International Tables for Crystallography

Representations of crystallographic groups
T. Janssen. International Tables for Crystallography (2013). Vol. D, ch. 1.2, pp. 34-71  [ doi:10.1107/97809553602060000901 ]


This chapter defines the representations of finite groups and considers successively the cases of crystallographic point groups in one, two and three dimensions and of space groups. It introduces the notions of irreducible representations. The character tables and irreducible representations are given for the 32 crystallographic point groups in three dimensions. The transformation properties of tensors are also considered. In the last section, the accompanying software Tenχar is introduced. This software can be used to determine the irreducible representations of finite point groups in three dimensions (the 32 crystallographic groups and the groups of the quasicrystalline phases) and the independent components of a tensor of any rank for each of these groups.

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International Tables for Crystallography is the definitive resource and reference work for crystallography. The series consists of nine 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.