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Tables for Crystallography Volume E Subperiodic groups Edited by V. Kopský and D. B. Litvin © International Union of Crystallography 2006 
International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. E, ch. 5.2, pp. 393416
https://doi.org/10.1107/97809553602060000652 Chapter 5.2. Guide to the use of the scanning tables^{a}Department 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 ^{b}Department of Physics, Penn State Berks Campus, The Pennsylvania State University, PO Box 7009, Reading, PA 19610–6009, USA This chapter forms a guide to the use of the scanning tables presented in Part 6 . The basic concepts of scanning are discussed. The contents and arrangement of the scanning tables are then described and guidelines for individual systems are given. Some applications of the scanning tables (layer symmetries in crystal structures, interfaces in crystalline materials, and the symmetry of domain twins and domain walls) are also described. 
The global symmetry of an ideal crystal is described by its space group . It is also of interest to consider symmetries of local character. The classical example is that of the site symmetries, which are the symmetries of individual points in a crystal. These are completely described and classified as a part of the standard description of space groups in International Tables for Crystallography, Volume A , SpaceGroup Symmetry (IT A, 2005). The results of this procedure contain two types of information:
This information, apart from its use, for example, in the consideration of the splitting of atomic levels in the field of the site symmetry, provides the background for the description of crystal structure: points of the same orbit are occupied by identical atoms (ions) and the environment of these atoms (ions) is also identical. A complete description of the structure is reduced to a description of the occupation of individual Wyckoff positions.
Analogously, we may consider the symmetries of planes transecting the crystal and of straight lines penetrating the crystal, called here the sectional layer groups (symmetries) and the penetration rod groups (symmetries). Here we look again for the two types of information:
The general law that describes the connection between local symmetries and orbits of points, planes or straight lines is expressed by a coset resolution of the space group with respect to local symmetries. The orbits of planes (straight lines) have analogous properties to orbits of points. The structure of the plane (straight line) and its environment is identical for different planes (straight lines) of the same orbit. This is useful in the consideration of layer structures, see Section 5.2.5.1, and of structures with pronounced rod arrangements.
Layer symmetries have also been found to be indispensable in bicrystallography, see Section 5.2.5.2. This term and the term bicrystal were introduced by Pond & Bollmann (1979) with reference to the study of grain boundaries [see also Pond & Vlachavas (1983) and Vlachavas (1985)]. A bicrystal is in general an edifice where two crystals, usually of the same structure but of different orientations, meet at a common boundary – an interface. The sectional layer groups are appropriate for both the description of symmetries of such boundary planes and the description of the bicrystals.
The sectional layer groups were, however, introduced much earlier by Holser (1958a,b) in connection with the consideration of domain walls and twin boundaries as symmetry groups of planes bisecting the crystal. The mutual orientations of the two components of a bicrystal are in general arbitrary. In the case of domain walls and twin boundaries, which can be considered as interfaces of special types of bicrystals, there are crystallographic restrictions on these orientations. The grouptheoretical basis for an analysis of domain pairs is given by Janovec (1972). The consideration of the structure of domain walls or twin boundaries involves the sectional layer groups (Janovec, 1981; Zikmund, 1984); they were examined in the particular cases of domain structure in KSCN crystals (Janovec et al., 1989) and of domain walls and antiphase boundaries in calomel crystals (Janovec & Zikmund, 1993), see Section 5.2.5.3, and recently also in fullerene C_{60} (Janovec & Kopský, 1997; SaintGrégoire, Janovec & Kopský, 1997).
The first attempts to derive the sectional layer groups systematically were made by Wondratschek (1971) and by using a computer program written by Guigas (1971). Davies & Dirl (1993a) developed a program for finding subgroups of space groups, which they later modified to find sectional layer groups and penetration rod groups as well (Davies & Dirl, 1993b). The use and determination of sectional layer groups have also been discussed by Janovec et al. (1988), Kopský & Litvin (1989) and Fuksa et al. (1993).
The penetration rod groups can be used in the consideration of linear edifices in a crystal, e.g. line dislocations or intersections of boundaries, or in crystals with pronounced rod arrangements. So far, there seems to be no interest in the penetration rod groups and there is actually no need to produce special tables for these groups. Determining penetration rod groups was found to be a complementary problem to that of determining sectional layer groups (Kopský, 1989c, 1990).
The keyword for this part of this volume is the term scanning, introduced by Kopský (1990) for the description of the spatial distribution of local symmetries. In this sense, the description of site symmetries and classification of point orbits by Wyckoff positions are a result of the scanning of the space group for the site symmetries.
The Scanning tables, Part 6 , give a complete set of information on the space distribution of sectional layer groups and of the penetration rod groups. They were derived using the scanninggroup method and the scanning theorem, see Section 5.2.2.2. The tables describe explicitly the scanning for the sectional layer groups. The spatial distribution of (scanning for) the penetration rod groups is seen directly from the scanning groups, which are given as a part of the information in the scanning tables.
The sectional layer groups and the penetration rod groups are subgroups of space groups and as such act on the threedimensional point space. The examples of particular studies in Section 5.2.5 emphasize the importance of the exact location of sectional layer groups with reference to the crystal structure and hence to the crystallographic coordinate system. In the usual interpretation, Hermann–Mauguin symbols do not specify the location of the group in space. In the scanning tables, each Hermann–Mauguin symbol means a quite specific space or layer group with reference to a specified crystallographic coordinate system, see Sections 5.2.3.1.1 and 5.2.3.1.4.
The layer and rod groups can also be interpreted as factor groups of reducible space groups (Kopský, 1986, 1988, 1989a,b, 1993a; Fuksa & Kopský, 1993). Our choice of standard Hermann–Mauguin symbols for frieze, rod and layer groups reflects the relationship between reducible space groups and subperiodic groups as their factor groups, see Section 1.2.17 . In the case of the layer groups, our choice thus substantially differs from that made by Wood (1964). The interpretation of subperiodic groups as factor groups of reducible space groups also has consequences in the representation theory of space and subperiodic groups. Last but not least, this relationship reveals relations between the algebraic structure of the space group of a crystal and the symmetries of planar sections or of straight lines penetrating the crystal. These relations, analogous to the relations between the point group and symmetries of Wyckoff positions, will be described elsewhere.
It should be noted finally that all the information about scanning can be and is presented in a structureindependent way in terms of the groups involved. The scanning tables therefore extend the standard description of space groups.
If a crystal with a symmetry of the space group is transected by a crystallographic^{1} plane, called a section plane, then the subgroup of all elements of the space group which leave the plane invariant is a layer group, which is called a sectional layer group, of this section plane under the action of the group . Analogously, if the crystal is penetrated by a crystallographic^{1} straight line, called the penetration straight line, then the subgroup of all elements of the space group which leave the straight line invariant is a rod group, which is called the penetration rod group, of this penetration straight line under the action of the group .
Sectional layer groups are therefore symmetries of crystallographic section planes and penetration rod groups are symmetries of crystallographic penetration straight lines under the action of space groups. In this sense they are analogous to site symmetries of Wyckoff positions. In addition, analogous to points, the section planes and penetration straight lines form orbits under the action of the space group . Planes or straight lines belonging to the same orbit have, with reference to their respective coordinate systems, the same sectional layer symmetry or penetration rod symmetry and the crystal is described in the same way with reference to any of these coordinate systems.
While every sectional layer group is, by definition, a subgroup of the corresponding space group, not every subgroup of the space group which is a layer group is necessarily a sectional layer group. Analogously, a penetration rod group is a subgroup of the corresponding space group but not every rod subgroup of a space group is a penetration rod group. It can be shown that every sectional layer group is either a maximal layer subgroup of the space group or a halving subgroup of a maximal layer subgroup, see Section 5.2.2.6.
We shall consider explicitly only the sectional layer groups, although the penetration rod groups can also be deduced from the scanning tables, see the example in Section 5.2.2.2.
A plane in a threedimensional space is associated with a twodimensional vector space which is called the orientation of the plane. If the plane of this orientation also contains a point , we shall denote it by a symbol . A straight line is associated with a onedimensional vector space which is called the direction of the straight line. If the straight line of this direction also contains a point , we shall denote it by a symbol . We assume in what follows that the vector is not a linear combination of vectors , .
Then the set of all parallel planes with a common orientation contains planes . Points along a straight line specify the location of individual planes as the points in which the planes intersect with the straight line (Fig. 5.2.2.1 left). On the other hand, the set of all straight lines with a common direction contains straight lines . The location of individual straight lines of the set is defined by their intersection points with the plane (Fig. 5.2.2.1 right).
We consider now a space group , with a point group G and translation subgroup , described by a symmetry diagram or by symmetry operations with reference to a crystallographic coordinate system (as listed, for example, in IT A ). We want to solve the following two problems:
The general goal is to describe all possible cases, classify and systemize them. Since the first part of the problem may be described as a search for the change of the sectional layer symmetry as a plane of a given orientation changes its position so that one of its points moves along a straight line (), we shall call this procedure the scanning of the space group for sectional layer groups of planes with the orientation along the scanning line . We shall use also abbreviated expressions in different contexts; for example the scanning of the space group (for layer groups) will mean the determination of the sectional layer groups for the space group and all possible orientations.
An analogous procedure is the scanning of the space group for penetration rod groups of straight lines with the direction along the scanning plane .
Crystallographic orientations of planes are characterized by Miller (or Bravais–Miller) indices [or ]. These indices determine a twodimensional vector space, the orientation, all vectors of which leave the section planes with given Miller indices invariant. Those vectors of the translation group (the lattice of ) which lie in this space constitute a twodimensional translation subgroup with a certain basis . This is the group of all those translations from that leave the section planes with given Miller indices invariant. This group is therefore a common translation subgroup of all sectional layer groups of section planes with these Miller indices. The vectors , can be taken as the basis vectors of the twodimensional vector space and hence .
The scanning line and the scanning direction are defined by a vector d. This vector can be, quite generally, chosen as any vector complementary to the orientation , i.e. as an arbitrary vector, noncollinear with , , which needs not even define a crystallographic direction. Since, for a given space group and orientation , the sectional layer group depends only on the distance of the plane from the origin P, it might seem to be of advantage to choose the direction d always perpendicular to , as in the example below. This, however, is not always the most suitable choice. We shall subordinate the choice of vector to a strict convention, see Section 5.2.2.3, and call it the scanning vector.
Example
Consider a crystal whose spacegroup symmetry is , (No. 57). The sectional layer symmetries of planes with an orientation depend on the location of the plane along the line , where the basis vector is chosen as the scanning vector . If , the sectional layer group is (L16), if , the sectional layer group is (L29). The same holds if we add an integer n to the coordinate z. All these layer groups are maximal subgroups of the group . The sectional layer symmetry of any other plane is a layer group (L12). The symbol of a layer group for a section plane located at is given with reference to the coordinate system . Notice that there are an infinite number of section planes with and or and and an infinite number of corresponding sectional layer groups which can be written as () and [] (L16) or [] and [] (L29) with reference to the coordinate system . All these groups are maximal layer subgroups of the group . There are also an infinite number of section planes with other values of z which change continuously between the previously given discrete values of z; to all these section planes there corresponds one sectional layer group, (L12), whose Hermann–Mauguin symbol does not depend on z. This group is said to be floating in the direction and it is a halving subgroup of all previously given sectional layer groups, see Section 5.2.2.6.
The main step in the solution of the scanning problem and in its tabular presentation is the introduction of the scanning group (Kopský, 1990), which is a central concept of scanning. This group is an intermediate product in the process for scanning of the sectional layer groups and for the penetration rod groups. We shall introduce this group with reference to the scanning for sectional layer groups. The scanning group is then a space group which depends on the scanned space group and on the orientation . The prominent status of the scanning group is seen from: (i) the scanning theorem, which facilitates determination of the sectional layer groups as well as penetration rod groups in more complicated cases, and (ii) the convention for the choice of vectors , and , see Section 5.2.2.3, which standardizes the description of the scanning.
Definition of the scanning group: Let be a space group with a point group G and an orientation of planes, defined by Miller indices . Further let H be that subgroup of the point group G of the space group that contains all those elements of G that leave the orientation invariant, so that .
The space groupwhich is an equitranslational subgroup of the space group corresponding to the point group H, is called the scanning group for the space group and for the orientation with Miller indices .
The importance of the scanning group for the scanning process is due to the following theorem (Kopský, 1990):
The scanning theorem: The scanning of the space group for the sectional layer groups of section planes with an orientation is identical with the scanning of the scanning group for the sectional layer groups of section planes with the same orientation .
The scanning group has, by definition, the same lattice as the scanned group . However, the scanning group frequently belongs to a lower system than the group , because its point group H is a subgroup of the point group G, and its conventional basis may be different from the conventional basis of . In addition, the scanning group is always a reducible space group (Kopský, 1988, 1989a,b, 1990) because its point group H leaves the subspace invariant.
Example
Consider the cubic space group () and section planes of orientation defined by the Miller indices (001). The scanning group for this orientation is the group () with reference to a basis , , . Compare, in Part 6 , Table (), the blocks headed Linear orbit and Sectional layer group for the original scanned group and for the scanning group to see that they are identical. Moreover, we receive the same results for orientations defined by the Miller indices (100) and (010) where the scanning group is denoted by the same Hermann–Mauguin symbol with reference to appropriate bases.
In addition, the diagram of the scanning group provides immediate information about the penetration rod groups of penetration straight lines with the direction characterized by the direction indices [001]. Indeed, the spatial distribution of these rod groups is immediately seen from the diagram of the scanning group in the basis . For directions corresponding to the indices [100] and [010] we obtain the same results with reference to respective bases and .
In the Scanning tables of Part 6 , we follow the usual crystallographic practice to define the orientation of planes by their Miller indices (Bravais–Miller indices in hexagonal cases). This itself already guarantees that the orientations considered are crystallographic. The choice of vectors , and is governed by a convention in which we distinguish the cases of orthogonal and inclined scanning.
Convention: Given the orientation of planes by Miller or Bravais–Miller indices, we choose vectors , and the vector d of the scanning direction according to the following rules:
Note that, in cases of orthogonal scanning, the first two vectors , of the conventional basis of the scanning group automatically constitute a conventional basis of the lattice and d is orthogonal to the orientation . In cases of inclined scanning it is always possible to choose the vectors , so that they constitute a conventional basis of the vector lattice . However, it is generally impossible to choose all three vectors , and d as a strictly conventional basis of the scanning group because the first two vectors must lie in the space defined by Miller (Bravais–Miller) indices, which usually leads to a clash with the metric conditions as they are given, for example, in Section 9.1.4 (vi ) and (vii ) of IT A (2005).
The choice of the scanning direction d as that of a vector of the basis of the scanning group guarantees the periodicity d of the scanning. As a result, it is sufficient to describe the scanning for a given orientation, i.e. the sectional layer groups and orbits of planes, only in the interval with on the scanning line . Indeed, the crystal structure of symmetry is periodically repeated with periodicity d in the scanning direction. The sectional layer groups are, however, repeated in the scanning direction with the periodicity of the translation normalizer of . This is identical with the periodicity of the translation normalizer of the scanning group (see the examples in Section 5.2.5.1). We recall that the translation normalizer of the space group , as defined by Kopský (1993b,c), is the translation subgroup of the Cheshire group (Euclidean normalizer) of [see Hirschfeld (1968) and Koch & Fischer in Part 15 of IT A, 1987 edition or later].
In the application of the convention we note the following:
It is useful to characterize various scanning tasks using the names of the crystallographic systems of the scanned group and of the scanning group. The scanning tables are naturally built up from lower to higher symmetries, according to the standard sequence of space groups. In this process, some alreadyconsidered space groups of lower crystallographic systems appear as scanning groups for those orientations which are not invariant under the point group G of the scanned space group of a higher crystallographic system. In the first column of Table 5.2.2.1, the crystallographic systems are listed in their usual hierarchy and to the right of each system are listed the lower systems from which some groups appear as scanning groups. We use terms such as tetragonal/monoclinic scanning when a tetragonal space group is considered and the scanning group is monoclinic. Simple expressions such as orthorhombic scanning will mean that the scanning group is orthorhombic, to distinguish it from the expression scanning of orthorhombic groups, which means that the original space group is orthorhombic. The lattice of trigonal scanning groups in the case of cubic/trigonal scanning is always rhombohedral as indicated in parentheses.

The point group G of the scanned group acts on the orientations defined by Miller indices or Bravais–Miller indices . The set of all orientations obtained from a given orientation by the action of the elements of the group G is called the orientation orbit. The point group which leaves the orientation invariant is the point group of the scanning group for this orientation. From the coset resolutionwe obtain orientations of the orbit by the action of cosets on the first orientation: . In general, the number of orientations in the orbit is equal to the index of the subgroup in G. The point group which leaves the orientation invariant is the conjugate subgroup of the point group in the group G. If , then the scanning group is identical with the scanned group and the orientation orbit contains just one orientation.
In the general case, to each orientation there corresponds a scanning group , conjugate to the scanning group . The elements of a coset send the scanning vector for the first orientation into scanning vectors for orientations .
The set of the conjugate scanning groups is obtained from the coset resolution of the space group, which corresponds to the coset resolution (5.2.2.2) of the point group:The scanning groups are related in the same way to the respective conventional bases and hence they are expressed by the same Hermann–Mauguin symbols. However, the operations in the threedimensional Euclidean space, which correspond to operations on the vector space, often contain additional translations . Quite generally, the scanning for an orientation is described in the same manner with reference to the coordinate system as the scanning for the orientation is described with reference to a coordinate system .
In analogy with Wyckoff positions, see Section 8.3.2 of IT A, we distinguish three types of orientations and of orientation orbits:
The type of the orbit is the same as the type of each of its orientations. Orientations and orientation orbits have the following characteristic properties:
Example 1
Orientations defined by the Miller indices (001) are special orientations with fixed parameters for monoclinic groups with unique axis c as well as for orthorhombic and tetragonal groups. Bravais–Miller indices (0001) also define special orientation with fixed parameters. In each of these cases, the orientation orbit contains just one orientation.
Orientations (010) and (100) are special orientations with fixed parameters for all orthorhombic groups and each such orientation constitutes the orientation orbit.
Orientations (001), (010) and (100) are special orientations with fixed parameters for cubic groups and they belong to the same orientation orbit.
Example 2
Orientations are special orientations with variable parameter for monoclinic groups with unique axis c. Each such orientation constitutes an orientation orbit.
For cubic groups, the orientations [with the exclusion of cases , and , in groups of Laue class () and also of cases , in groups of Laue class ()] are special orientations with variable parameter. The orientation orbits contain six equivalent orientations in groups of Laue class () and 12 in groups of Laue class (), see Section 5.2.4.6.
Orientation orbits are correlated with orbits of crystal faces, see Part 10 of IT A. If the group H does not contain elements that change the sign of the normal, then the orientation orbit is characterized by the same set of Miller indices as the set of equivalent crystal faces. Generally, the group H contains a halving subgroup whose elements leave the normal to the orientation invariant while elements of the coset change its sign. In this case, the number of equivalent crystal faces is twice the number of orientations in the orbit. The group is identical with the point symmetry of a crystal face of orientation . Such a face located at a point is sent to a face of the same orientation located at a point by those elements of H which are not contained in . These are the same elements which change the direction of the scanning.
We consider a section plane with orientation and location . The orbit of planes generated by the action of the scanned group on this section plane splits into subsets of planes with the same orientation. The suborbit of planes with the same orientation is identical with the orbit under the action of the scanning group for this orientation. This suborbit is called the linear orbit of planes. If the orientation orbit contains only one orientation (scanning group = scanned group), then the linear orbit contains all planes of the orbit. If there are several orientations in the orientation orbit, then to each of these orientations there corresponds its own linear orbit. As shown in the previous section, the description of the scanning with reference to corresponding coordinate systems is identical for different orientations of the orientation orbit. The separation of planes and their sectional layer symmetries are the same in each of these orbits. In other words, the spatial distribution of layer symmetries is the same for all orientations of the orientation orbit; the scanning, however, begins generally at a point for the orientation . We shall concentrate our attention now to one linear orbit.
The parameter s in the description of linear orbits defines the position of the section plane by its intersection with the scanning line. The parameter therefore specifies the distance of the section plane from the origin P in units of d and is referred to as the level at which the section plane is located. Intersections at , (integer) are translationally equivalent to an intersection at where . The section planes at levels form an orbit under the translation group generated by the scanning vector . The set of these planes is called the translation orbit. Each translation orbit has exactly one representative plane in the interval . The linear orbit consists of one or several translation orbits.
We distinguish two types of locations and linear orbits:
With reference to parameter s, the special locations always correspond to a fixed parameter, the general locations to a variable parameter. Special locations are singular in the sense that in the infinitesimal vicinity of a section plane at a special location there are only section planes of general location. The sectional layer groups corresponding to these locations have the following properties:
Comment: If the point group H of the scanning group does not contain elements that change the normal to section planes, then all locations are general locations and there is only one sectional layer group common to all locations of section planes. The scanning group with this property is also called floating in the scanning direction.
The number of planes in a translation orbit: The total number of planes in a translation orbit is infinite because the index of the sectional layer group in the scanning group is. We can, however, count the number of planes in a translation orbit in an interval . If the point group of the scanning group is H and the point group of the sectional layer group for a given translation orbit is L, then the number of planes in this orbit in the interval equals the index when the centring of the scanning group is P or C. When the centring of the scanning group is A, B, I or F, this number is ; when the centring type of the scanning group is R, this number is .
The number f of planes in an orbit with a general parameter s per unit interval also defines the length of the fundamental region of the space group as well as of the scanning group in this interval. This length is a fraction of unit interval, , where , or according to the centring of the scanning group and L is the point group of sectional layer groups corresponding to a general orbit.
It is convenient for future reference to refine the basic categories of orthogonal and inclined scanning as follows:
The difference between monoclinic/orthogonal and monoclinic/inclined scanning is illustrated in Fig. 5.2.2.2. The orientation in the first case is fixed, while the second case applies to various orientations containing the monoclinic unique axis. The orientation can be defined by one free parameter, the angle ; we use instead Miller indices .
In the scanning tables two formats are used:
The tables are grouped according to crystallographic systems. Within each system, the standardformat tables are grouped into geometric classes in the same order as in IT A . The auxiliary tables follow the tables of standard format at the end of each Laue class.
The content and arrangement of the standardformat tables are as follows:
The standard tables for triclinic groups describe the trivial scanning where the scanning group is or . The tables for monoclinic groups describe monoclinic/orthogonal scanning and monoclinic/inclined scanning. The standard tables for the remaining groups describe only orthogonal scanning for these groups.
The headline begins with the serial number of the spacegroup type identical with the numbering given in IT A, followed by a short Hermann–Mauguin symbol. The Schönflies symbol is given in the upper righthand corner.
The next line is centred and contains the full Hermann–Mauguin symbol of the specific space group for which the scanning is described in the table. This is followed by a statement of origin in those cases where two space groups of different origin are considered, or by a statement of cell choice when different cell choices are used for a monoclinic space group.
The specific space group considered in the table is that space group, including its orientation (setting) and location (origin choice), the diagram of which is presented in IT A, assuming that the upper lefthand corner of the diagram represents the origin P, its left edge downwards the vector a, its upper edge to the right the vector b, while vector c is directed upwards. In the case of orthorhombic and monoclinic groups, this is the diagram in the () setting, the socalled standard setting. For some group types, two different origins are given in IT A. Both are used to consider two specific groups of the same type with different locations in the present tables. The scanning for each of these groups is described in a separate table. In the case of monoclinic groups, one, three or six different cell choices, depending on the group type, are considered, see Section 5.2.4.2.
Each table is divided into five columns. The first column is entitled Orientation orbit or Orientation orbit . The orientations are specified by their Miller or Bravais–Miller indices. Each orientation defines a row for which the scanning is described in the next columns. Orientations which belong to the same orbit are grouped together and orientation orbits are separated by horizontal double lines across the table for space groups of the tetragonal and highersymmetry systems and for the monoclinic groups. The vertical separation for orthorhombic groups is explained in Section 5.2.4.3.
Orientation orbits are listed in each table in the following order from top to bottom:
General orientation orbits are not included; the corresponding scanning is trivial and the presentation of these orbits would take up too much space.
The second column is entitled Conventional basis of the scanning group and it contains three subcolumns headed by the symbols of vectors , , . Next to it is the third column with the heading Scanning group . In the subcolumns, the vectors , and of the conventional bases of the scanning groups are specified in terms of the conventional basis (a, b, c) of the scanned group . The scanning groups are described in the third column by their short Hermann–Mauguin symbols.
The fourth column, headed Linear orbit , describes the linear orbits of planes for the orientation of this row and the fifth column, headed Sectional layer group , describes the corresponding sectional layer groups.
The location of the plane along the line determines a certain layer group; the symbol next to is a shorthand for the sectional layer group of the section plane passing through the point on the scanning line. , as a function of s, has a periodicity of the translation normalizer of the space group in the direction d but we list the translation orbits within , i.e. with periodicity d. This is important because the planes at levels separated by the periodicity of the normalizer do not necessarily belong to the same orbit.
The planes form orbits with fixed parameter s and with a variable parameter s. The orbits with fixed parameter s are recorded in terms of fractions of vector d; one of these fractions always lies in the interval , where is the length of the fundamental region of the scanned group along the scanning line in units of d. The fixed values of s are always given in the range . If planes at different levels belong to the same orbit, then the levels are enclosed in square brackets. The sectional layer group corresponding to a certain level s is then given in the fifth column by its Hermann–Mauguin symbol in the coordinate system . If the levels on the same line refer to the same Hermann–Mauguin symbol of a sectional layer group but are not enclosed in brackets, then they belong to different orbits. The sectional layer groups belonging to different planes of the orbit are certainly of the same type and parameters but they may be oriented or located in different ways so that their Hermann–Mauguin symbols are different because they refer to the same basis (, ). In this case, the levels corresponding to the same orbit are listed in a column, beginning and ending with brackets, and to each level is given the sectional layer group.
There is always only one row (which may, however, split for typographical reasons) corresponding to orbits with a variable parameter s and the one sectional layer group which is floating along the scanning direction and which is a common subgroup of all sectional layer groups for orbits with fixed parameters. This row always contains the term where s belongs to the fundamental region of the group along the line . Here is a fraction of 1 and the region is a fraction of the interval . These levels correspond to locations of planes of the translation orbit along the direction d within the unit interval. The levels are expressed in a compact way; as a result there appears an entry in cases when the scanning group is not polar. Since s is in the interval , is negative and hence not in the interval ; this level is equivalent to the level .
Following each Hermann–Mauguin symbol, we give the sequential number of the type to which the sectional layer group belongs, according to its numbering in Parts 1–4 of this volume.
Example 1
Orientation orbit (001) for the space groups , (No. 89), , (No. 93) and , (No. 91).
Group : The entries `' in the fourth column followed by in the fifth column indicate that there are two separate translation orbits, represented by planes passing through P and ; planes of both orbits have the same sectional layer group with reference to the respective coordinate systems.
The sectional layer symmetry at a general level is and the translation orbit contains planes at two levels (the index of the point group in the point group ), described as [, ]. It is and both levels belong to the same orbit. For positive s we can change to to get the level in the interval .
Group : The entries are now enclosed between square brackets to indicate that the planes at these levels along the line belong to the same orbit. The sectional layer symmetry is .
The sectional layer symmetry at a general level is , so that there must be four [422 () : 122 ()] levels which are described as where . Again we can change to to get the level in the interval .
Group : The entry `' in the first subrow and the entry ` in the second subrow indicate that the planes on corresponding levels all belong to the same translation orbit. The corresponding sectional layer groups and for the first and second subrow are of the same type but the orientations of their twofold axes are different. The Hermann–Mauguin symbols are therefore different because they are expressed with reference to the same basis [in this case the basis (a, b)].
The sectional layer symmetry at a general level is so that and there must be eight levels which are described as , .
Example 2
We consider the group , (No. 148) and the orientation (0001). There are three subrows in the columns for the translation orbits and the sectional layer groups. In the first row there are the entries , ; and ; in the second row , , and [(2a + b)/3]; and in the third row and [(a + 2b)/3]. This is to be interpreted as follows: the levels , and belong to one translation orbit, distinct from the orbit to which belong the levels , and . The sectional layer groups are groups on all these levels but they are located at different distances from points for different levels .
The sectional layer symmetry at a general level is . The point group 3 is of index 2 in the point group and the lattice is of the type R so there are six planes in the translation orbit per unit interval along d and . The translation orbit is described by [, , ].
Example 3
Space group , (No. 123). The scanning groups for the orientations (100) and (010) which belong to the same orientation orbit are expressed by the same Hermann–Mauguin symbol in their respective bases. The translation orbits and sectional layer groups are therefore expressed in the same block.
The scanning groups for the orientations (110) and () of the same orientation orbit under the space group , (No. 125) are expressed by the same Hermann–Mauguin symbol (d/4) in the respective bases if the scanned group is chosen according to origin choice 1 in IT A. Hence the translation orbits and sectional layer groups are expressed in one block; they are the same with reference to their corresponding bases. For origin choice 2, the locations of the scanning groups are different; we obtain the group for the orientation (110) and for the orientation . Each of these scanning groups has its own box with the translation orbits and sectional layer groups. If we compare the two boxes, we observe that the data in the second box are the same as in the first box but shifted by .
Example 4
Consider the block of the orientation orbit (111), (), (), () for space groups , (No. 212), , (No. 213) and , (No. 214). The Hermann–Mauguin symbol of the scanning group with reference to their bases is the same, , up to a shift of the origin. In the row for each orientation, therefore not only are the bases given, but also the location of the origin so that a complete coordinate system is specified in such a way that the symbol is exactly the same for each orientation. The symbol of the scanning group, the location of the orbits and the sectional layer groups are given in the last block; all this information is formally the same but for each orientation it refers to its own coordinate system.
The auxiliary tables describe cases of monoclinic/inclined scanning for groups of orthorhombic and higher symmetries. They are clustered together for groups of each Laue class, starting from Laue class – , after the tables of orthogonal scanning, i.e. after the standardformat tables for this Laue class.
All possible cases of monoclinic/inclined scanning reduce to cases where the scanned group itself is monoclinic and the orientation is defined by the Miller indices . These cases are described as a part of the standardformat tables for monoclinic groups. Two bases are used in this description:
If the scanned group is of higher than monoclinic symmetry, then the monoclinic scanning group and we use three bases:
Two types of tables from which orbits of planes and sectional layer groups can be deduced are given:
In the next two sections we describe the construction of these two types of tables and their use in detail.
The cases of monoclinic/inclined scanning occur when the orientation of the section plane:
Auxiliary basis of the scanning group. In each of these cases, there is a set of orientations for which the property (i), (ii) or (iii) is common and all orientations of this set contain the vector that defines the unique axis of a monoclinic scanning group which is also common for all orientations of the set. An auxiliary basis of this scanning group is defined with reference to that one orientation of the set which is described by Miller indices .
The first column of each table describes orientations of the orbit by Miller indices with reference to the conventional basis of the scanned group . Various possible situations can be distinguished by three criteria:
The second column assigns to each orientation the conventional basis of the monoclinic scanning group that is related to the auxiliary basis given in the third column in the same way as to the standard basis in the case of monoclinic groups.
The conventional basis is always chosen so that its first vector is the vector of the common unique axis. Vector is defined by the orientation of section planes and hence by Miller indices (either directly or indirectly through transformation to a monoclinic basis). There is the same freedom in the choice of the scanning direction d as in the cases of monoclinic/inclined scanning in the case of monoclinic groups.
Each table of orientation orbits for a certain centring type(s) is followed by reference tables which are organized by arithmetic classes belonging to this centring type(s). The scanned space groups are given in the first row by their sequential number, Schönflies symbol and short Hermann–Mauguin symbol. They are arranged in order of their sequential numbers unless there is a clash with arithmetic classes; a preference is given to collect groups of the same arithmetic class in one table. If space allows it, groups of more than one arithmetic class are described in one table.
The first column is identical with the first column of the table of orientation orbits. On the intersection of a column which specifies the scanned group and of a row which specifies the orientation by its Miller (Bravais–Miller) indices is found the scanning group, given by its Hermann–Mauguin symbol with reference to the auxiliary basis . This symbol, which may also contain a shift of origin, instructs us which monoclinic scanning table to consult. The vectors , , d that determine the lattice of sectional layer groups and the scanning direction are those given in the table of orientation orbits. Depending on the values of parameters m, n, p, q we find the scanning group in its basis and the respective sectional layer groups.
The triclinic groups are trivial even from the viewpoint of scanning but it is nontrivial to express the vectors , and d in terms of vectors a, b, c and of Miller indices (). Since the groups are related in the same way with respect to any given basis, we do not identify bases in the two tables. The specification Any admissible choice for the scanning group means that the vectors , have to be chosen as a basis of the translation group in the subspace defined by Miller indices and d should be the vector that completes the basis of the translation group in the whole space.
The scanned groups are identical with the scanning group for all orientations in the triclinic groups , (No. 1) and , (No. 2). There is only one orientation in each orientation orbit. In the case of the group , (No. 1), there is one type of linear orbit consisting of planes generated by translations d from either one of the set and the respective layer symmetries are the trivial groups (L01). In the case of the group , (No. 2), the orbit with a general location consists of a pair of planes, located symmetrically from a symmetry centre at distances in the scanning direction d, which is then periodically repeated with periodicity d; the sectional layer symmetry of these planes is (L01). Furthermore, there are two linear orbits corresponding to positions and , each of which consists of a periodic set of planes with periodicity d; the sectional symmetry in each of these cases is (L02).
The triclinic scanning also applies to general orientation orbits of all space groups of higher symmetry than triclinic. If the space group is noncentrosymmetric, then the number of orientations in the orientation orbit is the order of the point group G and the linear orbits are described for each orientation as in the case of the group , (No. 1). If the space group is centrosymmetric, then the number of orientations in the orientation orbit is and the linear orbits are described for each orientation as in the case of the group , (No. 2).
The scanning of monoclinic groups is nontrivial if the section planes are either orthogonal to or parallel with the unique axis. The first case results in monoclinic/orthogonal scanning, the second in monoclinic/inclined scanning.
Depending on the spacegroup type, a monoclinic group admits one, three or six cell choices, which are illustrated and labelled by numbers 1, 2, 3 and , , in Fig. 5.2.4.1. For each cell choice, a separate table is given in which the group is specified by Hermann–Mauguin symbols with reference to unique axis b or to unique axis c.
Monoclinic/orthogonal scanning. There exists only one orientation orbit and it contains just one orientation. When the c axis is chosen as the unique axis, the scanning group is not only identical with the monoclinic space group considered but it also has the same Hermann–Mauguin symbol. The vectors and of the monoclinic basis are taken as basis vectors of the lattices of sectional layer groups and the vector defines the scanning direction.
The Hermann–Mauguin symbol of the scanned group changes with reference to a basis in which the b axis is chosen as the unique axis. However, the Hermann–Mauguin symbol of the group in its role as the scanning group does not change, because the basis of the scanning group is chosen as , and .
Monoclinic/inclined scanning. There exists an infinite number of orientations for which the section planes are parallel with the unique axis. When the c axis is chosen as the unique axis, the orientations are specified by Miller indices . Each orientation orbit contains again just one orientation and the scanning group is identical with the space group . The lattice of each sectional layer group is either a primitive or centred rectangular lattice with basis vectors and . The scanning direction is generally inclined to this orientation and the vector d can be chosen as any vector of the form , where p, q are integers that satisfy the condition so that the vectors , and d constitute a conventional unit cell of the scanning group, see Section 5.2.2.3.
The Hermann–Mauguin symbols for the group in its role as the scanning group are different to the symbol that specifies it as the scanned group because they refer to the choice of basis where the unique axis is defined by the vector . The choice of the pair of vectors and defines a cell choice to which the Hermann–Mauguin symbol of the group as the scanning group refers. Notice that the vector is defined by Miller indices while freedom in the choice of the scanning direction d remains. The choice of vector d may influence the Hermann–Mauguin symbols of the scanning group and of the sectional layer groups but it does not change the groups.
When the b axis is chosen as the unique axis, the orientations of section planes are defined by Miller indices and the conventional basis of the scanning group is chosen as , , . The symbols of the group in its role as the scanning group for various parities of integers n, m, p and q, the linear orbits and the sectional layer groups are the same as in the case of unique axis c.
The cases of monoclinic/inclined scanning appear in all groups of higher symmetries than monoclinic for those orientations for which the scanning group is monoclinic. These cases are collected in the auxiliary tables where reference to the monoclinic/inclined part of the monoclinic scanning tables is given in each particular case.
All groups of the orthorhombic system belong to Laue class (). The standardformat tables are given first for the geometric classes (), () and (). These are followed by the auxiliary tables.
Orientation orbits , and : These three orientation orbits represent all orbits with fixed parameters in the orthorhombic system. Each of these consists of a single orientation. Hence the scanning group for each of these orientations and for any orthorhombic group coincides with the group itself. The Hermann–Mauguin symbols of the scanning groups are, however, generally different for the three orientations because they refer to different bases , , . For the orientation (001) they always coincide with the Hermann–Mauguin symbol used in IT A.
The scanning groups for groups of geometric classes () and () are not only the same (identical with the scanned group) for all three orientations, but in a few cases they also have the same Hermann–Mauguin symbols, so the entries in the columns of the scanning group and of the sectional layer groups coincide. The orbits are separated by horizontal lines in the first column and further through the column with the scanning group, orbits and sectional layer groups, if they are different; when the Hermann–Mauguin symbol of the scanning group and hence the two remaining columns are identical, we give them as a common row for all the three orbits, which are then separated only in the first two columns. In the tables for groups of geometric class (), the orbit (001) is separated by double lines across the table from the remaining orbits (100) and (010), which are separated by single lines across the tables.
The bases for the scanning groups and for the sectional layer groups associated with these orbits are chosen in a standard manner for all orthorhombic groups:

Orientation orbits (), () and (): Each of these orientations has a scanning group of monoclinic symmetry, namely: 2 () for space groups of the geometric class () in all settings and for the groups of the class () in the () setting; m () for groups of the geometric class () in the settings (), (); and () for groups of the geometric class () in all settings. In each case, the scanning group is a halving subgroup of the scanned group and consequently each orientation orbit contains two orientations with the same scanning group. The symmetry increases to orthorhombic and the orbit contains one orientation for the special values , or , .
The scanning groups are monoclinic and one can deduce them by viewing the diagrams of the scanned groups. By omitting the axes parallel with and planes perpendicular to the diagram plane, the diagram of the scanning group remains. This, however, is the diagram of the monoclinic scanning group in its standard setting when the unique axis is perpendicular to the plane of the diagram. This unique axis is a common direction for both orientations of the orbit and it is the c axis for the orientation orbit (), and the a axis and b axis for the orientation orbits () and (), respectively. The basis , , for the scanning group is expressed in the same way through the auxiliary basis and the scanning groups in the reference tables are given by their Hermann–Mauguin symbols with reference to the auxiliary bases. The three orbits are separated by horizontal lines in the tables of orientation orbits as well as in the first column of the reference tables. If the scanning group in a column for a certain scanned group has the same symbol for orbits in adjoining rows, we give it in a block common to these orbits.
Transformation of Miller indices for centred cases: In the table of orientation orbits for the C centring, we denote the orientation of the first orbit by and , i.e. we use letters h and k instead of m and n. The letters m and n are used for the Miller indices with respect to an auxiliary basis.
The scanning group is an equitranslational subgroup of the orthorhombic scanned group. Since the scanning group is monoclinic, the orthorhombic C lattice is considered as a monoclinic P lattice (with degenerate parameters) for which we choose the auxiliary basis vectors as , and the unique axis vector .
The orientations are, however, defined by Miller indices () with respect to the conventional basis (a, b, c) of the orthorhombic group, while the numbers m, n define the Miller indices () with respect to the auxiliary basis . The scanning can be found at once from tables of scanning of monoclinic groups in terms of parities of m, n, and of p, q, where is determined by the orientation () and p, q determine the scanning direction . Substituting for , in vectors and d, we getso and conversely
If h is even and k odd, or h odd and k even, then both n and m are odd. However, if both h and k are odd (they cannot be simultaneously even), then both n and m are even, so that they cannot play the role of Miller indices, though they give the correct direction of the vector . Dividing both by two, we get the Miller indices () and either the case odd, even or the case even, odd may occur. Both and cannot be simultaneously either even or odd because in these cases both h and k will be even.
The same situation occurs for the orbit () of Acentred orthorhombic groups of the class (), where the vector a plays the role of the unique monoclinic axis and for all three orientation orbits (), () and () in the case of Fcentred orthorhombic groups. In the latter case, the monoclinic scanning group is of the Icentred type with respect to the auxiliary bases while its centring in the bases depends on the choice of n, m (via h, k), and of p, q, see the monoclinic cases.
Whenever a transformation of Miller indices is used, it is printed in a special row across the table below the respective orbit; the transformation is the same for all three orbits in the case of F centring and is given once below the orbits.
The scanning in the tetragonal system has a slightly different character for groups of Laue class () from those of Laue class ().
Orientation orbit : This orbit with a single special orientation appears in all tetragonal groups. In each case, the tetragonal group itself is the scanning group for this orientation. For those tetragonal groups that are presented in IT A with two origin choices, we specify the scanning group by its Hermann–Mauguin symbol and origin choice in parentheses (usually below the symbol). The scanning groups are expressed with respect to bases identical with the original basis, so that the Hermann–Mauguin symbol of the scanning group is identical with the Hermann–Mauguin symbol of the scanned group including the origin choice, , are the vectors of the conventional basis for the sectional layer groups and the scanning direction is along the main axis. In the same way, we will later refer to tetragonal scanning groups when performing the scanning of cubic groups. There are no other orientation orbits with fixed parameters for groups of classes (), () and (), i.e. for the groups of Laue class ().
Orientation orbit : This orbit contains orientations (100) and (010); it appears in groups of geometric classes (), (), or (), and (), which belong to the Laue class (), but not in the groups of Laue class (). We choose the bases of scanning groups as , , for the orientation (100) and as , , for the orientation (010). The corresponding scanning groups are orthorhombic and of the same centring type as the scanned group. In the majority of cases, the scanning groups are the same (i.e. expressed by the same Hermann–Mauguin symbol, with or without a shift) with respect to the two coordinate systems (P; , , ) and (P; , , ) where P is the origin of the original group. In these cases, only one Hermann–Mauguin symbol (with or without a shift) is given for both orientations and one corresponding column of linear orbits and of sectional layer groups. Whenever this is not the case, the scanning group for one of the orientations is shifted with reference to its coordinate system as compared with the location of the other scanning group with reference to its coordinate system. There is also a respective shift of orientation orbits and of corresponding sectional layer groups. In these cases, the orientationorbit row is split into two parts, each referring to one orientation of the orbit.
Orientation orbit : The orbit contains the orientations (110) and (); it again appears in all groups of the geometric classes (), (), () and () belonging to the Laue class (), but not in the groups of Laue class (). We choose the bases of scanning groups as , , for the orientation (110) and as , , for the orientation (). The resulting scanning groups are again orthorhombic of centring type C (denoted by B in view of the choice of the basis) when the original tetragonal group is of the type P and of centring type F when the original tetragonal group is of the type I. The scanning group, respective linear orbits and sectional layer groups are either the same with reference to the coordinate systems (P; , , ) and (P; , , ) or one of them is shifted with respect to the other. Accordingly, the row for the orbit either does not split or it splits into two subrows for the two orientations.
Orientation orbits occur in groups of both tetragonal Laue classes () and (). Orientation orbits occur only in groups of the Laue class ().
Orientation orbits : These orbits contain two orientations, namely () and () in groups of the geometric classes (), () and () which belong to the Laue class (), and four orientations, namely (), (), () and () in groups of the geometric classes (), (), () and () which belong to the Laue class ().
For special values and , the orbit contains only two orientations (100) and (010) which form an orbit with fixed parameters with an orthorhombic scanning group for groups of the Laue class (). For groups of the Laue class () these two orientations represent just one particular case of the orbit (). Analogously, the orbit with two orientations (110) and () for groups of the Laue class () is an orbit with fixed parameters , while for groups of the Laue class () it is a particular case of the orbits ().
There are no other special orbits with variable parameter in groups of the Laue class (). Auxiliary bases are defined by one table common for both centring types P and I.
Auxiliary bases for this orbit are also common for both centring types in groups of the Laue class () and they are given in the tables of orientation orbits for both types.
Orientation orbits : These orbits, consisting of orientations (), (), () and (), appear only in groups of the Laue class (). The first two orientations contain the vector a, the other two contain the vector b, scanning groups are monoclinic with unique axes along vectors a and b, respectively, for the first and second pair of orientations; the scanning is inclined because the vectors a and b lie in the respective orientations. To primitive and centred lattices of the scanned groups there correspond primitive and centred lattices of the scanning groups, respectively, which is reflected in the reference tables.
Auxiliary bases for this orbit are common for both centring types in groups of the Laue class () and they are given in tables of orientation orbits for both types.
For special values of parameters, the orbit coincides either with the orbit , or with the orbit , .
Orientation orbits : These orbits, consisting of orientations (), (), () and (), appear again only in groups of the Laue class (). The first two orientations contain the vector , the other two contain the vector , scanning groups are monoclinic with unique axes along these vectors and , respectively, for the first and second pair of orientations; the scanning is again inclined because the vectors and lie in the respective orientations.
The auxiliary bases for the monoclinic scanning groups in the case of a primitive (P) tetragonal lattice are chosen as for the first pair of orientations and as for the second pair of orientations.
The auxiliary bases for the monoclinic scanning groups in the case of an Icentred tetragonal lattice are chosen as for the first pair of orientations and as for the second pair of orientations.
A vector parallel with planes of orientation and orthogonal to is a multiple of In terms of Miller indices with reference to the first auxiliary basis for a Pcentred lattice, such a vector is a multiple of and in terms of Miller indices with reference to the first auxiliary basis for an Icentred lattice, it is a multiple of Therefore, for a Pcentred lattice, the pair of numbers must be proportional to the pair . Since Miller indices must be relatively prime, we get , if l is odd and , if l is even.
For an Icentred lattice, the pair of numbers must be proportional to the pair and hence the pair must be proportional to the pair . If l is odd, then is also odd and we put , so that . If l is even, we put and .
These relations are printed in the last rows across the tables of orientation orbits within the block for orbit .
The family splits into the trigonal and the hexagonal system. With the exception of seven group types with rhombohedral lattices [, (No. 146); , (No. 148); , (No. 155); , (No. 160); , (No. 161); , (No. 166); and , (No. 167)] all space groups of both systems have a primitive hexagonal lattice. Scanning tables are given in the hexagonal coordinate system for all groups with this lattice and the bases of the scanning groups for individual orientations are chosen identically. For the seven groups with rhombohedral lattices, the description of scanning in the hexagonal coordinate system differs from the description in the rhombohedral coordinate system only in the specification of orientations by Bravais–Miller and Miller indices, respectively. The column Orientation orbit is split into two columns with the headings HEXAG. AXES and RHOMB. AXES.
Orientation orbit : The orientation (0001) is invariant under all point groups of the family; it forms therefore an orientation orbit with a single special orientation in all space groups of the family and the scanning groups for this orientation coincide with the scanned groups. We choose , , in primitive as well as in rhombohedral cases; in the latter case, the orientation is also specified in the second column as (111). The Hermann–Mauguin symbols of the scanning groups also coincide with the symbols of the scanned groups; to specify both the scanned and the scanning groups with rhombohedral lattices with reference to hexagonal bases we use an obverse setting as in IT A.
All corresponding sectional layer groups have the same planar hexagonal lattice with basis vectors and . The basis , denoted as usual by p, is the conventional basis for all trigonal/hexagonal, hexagonal/hexagonal, monoclinic/oblique and triclinic/oblique sectional layer groups. To describe the monoclinic/rectangular and orthorhombic/rectangular sectional layer groups, we choose three conventional rectangular bases: , and , as shown in Fig. 5.2.4.2. The symbols , , then denote the same lattice, identical with the plattice with the conventional basis (a, b).
In the cases of the trigonal spacegroup types , (No. 151), , (No. 152), , (No. 153) and , (No. 154), and in the cases of the hexagonal spacegroup types , (No. 178) and , (No. 179), there exist two linear orbits with fixed parameter for which the sectional layer groups are monoclinic/rectangular with a ccentred lattice. The orientations of the unique axes of the respective monoclinic/rectangular groups are then defined by the choice of the conventional basis to which the Hermann–Mauguin symbol refers (i.e. by index in , or ) and by the position of the twofold rotation in the symbol. In group types , (No. 180) and , (No. 181) there exist two linear orbits with fixed parameters for which the sectional layer groups are orthorhombic/rectangular with a ccentred lattice. The orientations of twofold axes of orthorhombic/rectangular groups in the section plane are again defined by the conventional bases , or . There are no other nontrivial orientation orbits in groups of the Laue class () and no other orbits with fixed parameters in groups of the Laue class ().
Orientation orbits and : These two orbits appear in all biaxial groups of the trigonal and hexagonal system, i.e. in groups of the Laue classes () and (). We consider them together because corresponding scanning groups for pairs of orientations, one from each of these orbits, are related in the same way to their corresponding bases.
Hexagonal lattice. If the scanned group is trigonal with a primitive hexagonal lattice, the scanning group is monoclinic; if the scanned group is hexagonal, the scanning group is orthorhombic with lattice type C. Because of the choice of bases, the lattice is denoted by the letter A in the Hermann–Mauguin symbols of the scanning groups.
We choose the vector c of the hexagonal axis as the vector for all orientations of these orbits. In addition we choose and the scanning direction for the orientation (), while for the orientation (), perpendicular to it, we choose , . Analogously, for the other pairs of mutually perpendicular orientations we choose: and for the orientation (); , for the orientation (); , for the orientation (); and , for the orientation (). Hence the scanning groups for the pairs of orientations ()/(), ()/() and ()/() are the same monoclinic or orthorhombic groups but the conventional basis vectors , of one of them are replaced by , , respectively, for the second one. Again there are cases when the locations of scanning groups are different for different pairs of orientations, in which case the corresponding row splits into three subrows. To compare the geometry of the bases, consult and compare Figs. 5.2.4.2 and 5.2.4.3.
Rhombohedral lattice. The resulting scanning groups are monoclinic of the Icentred type. The vectors of the rhombohedral basis , , are related to vectors a, b, c of the hexagonal basis as follows: as shown in Fig. 5.2.4.4, which corresponds to the obverse setting. In Figs. 5.2.4.5 and 5.2.4.6, we show the diagrams of the scanning groups in the plane of orientation () for the groups , (No. 166) and , (No. 167), projected orthogonally along the direction of b. The vector , whose projection is shown in both figures, is identical with the vector which is the Icentring vector of the monoclinic cell with conventional basis , , . The vector b plays the role of the scanning direction for orientation () to which it is perpendicular (this is the case of monoclinic/orthogonal scanning). For the orientation (), we choose the basis of the scanning group as , and , and we get a monoclinic/inclined scanning.
One standard scanning table is given for each of the seven group types with a rhombohedral lattice because neither the bases of scanning groups nor their symbols change with the change from hexagonal to rhombohedral basis. None of the entries in the scanning tables needs to be changed with the exception of Bravais–Miller indices , which are replaced by corresponding Miller indices as follows: is replaced by , the set , , by , , and the set , , by , , . The indices are given in parallel in the two columns for the designation of orientation orbits. To abbreviate expressions for vectors of the conventional bases of scanning groups, we express these vectors in terms of vectors of hexagonal basis and of vectors of rhombohedral basis . To obtain the bases in terms of vectors of the hexagonal basis, we substitute for vectors of the rhombohedral bases the combinations (5.2.4.11), to obtain them in terms of vectors of rhombohedral bases, we substitute for vectors of hexagonal bases the combinations reciprocal to (5.2.4.11).
There are no orientation orbits with variable parameter and hence no auxiliary tables to the Laue class ().
Orientation orbit : This orbit appears in groups of the Laue class (), where it contains the three orientations (), () and (); further, it appears in groups of the Laue class (), where it contains six orientations – to the three orientations we add their images generated by auxiliary axes or planes, which are the orientations (), () and (). The choice of basis vectors for the scanning group of the first orientation () is: , and ; as always in monoclinic/inclined scanning, the bases for other orientations are obtained by rotations around the principal axis [Laue class ()] and by reflections in auxiliary planes [Laue class ()], so that the scanning groups and the scanning are expressed by identical symbols in their respective bases.
For the particular values , or , , the orientation orbit turns into a special orbit or with fixed parameters, respectively, for which the scanning group and hence the scanning is orthorhombic.
Orientation orbits and : These two orbits include those orientations which contain the secondary or tertiary directions of the hexagonal system. Both orbits exist in the Laue classes () and (); the orbit () appears in the arithmetic classes , , and , , , where it contains further the two orientations () and (); the orbit () appears in the arithmetic classes , and , where it contains the two other orientations (), ): both orbits appear in all groups of the Laue class () where they contain additional triplets of orientations: , and in the first case and , () and in the second case.
Transformation of Bravais–Miller indices: hexagonal axes. The orientations are specified by Bravais–Miller indices with reference to the hexagonal basis (a, b, c) through integers h, l. To find their Miller indices with reference to auxiliary bases , we consider a vector as shown in Fig. 5.2.4.7. This vector is proportional to a vector , which is used as a vector of the conventional basis of the scanning group in both centring types P and R. Vector is defined as , where for both the centring types P and R, while for the centring type P and for the centring type R.

Illustration of the transformation of Bravais–Miller indices in a hexagonal basis to Bravais indices in an auxiliary basis. 
The proportionality relations therefore read for the centring type Pfrom which we express n, m through h, l as follows:
In the case of the centring type R, we have so that the proportionality relation readsComparing the coefficients, we obtain that the pair must be proportional to the pair , from which we express n, m through h, l as follows:
For the orientation orbit , we obtain the proportionality relation by comparing the proportional vectors and , which leads again to the relations
The relations between indices h, l and m, n are, as usual, recorded under each orbit in a row across the table.
The orientation orbits and turn into the special orbits and with fixed parameter for the special values , , and their symmetry increases to orthorhombic for groups of the Laue class (). In groups of the Laue class (), the symmetry of these orbits remains monoclinic but the scanning changes from monoclinic/inclined to monoclinic/orthogonal.
Rhombohedral axes. Auxiliary tables for the five group types with a rhombohedral lattice are given in a compact manner for all three arithmetic classes. Neither auxiliary nor conventional (in the sense of the convention for scanning groups, see Section 5.2.2.3) bases of scanning groups change. The orientations of the orbit are expressed by Bravais–Miller indices in the hexagonal basis and these are transformed to Miller indices with reference to the auxiliary basis as shown above. In the rhombohedral basis, we describe orientations of the orbit by Miller indices . The integers h, l here are considered independently of the same letters in Bravais–Miller indices. To transform them into Miller indices with reference to the auxiliary basis, we take into account that the vector from Fig. 5.2.4.7 is proportional to as well as to . Comparing coefficients at and we obtain
The reference table is given as a common table for consideration in hexagonal or rhombohedral axes. It is also common for all five group types with rhombohedral lattice for which this type of orientation orbit occurs.
The character of scanning is again different for groups of the geometric classes (T) and () with no fourfold axes and for groups of the geometric classes (O), () and () which contain fourfold axes.
The threefold axis along the direction [111] passes through the origin in all cubic groups, including the cases when two origin choices are used. Rotations around this axis therefore transform the coordinate system in such a way that the conjugate scanning groups, linear orbits and sectional layer groups are expressed in the same way in the respective coordinate systems.
Orientation orbit (001): This orientation orbit contains the orientations (001), (100) and (010). It appears in all cubic groups and it leads to orthorhombic scanning groups in the case of space groups of the classes (T), () and to tetragonal scanning groups in the case of the classes (O), () and (). The conventional bases of the scanning groups for the orientation (001) are chosen as , , for all cases with the exception of Fcentred types of groups of the classes (O), () and (). The centring types P, I and F remain the same for orthorhombic scanning groups, i.e. for the classes (T) and (), and for the P and I types of tetragonal scanning groups which apply to the classes (O), () and (). The Fcentred type for the latter classes turns into Icentred tetragonal scanning groups with the conventional basis , , for the orientation (001).
For the remaining two orientations (100) and (010), we obtain the bases by the cyclic permutations and , respectively, which correspond to rotations 3 and around the threefold axis [111].
Orientation orbit (110): This orbit occurs only in groups of the classes (O), () and (). It consists of the orientations (110), (), (011), (), (101) and (). The scanning groups are orthorhombic in all cases. We choose the conventional basis of the scanning group as , , for the orientation (110) and as , , for the orientation () for the P and Icentred cases. The corresponding scanning groups are orthorhombic of the centring types A and F, respectively. For the original Fcentring, we choose the conventional basis of orthorhombic scanning groups as , , for the orientation (110) and as , , for the orientation (), which results in Icentred orthorhombic scanning groups.
The bases for the scanning groups corresponding to the orientations (011) and () are obtained respectively by the cyclic permutation and the bases of scanning groups for the orientations (101) and () by the cyclic permutation , which again corresponds to the threefold rotations 3 and around the [111] axis. Accordingly, the scanning groups, linear orbits and sectional layer groups are the same with reference to respective bases for the orientations (110), (011) and (101) as well as for the orientations (), () and (). In some cases, there is also no difference between the two triplets of orientations and one row describes the scanning for all six orientations. In other cases, owing to fourfold screw axes, the scanning groups are shifted and the row splits into two subrows.
Orientation orbit (111): This orbit with orientations (111), , appears in all cubic groups and the respective scanning groups are trigonal with a rhombohedral lattice. The following abbreviated symbols are used for vectors of the cube diagonals:in directions [111], [], [] and [], see Fig. 5.2.4.8. The latter three vectors are obtained from the vector by the action of twofold axes as follows: , , . The rhombohedral unit cells of the scanning groups corresponding to the orientation (111) and for the P, I and Fcentring types of original cubic groups are shown in Figs. 5.2.4.9(a), 5.2.4.10(a) and 5.2.4.11(a), respectively. Eight conventional cubic cells surrounding the origin are shown in each of the figures to display the hexagonal lattice in the plane corresponding to the orientation (111) and passing through the origin. The projections of these situations along the cube diagonal d onto this plane are depicted in Figs. 5.2.4.9(b), 5.2.4.10(b) and 5.2.4.11(b), respectively. In these figures, the areas that represent the choice of the hexagonal unit cell in the plane as used for scanning groups are shaded. The scanning direction is chosen along the cube diagonal [111]. Notice that the periodicity of the corresponding hexagonal lattice in this direction equals for P and Fcentred cubic groups, while for the Icentred groups the periodicity is . The choice of bases of the scanning groups corresponds to the obverse setting of the rhombohedral basis vectors with respect to hexagonal bases. The scanning for the direction [111] can be then copied from the scanning of trigonal groups with a rhombohedral lattice.

The cubic scanning for orientation (111) in the case of cubic groups with a P lattice. (a) Threedimensional view. (b) View along the cubic diagonal. 

The cubic scanning for orientation (111) in the case of cubic groups with an I lattice. (a) Threedimensional view. (b) View along the cubic diagonal. 

The cubic scanning for orientation (111) in the case of cubic groups with an F lattice. (a) Threedimensional view. (b) View along the cubic diagonal. 
The remaining three orientations (), () and () are obtained by application of twofold rotations , and , respectively. Using these rotations, we obtain the scanning data in a compact way for all four orientations. Again, in certain cases, the data are the same with respect to the rotated coordinate systems; then one row describes all orientations. In other cases, the data refer to shifted coordinate systems. The shifts along the scanning direction, if they are the same for all orientations, are taken into account by recalculating the levels of the linear orbits. The shifts in planes are, however, used to refer to different origins.
Orientation orbit (mn0): Orientations of this orbit contain one of the three main cubic axes and are divided into three subsets corresponding to these axes for which the bases are separated by horizontal lines in the tables of orientation orbits and auxiliary bases. The orbit contains six orientations in groups of the Laue class () and 12 orientations in groups of the Laue class (). The orbit turns into a special orbit with fixed parameters for the special values , in groups of both the Laue classes () and (). The scanning changes from monoclinic/inclined to orthorhombic in the Laue class (), to tetragonal in the Laue class (). The symmetry of the orientation also increases to orthorhombic for special values , in groups of the Laue class ().
The choice of bases for the three subsets is the same as in orthorhombic groups, where the orientations of subsets are separated into three different orbits and the auxiliary bases are expressed in terms of vectors of the conventional cubic basis for the centring types P and I. For the centring type F, the Miller indices differ in the original and auxiliary basis. In this case, we express the Miller indices with reference to the original basis as and relate them to Miller indices with reference to the auxiliary bases. These relations are the same as in the case of Fcentring in orthorhombic groups, see relations (5.2.4.2) and (5.2.4.3).
Orientation orbit (hhl): The orbit contains 12 orientations which divide into three subsets corresponding to the three main cubic axes. In each of the subsets, one of the vectors of the conventional cubic basis is chosen as the vector of the auxiliary basis. The orientations of the subsets are separated by horizontal lines across the table. The first subset corresponds to the vector c of the cubic basis and the orientations in this subset are the same as in the orbit for tetragonal groups of the Laue class (). The orientations within each subset are further divided into two pairs of orientations to which correspond two different unique axes of the monoclinic scanning group. These subsets are again separated by horizontal lines across the last two columns. For the centring types P and I and for the first subset of orientations, the description of orientations and bases coincides with the description of the orbit in tetragonal groups of the Laue class () and centring types P and I, including the choice of auxiliary and conventional bases of scanning groups and relations between Miller indices h, l and m, n. For the other subsets of orientations, the data in tables are obtained by the cyclic permutation of vectors a, b and c.
For the centring type F, orientation , we choose the auxiliary basis of the scanning group with the unique axis vectors , and , while for the orientation , we choose , and . The bases for the remaining orientations are again obtained by the cyclic permutation of vectors of the conventional cubic basis.
Transformation of Miller indices: The straight line in which a plane intersects with the plane has the direction of a vector or of the vector . As these two vectors can differ only by a numerical factor, the pair must be proportional to the pair and we obtain the relationsrecorded at the bottom row of the orientationorbit table for the centring type F.
For the special values , , this orbit turns into an orbit with fixed parameters and an orthorhombic scanning group.
The following two examples show the use of layer symmetries in the description of crystal structures.
Example 1
Fig. 5.2.5.1 shows the crystal structure of cadmium iodide, CdI_{2}. The space group of this crystal is , (No. 164). The anions form a hexagonal close packing of spheres and the cations occupy half of the octahedral holes, filling one of the alternate layers. In closepacking notation, the CdI_{2} structure is:

The structure of cadmium iodide, CdI_{2}. The section planes of two orbits in special positions are distinguished by shading. The figure is drastically elongated in the c direction to exhibit the layer symmetries. 
From the scanning tables, we obtain for planes with the (0001) orientation and at heights 0c or a sectional layer symmetry (L72), and for planes of this orientation at any other height a sectional layer symmetry (L69).
The plane at height 0c contains cadmium ions. This plane defines the orbit of planes of orientation (0001) located at points , where (Z is the set of all integers). All these planes contain cadmium ions in the same arrangement (C layer filled with Cd).
The plane at height defines the orbit of planes of orientation (0001) located at points , where . All these planes lie midway between A and B layers of iodine ions with the B layer below, the A layer above the plane. They contain only voids.
The planes at levels and contain B and A layers of iodine ions, respectively. These planes and all planes produced by translations from them belong to the same orbit because the operations exchange the A and B layers.
Example 2
The space group of cadmium chloride, CdCl_{2}, is , (No. 166). Fig. 5.2.5.2 shows the structure of CdCl_{2} in its triple hexagonal cell. The anions form a cubic close packing of spheres and the cations occupy half of the octahedral holes of each alternate layer. In closepacking notation, the CdCl_{2} structure is:

The structure of cadmium chloride, CdCl_{2}. The section planes of two orbits in special positions are distinguished by shading. Notice the different location of the sectional layer groups on different levels for the same orbit. The figure is drastically elongated in the c direction to exhibit the layer symmetries. 
We choose the origin at a cadmium ion and the hexagonal basis vectors a, b as shown in Fig. 5.2.5.2. This corresponds to the obverse setting for which the scanning table is given in Part 6. The planes with the (0001) orientation at the heights 0c, , , , and have a sectional layer group of the type (L72) and at any other height have a sectional layer group of the type (L69).
The scanning table also specifies the location of the sectional layer groups. The position along the c axis, where the basis vector specifies the scanning direction, is given by fractions of d or by in the case of a general position. At the heights 0c and , the sectional layer group is the group (L72), while at the heights and it is the group (L72), and at the heights and it is the group , (L72), where the vectors in brackets mean the shift of the group in space. The planes at the heights 0d, and belong to one translation orbit and the layers contain cadmium ions which are shifted relative to each other by the vectors and . The planes at the heights , and contain the voids and are located midway between layers of chlorine ions; they belong to another linear orbit and again are shifted relative to each other by the vectors and .
The scanning for the sectional layer groups is a procedure which finds applications in the theory of bicrystalsbicrystal and their interfaces. The first of these two terms was introduced in the study of grain boundaries (Pond & Bollmann, 1979; Pond & Vlachavas, 1983; Vlachavas, 1985; Kalonji, 1985). An ideal bicrystal is understood to be an aggregate of two semiinfinite crystals of identical structure, meeting at a common planar boundary called the interface, where one of the structures, occupying halfspace on one side of the interface, is misoriented and/or displaced relative to the other structure occupying the other halfspace. The word interface is a synonym for a boundary and interfaces considered here are homophase interfaces, in contrast with heterophase interfaces, where the two structures are different (Sutton & Balluffi, 1995).
An independent study of domain and twin boundaries (Janovec, 1981; Zikmund, 1984) resulted in a terminology parallel to that of the bicrystallography. The basic concept here is the domain twin, which is technically a particular case of a bicrystal. In this section, we use the terminology of bicrystals, giving the terminology of domain twins, used in the next section, parenthetically.
In both cases, the aim of the analysis is to determine the symmetry group of a bicrystal (domain twin), corresponding to a certain orientation and location of the interface (domain wall or twin boundary), which is a certain layer group.
In the first step of the analysis, one constructs a dichromatic complex or pattern [(unordered) domain pair].
It is an abstract construction, a superposition of two infinite crystals which have the same structure, orientation and/or location as the two semiinfinite crystals of the bicrystal (domain twin) when extended to infinity. The two components are referred to as black and white crystals or variants (single domain states).
The symmetry group of the dichromatic complex (domain pair) is the group of those Euclidean motions which either leave both black and white crystals (domain states) invariant or which exchange them. Planes of various orientations and locations, representing the interface, are then considered as transecting the dichromatic complex (domain pair). To each such plane there corresponds a sectional layer group , the elements of which leave invariant the dichromatic pattern (domain pair) and the plane. A bicrystal (domain twin) is obtained by deleting from one side of the plane the atoms of one of the components of the dichromatic pattern (single domain states) and the atoms of the second component (single domain state) from the other side of the plane. The symmetry of the bicrystal (domain twin) is a layer group which contains those elements of the sectional layer group of the dichromatic pattern (domain pair) that satisfy one of the following two conditions:
Example: Consider the bicrystal consisting of two facecentred cubic crystals misoriented by a rotation of 36.9° about the [001] direction. The corresponding dichromatic complex is shown in Fig. 5.2.5.3. The symmetry group of the complex is the space group , (No. 139).
Vlachavas (1985) has tabulated the symmetries of bicrystals arising when the above dichromatic complex is transected with planes of various orientations and locations. For planes of the orientation (001), given with reference to the tetragonal coordinate system shown in Fig. 5.2.5.3, Vlachavas lists
The position of the plane is given in terms of a fraction of the basis vector of the tetragonal c axis. The `p' in the symbol of the symmetry groups of the bicrystal denotes all translations in the (001) plane.
From the subtable for the space group , (No. 139) in the scanning tables, Part 6, one finds
The symmetry group of the bicrystal is that subgroup of the corresponding sectional layer group consisting of all elements that satisfy one of the two conditions given above. For example, for the plane at position `0', the sectional layer group is (L61). None of the mirror planes satisfies either of the conditions. The mirror plane perpendicular to [001] inverts the normal to the plane but leaves invariant both black and white crystals. The mirror planes perpendicular to [001] and [010] leave the normal to the plane invariant, but exchange the black and white crystals. The fourfold rotation satisfies condition (i), and the twofold rotations about auxiliary axes satisfy condition (ii). Consequently, from the sectional layer groups (L61), (L64) and (L55) one obtains the respective symmetries of the bicrystal with different locations of interfaces: (L53), (L54) and (L49), as listed by Vlachavas.
The symmetry of domain twins with planar coherent domain walls and the symmetry of domain walls themselves are also described by layer groups (see e.g. Janovec et al., 1989), from which conclusions about the structure and tensorial properties of the domain walls can be deduced. The derivation of the layer symmetries of twins and domain walls is again facilitated by the scanning tables. As shown below, the symmetry of a twin is in general expressed through four sectional layer groups, where the central plane of the interface is considered as the section plane of an ordered and unordered domain pair. The relations between the symmetries and possible conclusions about the structure of the wall will be illustrated by an analysis of a domain twin in univalent mercurous halide (calomel) crystals.
A twin is a particular case of a bicrystal in which the relative orientation and/or displacement of the two components is not arbitrary; it is required that the operation that sends one of the components to the other is crystallographic. A domain twin is a special case where the structures and of the two components (domains) are distortions of a certain parent structure , the symmetry of which is a certain space group , called the parent group. The parent structure is either a real structure, the distortions of which are due to a structural phase transition, or it is a hypothetical structure. If the symmetry of one of the distorted structures is , then, from the coset decompositionwe obtain equivalent distorted structures , , with symmetries which form a set of conjugate subgroups of .
Hence, a domain twin is always connected with a certain symmetry descent from a space group to a set of conjugate subgroups . The distorted structures are called the single domain states. A domain twin consists of two semiinfinite regions (halfspaces), called domains, separated by a planar interface called the central plane. The structures at infinite distance from this plane coincide with the domain states. The structure in the vicinity of the central plane is called the domain wall. The aim of the symmetry analysis is to determine the possible structure of the domain wall.
Basic theory: We consider a domain twin in which the domains are occupied by single domain states and . To define the twin uniquely, we first observe that Miller indices or corresponding normal to the interface (central plane of the domain wall) define not only the orientation of the wall but also its sidedness, so that one can distinguish between the two halfspaces. The normal points from one of the halfspaces to the other while points in the opposite direction. The twin is then defined uniquely by the symbol = , which means that the domains are separated by the plane of orientation and location , where is the scanning vector. The symbol also specifies that the normal points from the halfspace occupied by domain state to the halfspace occupied by domain state .
Now we consider the changes of the twin under the action of those isometries which leave the plane invariant. The action of such an isometry g on the twin is expressed by , where is the linear constituent of the isometry g and . Among these isometries, there are in general two kinds which define the symmetry of the twin and two which reverse the twin. The symbols for these four kinds of operations, their action on the initial twin , their graphical representation and the names of the resulting twins are as shown in Fig. 5.2.5.4.
An auxiliary notation has been introduced in which an asterisk labels operations that exchange the domain states and an underline labels operations that change the normal to the plane of the wall. To avoid misinterpretation (the symbolism is similar to that of the symmetry–antisymmetry groups), let us emphasize that neither the asterisk nor the underline have any meaning of an operation; they are just suitable labels which can be omitted without changing the meaning of general or specific symbols of the isometries. Operations with these labels mean the same as if the labels are dropped.
The operations leave invariant the normal as well as the states and . Such operations are called the trivial symmetry operations of a domain twin and they constitute a certain layer group . The exchange the halfspaces because they invert the normal and at the same time they exchange the domain states and . As a result they leave the twin invariant, changing only the direction of the normal. These operations are called the nontrivial symmetry operations of a domain twin. If is one such operation, then all these operations are contained in a coset . Operations , called the sidereversing operations, exchange the halfspaces, leaving the domain states and invariant, and operations , called the statereversing operations, exchange the domain states and , leaving the halfspaces invariant.
The symmetry group , or in short , of the twin can therefore be generally be expressed aswhere is a group of all trivial symmetry operations and is the coset of all nontrivial symmetry operations of the twin.
The group is a layer group which can be deduced from four sectional layer groups of two space groups which describe the symmetry of two kinds of domain pairs formed from the domain states and (Janovec, 1972):
An ordered domain pair is an analogue of the dichromatic complex in which we keep track of the two components. The symmetry group of this pair must therefore leave invariant both domain states and is expressed as the intersectionof symmetry groups and of the respective single domain states and , where is an operation transforming into : .
The sectional layer group of the central plane with normal n and at a position under the action of the space group is generally expressed aswhere the halving subgroup is the floating sectional layer group at a general position . The operation inverts the normal and thus exchanges halfspaces on the left and right sides of the wall, where the left side is occupied by the state and the right side by the state in the initial twin. These operations appear only at special positions of the central plane. Since the halfspaces are occupied by domain states and , their exchange is accompanied by an exchange of domain states on both sides of the wall. The operation changes neither nor and hence it results in a reversed domain twin which has domain state on the left side and the domain state on the right side of the wall.
The unordered domain pair has the symmetry described by the group where is an operation that exchanges and , , . Since for an unordered domain pair , the symmetry operations of the left coset are also symmetry operations of the unordered domain pair . If such an operation and hence the whole coset of statereversing operations exists, then the domain pair is called transposable. Otherwise and the domain pair is called nontransposable.
The sectional layer group of the space group can therefore be generally written in the formIn the general case, the group contains three halving subgroups which intersect at the subgroup of index four: the subgroup is the floating subgroup of ; the coset is present if and only if the domain pair is transposable. The group is the sectional layer group for the ordered domain pair defined above. Finally, the group is the symmetry group of the twin [see (5.2.5.2)]. Notice that it is itself not a sectional layer group of the space groups and involved unless , which occurs in the case of a nontransposable domain pair and of a general position of the central plane.
Since the cosets can be settheoretically expressed as differences of groups: and , while , we receive a compact settheoretical expression for the symmetry group of the twin in terms of four sectional layer groups:Thus the symmetry group of the twin can be expressed in terms of two sectional layer groups , and their floating subgroups , , respectively. These four sectional layer groups can be found in the scanning tables.
As an illustrative example, we consider below a domain twin with a ferroelastic wall in the orthorhombic ferroelastic phase of the calomel crystal Hg_{2}Cl_{2}. Original analysis which includes the domain twin with antiphase boundary is given by Janovec & Zikmund (1993). Another analysis performed prior to the scanning tables is that of the domain twin in the KSCN crystal (Janovec et al., 1989). Various cases of domain twins in fullerene C_{60} have also been analysed with the use of scanning tables (Janovec & Kopský, 1997; SaintGrégoire, Janovec & Kopský, 1997).
Example
The parent phase of calomel has a tetragonal bodycentred structure of spacegroup symmetry (), where lattice points are occupied by calomel molecules which have the form of Cl–Hg–Hg–Cl chains along the c axis. The crystallographic coordinate system is defined by vectors of the conventional tetragonal basis , , with reference to the Cartesian basis and the origin P is chosen at the centre of gravity of one of the calomel molecules. The parent structure projected onto the plane is depicted in the middle of Fig. 5.2.5.5, where full and empty circles denote the centres of gravity at the levels and , respectively.
The ferroic phase is orthorhombic with a spacegroup symmetry of the type (), the conventional orthorhombic cell is based on vectors , , and contains two original cells. The conventional cell of the original tetragonal structure and the cells of the four single domain states , , and are shaded in Fig. 5.2.5.5. The arrows represent spontaneous shifts , , and of gravity centres of molecules. The two single domain states and have the symmetry ( or ); the other two single domain states and have the symmetry ( or ), where the Hermann–Mauguin symbols refer to the orthorhombic basis. There are two classes of domain pairs, represented by the pairs and , which result in domain walls referred to as a ferroelastic domain wall and an antiphase boundary, respectively. We shall consider the first of these cases.
The two single domain states , and the unordered pair are represented in Fig. 5.2.5.6. The symmetries of the single domain states and of both the ordered and unordered pair are given in Table 5.2.5.1, where subscripts indicate the orientation of symmetry elements with reference to the Cartesian basis and an asterisk denotes operations that exchange the single domain states.

We consider the domain walls of the orientation (100) with reference to the original tetragonal basis . This is the orientation with the Miller indices (110) with reference to the orthorhombic basis . Consulting the scanning table No. 136 for the group (), we find the scanning group () with reference to its conventional basis , where , , . Applying the results of the scanning table with the shift by , we obtain the sectional layer groups and and their floating subgroup (for ). Analogously, for the space group , we obtain the sectional layer groups and and their floating subgroup (for ). All these groups are collected in the Table 5.2.5.2 in two notations. In this table, with a specified basis, each standard symbol contains the same information as the optional symbol. Optional symbols contain subscripts which explicitly specify the orientations of symmetry elements with reference to the Cartesian coordinate system , asterisks and underlines have the meaning specified above. The lattice symbol p means the common lattice of all sectional layer groups and twin symmetries. The Hermann–Mauguin symbols are written with reference to the coordinate systems .

The twin symmetry is determined by the relation (5.2.5.7). This means, in practice, that we have to find the groups , , and from which we obtain the group . If tables of subgroups of layer groups were available, it would be sufficient to look up the subgroups which lie between and and recognize the three groups , and .
Optional symbols facilitate this determination considerably. To get the twin symmetry , we look up the optional symbol for the group and eliminate elements that are either only underlined or that are only labelled by an asterisk. Or, vice versa, we leave only those elements that are not labelled at all or that are at the same time underlined and labelled by an asterisk. The resulting twin symmetries are given in the lower part of Table 5.2.5.2.
The implications of this symmetry analysis on the structure of domain walls at and are illustrated in Fig. 5.2.5.7. Shaded areas represent the domain states at infinity. The lefthand part of the figure corresponds to the location of the central plane at , the righthand part to the location at . The twin symmetries and determine the relationship between the structures in the two halfspaces. The trivial symmetry operations form the layer group in both cases and leave invariant the structures in both halfspaces. The nontrivial symmetry operations map the structure in one of the halfspaces onto the structure in the other halfspace and back. The symmetry of the central plane is given by the groups and because the states and meet at this plane.

The structures and symmetries of domain twins in calomel corresponding to two different special positions of the wall. 
The arrows that represent the shift of calomel molecules in the plane may rotate and change their amplitude as we approach the central plane because the symmetry requirements are relaxed to those imposed by the layer group consisting of trivial symmetry operations of the twin. The nontrivial twin symmetries determine the relationship between the structures in the two halfspaces, so that the rotation and change of amplitude in these two halfspaces are correlated. The symmetry of the central plane requires, in the lefthand part of the figure, that the arrows at black circles are aligned along the plane and that they are of the same lengths and alternating direction. The arrows at the empty circles in the righthand part of the figure are nearly perpendicular to the plane, of the same lengths and of alternating direction in accordance with the centralplane symmetry. They are shown in the figure as strictly perpendicular to the plane; however, slight shifts of the atoms parallel to the plane can be expected because the arrows mean that the atoms are actually already out of the central plane.
Summary: In the analysis of domain twins, we know the structures of the two domain states, in our case the orientation of arrows, at infinity. In the example above, we considered two cases in both of which the layer group contains all four types of the twin operations – two types of symmetry operations and two types of twinreversing operations. In this case, we summarize the results of the symmetry analysis as follows. (i) The floating layer group determines the allowed changes of the structures on the path from infinity (physically this means the domain bulk) towards the central plane. (ii) Operations of the coset correlate the changes in the two halfspaces. (iii) The group as the symmetry of the central plane where the two halfspaces meet contains the twin symmetry as its halving subgroup and therefore imposes additional conditions on the structure of the central plane in comparison with the conditions in its vicinity.
As always, the symmetry determines only the character of possible changes but neither their magnitude nor their dependence on the distance from the central plane. Thus, in the example considered, the symmetry arguments cannot predict the detailed dependence of the angle of rotation on the distance from the wall and they cannot predict whether and how the lengths of these arrows change.
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