MAXMAGN: Maximal magnetic space groups for a given a propagation vector and resulting magnetic structural models

MAXMAGN: Maximal magnetic space groups for a given a propagation vector and resulting magnetic structural models

MAXMAGN provides the possible magnetic space groups that can be assigned to a 1-k commensurate magnetic phase assuming that the magnetic symmetry is a maximal one. The space group of the paramagnetic phase (parent group) and the observed propagation vector are required as input. Optionally, the parent paramagnetic structure can be introduced (by hand or by a cif file). In this latter case the program provides the constrains for the different possible symmetries and cif-like files can be produced. These files permit the different alternative models to be analyzed, refined, shown graphically, transported to ab-initio codes etc., with programs as ISODISTORT, JANA2006, StrConvert, VESTA, etc. These cif-like files can also be submitted to the program MVISUALIZE, which allow 3D visualization of magnetic structures with Jmol. A controlled descent to lower symmetries is also possible.

This program provides an alternative to the traditional representation method for the parameterization of magnetic structures.