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

International Tables for Crystallography (2016). Vol. A, ch. 3.6, p. 861

Section Origin

D. B. Litvina*

aDepartment of Physics, The Eberly College of Science, Penn State – Berks Campus, The Pennsylvania State University, PO Box 7009, Reading, PA 19610–6009, USA
Correspondence e-mail: Origin

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If the magnetic space group is centrosymmetric, then the inversion centre or a position of high site symmetry, as on the fourfold axis of tetragonal groups, is chosen as the origin. For noncentrosymmetric groups, the origin is at a point of highest site symmetry. If no site symmetry is higher than 1, the origin is placed on a screw axis, a glide plane or at the intersection of several such symmetries.

In the Origin line below the diagrams, the site symmetry of the origin is given. An additional symbol indicates all symmetry elements that pass through the origin. For example, for the magnetic space group I4/mcm, one finds `Origin at center (4/m) at 4/mc21/c'. The site symmetry is 4/m and, in addition, two glide planes perpendicular to the y and z axes, and a screw axis parallel to the z axis, pass through the origin.

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