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What is Wyckoff symbol?

  1. Feb 21, 2009 #1
    Hello, can anybody tell me what is Wyckoff symbols?

    And what is the use of them?

    Please use a concrete example.

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  3. Feb 21, 2009 #2


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    It is very difficult to tell what a single word or symbol means without some information as to where it occured. I had never seen "Wyckoff symbol" before but I googled on it and found that it is related to crystalography, not mathematics. Perhaps this page will help:
    http://www.mse.ufl.edu/~vcrac/pages/Lecture_11_Sept_18_2006.pdf [Broken]
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  4. Feb 23, 2009 #3
    Is it right that a Wyckoff position relates to a type of atoms? For example, for perovskites there are three types of atoms, so there are three Wyckoff positions?
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