By Sanat K. Chatterjee
Symmetry exists in nation-states from crystals to styles, in exterior shapes of dwelling or non-living gadgets, in addition to within the primary debris and the actual legislation that govern them. actually, the hunt for this symmetry is the driver for the invention of many primary debris and the formula of many actual legislation. whereas you can still no longer think a global that is completely symmetrical nor can one an international that is completely asymmetrical. those points of nature are intermingled with one another inseparably. this is often the foundation of the life of aperiodicity manifested within the liquid crystals and likewise quasi-crystals additionally mentioned in “Crystallography and the area of Symmetry”.
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As X-ray or electron diﬀraction can reveal the internal structures, these symmetry arrangements can only be identiﬁed by X-ray, Electro or Neutron diﬀraction. Obviously, they are not revealed in the external shape of the pattern. These symmetry elements are classiﬁed as microscopic symmetry elements. There are two such types of symmetry elements: (i) glide plane of symmetry and (ii) screw axis of symmetry. Glide plane of symmetry: It is a combination of reﬂection and translation of the motif. It is explained by Fig.
This gives rise to plenty of Laue spots all symmetrically arranged as those of the reciprocal points in the reciprocal lattice. ). As α, β, and γ are the angles between the axes in the direct lattice, α∗ , β ∗ , and γ ∗ will be the corresponding angles between the axes in the reciprocal space. It can be mentioned here that as in a particular type of lattice, diﬀerent shapes of unit cells are possible (this has already been explained in an earlier chapter); in the corresponding reciprocal lattice, also diﬀerent shapes of the unit cells are possible.
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Crystallography and the World of Symmetry by Sanat K. Chatterjee