In 1984 physicists discovered a totally unexpected form of matter in the world of crystallography, a structure that appeared to contain five-fold symmetry axes, which cannot exist in strictly periodic structures. Such quasi-periodic structures became known as quasicrystals. In an effort to understand these structures, a theory that employed higher dimensional space groups was applied to them and new alloy phases were able to be created which exhibited the properties expected from this model. Thus many of the early controversies were dissolved. This primer is intended to provide a descriptive approach to the subject for those coming to it for the first time. The various practical, experimental, and theoretical topics are dealt with in an accessible style. The book includes problem sets and a computer program that generates a Penrose lattice. It serves as a valuable introduction to this important field for students and researchers in materials science, crystallography, and condensed matter physics.
'An easily readable textbook ... In Quasicrystals, Janot presents clearly the fundamentals of quasicrystal research ... On the whole, however, the book is an excellent primer for all who are interested in the fascinating field of quasicrystals.'
Walter Steurer, University of Hanover, Nature
How to fill space with atoms in condensed matter; Real quasicrystals: preparation and characterization; High-dimensional crystallography; Where are the atoms?; Phonons, phasons, and dislocations in quasicrystals; A little more about the physics of quasicrystals.
Series: Monographs on the Physics and Chemistry of Materials
Number Of Pages: 334
Published: 1st October 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.5
Weight (kg): 0.78