Tables for
Volume D
Physical properties of crystals
Edited by A. Authier

International Tables for Crystallography (2013). Vol. D. ch. 1.11, pp. 276-277

Section Tensor atomic factors (non-magnetic case)

V. E. Dmitrienko,a* A. Kirfelb and E. N. Ovchinnikovac

a A. V. Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography, Leninsky pr. 59, Moscow 119333, Russia,bSteinmann Institut der Universität Bonn, Poppelsdorfer Schloss, Bonn, D-53115, Germany, and cFaculty of Physics, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, Moscow 119991, Russia
Correspondence e-mail: Tensor atomic factors (non-magnetic case)

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In time-reversal invariant systems, equation ([link] can be rewritten as[f^{\rm res}_{jk}=D_{jk}^{+}+iI_{jkl}^{+}(k_{l}^{\prime}-k_{l}) + iI_{jkl}^{-}(k_{l}^{\prime}+k_{l}) + Q_{jlkm}^{+}k_{l}^{\prime}k_{m} +\ldots,\eqno(]where [D_{jk}^{+}] corresponds to the symmetric part of the dipole–dipole contribution, [I_{jkl}^{+}] and [I_{jkl}^{-}] mean the symmetric and antisymmetric parts of the third-rank tensor describing the dipole–quadrupole term, and [Q_{jlkm}^{+}] denotes a symmetric quadrupole–quadrupole contribution. From the physical point of view, it is useful to separate the dipole–quadrupole term into [I^{+}_{jkl}] and [I^{-}_{jkl}], because in conventional optics, where [{\bf k}'={\bf k}], only [I^{-}_{jkl}] is relevant.

The tensors contributing to the atomic factor in ([link], [D_{jk}], [ I_{jkl}^{+}], [I_{jkl}^{-}], [Q_{jlkm}], are of different ranks and must obey the site symmetry of the atomic position. Generally, the tensors can be different, even for crystallographically equivalent positions, but all tensors of the same rank can be related to one of them, because all are connected through the symmetry operations of the crystal space group. In contrast, the scattering amplitude tensor [f^{\rm res}_{jm}] does not necessarily comply with the point symmetry of the atomic position, because this symmetry is usually violated considering the arbitrary directions of the radiation wavevectors [{\bf k}] and [{\bf k}^{\prime}].

Equation ([link] is also frequently considered as a phenomenological expression of the tensor atomic factor where each tensor possesses internal symmetry (with respect to index permutations) and external symmetry (with respect to the atomic environment of the resonant atom). For instance, the tensor [D_{jk}] is symmetric, the rank-3 tensor has a symmetric and a antisymmetric part, and the rank-4 tensor is symmetric with respect to the permutation of each pair of indices. The external symmetry of [D_{jk}] coincides with the symmetry of the dielectric susceptibility tensor (Chapter 1.6[link] ). Correspondingly, the third-rank tensors [I_{jkl}^{-}] and [I_{jkl}^{+}] are similar to the gyration susceptibility and electro-optic tensors (Chapter 1.6[link] ), and [Q_{jlkm}] has the same tensor form as that for elastic constants (Chapter 1.3[link] ). The symmetry restrictions on these tensors (determining the number of independent elements and relationships between tensor elements) are very important and widely used in practical work on resonant X-ray scattering. Since they can be found in Chapters 1.3[link] and 1.6[link] or in textbooks (Sirotin & Shaskolskaya, 1982[link]; Nye, 1985[link]), we do not discuss all possible symmetry cases in the following, but consider in the next section one specific example for X-ray scattering when the symmetries of the tensors given by expression ([link] do not coincide with the most general external symmetry that is dictated by the atomic environment.


First citation Nye, J. F. (1985). Physical Properties of Crystals: Their Representation by Tensors and Matrices. Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
First citation Sirotin, Y. & Shaskolskaya, M. P. (1982). Fundamentals of Crystal Physics. Moscow: Mir.Google Scholar

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