Sixfold Axes (6)

6(n) Axis

The symbol above shows a sixfold axis perpendicular to the plane of the screen, i.e parallel to Z. A sixfold axis is equivalent to an anticlockwise rotation of 60° about a line. A sixfold rotation about the c-axis, i.e. about the line 0,0,z, will have the corresponding symmetry operator x-y,x,z. This axis has the written symbol "6".

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