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Cold working of sodium metal converts body centred sodium metal to a mixture of a hexagonal form and body centred sodium at 5 K. The hexagonal from converts back to the body-centred form at 100-100 K.
Cold working of lithium metal converts body centred lithium metal to a mixture of a hexagonal form and body centred lithium at 78 K.
Potassium, rubidium, and caesium retain their body centred structure after coolingX-ray study of the alkali metals at low temperatures, , Acta Crystallographica, 08/1956, Volume 9, Issue 8, p.671 - 677, (1956)
Lithium at room temperature is body-centered cubic with 2 atoms per unit cell. The lattice constant for lithium metal is 3.51004 ± 0.00041 Å at 25" C. The theoretical density is 533 kg m–3 and the Li—Li bond distance for coordination number 8 is 3.0398 Å.