bayliss Crystal chemistry and crystallography of some minerals in the tetradymite group American Mineralogist, 76 (1991) 257–265
  8. ^ Kikegawa, Takumi; Iwasaki, Hiroshi (1987). "Pressure-Induced Rhombohedral-Simple Cubic Structural Phase Transition in As". Journal of the Physics Society Japan 56 (10): 3417.  
  9. ^ Kim, Won-Sa (1997). "Solid state phase equilibria in the Pt–Sb–Te system". Journal of Alloys and Compounds 252: 166.  
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