MaThCryst forthcoming activities


International School on Fundamental Crystallography with applications to Electron Crystallography, June - July 2016, Antwerp (Belgium)


International Scientific School 'Combined topological and DFT methods for prediction of new materials II', July 2016, Samara (Russia)


First advanced training course on symmetry and group theory, August 2016, Tsukuba (Japan)


AIC School 2016, 7-11 September 2016, Rimini, (Italy)


Fifth MaThCryst School in Latin America, October 2016, Havana, (Cuba)


IUCr 2017 Satellite, September 2017, Rourkela, (India)





MaThCryst recent activities

SIAM conference on mathematical aspects of Material Science, May 2016, Philadelphia (USA)


Fourth training course on symmetry and group theory, March 2016, Tsukuba (Japan)


International Scientific School 'Combined topological and DFT methods for prediction of new materials', September 2015, Samara (Russia)


Third training course on symmetry and group theory, August 2015, Osaka, (Japan)


Second Balkan School on Fundamental Crystallography / Workshop on Magnetic Symmetry and its Application in Magnetic Structure Description, July 2015, Istanbul (Turkey)


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International School on Fundamental Crystallography

Glulechitza, Bulgaria, 30 September - 5 October 2013

Organised by the Bulgarian Crystallographic Association, the IUCr Commission on Mathematical and Theoretical Crystallography and the IUCr Commission on Crystallographic Teaching

Chair of the Organizing Committee and contact person: Dr. Rosica Nicolova (Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

Lecturers

Mois I. Aroyo (Condensed Matter Physics Department, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, Apto. 644, 48080 Bilbao, Spain)
Massimo Nespolo (CRM2 UMR - CNRS 7036, Institut Jean Barriol, FR 2843, Université de Lorraine, Faculté des Sciences et Technologies, BP 70239, Boulevard des Aiguillettes, F54506 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy cedex France)
Miroslav Abrashev (Faculty of Physics, University of Sofia, Bulgaria)
Boris L. Shivachev (Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Academic G. Bonchev str. Bl. 107 Sofia 1113 Bulgaria)
Emre S. Tasci (Middle East Technical University, Ankara)

Timetable

Morning session (4 hours):
Lectures 9:00 - 11:00 / 11:30 - 13:30
Coffee break: 11:00 - 11:30
Lunch: 13:30 - 15:00
Afternoon session (4 hours):
Lectures: 15:00 - 17:00 / 17:30 - 19:30
Coffee break: 17:00 - 17:30
Dinner: 20:00 - 21:30
Optional night session: 21:30 - 22:30

Scientific Program

Day of arrival:
20:00 Welcome reception.
1st Day: morning session
9:00 - 9:10 Opening of the School (Rosica Nicolova)
9:10 - 11:00 Lectures + Exercises (Mois Aroyo)
1. Matrix calculus applied in crystallography: brief revision
11:30 - 13:30 Lectures + Exercises (Mois Aroyo)
2. Basic properties of groups (group axioms, order, multiplication tables, etc.). Subgroups, index, coset decompositions, Lagrange theorem. Concept of isomorphism and homomorphism. Group actions: conjugation and normalizers.
1st Day: afternoon session
15:00 - 17:00 Lectures + Exercises (Mois Aroyo)
3. Isometries and crystallographic symmetry operations. Crystallographic point and space-group symmetry operations. Matrix-column presentation of symmetry operations. Symmetry elements: geometric elements and element sets. Transformations of the coordinate systems: change of origin and orientation.
17:30 - 19:30 Lectures + Exercises (Massimo Nespolo)
4. Space groups - general introduction: periodic structure of the crystalline matter. Crystal lattice vs. crystal pattern and crystal structure. Symmetry directions in a lattice .Unit cells: primitive cells, multiple cells, conventional cells in 2D and 3D. Crystal families.
21:30 - 22:30 Optional night session (Mois Aroyo)
Geometric interpretation of the matrix-column presentation of the symmetry operations
2nd Day: morning session
9:00 - 11:00 Lectures + Exercises (Massimo Nespolo)
1. Symmetry groups and types of symmetry in direct space: morphological symmetry; symmetry of physical properties; symmetry of lattices; symmetry of the unit cell content; symmetry of crystallographic patterns; Hermann-Mauguin symbols for point groups.
11:30 - 13:30 Lectures + Exercises (Massimo Nespolo)
2. Space groups and their description in International Tables for Crystallography, Vol. A. Classification of space groups: Lattice systems and crystal systems. Hermann-Mauguin symbols for space groups. Space groups with more than one description in International Tables for Crystallography, Vol. A. Synoptic tables of plane and space groups. Generation of space groups.
2nd Day: afternoon session
15:00 - 17:00 Lectures + Exercises (Massimo Nespolo)
3. Orthogonal projections of space groups. Symmetry-elements and generalposition space-group diagrams from Volume A of the International Tables for Crystallography. General and special positions, site-symmetry groups, crystallographic orbits.
17:30 - 19:30 Practical: Symmetry Database of the Online Edition of International Tables for Crystallography (IT) and Bilbao Crystallographic Server (M. I. Aroyo, M. Nespolo, R. Nicolova and B. Shivachev)
4. Computer databases and access tools to crystallographic symmetry data for space groups (International Tables for Crystallography, Volume A: Space-group symmetry): symmetry operations and their matrix-column presentation; geometric interpretation; general and special Wyckoff positions, site symmetry. Conventional and non-conventional descriptions of space groups; ITA-settings
21:30 - 22:30 Optional night session (Massimo Nespolo)
Stereographic projection and morphology of crystals. Types of crystallographic point groups through the stereographic projection
3rd Day: morning session:
9:00 - 11:00 Lecture + Exercises (Mois I. Aroyo, Massimo Nespolo)
1. Group-subgroup relations (general considerations): index, coset decomposition and normal subgroups; conjugate elements and conjugate subgroups; factor groups and homomorphism.
11:30 - 13:30 Lecture + Exercises (Mois I. Aroyo, Massimo Nespolo)
2. Group-subgroup relations between space groups: Subgroups of space groups: types of subgroups of space groups; Hermann theorem; maximal subgroups; series of isomorphic subgroups. Coset decomposition. Relations of Wyckoff positions for a group-subgroup pair. Supergroups of space groups.
3rd Day: afternoon session:
15:00 - 17:00 Lecture+Exercises (Massimo Nespolo, Mois I. Aroyo)
3. Normalizers of space groups; Affine and Euclidean normalizers; Wyckoff sets; Euclidean normalizers for specialized metrics. Equivalent crystal structure descriptions.
17:30 - 19:30 Practical: Symmetry Database of the Online Edition of IT and Bilbao Crystallographic Server (M. I. Aroyo, M. Nespolo, R. Nicolova and O. Petrov)
4. Maximal subgroups data and related computer applications: (i) Introduction and use of the databases of the IT-Online server and the Bilbao Crystallographic server of maximal subgroups, series of isomorphic subgroups and minimal supergroups; (ii) General group-subgroup relations between space groups: computer programs on the IT-Online server and the Bilbao Crystallographic Server.
21:30 Optional night session (Massimo Nespolo)
Non-characteristic orbits
4th Day: morning session
9:00 - 11:00 Lectures and exercises (Rosica Nicolova and Boris Shivachev)
1. Interaction of X-rays with crystalline matter 2. Fourier transforms and convolutions
11:30 - 13:30 Lectures and exercises (Miroslav Abrashev)
3. Crystallographic calculations in reciprocal space
4th Day: afternoon session
15:00 - 17:00 Lectures and exercises (Miroslav Abrashev)
4. Diffraction symmetry: Laue classes, Friedel's law, resonant scattering
5. Integral, zonal and serial reflection conditions and their use to determine the space-group type. Special reflection conditions.

17:30 - 19:30 Lectures and exercises (Miroslav Abrashev)
6. Structure solution and refinement: introductory strategies
21:30 - 22:30 Optional night session (Mois Aroyo, Massimo Nespolo)
Symmetry arguments in the derivation of the general and special reflection conditions listed in International Tables for Crystallography, Vol. A.
5th Day: morning session:
9:00 - 11:00 Practical: Bilbao Crystallographic Server (M. I. Aroyo, M. Nespolo, R. Nicolova and B. Shivachev)
1. Crystal-structure descriptions I. Basis transformations and crystal-structure descriptions; structure descriptions compatible with symmetry reduction (the program TRANSTRU). Descriptions of crystal structures with respect to different ITA settings of the space groups (the program SETSTRU). Equivalent crystal structure descriptions (the programs EQUIVSTRU and COMPSTRU).
11:30 - 13:30 Practical: Bilbao Crystallographic Server (M. Aroyo, M. Nespolo, R. Nicolova and B. Shivachev)
2. Crystal-structure relations. Group-subgroup relations between space groups and the construction of structure family trees (Baernighausen trees (the program STRUCTURE RELATIONS).
5th Day: afternoon session
15:00-17:00 Practical: Bilbao Crystallographic Server (M. Aroyo, M. Nespolo, E.S. Tasci)
3. Structural pseudosymmetry. Pseudosymmetry search for new ferroics. Application in structural phase transitions (the program PSEUDO).
17:30 - 19:30 Practical: Bilbao Crystallographic Server (M. Aroyo, M. Nespolo, E. S. Tasci)
4. Phase transitions with group-subgroup relations between the space groups of the two phases .Inverse Landau problem. Symmetry-mode analysis of displacive phase transitions
20:30 Farewell dinner

Local website

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List of participants

  1. Borislav Barbov - PhD student, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgaria,
  2. Ceren Sibel Sayin - PhD student, Physics Department, Middle East Technical University, Turkey,
  3. Dalma Koçk - Diploma student, Dept. of Physics Engineering, Hacettepe University, Turkey,
  4. Daniela Tzekova - Post doc, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, SU, Bulgaria,
  5. Eva Anastasova - PhD student, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgaria,
  6. Gemma de la Flor Martin - PhD student, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Bilbao, Spain
  7. Hristina Sbirkova- PhD student, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, BAS, Bulgaria
  8. Ivanina Sergeeva - PhD student, Institute of Geology, Bulgaria,
  9. Lilia Cvetanova- PhD student, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgaria
  10. Louiza Dimova - Post doc, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgaria,
  11. Mehmet Emin Kilic- PhD student, Physics Department, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  12. Milen Kadiyski - Post doc, member of the organizing committee, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgaria
  13. Mustafa Cem Lider - PhD student, Physics Department, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  14. Mustafa Tek - PhD student, Physics Department, Middle East Technical University, Turkey,
  15. Nikolay Saliyski - PhD student, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgaria
  16. Paulina Gorolomova - Post doc, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, SU, Bulgaria
  17. Petar Tzvetkov - PhD student, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgaria
  18. Ralica Delcheva - PhD student, Faculty of Geology and Geography, SU, Bulgaria
  19. Shmuel Samuha - PhD student, Department of Materials Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
  20. Silviya Chakarova - PhD student, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, SU, Bulgaria
  21. Stanislava Todorova - PhD student, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, SU/ Institute of Organic Chemistry, Bulgaria
  22. Stefan Petrov - PhD student, Institute of solid State Physics, Bulgaria,
  23. Stefan Valkov - PhD student, Institute of solid State Physics, Bulgaria,
  24. Svilen Gechev - PhD student, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgaria
  25. Totka Todorova - PhD student, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgaria
  26. Vyara Velcheva - Diploma student, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, SU, Bulgaria
  27. Valentuna Loconte - Diploma student, Dept. of Biomedical Science, University of Padova, Italy
  28. Yana Tzvetanova - PhD student, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgaria,
  29. Pavel Markov - PhD student, Institute of Inorganic chemistry, Bulgaria,
  30. Yuri Kalvachev - Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgaria
  31. Sandra Dimitrovska-Lazova - Post doc, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Institute of Chemistry, Skopje, R. Macedonia,
  32. Kamen Kamenov - Bruker, Bulgaria
  33. Boris Shivachev - lecturer, member of the organizing committee, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgaria
  34. Emre Tasci - lecturer, Physics Department, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  35. Massimo Nespolo - lecturer, member of the organizing committee, Institut Jean Barriol, Université de Lorraine, France
  36. Miroslav Abrashev - lecturer, Faculty of Physics, SU, Bulgaria,
  37. Mois Aroyo - lecturer, member of the organizing committee, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Bilbao, Spain
  38. Galina Gencheva - member of the organizing committee, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, SU, Bulgaria
  39. Tzveta Stanimirova - member of the organizing committee, Faculty of Geology and Geography, SU, Bulgaria
  40. Thomas Kerestedjian- member of the organizing committee, Institute of Geology, Bulgaria,
  41. Vladyslav Kostov - member of the organizing committee, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgaria
  42. Rosica Nikolova - chairman of the organizing committee, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgaria,

Presentations and didactic material

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The Organizers of the Glulechitza MaThCryst School have observed the basic policy of non-discrimination and affirmed the right and freedom of scientists to associate in international scientific activity without regard to such factors as citizenship, religion, creed, political stance, ethnic origin, race, colour, language, age or sex, in accordance with the Statutes of the International Council for Science. At this school no barriers existed which would have prevented the participation of bona fide scientists.