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

International Tables for Crystallography (2010). Vol. E, ch. 1.2, pp. 16-17   | 1 | 2 |

Section 1.2.12. Oriented site-symmetry symbols

V. Kopskýa and D. B. Litvinb*

aFreelance research scientist, Bajkalská 1170/28, 100 00 Prague 10, Czech Republic, and bDepartment of Physics, The Eberly College of Science, Penn State – Berks Campus, The Pennsylvania State University, PO Box 7009, Reading, PA 19610–6009, USA
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1.2.12. Oriented site-symmetry symbols

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

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