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Tables for Crystallography Volume D Physical properties of crystals Edited by A. Authier © International Union of Crystallography 2013 |
International Tables for Crystallography (2013). Vol. D, ch. 1.1, pp. 24-31
Section 1.1.4.10. Reduced form of polar and axial tensors – matrix representation^{a}Institut de Minéralogie et de Physique des Milieux Condensés, 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France |
Many tensors representing physical properties or physical quantities appear in relations involving symmetric tensors. Consider, for instance, the strain resulting from the application of an electric field E (the piezoelectric effect): where the first-order terms represent the components of the third-rank converse piezoelectric tensor and the second-order terms represent the components of the fourth-rank electrostriction tensor. In a similar way, the direct piezoelectric effect corresponds to the appearance of an electric polarization P when a stress is applied to a crystal:
Owing to the symmetry properties of the strain and stress tensors (see Sections 1.3.1 and 1.3.2 ) and of the tensor product , there occurs a further reduction of the number of independent components of the tensors which are engaged in a contracted product with them, as is shown in Section 1.1.4.10.3 for third-rank tensors and in Section 1.1.4.10.5 for fourth-rank tensors.
The stress and strain tensors are symmetric because body torques and rotations are not taken into account, respectively (see Sections 1.3.1 and 1.3.2 ). Their components are usually represented using Voigt's one-index notation.
1.1.4.10.3. Reduction of the number of independent components of third-rank polar tensors due to the symmetry of the strain and stress tensors
Equation (1.1.4.5) can be written
The sums for have a definite physical meaning, but it is impossible to devise an experiment that permits and to be measured separately. It is therefore usual to set them equal:
It was seen in Section 1.1.4.8.1 that the components of a third-rank tensor can be represented as a matrix which can be subdivided into three submatrices:
Relation (1.1.4.7) shows that submatrices 1 and 2 are identical.
One puts, introducing a two-index notation, Relation (1.1.4.7) becomes
The coefficients may be written as a matrix: This matrix is constituted by two submatrices. The left-hand one is identical to the submatrix 1, and the right-hand one is equal to the sum of the two submatrices 2 and 3:
The inverse piezoelectric effect expresses the strain in a crystal submitted to an applied electric field: where the matrix associated with the coefficients is a matrix which is the transpose of that of the coefficients used in equation (1.1.4.5), as shown in Section 1.1.1.4.
The components of the Voigt strain matrix are then given by This relation can be written simply as where the matrix of the coefficients is a matrix which is the transpose of the matrix.
There is another set of piezoelectric constants (see Section 1.1.5) which relates the stress, , and the electric field, , which are both intensive parameters: where a new piezoelectric tensor is introduced, . Its components can be represented as a matrix:
Both sides of relation (1.1.4.8) remain unchanged if the indices i and j are interchanged, on account of the symmetry of the stress tensor. This shows that
Submatrices 2 and 3 are equal. One introduces here a two-index notation through the relation , and the matrix can be written
The relation between the full and the reduced matrix is therefore different for the and the tensors. This is due to the particular property of the strain Voigt matrix (1.1.4.6), and as a consequence the relations between nonzero components of the reduced matrices are different for certain point groups (3, 32, , , ).
1.1.4.10.4. Independent components of the matrix associated with a third-rank polar tensor according to the following point groups
1.1.4.10.5. Reduction of the number of independent components of fourth-rank polar tensors due to the symmetry of the strain and stress tensors
Let us consider five examples of fourth-rank tensors:
In each of the equations from (1.1.4.9) to (1.1.4.10), the contracted product of a fourth-rank tensor by a symmetric second-rank tensor is equal to a symmetric second-rank tensor. As in the case of the third-rank tensors, this results in a reduction of the number of independent components, but because of the properties of the strain Voigt matrix, and because two of the tensors are endowed with intrinsic symmetry (the elastic tensors), the reduction is different for each of the five tensors. The above relations can be written in matrix form: where the second-rank tensors are represented by column matrices, which can each be subdivided into three submatrices and the matrix associated with the fourth-rank tensors is subdivided into nine submatrices, as shown in Section 1.1.4.9.1. The symmetry of the second-rank tensors means that submatrices 2 and 3 which are associated with them are equal.
Let us first consider the reduction of the tensor of elastic compliances. As in the case of the piezoelectric tensor, equation (1.1.4.9) can be written
The sums for have a definite physical meaning, but it is impossible to devise an experiment permitting and to be measured separately. It is therefore usual to set them equal in order to avoid an unnecessary constant:
Furthermore, the left-hand term of (1.1.4.11) remains unchanged if we interchange the indices i and j. The terms on the right-hand side therefore also remain unchanged, whatever the value of or . It follows that Similar relations hold for , , and : the submatrices 2 and 3, 4 and 7, 5, 6, 8 and 9, respectively, are equal.
Equation (1.4.1.11) can be rewritten, introducing the coefficients of the Voigt strain matrix: We shall now introduce a two-index notation for the elastic compliances, according to the following conventions: We have thus associated with the fourth-rank tensor a square matrix with 36 coefficients:
One can translate relation (1.1.4.12) using the matrix representing by adding term by term the coefficients of submatrices 2 and 3, 4 and 7 and 5, 6, 8 and 9, respectively:
Using the two-index notation, equation (1.1.4.9) becomes
A similar development can be applied to the other fourth-rank tensors , which will be replaced by matrices with 36 coefficients, according to the following rules.
1.1.4.10.6. Independent components of the matrix associated with a fourth-rank tensor according to the following point groups
It was shown in Section 1.1.4.5.3.2 that axial tensors of rank 2 are actually tensors of rank 3 antisymmetric with respect to two indices. The matrix of independent components of a tensor such that is given by The second-rank axial tensor associated with this tensor is defined by
For instance, the piezomagnetic coefficients that give the magnetic moment due to an applied stress are the components of a second-rank axial tensor, (see Section 1.5.7.1 ):
1.1.4.10.7.2. Independent components of symmetric axial tensors according to the following point groups
Some axial tensors are also symmetric. For instance, the optical rotatory power of a gyrotropic crystal in a given direction of direction cosines is proportional to a quantity G defined by (see Section 1.6.5.4 ) where the gyration tensor is an axial tensor. This expression shows that only the symmetric part of is relevant. This leads to a further reduction of the number of independent components:
In practice, gyrotropic crystals are only found among the enantiomorphic groups: 1, 2, 222, 3, 32, 4, 422, 6, 622, 23, 432. Pasteur (1848a,b) was the first to establish the distinction between `molecular dissymmetry' and `crystalline dissymetry'.
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