Point group symmetries

D. B. Litvin

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The form of macroscopic physical property tensors of a crystalline structure can be determined from its magnetic or non-magnetic point group symmetry. In a ferroic crystal containing two or more equally stable domains of the same structure but of different spatial orientation, macroscopic tensorial physical properties that are different in domains, provide a tensor distinction of the domains. The use of point group symmetries in this tensor distinction is reviewed in this paper: Point group symmetry based classifications of domains have been defined to determine if specific macroscopic tensorial physical properties can provide a tensor distinction of all or some domains which arise in a phase transition. For pairs of domains, the tensor distinction is determined from a point group symmetry relationship, called a twin law. Recent work on domain average engineering in ferroics which focuses on the averaged point group symmetry and averaged physical properties of subsets of domains is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-338
Number of pages17
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2001
EventComplex Mediums II: Beyond Linear Isotropic Dielectrics - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 30 2001Aug 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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