• Arnout Jozef Ceulemans
Part of the Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling book series (TCCM)


In this chapter we examine the precise meaning of the statement that a symmetry operation acts on a point in space, on a function, and on an operator. The difference between active and passive views of symmetry is explained, and a few practical conventions are introduced.


Original Point Rotational Pole Symmetry Operation Symmetry Operator Angular Coordinate 
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    Berry, M.V.: In: Shapere, A., Wilczek, F. (eds.) Geometric Phases in Physics. Advanced Series in Mathematical Physics, vol. 5, pp. 3–28. World Scientific, Singapore (1989) Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnout Jozef Ceulemans
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  1. 1.Division of Quantum Chemistry Department of ChemistryKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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