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Basic Concepts of Crystallography

ISBN: 978-3-527-33009-6
276 pages
June 2011, ©2011
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Written by an experienced university teacher, this textbook is based on the author's lectures, and is designed to answer students' questions rather than delving into obscure details. The well-balanced approach gives precedence to a visual, intuitive understanding, with only as much math as is necessary. The author covers the topic of symmetry in crystals from basic elements to physical properties, backed by numerous clear-cut illustrations and easy-to-read crystallographic tables.
The result is a compact and self-contained treatment suitable for crystallography courses in physics, chemistry, materials science and biology - irrespective of the academic background.
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Table of Contents

A Crystal
Language of Crystallography: Real Space
Language of Crystallography: Reciprocal Space
Reciprocal Space from a Physical Point of View
Language of Crystallography: Crystallographic Calculations
Language of Crystallography: Stereographic Projection
Local (Point) Symmetry: Basic Symmetry Elements
Local (Point) Symmetry: Combinations of Symmetry Elements
Local (Point) Symmetry: The 32 Point groups
Local (Point) Symmetry: Simple Crystal Forms
Bravais Lattices: General Classification
Bravais Lattices: "Boundary" Situations
Bravais Lattices and Inversion Centers
Atomic Packing and Coordination Numbers
Spatial Symmetry: New Symmetry Elements -
Screw Axes and Glide Planes
Spatial Symmetry: Space Groups
International Tables for Crystallography: Graphical Information on Crystal Symmetry
Physical Properties of Crystals from a Symmetry Point of View
Vector Properties: Ferroelectricity as an Example
Properties Described by Tensors of Second Rank: Dielectric Permittivity and Birefringence Effects,as Examples
Properties Described by Tensors of Third Rank: Piezo-Electric Effect as an Example
Properties Described by Tensors of Fourth Rank: Elastic Moduli as an Example
Acoustic Wave Propagation in Crystals
Reduction of Crystal Symmetry in External Fields
Twinning in Crystals
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Author Information

Emil Zolotoyabko is Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa). He is holder of the Abraham Tulin Academic Chair and recipient of the 2001 Henry Taub Prize for Academic Excellence. Emil Zolotoyabko has authored more than 150 scientific publications, one book, and four chapters in books devoted to the development of new X-ray diffraction methods and their applications for studying the structure and dynamical characteristics of different materials systems.
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Emil Zolotoyabko's book [...] is extremely useful for all who want to get acquainted with crystal symmetry. I found this book extremely valuable and will revise and expand some of the chapters for my lectures. As an introduction to the "Basic Concepts of Crystallography" this book is recommended to any student in science and engineering.
Prof. Gerd Meyer, University of Cologne
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