Layer groups: Brillouin-zone and crystallographic databases on the Bilbao Crystallographic Server
De La Flor Martín, Gemma
Madariaga Menéndez, Gotzon
Aroyo, Mois Ilia
Acta Crystallographica Section A Foundations and Advances 77 : 559-571 (2021)
[EN]The section of the Bilbao Crystallographic Server (https://www.cryst.ehu.es/) dedicated to subperiodic groups contains crystallographic and Brillouin-zone databases for the layer groups. The crystallographic databases include the generators/general positions (GENPOS), Wyckoff positions (WYCKPOS) and maximal subgroups (MAXSUB). The Brillouin-zone database (LKVEC) offers k-vector tables and Brillouin-zone figures of all 80 layer groups which form the background of the classification of their irreducible representations. The symmetry properties of the wavevectors are described applying the so-called reciprocal-space-group approach and this classification scheme is compared with that of Litvin & Wike [(1991), Character Tables and Compatibility Relations of the Eighty Layer Groups and Seventeen Plane Groups. New York: Plenum Press]. The specification of independent parameter ranges of k vectors in the representation domains of the Brillouin zones provides a solution to the problems of uniqueness and completeness of layer-group representations. The Brillouin-zone figures and k-vector tables are described in detail and illustrated by several examples.