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line repetition groups

The possible symmetries of arrays extending in one direction with a fixed repeating distance. Linear polymer chains in the crystalline state must belong to one of the line repetition groups. Permitted symmetry elements are: the identity operation (symbol l); the translation along the chain axis (symbol t); the mirror plane orthogonal to the chain axis (symbol m) and that containing the chain axis (symbol d); the glide plane containing the chain axis (symbol c); the inversion centre, placed on the chain axis (symbol i); the two-fold axis orthogonal to the chain axis (symbol 2); the helical, or screw, symmetry where the axis of the helix coincides with the chain axis. In the latter case, the symbol is s A * M / N, where s stands for the screw axis, A is the class of the helix, * and / are separators, and M is the integral number of residues contained in N turns, corresponding to the identity period (M and N must be prime to each other). The class index A may be dropped if deemed unnecessary, so that the helix may also be simply denoted as s M / N.
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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