Tables for
Volume E
Subperiodic groups
Edited by V. Kopský and D. B. Litvin

International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. E, ch. 1.2, p. 16   | 1 | 2 |

Section 1.2.12. Oriented site-symmetry symbols

V. Kopskýa and D. B. Litvinb*

aDepartment of Physics, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, and Institute of Physics, The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Na Slovance 2, PO Box 24, 180 40 Prague 8, Czech Republic, and bDepartment of Physics, Penn State Berks Campus, The Pennsylvania State University, PO Box 7009, Reading, PA 19610-6009, USA
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1.2.12. Oriented site-symmetry symbols

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The third column of each Wyckoff position gives the site symmetry of that position. The site-symmetry group is isomorphic to a proper or improper subgroup of the point group to which the subperiodic group under consideration belongs. Oriented site-symmetry symbols are used to show how the symmetry elements at a site are related to the conventional crystallographic basis. The site-symmetry symbols display the same sequence of symmetry directions as the subperiodic group symbol (cf. Table[link]). Sets of equivalent symmetry directions that do not contribute any element to the site-symmetry group are represented by a dot. Sets of symmetry directions having more than one equivalent direction may require more than one character if the site-symmetry group belongs to a lower crystal system. For example, for the 2c position of tetragonal layer group p4mm (L55), the site-symmetry group is the orthorhombic group `2mm.'. The two characters `mm' represent the secondary set of tetragonal symmetry directions, whereas the dot represents the tertiary tetragonal symmetry direction.

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