International Tables for Crystallography

G. Eckold. International Tables for Crystallography (2013). Vol. D, ch. 2.1, pp. 286-313  [ doi:10.1107/97809553602060000911 ]


This chapter is devoted to the implications of lattice symmetry on the form, i.e. on the eigenvectors, of lattice vibrations. It is restricted to the consideration of perfect crystals and harmonic vibrations. In addition, some aspects of anharmonicity are discussed in terms of a quasi-harmonic model, yielding the connection between microscopic dynamics and macroscopic thermodynamic quantities such as thermal expansion. In Section 2.1.2, the fundamentals of lattice dynamics are presented, with special emphasis on the role of the dynamical matrix. Section 2.1.3 deals with the symmetry properties of this matrix along with its eigenvectors and eigenfrequencies.

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International Tables for Crystallography is the definitive resource and reference work for crystallography. The series consists of eight volumes and comprises articles and tables of data relevant to crystallographic research and to applications of crystallographic methods in all sciences concerned with the structure and properties of materials.