Litvin publishes electronic resource book in crystallography

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Daniel B. Litvin, distinguished professor of physics at Penn State, has authored a new book, titled "Magnetic Group Tables: 1-, 2-, and 3-Dimensinal Magnetic Subperiodic Groups and Magnetic Space Groups," which has been published as an electronic book by the International Union of Crystallography. Containing almost 12,000 pages of tables, "Magnetic Group Tables," is a survey of the structure, symbols and properties of the magnetic groups that define the symmetry of crystals. In celebration of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) partnering with the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) to declare 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography, the book is freely available to the scientific community and can be downloaded from the IUCr website at

Litvin’s research interest is the symmetry-based prediction of the physical properties of crystals. He has published more than 100 scholarly publications, including three books. He is a member of the Commission on Crystallographic Nomenclature, the Commission on International Tables, the Commission on Magnetic Structures and a consultant to the Commission on Mathematical and Theoretical Crystallography of the International Union of Crystallography. He has been recognized for his outstanding teaching with the Amoco Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award and a Penn State Berks Outstanding Teaching Award.

Litvin earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in physics at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, and holds a teaching certificate from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He received postdoctoral training as a research and teaching fellow at the University of British Columbia and the University of Tennessee. Litvin joined the faculty at Penn State as an assistant professor in 1978 and earned the title of Distinguished Professor of Physics in 2002.

Media Contacts: 
Last Updated January 09, 2015