Lattice Computation Codes

GSAS-II provides a number of routines for computation of tensors related to the direct and reciprocal unit cell. Also included are two reflection generation routines. These routines require the NumPy package, but are otherwise pure python code. This code is contained in file, which can be used as an independent module, or can also be used with the space group module.

For these routines, a variety of transformation routines are provided to convert between the unit cell constants and many other commonly used values. The unit cell is specified as a tuple of 6 values, corresponding to a, b, c in angstroms and alpha, beta and gamma as angles in degrees. Also used for these computations are the real and reciprocal lattice metric tensor (g and G, respectively) which are 3x3 tensors. Also used is an "A" vector, which is closely related to the G tensor and is used to compute d-spacings from h,k,l values using:

1/D2 = h2*A(1) + k2*A(2) + l2*A(3) + h*k*A(4) + h*l*A(5) + k*l*A(6)

In addition, A and B are used to define a pair of 3x3 transformation matrices, where A*x converts Cartesian coordinates x into fractional ones and B does the inverse transform. A code fragment that shows how this can be used is:

import numpy as np
import GSASIIlattice as latt
A,B = latt.cell2AB( (4.1,4.1,5.2,90,90,90) )
Xfrac = np.array( [0.1,0.1,0.1] )
Xortho = np.sum(A*Xfrac,axis=1)  

or to process an array of coordinates:

import numpy as np
import GSASIIlattice as latt
A,B = latt.cell2AB( (4.1,4.1,5.2,90,90,90) )
Xfrac = np.array([[1,1,1],[0,0,0],[.1,.2,.3]])
Xortho =, Xfrac.transpose() ).transpose()

Routine GenHBravais is used to compute the unique reflection positions for a given Bravais lattice type. This is intended to provide a list of unique d-spacings for a given unit cell and centering setting. If two crystallographically distinct reflections, for example the (300) and the (122) reflections in a cubic cell, only one of the two will be returned. Routine GetBraviasNum is provided to translate output from GSASIIspc to the Bravais lattice numbers (0-13) used in GenHBravais. Note that only the standard settings for centering are accepted by this routine (C-centering, monoclinic b-unique). A sample code fragment that uses these routines is:

import GSASIIlattice as latt
import GSASIIspc as spc
dmin = 1
cell = (4.1,4.1,5.2,90,90,90)
spg = 'P 4/m m m'
spdict = spc.SpcGroup(spg)[1]
bravcode = latt.GetBraviasNum(spdict['SGLatt'], spdict['SGSys'])
for h,k,l,d,num in latt.GenHBravais(dmin,
                                    latt.cell2A(cell)): print (h,k,l),d

Routine GenHLaue is used to compute all crystallographically distinct reflections (assuming Freidel's law is obeyed) for a given unit cell, Laue group and centering condition. Note that this routine is general and will allow use of non-standard settings, including any center and for monoclinic cells, any axis may be unique. Rhombohedral settings for trigonal cells are also allowed. A sample code fragment that uses these routines is:

import GSASIIlattice as latt
import GSASIIspc as spc
spgroup = 'C m m m'
cell = (9.98035, 13.0512, 7.6772, 90, 90, 90)
dmin = 3.0
spdict = spc.SpcGroup(spgroup)[1]
center = spdict['SGLatt']
Laue = spdict['SGLaue']
Axis = spdict['SGUniq']
for h,k,l,d in latt.GenHLaue(dmin,Laue,center,Axis,latt.cell2A(cell)): 
    print (h,k,l),d

The files used in this module are:

Unit Tests

Unit tests are provided that check that the results from all major routines are identical across platforms and match those computed independently (using cctbx).

The unit tests can be run by simply invoking the file directly (python Alternately the python package nosetests which will run file will test all defined unit tests in GSAS-II. Note that unit tests require as input files in directory testinp/.

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