Space Groups for Solid State ScientistsBy
- Michael Glazer
- Gerald Burns, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York
This comprehensively revised - essentially rewritten - new edition of the 1990 edition (described as extremely useful by Mathematical Reviews and as understandable and comprehensive by Scitech) guides readers through the dense array of mathematical information in the International Tables Volume A. Thus most scientists seeking to understand a crystal structure publication can do this from this book without necessarily having to consult the International Tables itself. This remains the only book aimed at non-crystallographers that is devoted to teaching them about crystallographic space groups.
Researchers within the solid state frequently need to understand publications that use space group information and are invariably disappointed when they turn, necessarily, to the mammoth eight volume set International Tables of Crystallography - so complete and at the same time so closely written that those not trained explicitly in crystallography cannot understand the explanations given.
Huge sections of the Tables are given over to extremely careful and elaborate explanations and definitions that may be of interest to those crystallographers specialising in symmetry, but tend to obscure the meanings for those who are not so inclined. Five editions have now published since the first compilation in 1983, incorporating a diverse panorama of new content, and even introducing new symmetry elements that had not been considered earlier. In addition, the International Union has recently brought out whole new tranches of content: Volume A1 (on subgroups) and Volume E (on frieze, rod and layer groups - important for the study of 1 and 2 dimensional systems, such as domain walls).
Hardbound, 415 Pages
Published: March 2013
Imprint: Academic Press
Praise for First Edition
"Space Groups for Solid State Scientists fills a definite need and fills it well....The book is clearly written, in a very readable style. It is lavishly illustrated and well printed. It contains many examples to illustrate the points being made, and these, together with the problems for solution at the end of each chapter, make it suitable for use as a textbook at the graduate level. In addition to its role as a guide to the International Tables the book is valuable for the research scientist because of the many tables it presents."--PHYSICS TODAY
"An understandable and comprehensive guide...Of particular interest in this new edition are the discussions of space groups application to such timely topics as high-temperature superconductors, phase transitions, semiconductor superlattices, incommensurate modulation, and icosahedral symmetry."--SCITECH
"The book will be extremely useful to those who are interested in improving their knowledge of space groups for the determination of complicated structures."--MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS
Ch-1: Historical Introduction to Space Groups
Ch-2: Symmetry OperationsCh-3: Crystal systems
Ch-4: LatticesCh-5: Crystallographic Point Groups
Ch-6: Space GroupsCh-7: Some Uses of Space groups
Ch-7: NormalisersCh-9: Space Groups and their Subgroups (from new volume A1 of the IT)
Ch-10: Applications (mainly related to phase transitions)Ch-11 Advanced symmetry groups: frieze rod and layer groups, since these have applications in the newly growing area of the symmetries of surfaces and thin films, and in symmetry of domain walls in crystals. (From new Volume E of IT).