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Symmetry and Physical Properties of Crystals

  • Cécile Malgrange
  • Christian Ricolleau
  • Michel Schlenker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXV
  2. Cécile Malgrange, Christian Ricolleau, Michel Schlenker
    Pages 1-11
  3. Cécile Malgrange, Christian Ricolleau, Michel Schlenker
    Pages 13-21
  4. Cécile Malgrange, Christian Ricolleau, Michel Schlenker
    Pages 23-66
  5. Cécile Malgrange, Christian Ricolleau, Michel Schlenker
    Pages 67-82
  6. Cécile Malgrange, Christian Ricolleau, Michel Schlenker
    Pages 83-115
  7. Cécile Malgrange, Christian Ricolleau, Michel Schlenker
    Pages 117-127
  8. Cécile Malgrange, Christian Ricolleau, Michel Schlenker
    Pages 129-162
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    Pages 163-186
  10. Cécile Malgrange, Christian Ricolleau, Michel Schlenker
    Pages 187-204
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    Pages 205-223
  12. Cécile Malgrange, Christian Ricolleau, Michel Schlenker
    Pages 225-240
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    Pages 241-257
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    Pages 259-291
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    Pages 293-309
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    Pages 311-339
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    Pages 341-368
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    Pages 369-384
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    Pages 385-406
  20. Cécile Malgrange, Christian Ricolleau, Michel Schlenker
    Pages 407-434
  21. Cécile Malgrange, Christian Ricolleau, Michel Schlenker
    Pages 435-506
  22. Back Matter
    Pages 507-522

About this book

Introduction

Crystals are everywhere, from natural crystals (minerals) through the semiconductors and magnetic materials in electronic devices and computers or piezoelectric resonators at the heart of our quartz watches to electro-optical devices. Understanding them in depth is essential both for pure research and for their applications.

This book provides a clear, thorough presentation of their symmetry, both at the microscopic space-group level and the macroscopic point-group level. The implications of the symmetry of crystals for their physical properties are then presented, together with their mathematical description in terms of tensors. The conditions on the symmetry of a crystal for a given property to exist then become clear, as does the symmetry of the property. The geometrical representation of tensor quantities or properties is presented, and its use in determining important relationships emphasized.

An original feature of this book is that most chapters include exercises with complete solutions. This allows readers to test and improve their understanding of the material.

The intended readership includes undergraduate and graduate students in materials science and materials-related aspects of electrical and optical engineering; researchers involved in the investigation of the physical properties of crystals and the design of applications based on crystal properties such as piezoelectricity, electro-optics, optical activity and all those involved in the characterization of the structural properties of materials.

Keywords

Bravais Lattices Crystal Anisotropy Crystal Symmetry Crystal Thermodynamics Crystal lattices Direct and Reciprocal Lattices Introduction to Crystallography Optical Properties of Crystals Points Groups and Space Groups Symmetry Operations in crystals Textbook Crystal Physics

Authors and affiliations

  • Cécile Malgrange
    • 1
  • Christian Ricolleau
    • 2
  • Michel Schlenker
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut de Minéralogie, de Physique des Matériaux et de Cosmochimie, case 115, 4 place JussieuUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance
  2. 2.Lab. Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques, Bâtiment Condorcet, case 7021Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7Paris CedexFrance
  3. 3.Grenoble-INP et Institut Néel du CNRS, B.P. 166Université Grenoble-AlpesGrenobleFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-8993-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8992-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8993-6
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