Twin lattice

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A twin operation overlaps both the direct and reciprocal lattices of the individuals that form a twin; consequently, the nodes of the individual lattices are overlapped (restored) to some extent (twinning (effects of). The (sub)lattice that is formed by the (quasi)restored nodes is the twin lattice. In case of non-zero twin obliquity the twin lattice suffers a slight deviation at the composition surface.

Let H* = ∩iHi be the intersection group of the individuals in their respective orientations, D(H*) the holohedral supergroup (proper or trivial) of H*, D(LT) the point group of the twin lattice and D(Lind) the point group of the individual lattice. D(LT) either coincides with D(H*) (case of zero twin obliquity) or is a proper supergroup of it (case of non-zero twin obliquity): it can be higher, equal or lower than D(Lind).

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The definition of twin lattice was given in: Donnay, G. Width of albite-twinning lamellae, Am. Mineral., 25 (1940) 578-586, where the case D(LT) ⊂ D(Lind) was however overlooked.

See also

Chapter 3.3 of International Tables of Crystallography, Volume D