Tables for
Volume A
Space-group symmetry
Edited by M. I. Aroyo

International Tables for Crystallography (2015). Vol. A, ch. 1.4, p. 43

Section Schoenflies symbols of the space groups

H. Wondratscheke Schoenflies symbols of the space groups

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Different space groups of the same crystal class are distinguished by their superscript index, for example [C_1^1]; [D_{2h}^1, D_{2h}^2,] [ \ldots, D_{2h}^{28}] or [O_h^1, \ldots, O_h^{10}].

Schoenflies symbols display the space-group symmetry only partly. Therefore, they are nowadays rarely used for the description of the symmetry of crystal structures. In comparison with the Schoenflies symbols, the Hermann–Mauguin symbols are more indicative of the space-group symmetry and that of the crystal structures.

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