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I am studying the space groups and know that we use them to talk about crystal symmetry, I would like to know what material properties may be produced or predicted from knowing the symmetry or lack thereof in a crystal system of a material?

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    $\begingroup$ How is this primarily opinion based? He's asking for examples, not opinions. $\endgroup$ – CoffeeIsLife Apr 12 '16 at 1:02
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    $\begingroup$ I concur, this post should be edited to be more semantically poignant, but as someone in MSE I find no cause to believe that proper answers to this question will be based largely on opinion. $\endgroup$ – A.K. Apr 12 '16 at 2:38
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    $\begingroup$ Thirded. Symmetry is one of the fundamental tools in physics and chemistry, many specific examples can be provided. And I have to say I don't really see how rewording will markedly improve "I would like to know what material properties may be produced or predicted from knowing the symmetry of lack thereof in a crystal system of a material?" $\endgroup$ – Ian Bush Apr 12 '16 at 6:17
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, to be fair my original question didn't specifically ask for examples. Is there a way to get an answer on this? $\endgroup$ – chilliBeanDream Apr 12 '16 at 12:40
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    $\begingroup$ @chilliBeanDream The question currently sits with three re-open votes. Once it reaches five, the question will be unlocked for answering. $\endgroup$ – hBy2Py Apr 12 '16 at 12:57
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Properties that are directly dependant on crystal symmetry are

  • birefringence
  • piezoelectricity
  • (obviously) x-ray and electron diffraction pattern
  • pyroelectricity
  • nonlinear optical properties
  • ...
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