Simplifying with symmetry.

by ThomGunn
Tags: simplifying, symmetry
ThomGunn is offline
Jan23-14, 08:27 PM
P: 14
I am working on a condensed matter research project and we have just been introduced to the idea of symmetry.

My question is, in two dimensions, how do the 17 plane groups help simplify condensed matter theory problems. If a specific case is needed to narrow the responses than working within a square lattice of say the Heisenberg model of a ferromagnet/antiferromagnet. I can see how it might be used to identify degenerate ground states, but I don't have the experience or knowledge to see the greater value of symmetry. Any advice/pointers/insights would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance
Phys.Org News Partner Physics news on
Modification of structural composite materials to create tailored lenses
Novel technique opens door to better solar cells
Probing metal solidification nondestructively

Register to reply

Related Discussions
Site-symmetry in crystals and symmetry of atomic orbitals Atomic, Solid State, Comp. Physics 0
[Holography] Global symmetry in boundary corresponds to gauge symmetry in bulk? Beyond the Standard Model 14
Do violations in CP symmetry/Parity symmetry make the math more difficult? Quantum Physics 0
Centroids Simplifying by symmetry Engineering, Comp Sci, & Technology Homework 1
Chiral symmetry breaking and approximate flavour symmetry High Energy, Nuclear, Particle Physics 8