Questions tagged [symmetry]

Questions relating to symmetries and symmetry groups encountered in materials modeling.

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How to build a nanocluster?

What are the software tools (if possible open source) or methods we can use for constructing a nanocluster, most preferably with high symmetry such as icosahedron, octahedron, cuboctahedron etc. ?
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What will break the time-reversal symmetry?

Specifically, I am interested in the time-reversal symmetry $(\mathcal{T})$ in quantum mechanics. The $\mathcal{T}$ is considered as an anti-unitary operator, namely: $$\mathcal{T}\psi(\vec{r},t)=\psi^...
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Rotation of crystal structure to match another structure of the same compound/polymorph

Say, I have two crystal structures of a particular organic molecule, the crystal structures are basically identical, apart from a rotation and redefinition of the lattice vectors/angles, a simple ...
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PT-symmetry leading to spin-degenerate band structures

I am trying to understand the fundamental physics of a kind of problem. I will introduce a specific example and then list some of the broader qualms I hold. I have observed many band structures, be it ...
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Nematicity in superconductors

It seems to me that the definition of "nematic phase" is quite chamaleonic. Quoting from its first definition [Nature 393, 550 (1998)] for a 2-dimensional square lattice "The nematic ...
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Topological order in Weyl Semimetal

Is the topological phase in a Weyl semimetal is intrinsic or symmetry protected? How can we realize that? If symmetry protected, which symmetry protects the topological phase of non-centrosymmetric ...
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Why linear response is absent in a non-centrosymmetric system with time reversal symmetry?

In this paper, it is mentioned that a non-centrosymmetric system with time-reversal symmetry doesn't have a linear response. It is actually a consequence of the Onsager reciprocal theorem. But I didn'...
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How to analyze the band symmetry with Quantum ESPRESSO?

This question is related to this paper: J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017, 8, 13, 2999–3007 The above figure shows symmetry analysis for the band structure. The author writes: The band symmetry and parity ...
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Is there a difference in performance when the symmetry is specified via ibrav in Quantum ESPRESSO?

I have been using cif2cell for converting CIF files into quantum ESPRESSO input files. But cif2cell always keeps the ibrav value to be zero and indicates the CELL_PARAMETERS. As per the quantum ...
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What does it mean to assign group operations to distinct sets for space groups?

I am trying to understand space groups in crystallography. In International tables for crystallography, for a nonsymmorphic space group, they list some symmetry operations. 8 of them are listed under ...
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Partial density of states in random solid solutions

This question comes as a follow-up to https://mattermodeling.stackexchange.com/a/2214/116; nonetheless, it is relevant on its own as well. To designate a particular crystal structure to a random ...
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Why does mcsqs change the space group of generated SQS?

I made a binary special quasi-random structure (SQS) using mcsqs (distributed as part of the ...
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How to classify ionic and covalent excited-states?

In spectroscopy it is common to describe excited-states as ionic or covalent. I understand the concept on a toy model e.g. $\ce{H2}$ with a minimal basis set $$ \Phi_0 = [\chi_A(1) + \chi_B(1)][\...
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Effect of ISYM tag on Partial Density of States (VASP version < 6)

This is from the entry for LORBIT in the VASP Wiki. For LORBIT >= 11 and ...
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Inversion symmetry in 2D materials

Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are composed of three atomic planes and often two atomic species: a metal and two chalcogens. The honeycomb, hexagonal lattice has three fold symmetry and can ...
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Get fractional coordinates from special Wyckoff positions

I'm trying to get the fractional coordinates for Mo and S, for MoS$_2$-2H, where 2H means the phase. MoS$_2$-2H is a bilayer, in which each layer is separated from each other by Van der Waals forces. ...
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Symmetry of glide planes [closed]

I am trying to understand the symmetry elements of space group number 194 (P$6_3$/mmc), which is hexagonal and has 24 symmetry operations. In the table of symmetry operations it says that it has three ...
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How is group theory used to deduce which of these integrals are equal to 0?

The number of all two-electron integrals: $$ \tag{1} \langle \phi_1 \phi_2|\phi_3\phi_4 \rangle = \int d^3\mathbf r' \int d^3\mathbf r'' \, \phi_1(\mathbf r'') \, \phi_2(\mathbf r') \frac{1}{|\mathbf ...
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How to deduce phase transitions from a phonon calculation?

I came across the concept of using phonons to establish a material's dynamical stability, based on whether or not imaginary frequencies are present in its phonon band structure. What I am struggling ...
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How to understand time reversal symmetry in graphene

A lot of references say that the Dirac cone in graphene is protected by inversion and time reversal symmetries. How can one understand this statement? How can one show explicitly that the gapless ...
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Dealing with symmetry of ordered primitive cell during DFT structure relaxation

I have a large disordered cubic structure that I would like to do AIMD on to look at cation diffusion. I found the primitive cell and then ordered it to create several configurations. I will then ...
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Is the number of possible Bravais lattices a mathematical fact?

Almost anyone that has taken a Solid State Physics course will know, that any 3D crystal must be in one of the 14 Bravais lattices due to symmetry operations and space filling. In 2015, a paper was ...
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conceptual problem about the energy band along the High symmetry point in the Brillouin zone

When we calculate the band structure of certain material, we only have to calculate the value along the high symmetry point which enclose the Irreducible Brillouin Zone. Why the information lie in the ...
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What is the difference between U(1) and O(2) symmetry?

To my understanding, they both refer to circular symmetry. I know U(1) is the complex plane, and I think O(2) is real numbers. I have seen them used more or less interchangably, but is there actually ...