Symmetry in Crystallography: Understanding the International Tables by Paolo RadaelliSymmetry in Crystallography: Understanding the International Tables by Paolo Radaelli

Symmetry in Crystallography: Understanding the International Tables

byPaolo Radaelli

Paperback | July 23, 2016

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This book presents the reader with a fresh and unconventional approach to teaching crystallographic symmetry. Whereas traditional crystallography textbooks make a heavy use of algebra and rapidly become very technical, this book adopts in the first few chapters a "pictorial" approach based onthe symmetry diagrams of the International Tables for Crystallography. Readers are led step-by-step through simple "frieze" and "wallpaper" patterns, with many examples from the visual arts. At the end of chapter 3 they should be able to identify and analyse all these simple symmetries and apply tothem the nomenclature and symbols of the International Tables. Mathematical formalism is introduced later on in the book, and by that time the reader will have gained a solid intuitive grasp of the subject matter. This book will provide graduate students, advanced undergraduate students and practitioners in physics, chemistry, earth sciences and structural biology with a solid foundation to master the International Tables of Crystallography, and to understand the relevant literature.
Following a Laurea degree at the Universita degli Studia di Milano and a PhD at Illinois Institute of Technology, Professor Radaelli has held posts at the Argonne National Laboratory, CNRS Grenoble, the Institute Laue-Langevin and the ISIS Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. His main interest is the study of transition meta...
Title:Symmetry in Crystallography: Understanding the International TablesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0 inPublished:July 23, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198789211

ISBN - 13:9780198789215

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Table of Contents

1. Symmetry around a fixed point2. Frieze patterns and frieze groups3. Wallpaper (plane) groups4. Coordinate systems in crystallography5. The mathematical form of symmetry operators6. Distances, angles and the real and reciprocal spaces7. A phase transition in 2 dimensions8. Point groups in 3D9. The 14 3D Bravais lattices10. 3D space group symmetry11. Symmetry and reflection conditions in reciprocal space12. The Wigner-Seitz constructions and the Brillouin zones

Editorial Reviews

"To grasp problems like meroheral twinning and modulated structures you first need to understand the fundamentals of crystallographic symmetry. The book by Paolo Radelli is a welcome addition to textbooks in this field. It builds in a structured way from frieze groups to wallpaper groups to 3dspacegroups, introducing concepts and notations as they are needed. This book has what it takes to satisfy teacher and students alike. It is formal without being formalistic. It has rigor without the mortis. It is simply a very useful book." --Sven Lidin, Division of Polymer and Materials Chemistry, Lund University, Sweden