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  1. Mean Field Theories of Icosahedral Quasicrystals.

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    Troian, Sandra Marina

    In 1984 Shechtman et al. discovered a metallic solid (Al(,86)Mn(,14)) with diffraction spots as sharp as those of crystals but with icosahedral point group symmetry, known to be incompatible with translational symmetry. One of the interesting crystallographic questions posed by the discovery of quasicrystals, as these materials are now called, is why does the atomic density assume an icosahedrally symmetric configuration in preference to conventional periodic crystalline forms. To address this question, we use a phenomenological approach based on the Landau theory of crystal formation (Landau, 1937) to ascertain whether any of the conventional elementary approaches to crystal formation might not contain metastable (or even stable) quasicrystalline solutions hitherto overlooked because of the almost universal prejudice that positional ordering must be periodic. Alexander and McTague (1978) touched on the possibility of icosahedrally symmetric structures using a (single order parameter) Landau free energy. We reexamine and extend their model and find that there are three distinct icosahedral stationary points to the free energy, although none of them is ever globally stable compared with more conventional competing structures like the body-centered cubic, hexagonal, or smectic. Which periodic form is favored depends on the temperature range investigated. We find that two of these stationary points are not even local minima of the free energy. We generalize this model by constructing a Landau theory for two or three-component systems, which appear to give a region of the phase diagram in which icosahedral quasicrystalline ordering is the state of lowest free energy. The quasicrystals are stabilized by special geometric ratios between the length scales characterizing the components. Three components are required to stabilize a two-dimensional quasicrystal but two components suffice to stabilize a three-dimensional one. We present results for two different ratios

  2. About the atomic structures of icosahedral quasicrystals

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    Quiquandon, Marianne; Gratias, Denis

    2014-01-01

    This paper is a survey of the crystallographic methods that have been developed these last twenty five years to decipher the atomic structures of the icosahedral stable quasicrystals since their discovery in 1982 by D. Shechtman. After a brief recall of the notion of quasiperiodicity and the natural description of Z-modules in 3-dim as projection of regular lattices in N>3-dim spaces, we give the basic geometrical ingredients useful to describe icosahedral quasicrystals as irrational 3-dim cuts of ordinary crystals in 6-dim space. Atoms are described by atomic surfaces (ASs) that are bounded volumes in the internal (or perpendicular) 3-dim space and the intersections of which with the physical space are the actual atomic positions. The main part of the paper is devoted to finding the major properties of quasicrystalline icosahedral structures. As experimentally demonstrated, they can be described with a surprisingly few high symmetry ASs located at high symmetry special points in 6-dim space. The atomic structures are best described by aggregations and intersections of high symmetry compact interpenetrating atomic clusters. We show here that the experimentally relevant clusters are derived from one generic cluster made of two concentric triacontahedra scaled by τ and an external icosidodecahedron. Depending on which ones of the orbits of this cluster are eventually occupied by atoms, the actual atomic clusters are of type Bergman, Mackay, Tsai and others….

  3. Magnetism in icosahedral quasicrystals: current status and open questions.

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    Goldman, Alan I

    2014-08-01

    Progress in our understanding of the magnetic properties of R-containing icosahedral quasicrystals (R = rare earth element) from over 20 years of experimental effort is reviewed. This includes the much studied R-Mg-Zn and R-Mg-Cd ternary systems, as well as several magnetic quasicrystals that have been discovered and investigated more recently including Sc-Fe-Zn, R-Ag-In, Yb-Au-Al, the recently synthesized R-Cd binary quasicrystals, and their periodic approximants. In many ways, the magnetic properties among these quasicrystals are very similar. However, differences are observed that suggest new experiments and promising directions for future research.

  4. Magnetism in icosahedral quasicrystals: current status and open questions

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    Goldman, Alan I.

    2014-07-02

    Progress in our understanding of the magnetic properties of R-containing icosahedral quasicrystals (R = rare earth element) from over 20 years of experimental effort is reviewed. This includes the much studied R-Mg-Zn and R-Mg-Cd ternary systems, as well as several magnetic quasicrystals that have been discovered and investigated more recently including Sc-Fe-Zn, R-Ag-In, Yb-Au-Al, the recently synthesized R-Cd binary quasicrystals, and their periodic approximants. In many ways, the magnetic properties among these quasicrystals are very similar. However, differences are observed that suggest new experiments and promising directions for future research.

  5. Icosahedral quasicrystal decoration models. I. Geometrical principles

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    Mihalkovic, M. |; Zhu, W.; Henley, C.L.; Oxborrow, M. |

    1996-04-01

    It is proposed that quasicrystal structure determination should include the calculation of cohesive energies using realistic potentials. A class of atomic decoration models for {ital i}-AlMn is then presented, adopting the {open_quote}{open_quote}canonical-cell{close_quote}{close_quote} tiling geometry, with {open_quote}{open_quote}Mackay icosahedron{close_quote}{close_quote} clusters placed on all its nodes. The remaining atomic positions are based, as far as possible, on the known structure of {alpha}-AlMnSi. These models guarantee good local packing of the atoms, whose displacements away from {open_quote}{open_quote}ideal{close_quote}{close_quote} positions are specified by only a moderate number of parameters. Certain atomic sites are uncertain as regards their occupancy and/or chemistry; variations of the decoration rules on these sites must be compared, in order to discover the correct one. Our models are well adapted to be relaxed under an effective Hamiltonian to optimize the cohesive energy; we show how the energies found in such relaxations can be used to extract an effective tile-tile Hamiltonian, as would be needed for future studies of phason elasticity and the development of long-range order. In addition, we clarify concepts needed for decoration models in general (in particular, the ways in which elaborate, more realistic decorations may be evolved from simpler ones). We also show that these decoration models are closely related, but not identical, to quasiperiodic structures defined using six-dimensional formalism. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  6. Multiple diffraction in an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal

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    Fan, C. Z.; Weber, Th.; Deloudi, S.; Steurer, W.

    2011-07-01

    In order to reveal its influence on quasicrystal structure analysis, multiple diffraction (MD) effects in an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal have been investigated in-house on an Oxford Diffraction four-circle diffractometer equipped with an Onyx™ CCD area detector and MoKα radiation. For that purpose, an automated approach for Renninger scans (ψ-scans) has been developed. Two weak reflections were chosen as the main reflections (called P) in the present measurements. As is well known for periodic crystals, it is also observed for this quasicrystal that the intensity of the main reflection may significantly increase if the simultaneous (H) and the coupling (P-H) reflections are both strong, while there is no obvious MD effect if one of them is weak. The occurrence of MD events during ψ-scans has been studied based on an ideal structure model and the kinematical MD theory. The reliability of the approach is revealed by the good agreement between simulation and experiment. It shows that the multiple diffraction effect is quite significant.

  7. Stability of icosahedral quasicrystals in a simple model with two-length scales

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    Jiang, Kai; Zhang, Pingwen; Shi, An-Chang

    2017-03-01

    The phase behaviour of a free energy functional with two length scales is examined by comparing the free energy of different candidate phases including three-dimensional icosahedral quasicrystals. Accurate free energy of the quasicrystals has been obtained using the recently developed projection method. The results reveal that the icosahedral quasicrystal and body-centred-cubic spherical phase are the stable ordered phases of the model. Furthermore, the difference between the results obtained from the projection method and the one-mode approximation has been analyzed in detail. The present study extends previous results on two-dimensional systems, demonstrating that the interactions between density waves at two length scales can stabilize two- and three-dimensional quasicrystals.

  8. Speculation of equilibrium pressure of Ti36Zr40Ni20Pd4 icosahedral quasicrystal

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    Huang, Huogen; Chen, Liang

    2015-08-01

    Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals have been demonstrated to store a large number of hydrogen atoms, which implies strong potential application in hydrogen energy field for them. However, the desorption of hydrogen atoms in the quasicrystals is quite difficult, with the indication of high desorption temperature and slow desorption rate. The shortage limits their use in the field to a large extent. But this kind of quasicrystals might be used in nuclear fusion energy field, because tritium as a coral fuel for nuclear fusion needs tight storage. However, equilibrium pressure at room temperature of Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals, important for their application in fusion energy field, has not been clear yet. In this work, we designed a gas-solid reaction system with the pressure resolution of 10-8Pa and carried out hydrogen desorption investigation at different temperatures on Ti36Zr40Ni20Pd4 icosahedral quasicrystal. Based on three Pressure-Composition-Temperature desorption curves, we speculate according to Van't Hoff theory about hydrogen storage that its equilibrium pressure at room temperature could be at the magnitude of 10-6Pa, displaying good stability of hydrogen in the quasicrystal and also implying application prospects in fusion energy field for quasicrystals of this type.

  9. Dynamical x-ray diffraction from an icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal

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    Kycia, S.

    1996-04-23

    Primary extinction effects in diffraction from single grains of Al-Pd- Mn, and presumably many other FCI alloys, may be significant and should be corrected for prior to use of diffraction data in structural determinations. Probes based on dynamical diffraction effects, such as x-ray standing wave fluorescence, multiple beam interference, and x-ray transmission topographs, may now be used to study the bulk and surface structure of some quasicrystals. The observation of dynamical diffraction from icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn is a striking confirmation of the fact that quasicrystals can present a degree of structural perfection comparable to that found in the best periodic intermetallic crystals.

  10. Approximants of icosahedral quasicrystals: Atomic structure, inherent defects, and superstructural ordering

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    Dmitrienko, V. E. Chizhikov, V. A.

    2006-07-15

    The structural features of approximants of icosahedral and decagonal quasicrystals and new unusual approximants (rhombohedral AlPd and cubic Al{sub 68}Pd{sub 20}Ru{sub 12}) are considered. It is shown that most approximants can be described in terms of universal local ordering of atoms, in which the nearest neighbors of each atom occupy the vertices of an almost ideal dodecahedron: the so-called dodecahedral local ordering. A set of general atomic motifs in the approximants of different orders is found for quasicrystals of different types. It is shown that the dodecahedral local ordering can be easily described by the project method, in which the basis vectors directed along icosahedral threefold axes are used. Different types of defects inherent in dodecahedral local ordering are analyzed.

  11. Icosahedral and Other Quasicrystal Phases in Magnetic Alloy Systems

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    1990-09-12

    comoositions at slower wheel speeds we fabrica t ed single-phase quasicrystals with no x-ray evidence of amorphous or crystalline structures present. The...experimental work confirmed that Mn itself shows a larger local moment in quasicrystalline alloys (1.2 - 1.5 IB/Mn, average) than in related crystalline ... structures (0 - 0.5 ItB/Mn), possibly because some of the Mn atoms them occupy the Ih site. The need existed to 1) find QC’s that more readily

  12. Orientation relationship between the T structure and the icosahedral quasicrystal in the Zn-Mg-Al alloy system

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    Nakayama, Kei Watanabe, Junya; Koyama, Yasumasa

    2016-08-26

    To understand the crystallographic relation between the Bergman-type icosahedral quasicrystal and its approximant-T structure, we have investigated the crystallographic features of prepared Zn-Mg-Al alloy samples, mainly by transmission electron microscopy. It was found that there existed three kinds of regions: that is, C14-Laves, approximant-T, and icosahedral-quasicrystal regions, in Zn-Mg-Al alloy samples with the composition of Zn-36at.%Mg-9at.%Al. Among these regions, in particular, we tried to determine an orientation relationship between neighboring icosahedral-quasicrystal and approximant-T regions. Based on the determined relationship, for instance, four threefold rotatory-inversion axes in the T structure were found to be parallel to four of ten threefold rotatory-inversion axes in the icosahedral quasicrystal. It was thus understood that the atomic arrangements of the Bergman-type icosahedral quasicrystal and its approximant-T structure are likely to resemble each other.

  13. Orientation relationship between the T structure and the icosahedral quasicrystal in the Zn-Mg-Al alloy system

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    Nakayama, Kei; Watanabe, Junya; Koyama, Yasumasa

    2016-08-01

    To understand the crystallographic relation between the Bergman-type icosahedral quasicrystal and its approximant-T structure, we have investigated the crystallographic features of prepared Zn-Mg-Al alloy samples, mainly by transmission electron microscopy. It was found that there existed three kinds of regions: that is, C14-Laves, approximant-T, and icosahedral-quasicrystal regions, in Zn-Mg-Al alloy samples with the composition of Zn-36at.%Mg-9at.%Al. Among these regions, in particular, we tried to determine an orientation relationship between neighboring icosahedral-quasicrystal and approximant-T regions. Based on the determined relationship, for instance, four threefold rotatory-inversion axes in the T structure were found to be parallel to four of ten threefold rotatory-inversion axes in the icosahedral quasicrystal. It was thus understood that the atomic arrangements of the Bergman-type icosahedral quasicrystal and its approximant-T structure are likely to resemble each other.

  14. Metallic-covalent bonding conversion and thermoelectric properties of Al-based icosahedral quasicrystals and approximants

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    Takagiwa, Yoshiki; Kimura, Kaoru

    2014-08-01

    In this article, we review the characteristic features of icosahedral cluster solids, metallic-covalent bonding conversion (MCBC), and the thermoelectric properties of Al-based icosahedral quasicrystals and approximants. MCBC is clearly distinguishable from and closely related to the well-known metal-insulator transition. This unique bonding conversion has been experimentally verified in 1/1-AlReSi and 1/0-Al12Re approximants by the maximum entropy method and Rietveld refinement for powder x-ray diffraction data, and is caused by a central atom inside the icosahedral clusters. This helps to understand pseudogap formation in the vicinity of the Fermi energy and establish a guiding principle for tuning the thermoelectric properties. From the electron density distribution analysis, rigid heavy clusters weakly bonded with glue atoms are observed in the 1/1-AlReSi approximant crystal, whose physical properties are close to icosahedral Al-Pd-TM (TM: Re, Mn) quasicrystals. They are considered to be an intermediate state among the three typical solids: metals, covalently bonded networks (semiconductor), and molecular solids. Using the above picture and detailed effective mass analysis, we propose a guiding principle of weakly bonded rigid heavy clusters to increase the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) by optimizing the bond strengths of intra- and inter-icosahedral clusters. Through element substitutions that mainly weaken the inter-cluster bonds, a dramatic increase of ZT from less than 0.01 to 0.26 was achieved. To further increase ZT, materials should form a real gap to obtain a higher Seebeck coefficient.

  15. Metallic-covalent bonding conversion and thermoelectric properties of Al-based icosahedral quasicrystals and approximants.

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    Takagiwa, Yoshiki; Kimura, Kaoru

    2014-08-01

    In this article, we review the characteristic features of icosahedral cluster solids, metallic-covalent bonding conversion (MCBC), and the thermoelectric properties of Al-based icosahedral quasicrystals and approximants. MCBC is clearly distinguishable from and closely related to the well-known metal-insulator transition. This unique bonding conversion has been experimentally verified in 1/1-AlReSi and 1/0-Al12Re approximants by the maximum entropy method and Rietveld refinement for powder x-ray diffraction data, and is caused by a central atom inside the icosahedral clusters. This helps to understand pseudogap formation in the vicinity of the Fermi energy and establish a guiding principle for tuning the thermoelectric properties. From the electron density distribution analysis, rigid heavy clusters weakly bonded with glue atoms are observed in the 1/1-AlReSi approximant crystal, whose physical properties are close to icosahedral Al-Pd-TM (TM: Re, Mn) quasicrystals. They are considered to be an intermediate state among the three typical solids: metals, covalently bonded networks (semiconductor), and molecular solids. Using the above picture and detailed effective mass analysis, we propose a guiding principle of weakly bonded rigid heavy clusters to increase the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) by optimizing the bond strengths of intra- and inter-icosahedral clusters. Through element substitutions that mainly weaken the inter-cluster bonds, a dramatic increase of ZT from less than 0.01 to 0.26 was achieved. To further increase ZT, materials should form a real gap to obtain a higher Seebeck coefficient.

  16. Solution growth of a binary icosahedral quasicrystal of Sc[subscript 12]Zn[subscript 88

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    Canfield, P.C.; Caudle, M.L.; Ho, C.-S.; Kreyssig, A.; Nandi, S.; Kim, M.G.; Lin, X.; Kracher, A.; Dennis, K.W.; McCallum, R.W.; Goldman, A.I.

    2010-07-23

    We report the discovery of a binary icosahedral phase in a Sc-Zn alloy obtained through solution-growth, producing millimeter-sized, facetted, single grain quasicrystals that exhibit different growth morphologies, pentagonal dodecahedra, and rhombic triacontahedra, under only marginally different growth conditions. These two morphologies manifest different degrees of quasicrystalline order. The discovery of i-Sc{sub 12}Zn{sub 88} suggests that a re-examination of binary phase diagrams at compositions close to crystalline approximant structures may reveal other binary quasicrystalline phases.

  17. Adsorption sites on icosahedral quasicrystal surfaces: Dark stars and white flowers

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    Unal, B.; Jenks, C.J.; Thiel, P.A.

    2009-01-12

    From other work, two preferred sites have been suggested for metals and semimetals adsorbed on the fivefold surfaces of icosahedral, Al-based quasicrystals. Because of their appearance in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images, these sites are known as dark stars and white flowers. In this paper, we analyze four bulk structural models in physical space to determine the types, chemical decorations, and densities of the dark star - and, to a lesser extent, the white flower - adsorption sites for the fivefold planes of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn. We find that the chemical decorations of these sites are heterogeneous, even within a single model. Both features are also structurally heterogeneous, according to STM measurements, and the structural variation is consistent with the bulk structure models. Finally, from the models, the density of dark stars in the planes correlates with the step height. This may explain previous experimental observations of different properties for different terraces.

  18. Dynamic stabilities of icosahedral-like clusters and their ability to form quasicrystals

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    Liang, Xiaogang; Hamid, Ilyar; Duan, Haiming

    2016-06-15

    The dynamic stabilities of the icosahedral-like clusters containing up to 2200 atoms are investigated for 15 metal elements. The clusters originate from five different initial structures (icosahedron, truncated decahedron, octahedron, closed-shell fragment of an HCP structure, and non-closed-shell fragment of an HCP structure). The obtained order of the dynamic stabilities of the icosahedral-like clusters can be assigned to three groups, from stronger to weaker, according to the size ranges involved: (Zr, Al, Ti) > (Cu, Fe, Co, Ni, Mg, Ag) > (Pb, Au, Pd, Pt, Rh, Ir), which correspond to the predicted formation ability of the quasicrystals. The differences of the sequences can be explained by analyzing the parameters of the Gupta-type many-body inter-atomic potentials.

  19. X-ray diffuse scattering from icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals

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    Capitan, M. J.; Calvayrac, Y.; Quivy, A.; Joulaud, J. L.; Lefebvre, S.; Gratias, D.

    1999-09-01

    The diffuse scattering of the thermodynamically stable icosahedral phase i-AlPdMn has been studied by means of x-ray-diffraction technique. The overall diffuse intensity shows two main characteristics: (1) the global diffuse scattering intensity map is well taken into account by a Huang effect in the formalism developed by Jarić and Nelson [Phys. Rev. B 37, 4458 (1988)] for icosahedral symmetry which reproduces at once both the ``background'' diffuse intensity and the profile shape around the Bragg peaks; (2) the intensity level of the diffuse scattering is crucially dependent on the chemical composition of the sample; it varies drastically from almost free diffuse scattering samples close to an ``ideal'' composition, up to an overall increase by a factor of 20 of the diffuse scattering for samples with an off-stoichiometry less than 0.5% in manganese and palladium content. The relative shapes of the diffuse scattering contours around the Bragg peaks are qualitatively fairly well reproduced using the sole phason-phason term of hydrodynamical modes in the formalism of Jarić and Nelson [Phys. Rev. B 37, 4458 (1988)], suggesting that phasons in these F-type icosahedral quasicrystals induce minor relaxations in the atomic positions surrounding the flip locations.

  20. Optical reflectivity as a simple diagnostic method for testing structural quality of icosahedral quasicrystals

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    Brien, Valerie; Dauscher, Anne; Machizaud, Francis

    2006-08-15

    The optical reflectivity of Al-based and Ti-based quasicrystalline and approximant samples were investigated versus the quality of their structural morphology using optical reflectometry, x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. The different structural morphologies were obtained using three different preparation processes: sintering, pulsed laser deposition, and reactive cathodic magnetron sputtering. The work demonstrates that the canonical behavior of icosahedral state in specular reflectivity is extremely sensitive to different and very fine aspects of the microstructure: sizes of grains smaller than 50 nm, slight local diffuse disorder, and shifts away from the icosahedral crystallographic structure (approximants). The work explains why the optical properties of the same kind of quasicrystals found in literature sometimes reveal a different behavior from one author to another. The study then confirms the work of some authors and definitely shows that the canonical behavior of icosahedral state in specular reflectivity over the 30 000-50 000 cm{sup -1} domain is characterized by a decreasing function made of steps. It also shows that this behavior can be interpreted thanks to the cluster hierarchy of the model of Janot [Phys. Rev. B 53, 181 (1996)].

  1. Unified structure theory of icosahedral quasicrystals: Evidence from neutron powder diffraction patterns that AlCrFeMnSi, AlCuLiMg, and TiNiFeSi icosahedral quasicrystals are twins of cubic crystals containing about 820 or 1,012 atoms in a primitive unit cube

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    Pauling, L. )

    1988-11-01

    A unified structure theory of icosahedral quasicrystals, combining the twinned-cubic-crystal theory and the Penrose-tiling-six-dimensional-projection theory, is described. Values of the primitive-cubic lattice constant for several quasicrystals are evaluated from x-ray and neutron diffraction data. The fact that the low-angle diffraction maxima can be indexed with cubic unit cells provides additional support for the twinned-cubic-crystal theory of icosahedral quasicrystals.

  2. Icosahedral quasicrystal decoration models. II. Optimization under realistic Al-Mn potentials

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    Mihalkovic, M. |; Zhu, W.; Henley, C.L.; Phillips, R.

    1996-04-01

    We have constructed and relaxed over 200 different finite structure models for the quasicrystal {ital i}-AlMn based on decorations of the {open_quote}{open_quote}canonical-cell tiling.{close_quote}{close_quote} We adopted {ital ab} {ital initio}-based pair potentials with strong Friedel oscillations, which reproduce the phase diagram of real Al-Mn intermetallic crystal structures fairly well. Our various decoration rules encompass cases with face-centered icosahedral (FCI) symmetry and with simple icosahedral (SI) symmetry, and include additional variations in the occupancy and/or chemistry of certain site types. Each decoration was applied to 11 distinct periodic approximants of the tiling. We found that (i) the relaxed atomic positions of each site type can be closely approximated by fixed positions on each tile type, even though the environments (beyond the first neighbor) are inequivalent. (ii) Models with simple icosahedral (SI) space-group symmetry were better than those with face-centered icosahedral (FCI) space-group symmetry. (iii) {open_quote}{open_quote}Loose{close_quote}{close_quote} decorations, containing voids almost large enough for an atom, were better than the {open_quote}{open_quote}dense{close_quote}{close_quote} decorations which were suggested by packing considerations. (iv) Our results depended on using the realistic potentials; {ital short}-range potentials favor the {open_quote}{open_quote}dense{close_quote}{close_quote} structures, and many details depend on the second or further oscillations in the potentials. (v) For our best model, there is relatively little variation of the energy when tiles are rearranged, i.e., a {ital random}-{ital tiling} {ital model} is a good zero-order description of the system. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  3. Atomic structure and phason modes of the Sc-Zn icosahedral quasicrystal.

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    Yamada, Tsunetomo; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Euchner, Holger; Pay Gómez, Cesar; Bosak, Alexei; Fertey, Pierre; de Boissieu, Marc

    2016-07-01

    The detailed atomic structure of the binary icosahedral (i) ScZn7.33 quasicrystal has been investigated by means of high-resolution synchrotron single-crystal X-ray diffraction and absolute scale measurements of diffuse scattering. The average atomic structure has been solved using the measured Bragg intensity data based on a six-dimensional model that is isostructural to the i-YbCd5.7 one. The structure is described with a quasiperiodic packing of large Tsai-type rhombic triacontahedron clusters and double Friauf polyhedra (DFP), both resulting from a close-packing of a large (Sc) and a small (Zn) atom. The difference in chemical composition between i-ScZn7.33 and i-YbCd5.7 was found to lie in the icosahedron shell and the DFP where in i-ScZn7.33 chemical disorder occurs on the large atom sites, which induces a significant distortion to the structure units. The intensity in reciprocal space displays a substantial amount of diffuse scattering with anisotropic distribution, located around the strong Bragg peaks, that can be fully interpreted as resulting from phason fluctuations, with a ratio of the phason elastic constants K 2/K 1 = -0.53, i.e. close to a threefold instability limit. This induces a relatively large perpendicular (or phason) Debye-Waller factor, which explains the vanishing of 'high-Q perp' reflections.

  4. Atomic structure and phason modes of the Sc–Zn icosahedral quasicrystal

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    Yamada, Tsunetomo; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Euchner, Holger; Pay Gómez, Cesar; Bosak, Alexei; Fertey, Pierre; de Boissieu, Marc

    2016-01-01

    The detailed atomic structure of the binary icosahedral (i) ScZn7.33 quasicrystal has been investigated by means of high-resolution synchrotron single-crystal X-ray diffraction and absolute scale measurements of diffuse scattering. The average atomic structure has been solved using the measured Bragg intensity data based on a six-dimensional model that is isostructural to the i-YbCd5.7 one. The structure is described with a quasiperiodic packing of large Tsai-type rhombic triacontahedron clusters and double Friauf polyhedra (DFP), both resulting from a close-packing of a large (Sc) and a small (Zn) atom. The difference in chemical composition between i-ScZn7.33 and i-YbCd5.7 was found to lie in the icosahedron shell and the DFP where in i-ScZn7.33 chemical disorder occurs on the large atom sites, which induces a significant distortion to the structure units. The intensity in reciprocal space displays a substantial amount of diffuse scattering with anisotropic distribution, located around the strong Bragg peaks, that can be fully interpreted as resulting from phason fluctuations, with a ratio of the phason elastic constants K 2/K 1 = −0.53, i.e. close to a threefold instability limit. This induces a relatively large perpendicular (or phason) Debye–Waller factor, which explains the vanishing of ‘high-Q perp’ reflections. PMID:27437112

  5. Icosahedral AlCuFe quasicrystal at high pressure and temperature and its implications for the stability of icosahedrite

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    Stagno, Vincenzo; Bindi, Luca; Shibazaki, Yuki; Tange, Yoshinori; Higo, Yuji; Mao, H.-K.; Steinhardt, Paul J.; Fei, Yingwei

    2014-01-01

    The first natural-occurring quasicrystal, icosahedrite, was recently discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a new CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. Its finding raised fundamental questions regarding the effects of pressure and temperature on the kinetic and thermodynamic stability of the quasicrystal structure relative to possible isochemical crystalline or amorphous phases. Although several studies showed the stability at ambient temperature of synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe up to ~35 GPa, the simultaneous effect of temperature and pressure relevant for the formation of icosahedrite has been never investigated so far. Here we present in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments on synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe using multianvil device to explore possible temperature-induced phase transformations at pressures of 5 GPa and temperature up to 1773 K. Results show the structural stability of i-AlCuFe phase with a negligible effect of pressure on the volumetric thermal expansion properties. In addition, the structural analysis of the recovered sample excludes the transformation of AlCuFe quasicrystalline phase to possible approximant phases, which is in contrast with previous predictions at ambient pressure. Results from this study extend our knowledge on the stability of icosahedral AlCuFe at higher temperature and pressure than previously examined, and provide a new constraint on the stability of icosahedrite. PMID:25070248

  6. Diffuse scattering and phason fluctuations in the Zn-Mg-Sc icosahedral quasicrystal and its Zn-Sc periodic approximant.

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    de Boissieu, M; Francoual, S; Kaneko, Y; Ishimasa, T

    2005-09-02

    We report on the absolute scale measurement of the x-ray diffuse scattering in the ZnMgSc icosahedral quasicrystal and its periodic approximant. Whereas the diffuse scattering in the approximant is purely accounted for by thermal diffuse scattering, an additional signal is observed in the quasicrystal. It is related to phason fluctuations as indicated by its Q(2)(per) dependence. Moreover, when compared to previous measurements carried out on the i-AlPdMn phase, we find that the amount of diffuse scattering is smaller in the i-ZnMgSc phase, in agreement with larger phason elastic constants in this phase. This is confirmed by the observation of a large number of weak Bragg peaks having a high Q(per) reciprocal space component.

  7. Diffuse Scattering and Phason Fluctuations in the Zn-Mg-Sc Icosahedral Quasicrystal and Its Zn-Sc Periodic Approximant

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    Boissieu, M. de; Francoual, S.; Kaneko, Y.; Ishimasa, T.

    2005-09-02

    We report on the absolute scale measurement of the x-ray diffuse scattering in the ZnMgSc icosahedral quasicrystal and its periodic approximant. Whereas the diffuse scattering in the approximant is purely accounted for by thermal diffuse scattering, an additional signal is observed in the quasicrystal. It is related to phason fluctuations as indicated by its Q{sub per}{sup 2} dependence. Moreover, when compared to previous measurements carried out on the i-AlPdMn phase, we find that the amount of diffuse scattering is smaller in the i-ZnMgSc phase, in agreement with larger phason elastic constants in this phase. This is confirmed by the observation of a large number of weak Bragg peaks having a high Q{sub per} reciprocal space component.

  8. Icosahedral quasicrystals of intermetallic compounds are icosahedral twins of cubic crystals of three kinds, consisting of large (about 5000 atoms) icosahedral complexes in either a cubic body-centered or a cubic face-centered arrangement or smaller (about 1350 atoms) icosahedral complexes in the beta-tungsten arrangement.

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    Pauling, L

    1989-11-01

    The twofold-axis electron-diffraction photographs of icosahedral quasicrystals are of three kinds, reflecting three different structures of the cubic crystals that by icosahedral twinning form the quasicrystals. The first kind, represented by Al(13)Cu(4)Fe(3), contains two very large icosahedral complexes, each of about 4680 atoms, in the body-centered arrangement, with six smaller icosahedral complexes (104 atoms each) in the principal interstices. The second kind, represented by Al(5)Mn, contains four of the very large complexes in the face-centered arrangement (cubic close packing), with four of the smaller clusters in the interstices. The third kind, represented by Al(6)CuLi(3), contains eight icosahedral complexes, each of about 1350 atoms, in the beta-W arrangement. The supporting evidence for these cubic structures is discussed as well as other evidence showing that the simple quasicrystal theory, which states that quasicrystals do not involve any translational identity operations, has to be modified.

  9. Additional evidence from x-ray powder diffraction patterns that icosahedral quasi-crystals of intermetallic compounds are twinned cubic crystals

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    Pauling, L. )

    1988-07-01

    Analysis of the measured values of Q for the weak peaks (small maxima, usually considered to be background fluctuations, noise) on the x-ray powder diffraction curves for 17 rapidly quenched alloys leads directly to the conclusion that they are formed by an 820-atom or 1012-atom primitive cubic structure that by icosahedral twinning produces the so-called icosahedral quasi-crystals.

  10. Quasicrystals at extreme conditions: The role of pressure in stabilizing icosahedral Al63Cu24Fe13 at high temperature

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    Stagno, Vincenzo; Bindi, Luca; Park, Changyong; ...

    2015-11-20

    Icosahedrite, the first natural quasicrystal with composition Al63Cu24Fe13, was discovered in several grains of the Khatyrka meteorite, a unique CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. The presence in the meteorite fragments of icosahedrite strictly associated with high-pressure phases like ahrensite and stishovite indicates a formation conditions at high pressures and temperatures, likely during an impact-induced shock occurred in contact with the reducing solar nebula gas. In contrast, previous experimental studies on the stability of synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe, which were limited to ambient pressure, indicated incongruent melting at ~1123 K, while high-pressure experiments carried out at room temperature showed structural stability up to aboutmore » 35 GPa. These data are insufficient to experimentally constrain the formation and stability of icosahedrite under extreme conditions. Here we present the results of in situ high pressure experiments using diamond anvil cells of the compressional behavior of synthetic icosahedrite up to ~50 GPa at room temperature. Simultaneous high P-T experiments have been also carried out using both laser-heated diamond anvil cells combined with in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction (at ~42 GPa) and multi-anvil apparatus (at 21 GPa) to investigate the structural evolution of icosahedral Al63Cu24Fe13 and crystallization of possible coexisting phases. The results demonstrate that the quasiperiodic symmetry of icosahedrite is retained over the entire experimental pressure range explored. In addition, we show that pressure acts to stabilize the icosahedral symmetry at temperatures much higher than previously reported. Based on our experimental study, direct crystallization of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals from an unusual Al-Cu-rich melt would be possible but limited to a narrow temperature range beyond which crystalline phases would form, like those observed in the Khatyrka meteorite. Here, an alternative mechanism would consist in late formation of

  11. Influence of leaching on surface composition, microstructure, and valence band of single grain icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal

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    Lowe, M.; Yadav, T. P.; Fournée, V.; Ledieu, J.; McGrath, R.; Sharma, H. R.

    2015-03-01

    The use of quasicrystals as precursors to catalysts for the steam reforming of methanol is potentially one of the most important applications of these new materials. To develop application as a technology requires a detailed understanding of the microscopic behavior of the catalyst. Here, we report the effect of leaching treatments on the surface microstructure, chemical composition, and valence band of the icosahedral (i-) Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal in an attempt to prepare a model catalyst. The high symmetry fivefold surface of a single grain i-Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal was leached with NaOH solution for varying times, and the resulting surface was characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The leaching treatments preferentially remove Al producing a capping layer consisting of Fe and Cu oxides. The subsurface layer contains elemental Fe and Cu in addition to the oxides. The quasicrystalline bulk structure beneath remains unchanged. The subsurface gradually becomes Fe3O4 rich with increasing leaching time. The surface after leaching exhibits micron sized dodecahedral cavities due to preferential leaching along the fivefold axis. Nanoparticles of the transition metals and their oxides are precipitated on the surface after leaching. The size of the nanoparticles is estimated by high resolution transmission microscopy to be 5-20 nm, which is in agreement with the AFM results. Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) confirms the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles. SAED further reveals the formation of an interface between the high atomic density lattice planes of nanoparticles and the quasicrystal. These results provide an important insight into the preparation of model catalysts of nanoparticles for steam reforming of methanol.

  12. Influence of leaching on surface composition, microstructure, and valence band of single grain icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal.

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    Lowe, M; Yadav, T P; Fournée, V; Ledieu, J; McGrath, R; Sharma, H R

    2015-03-07

    The use of quasicrystals as precursors to catalysts for the steam reforming of methanol is potentially one of the most important applications of these new materials. To develop application as a technology requires a detailed understanding of the microscopic behavior of the catalyst. Here, we report the effect of leaching treatments on the surface microstructure, chemical composition, and valence band of the icosahedral (i-) Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal in an attempt to prepare a model catalyst. The high symmetry fivefold surface of a single grain i-Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal was leached with NaOH solution for varying times, and the resulting surface was characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The leaching treatments preferentially remove Al producing a capping layer consisting of Fe and Cu oxides. The subsurface layer contains elemental Fe and Cu in addition to the oxides. The quasicrystalline bulk structure beneath remains unchanged. The subsurface gradually becomes Fe3O4 rich with increasing leaching time. The surface after leaching exhibits micron sized dodecahedral cavities due to preferential leaching along the fivefold axis. Nanoparticles of the transition metals and their oxides are precipitated on the surface after leaching. The size of the nanoparticles is estimated by high resolution transmission microscopy to be 5-20 nm, which is in agreement with the AFM results. Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) confirms the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles. SAED further reveals the formation of an interface between the high atomic density lattice planes of nanoparticles and the quasicrystal. These results provide an important insight into the preparation of model catalysts of nanoparticles for steam reforming of methanol.

  13. Influence of leaching on surface composition, microstructure, and valence band of single grain icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal

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    Lowe, M.; McGrath, R.; Sharma, H. R.; Yadav, T. P.; Fournée, V.; Ledieu, J.

    2015-03-07

    The use of quasicrystals as precursors to catalysts for the steam reforming of methanol is potentially one of the most important applications of these new materials. To develop application as a technology requires a detailed understanding of the microscopic behavior of the catalyst. Here, we report the effect of leaching treatments on the surface microstructure, chemical composition, and valence band of the icosahedral (i-) Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal in an attempt to prepare a model catalyst. The high symmetry fivefold surface of a single grain i-Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal was leached with NaOH solution for varying times, and the resulting surface was characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The leaching treatments preferentially remove Al producing a capping layer consisting of Fe and Cu oxides. The subsurface layer contains elemental Fe and Cu in addition to the oxides. The quasicrystalline bulk structure beneath remains unchanged. The subsurface gradually becomes Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} rich with increasing leaching time. The surface after leaching exhibits micron sized dodecahedral cavities due to preferential leaching along the fivefold axis. Nanoparticles of the transition metals and their oxides are precipitated on the surface after leaching. The size of the nanoparticles is estimated by high resolution transmission microscopy to be 5-20 nm, which is in agreement with the AFM results. Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) confirms the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles. SAED further reveals the formation of an interface between the high atomic density lattice planes of nanoparticles and the quasicrystal. These results provide an important insight into the preparation of model catalysts of nanoparticles for steam reforming of methanol.

  14. Speculation of equilibrium pressure of Ti{sub 36}Zr{sub 40}Ni{sub 20}Pd{sub 4} icosahedral quasicrystal

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    Huang, Huogen; Chen, Liang

    2015-08-17

    Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals have been demonstrated to store a large number of hydrogen atoms, which implies strong potential application in hydrogen energy field for them. However, the desorption of hydrogen atoms in the quasicrystals is quite difficult, with the indication of high desorption temperature and slow desorption rate. The shortage limits their use in the field to a large extent. But this kind of quasicrystals might be used in nuclear fusion energy field, because tritium as a coral fuel for nuclear fusion needs tight storage. However, equilibrium pressure at room temperature of Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals, important for their application in fusion energy field, has not been clear yet. In this work, we designed a gas-solid reaction system with the pressure resolution of 10{sup −8}Pa and carried out hydrogen desorption investigation at different temperatures on Ti{sub 36}Zr{sub 40}Ni{sub 20}Pd{sub 4} icosahedral quasicrystal. Based on three Pressure-Composition-Temperature desorption curves, we speculate according to Van’t Hoff theory about hydrogen storage that its equilibrium pressure at room temperature could be at the magnitude of 10{sup −6}Pa, displaying good stability of hydrogen in the quasicrystal and also implying application prospects in fusion energy field for quasicrystals of this type.

  15. Intrinsic electrical, magnetic, and thermal properties of single-crystalline Al64Cu23Fe13 icosahedral quasicrystal: Experiment and modeling

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    Dolinšek, J.; Vrtnik, S.; Klanjšek, M.; Jagličić, Z.; Smontara, A.; Smiljanić, I.; Bilušić, A.; Yokoyama, Y.; Inoue, A.; Landauro, C. V.

    2007-08-01

    In order to test for the true intrinsic properties of icosahedral i-Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals, we performed investigations of magnetism, electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power, and thermal conductivity on a single-crystalline Al64Cu23Fe13 quasicrystal grown by the Czochralski technique. This sample shows superior quasicrystallinity, an almost phason-free structure, and excellent thermal stability. Magnetic measurements revealed that the sample is best classified as a weak paramagnet. Electrical resistivity exhibits a negative temperature coefficient with ρ4K=3950μΩcm and R=ρ4K/ρ300K=1.8 , whereas the thermopower exhibits a sign reversal at T=278K . Simultaneous analysis of the resistivity and thermopower using spectral-conductivity model showed that the Fermi energy is located at the minimum of the pseudogap in the spectral conductivity σ(ɛ) . Thermal conductivity is anomalously low for an alloy of metallic elements. Comparing the physical properties of the investigated single-crystalline Al64Cu23Fe13 quasicrystal to literature reports on polycrystalline i-Al-Cu-Fe material, we conclude that there are no systematic differences between the high-quality single-crystalline and polycrystalline i-Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals, except for the hindering of long-range transport by grain boundaries in the polycrystalline material. The so far reported physical properties of i-Al-Cu-Fe appear to be intrinsic to this family of icosahedral quasicrystals, regardless of the form of the material.

  16. Schottky effect in the i -Zn-Ag-Sc-Tm icosahedral quasicrystal and its 1/1 Zn-Sc-Tm approximant

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    Jazbec, S.; Kashimoto, S.; Koželj, P.; Vrtnik, S.; Jagodič, M.; Jagličić, Z.; Dolinšek, J.

    2016-02-01

    The analysis of low-temperature specific heat of rare-earth (RE)-containing quasicrystals and periodic approximants and consequent interpretation of their electronic properties in the T →0 limit is frequently hampered by the Schottky effect, where crystalline electric fields lift the degeneracy of the RE-ion Hund's rule ground state and introduce additional contribution to the specific heat. In this paper we study the low-temperature specific heat of a thulium-containing i -Zn-Ag-Sc-Tm icosahedral quasicrystal and its 1/1 Zn-Sc-Tm approximant, both being classified as "Schottky" systems. We have derived the crystal-field Hamiltonian for pentagonal symmetry of the crystalline electric field, pertinent to the class of Tsai-type icosahedral quasicrystals and their approximants, where the RE ions are located on fivefold axes of the icosahedral atomic cluster. Using the leading term of this Hamiltonian, we have calculated analytically the Schottky specific heat in the presence of an external magnetic field and made comparison to the experimental specific heat of the investigated quasicrystal and approximant. When the low-temperature specific heat C is analyzed in a C /T versus T2 scale (as it is customarily done for metallic specimens), the Schottky specific heat yields an upturn in the T →0 limit that cannot be easily distinguished from a similar upturn produced by the electron-electron interactions in exchange-enhanced systems and strongly correlated systems. Our results show that extraction of the electronic properties of RE-containing quasicrystals from their low-temperature specific heat may be uncertain in the presence of the Schottky effect.

  17. Lattice dynamics of the icosahedral quasicrystals i-ZnMgSc and i-ZnAgSc and the cubic 1/1-approximant Zn6Sc.

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    Euchner, H; Yamada, T; Rols, S; Ishimasa, T; Ollivier, J; Schober, H; Mihalkovic, M; de Boissieu, M

    2014-02-05

    A comparison of periodic approximants and their quasicrystalline counterparts offers the opportunity to better understand the structure, physical properties and stabilizing mechanisms of these complex phases. We present a combined experimental and computational study of the lattice dynamics of the icosahedral quasicrystals i-ZnMgSc and i-ZnAgSc and compare these to the lattice dynamics of the cubic 1/1-approximant Zn6Sc. The two phases, quasicrystal and approximant, are built up from the same atomic clusters, which are packed either quasiperiodically or on a body centered cubic lattice, respectively. Using inelastic neutron scattering and atomic scale simulations, we show that the vibrational spectra of these three systems are very similar, however, they contain a clear signature of the increasing structural complexity from approximant to quasicrystal.

  18. Tetrahedron dynamics in the icosahedral quasicrystals i-ZnMgSc and i-ZnAgSc and the cubic 1/1-approximant Zn6Sc.

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    Euchner, H; Yamada, T; Rols, S; Ishimasa, T; Kaneko, Y; Ollivier, J; Schober, H; Mihalkovic, M; de Boissieu, M

    2013-03-20

    A comparison of periodic approximants and their quasicrystalline counterparts offers the opportunity to better understand the structure, physical properties and stabilizing mechanisms of these complex phases. We present a combined experimental and molecular dynamics study of the lattice dynamics of the icosahedral quasicrystals i-ZnMgSc and i-ZnAgSc and compare it to recently published results obtained for the cubic 1/1-approximant Zn(6)Sc. Both phases, quasicrystal and approximant, are built up from large atomic clusters which contain a tetrahedral shell at the cluster centre and are packed either quasiperiodically or on a bcc lattice. Using quasielastic neutron scattering and atomic scale simulations, we show that in the quasicrystal the tetrahedra display a dynamics similar to that observed in the 1/1-approximant: the tetrahedra behave as a 'single molecule' and reorient dynamically on a timescale of the order of a few ps. The tetrahedra reorientation is accompanied by a large distortion of the surrounding cluster shells which provide a unique dynamical flexibility to the quasicrystal. However, whereas in the 1/1-approximant the tetrahedron reorientation is observed down to T(c) = 160 K, where a phase transition takes place, in the quasicrystal the tetrahedron dynamics is gradually freezing from 550 to 300 K, similarly to a glassy system.

  19. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Surface Structures of Icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe Quasicrystals

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    Cai, Tanhong

    2001-01-01

    Three papers are included in this dissertation. The first paper: ''Structural aspects of the fivefold quasicrystalline Al-Cu-Fe surface from STM and dynamical LEED studies'', is in press with ''Surface Science''. The second paper: ''An STM study of the atomic structure of the icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe fivefold surface'' is submitted to ''Physical Review B, Rapid Communication''. The third paper: ''Pseudomorphic starfish: arrangement of extrinsic metal atoms on a quasicrystalline substrate'' is submitted to ''Nature''. Following the third paper are general conclusions and appendices that document the published paper ''Structural aspects of the three-fold surface of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn'' (appearing in volume 461, issue 1-3 of ''Surface Science'' on page L521-L527, 2000), the design as well as the specifications of the aluminum evaporator used in the aluminum deposition study in this dissertation, an extended discussion of the aluminum deposition on the quasicrystalline surface, and the STM database.

  20. Unoccupied electronic states of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals: Evidence of image potential resonance and pseudogap

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    Maniraj, M; Rai, Abhishek; Barman, S R; Krajci, M; Schlagel, Deborah L; Lograsso, Thomas A; Horn, K

    2014-09-01

    We study the unoccupied region of the electronic structure of the fivefold symmetric surface of an icosahedral (i) Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal. A feature that exhibits parabolic dispersion with an effective mass of (1.15±0.1)me and tracks the change in the work function is assigned to an image potential resonance because our density functional calculation shows an absence of band gap in the respective energy region. We show that Sn grows pseudomorphically on i-Al-Pd-Mn as predicted by density functional theory calculations, and the energy of the image potential resonance tracks the change in the work function with Sn coverage. The image potential resonance appears much weaker in the spectrum from the related crystalline Al-Pd-Mn surface, demonstrating that its strength is related to the compatibility of the quasiperiodic wave functions in i-Al-Pd-Mn with the free-electron-like image potential states. Our investigation of the energy region immediately above EF provides unambiguous evidence for the presence of a pseudogap, in agreement with our density functional theory calculations.

  1. Magnetoresistance in i-R-Cd icosahedral quasicrystals (R=Y, Gd)

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    Saraswat, Garima; Popović, Dragana; Kong, Tai; Bud'Ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    We use magnetoresistance (MR) to probe the electronic properties of the recently discovered binary quasicrystals (QCs) i-Gd-Cd and i-Y-Cd, with and without local magnetic moments, respectively. DC magnetization has revealed spin-glass freezing in i-Gd-Cd at a temperature Tf = 4 . 6 K. MR was measured at 1 . 6 <= T (K) <= 300 and in magnetic fields H up to 12 T. The most interesting behavior is observed in i-Gd-Cd, in which the MR exhibits thermo-magnetic history dependence at low T. In particular, there is a clear difference between the ZFC and FC values of the low-field positive MR. In contrast, the i-Y-Cd MR does not depend on magnetic history. The onset of the history dependent MR at T ~ 20 K >Tf , when the QC with local magnetic moments is cooled in a high field of 12 T, may be related to the formation of magnetic clusters above Tf, as inferred from the magnetization and specific heat studies. Possible mechanisms responsible for the striking coupling between charge transport and local magnetic environment observed in the MR will be discussed. Work at the NHMFL supported by NSF Grant No. DMR-1307075, the NSF Cooperative Agreement No. DMR-0654118 and the State of Florida. Work at Ames Lab (TK, SLB and PCC) supported by the U.S. D.O.E / B.E.S under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  2. Development of an icosahedral quasicrystal and two approximants in the Ca-Au-Sn system: syntheses and structural analyses.

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    Lin, Qisheng; Corbett, John D

    2010-11-15

    The realm of Tsai-type (YCd(6)-type) quasicrystals (QCs) and their approximants (ACs) continues to expand to the east in the periodic table. The heavy tetrel Sn is now one of the major components in the new Ca(15.0(5))Au(60.0(4))Sn(25.0(2)) (atom %) icosahedral QC and in the corresponding 1/1 and 2/1 ACs. (The 2/1 AC with Yb is also established.) Single-crystal X-ray diffraction on a 1/1 AC gives the refined formula of Ca(3)Au(14.36(3))Sn(4.38(5)) in space group Im3, a = 15.131(1) Å, whereas a representative 2/1 AC gives Ca(13)Au(47.2(1))Sn(28.1(1)), Pa3 and a = 24.444(1) Å. Both ACs contain five-shell multiply endohedral triacontahedral clusters as the common building blocks, as in the parent structure of YCd(6). The 2/1 AC also contains four Ca(2)-dimer-centered prolate rhombohedra (PRs) in the unit cell. The long-range order between triacontahedra and PRs in the 2/1 AC is the same as those in Bergman-type 2/1 ACs. A TB-LMTO-ASA calculation on an ideal 1/1 AC model reveals a shallow pseudogap in the total densities-of-states data around the Fermi energy, as expected. The depth of the pseudogap is considerably enhanced through interactions between the Ca 3d states and s and p states of Au and Sn.

  3. Icosahedral quasicrystals as twins of cubic crystals containing large icosahedral clusters of atoms: The 1012-atom primitive cubic structure of Al(6)CuLi(3), the C-phase Al(37)Cu(3)Li(21)Mg(3), and GaMg(2)Zn(3).

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    Pauling, L

    1988-06-01

    Single-grain precession x-ray diffraction photographs of Al(6)CuLi(3) have been successfully indexed on the basis of icosahedral twinning of cubic crystals with a 1012-atom primitive cubic unit with edge 25.70 A, giving support to the proposal that the so-called icosahedral quasicrystals are twins of crystals containing eight large icosahedral clusters in the beta-W arrangement. In this compound two of the clusters consist of 104 atoms and six consist of 136 atoms, with 24 atoms shared. The same structure is assigned to the C-phase, Al(37)Cu(3)Li(21)Mg(3), and to GaMg(2)Zn(3). A theory of icosahedral quasicrystals and amorphous metals is described.

  4. Icosahedral quasicrystals as twins of cubic crystals containing large icosahedral clusters of atoms: The 1012-atom primitive cubic structure of Al6CuLi3, the C-phase Al37Cu3Li21Mg3, and GaMg2Zn3

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    Pauling, Linus

    1988-01-01

    Single-grain precession x-ray diffraction photographs of Al6CuLi3 have been successfully indexed on the basis of icosahedral twinning of cubic crystals with a 1012-atom primitive cubic unit with edge 25.70 Å, giving support to the proposal that the so-called icosahedral quasicrystals are twins of crystals containing eight large icosahedral clusters in the β-W arrangement. In this compound two of the clusters consist of 104 atoms and six consist of 136 atoms, with 24 atoms shared. The same structure is assigned to the C-phase, Al37Cu3Li21Mg3, and to GaMg2Zn3. A theory of icosahedral quasicrystals and amorphous metals is described. PMID:16593929

  5. Studies of Icosahedral Quasicrystals

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    1986-08-01

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  6. Local atomic structure and the valence band structure of the rhombic-triacontahedral quasicrystal, its 1/1 approximant, and the Mackay-icosahedral quasicrystal in the Al-Mg-Pd alloy system

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    Takeuchi, Tsunehiro; Mizutani, Uichiro; Yamaguchi, Shinji; Fukunaga, Toshiharu; Mizuno, Takayuki; Tanaka, Nobuo

    1998-11-01

    The rhombic-triacontahedral-type quasicrystal (RT-QC), its (1/1, 1/1, 1/1) approximant (RT-1/1) and the Mackay-icosahedral-type quasicrystal (MI-QC) can be formed in the Al-Mg-Pd system. The radial distribution function RDF(r) spectra of the three compounds is derived from neutron diffraction experiments. Powdered x-ray diffraction Rietveld refinement is also carried out to determine the atomic structure of the RT-1/1, and the refined data are converted to the RDF(r). The interatomic distance of the Al-Pd pair in the RT-1/1 and RT-QC is found to be remarkably shortened relative to that calculated from the hard sphere model with Goldschmidt radii. In the MI-QC, the interatomic distance of the Al-Pd pair is further shortened. In addition, the shortening of the interatomic distance is also observed in the Mg-Pd pair. The valence band spectra studied by the x-ray photoemission spectroscopy and soft x-ray spectroscopy clearly show the formation of the bonding and antibonding states associated with the Al-Pd and Mg-Pd atomic pairs in the MI-QC. The results are consistent with the shortening of the interatomic distances derived from the structure analysis. The reason for the possession of the highest resistivity in the MI-QC among the three compounds is attributed to the formation of the covalent bonding between Al-Pd and Mg-Pd atomic pairs.

  7. Scanning tuneeling microscopy studies of fivefold surfaces of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals and of thin silver films on those surfaces

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    Unal, Baris

    2008-01-01

    The present work in this dissertation mainly focuses on the clean fivefold surfaces of i-Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals as well as the nucleation and growth of Ag films on these surfaces. In addition, Ag film growth on NiAl(110) has been explored in the frame of this dissertation. First, we have investigated the equilibration of a fivefold surface of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal at 900-915 K and 925-950 K, using Omicron variable temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Annealing at low temperatures resulted in many voids on some terraces while the others were almost void-free. After annealing at 925-950K, void-rich terraces became much rarer. Our STM images suggest that through growth and coalescence of the voids, a different termination becomes exposed on host terraces. All of these observations in our study indicate that even after the quasicrystalline terrace-step structure appears, it evolves with time and temperature. More specifically, based on the STM observations, we conclude that during the annealing a wide range of energetically similar layers nucleate as surface terminations, however, with increasing temperature (and time) this distribution gets narrower via elimination of the metastable void-rich terraces. Next, we have examined the bulk structural models of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal in terms of the densities, compositions and interplanar spacings for the fivefold planes that might represent physical surface terminations. In our analyses, we mainly have focused on four deterministic models which have no partial or mixed occupancy but we have made some comparisons with an undeterministic model. We have compared the models with each other and also with the available experimental data including STM, LEED-IV, XPD and LEIS. In all deterministic models, there are two different families of layers (a pair of planes), and the nondeterministic model contains similar group of planes. These two families differ in terms of the chemical decoration of

  8. Magnetic and transport properties of i-R-Cd icosahedral quasicrystals (R=Y, Gd-Tm)

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    Kong, Tai; Bud'ko, Sergey L.; Jesche, Anton; McArthur, John; Kreyssig, Andreas; Goldman, Alan I.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2014-07-01

    We present a detailed characterization of the recently discovered i-R-Cd (R=Y,Gd-Tm) binary quasicrystals by means of x-ray diffraction, temperature-dependent dc and ac magnetization, temperature-dependent resistance, and temperature-dependent specific heat measurements. Structurally, the broadening of x-ray diffraction peaks found for i-R-Cd is dominated by frozen-in phason strain, which is essentially independent of R. i-Y-Cd is weakly diamagnetic and manifests a temperature-independent susceptibility. i-Gd-Cd can be characterized as a spin glass below 4.6 K via dc magnetization cusp, a third order nonlinear magnetic susceptibility peak, a frequency-dependent freezing temperature, and a broad maximum in the specific heat. i-R-Cd (R=Ho-Tm) is similar to i-Gd-Cd in terms of features observed in thermodynamic measurements. i-Tb-Cd and i-Dy-Cd do not show a clear cusp in their zero-field-cooled dc magnetization data, but instead show a more rounded, broad local maximum. The resistivity for i-R-Cd is of order 300μΩ cm and weakly temperature dependent. The characteristic freezing temperatures for i-R-Cd (R=Gd-Tm) deviate from the de Gennes scaling, in a manner consistent with crystal electric field splitting induced local moment anisotropy.

  9. An Icosahedral Quasicrystal and Its 1/0 Crystalline Approximant in the Ca–Au–Al System

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    Pham, Joyce; Kreyssig, Andreas; Goldman, Alan I.; Miller, Gordon J.

    2016-10-17

    A new icosahedral quasicrystalline phase, CaAu4.5–xAl1.5+x [0.11 ≤ x ≤ 0.40(6); CaAu4.4Al1.6, aQC = 5.383(4) Å, and Pm35], and its lowest-order 1/0 cubic crystalline approximant phase, CaAu3+xAl1–x [0 ≤ x ≤ 0.31(1); a = 9.0766(5)–9.1261(8) Å, Pa3(No. 205), and Pearson symbol cP40], have been discovered in the Ca-poor region of the Ca–Au–Al system. In the crystalline approximant, eight [Au3–xAl1+x] tetrahedra fill the unit cell, and each tetrahedron is surrounded by four Ca atoms, thus forming a three-dimensional network of {Ca4/4[Au3–xAl1+x]} tetrahedral stars. A computational study of Au and Al site preferences concurs with the experimental results, which indicate a preference for near-neighbor Au–Al interactions over Au–Au and Al–Al interactions. Analysis of the electronic density of states and the associated crystal orbital Hamilton population curves was used to rationalize the descriptions of CaAu4.5–xAl1.5+x [0.11 ≤ x ≤ 0.46(6)] and CaAu3+xAl1–x [0 ≤ x ≤ 0.31(1)] as polar intermetallic species, whereby Ca atoms engage in polar covalent bonding with the electronegative, electron-deficient [Au3–xAl1+x] tetrahedral clusters and the observed phase width of the crystalline approximant.

  10. Advances in Natural Quasicrystals and Quasicrystal Tilings

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    Lin, Chaney C.

    The first part of this dissertation reports recent progress on natural quasicrystals. We present new evidence from a fragment of the quasicrystal-bearing CV3 carbonaceous chondritic meteorite Khatyrka that shows cross-cutting relationships and redox reaction between Al-Cu-bearing alloys and silicate phases. The new evidence establishes that the Al-Cu-bearing alloys (including quasicrystals) formed in outer space during a complex, multi-stage process. Some Al-bearing grains (including some quasicrystals) formed as a direct result of an impact in space a few 100 Ma. Most other Al-bearing grains (including quasicrystals) existed prior to the impact and thus formed in space at an earlier time. We also present the discovery of two new quasicrystals, including a second distinct Al-Cu-Fe icosahedral phase in Khatyrka--the first quasicrystal found in nature prior to discovery in the lab--and a synthetic Al-Fe-Cu-Cr-Ni icosahedral phase--the first quasicrystal to be synthesized in a laboratory shock experiment. In the second part of this dissertation, we explore how different local isomorphism (LI) classes of quasicrystals vary in their structural and physical properties. We examine the continuum of LI classes of pentagonal quasicrystal tilings obtained by direct projection from a five-dimensional hypercubic lattice. Our initial focus is on hyperuniformity, the suppression of long-wavelength density fluctuations relative to typical structurally disordered systems. We study how the degree of hyperuniformity depends on LI class. The results show that the degree of hyperuniformity is dominantly determined by the local distribution of vertex environments, and also exhibits a non-negligible dependence on the restorability. Among the pentagonal quasicrystal tilings, the Penrose tiling is the most hyperuniform. The difference in the degree of hyperuniformity is expected to affect physical characteristics, such as transport properties. We then turn to a study of photonic

  11. Quasicrystals at extreme conditions: The role of pressure in stabilizing icosahedral Al63Cu24Fe13 at high temperature

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    Stagno, Vincenzo; Bindi, Luca; Park, Changyong; Tkachev, Sergey; Prakapenka, Vitali B.; Mao, H. -K.; Hemley, Russell J.; Steinhardt, Paul J.; Fei, Yingwei

    2015-11-20

    Icosahedrite, the first natural quasicrystal with composition Al63Cu24Fe13, was discovered in several grains of the Khatyrka meteorite, a unique CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. The presence in the meteorite fragments of icosahedrite strictly associated with high-pressure phases like ahrensite and stishovite indicates a formation conditions at high pressures and temperatures, likely during an impact-induced shock occurred in contact with the reducing solar nebula gas. In contrast, previous experimental studies on the stability of synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe, which were limited to ambient pressure, indicated incongruent melting at ~1123 K, while high-pressure experiments carried out at room temperature showed structural stability up to about 35 GPa. These data are insufficient to experimentally constrain the formation and stability of icosahedrite under extreme conditions. Here we present the results of in situ high pressure experiments using diamond anvil cells of the compressional behavior of synthetic icosahedrite up to ~50 GPa at room temperature. Simultaneous high P-T experiments have been also carried out using both laser-heated diamond anvil cells combined with in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction (at ~42 GPa) and multi-anvil apparatus (at 21 GPa) to investigate the structural evolution of icosahedral Al63Cu24Fe13 and crystallization of possible coexisting phases. The results demonstrate that the quasiperiodic symmetry of icosahedrite is retained over the entire experimental pressure range explored. In addition, we show that pressure acts to stabilize the icosahedral symmetry at temperatures much higher than previously reported. Based on our experimental study, direct crystallization of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals from an unusual Al-Cu-rich melt would be possible but limited to a narrow temperature range beyond which crystalline phases would form, like those observed in the Khatyrka meteorite. Here, an

  12. Non-close-packed three-dimensional quasicrystals

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    Damasceno, Pablo F.; Glotzer, Sharon C.; Engel, Michael

    2017-06-01

    Quasicrystals are frequently encountered in condensed matter. They are important candidates for equilibrium phases from the atomic scale to the nanoscale. Here, we investigate the computational self-assembly of four quasicrystals in a single model system of identical particles interacting with a tunable isotropic pair potential. We reproduce a known icosahedral quasicrystal and report a decagonal quasicrystal, a dodecagonal quasicrystal, and an octagonal quasicrystal. The quasicrystals have low coordination number or occur in systems with mesoscale density variations. We also report a network gel phase.

  13. A comparative study of the magnetic properties of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) and the icosahedral quasicrystal Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14).

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    Wang, P; Stadnik, Z M; Al-Qadi, K; Przewoźnik, J

    2009-10-28

    We report on measurements of the dc and ac magnetic susceptibility, (155)Gd Mössbauer spectra, and specific heat of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14), and of the ac magnetic susceptibility of the icosahedral quasicrystal Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14). These alloys are shown to be spin glasses. For the icosahedral quasicrystal Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14), spin freezing occurs at T(f) = 4.3 K, and the frequency dependence of T(f) is well accounted for by the Vogel-Fulcher and power laws. Spin freezing in the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) occurs in two stages: at T(f(1)) = 3.7 K, Gd spins develop short-range correlations but continue to fluctuate, and then long-range freezing is achieved at T(f(2)) = 2.4 K. The frequency dependences of T(f(1)) and T(f(2)) can be accounted for by means of the Vogel-Fulcher law and the critical slowing down dynamics. It is shown that the spin freezing in both alloys is a nonequilibrium phenomenon rather than a true equilibrium phase transition. The (155)Gd Mössbauer spectra of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) confirm that the Gd spins are frozen at 1.5 K and are fluctuating at 4.6 K. The magnetic specific heat exhibits a maximum at a temperature that is 30% larger than T(f(1)), but the temperature derivative of the magnetic entropy peaks at T(f(1)). The Debye temperature of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) is 199(1) K as determined from the Mössbauer data, and 205(2) K as determined from the specific heat data.

  14. A Compton scattering study on the Hume-Rothery mechanism of AlCu TM (TM: transition metal) quasicrystals

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    Okada, J. T.; Sakurai, Y.; Watanabe, Y.; Ishikawa, R.; Yokoyama, Y.; Hiraoka, N.; Itou, M.; Nanao, S.

    2006-08-01

    The electron momentum distributions in icosahedral Al64Cu23Fe13, icosahedral Al63Cu23Ru13 and decagonal Al65Cu15Co20 quasicrystals have been studied using the high-resolution Compton scattering technique. The electron-per-atom ratios (e/a) of the quasicrystals were determined quantitatively for the first time from the Compton profiles. The radii of the Fermi spheres were evaluated from the values of e/a on the basis of the free-electron model. Comparisons between the radius of the Fermi spheres and the size of the quasi-Brillouin zones show that the icosahedral quasicrystals meet the empirical matching condition, while the decagonal quasicrystal does not do this so well. This implies that the Hume-Rothery mechanism works for the formation of the pseudogap near the Fermi level in the icosahedral quasicrystals, although it operates only slightly in the decagonal quasicrystal.

  15. Multiple scattering of light in three-dimensional photonic quasicrystals.

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    Ledermann, Alexandra; Wiersma, Diederik S; Wegener, Martin; von Freymann, Georg

    2009-02-02

    Recent experiments on three-dimensional icosahedral dielectric photonic quasicrystals have shown several unexpected features: transmitted femtosecond pulses developed a trailing "diffusive" exponential tail and the sum of (zeroth-order) transmittance and reflectance was well below unity. These experimental findings have previously been ascribed to sample imperfections. Here, we analyze these findings by using 3D periodic approximants of the ideal photonic quasicrystals. We show that the experimental observations can be explained in terms of multiple scattering of light within these structures, i.e., in terms of intrinsic rather than purely extrinsic quasicrystal properties.

  16. Foreword: Quasicrystals at Interfaces

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    Fournée, Vincent; Ledieu, Julian; Thiel, Patricia

    2008-08-01

    The term 'quasicrystals' stands for quasiperiodic crystals and by no means signifies that they are imperfect crystals. Quasicrystals represent a well-ordered state of matter just like periodic crystals, characterized by diffraction peaks as sharp as those for nearly perfect crystals such as silicon. But their long range order is aperiodic, and therefore they cannot be described by the periodic repetition of a small unit cell like normal crystals. Instead, quasiperiodic structures can be described as the three-dimensional restriction of a periodic structure embedded in a hyperspace of dimension N > 3. For example, a six-dimensional cubic lattice is used to generate the icosahedral quasilattice in three-dimensions. This is a general property of quasiperiodic functions, an archetype being the function f(x) = cos(x) + cos(√2x), which is the sum of two periodic functions with incommensurate periods. This function can be regarded as the restriction along the line with irrational slope y = √2x of the function F(x, y) = cos(x) + cos(y), which is periodic in the (x, y) plan. Quasicrystalline materials were discovered 25 years ago by D Shechtman et al in rapidly solidified Al-Mn alloys. Many quasicrystals have been identified since then in binary and ternary systems. Most of them present non-crystallographic rotational symmetry like five-fold or ten-fold axes. Interest in this new class of materials was further driven by their potentially useful physical properties, either in the form of functional coatings or as reinforcement particle in composites. These practical aspects in turn raised fundamental questions about the nature of interfaces between periodic and quasiperiodic materials. Interfaces are regions of high energy compared to the bulk, where atomic positions need to be adjusted on both sides of the interface to accommodate the two different lattices. How to describe interfaces and how nature minimizes the interface energy between a periodic and a quasiperiodic

  17. Quasiperiodic canonical-cell tiling with pseudo icosahedral symmetry

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    Fujita, Nobuhisa

    2017-10-01

    Icosahedral quasicrystals and their approximants are generally described as packing of icosahedral clusters. Experimental studies show that clusters in various approximants are orderly arranged, such that their centers are located at the nodes (or vertices) of a periodic tiling composed of four basic polyhedra called the canonical cells. This so called canonical-cell geometry is likely to serve as a common framework for modeling how clusters are arranged in approximants, while its applicability seems to extend naturally to icosahedral quasicrystals. To date, however, it has not been proved yet if the canonical cells can tile the space quasiperiodically, though we usually believe that clusters in icosahedral quasicrystals are arranged such that quasiperiodic long-range order as well as icosahedral point symmetry is maintained. In this paper, we report for the first time an iterative geometrical transformation of the canonical cells defining a so-called substitution rule, which we can use to generate a class of quasiperiodic canonical-cell tilings. Every single step of the transformation proceeds as follows: each cell is first enlarged by a magnification ratio of τ3 (τ = golden mean) and then subdivided into cells of the original size. Here, cells with an identical shape can be subdivided in several distinct manners depending on how their adjacent neighbors are arranged, and sixteen types of cells are identified in terms of unique subdivision. This class of quasiperiodic canonical-cell tilings presents the first realization of three-dimensional quasiperiodic tilings with fractal atomic surfaces. There are four distinct atomic surfaces associated with four sub-modules of the primitive icosahedral module, where a representative of the four submodules corresponds to the Σ = 4 coincidence site module of the icosahedral module. It follows that the present quasiperiodic tilings involve a kind of superlattice ordering that manifests itself in satellite peaks in the

  18. Bronze-mean hexagonal quasicrystal.

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    Dotera, Tomonari; Bekku, Shinichi; Ziherl, Primož

    2017-10-01

    The most striking feature of conventional quasicrystals is their non-traditional symmetry characterized by icosahedral, dodecagonal, decagonal or octagonal axes. The symmetry and the aperiodicity of these materials stem from an irrational ratio of two or more length scales controlling their structure, the best-known examples being the Penrose and the Ammann-Beenker tiling as two-dimensional models related to the golden and the silver mean, respectively. Surprisingly, no other metallic-mean tilings have been discovered so far. Here we propose a self-similar bronze-mean hexagonal pattern, which may be viewed as a projection of a higher-dimensional periodic lattice with a Koch-like snowflake projection window. We use numerical simulations to demonstrate that a disordered variant of this quasicrystal can be materialized in soft polymeric colloidal particles with a core-shell architecture. Moreover, by varying the geometry of the pattern we generate a continuous sequence of structures, which provide an alternative interpretation of quasicrystalline approximants observed in several metal-silicon alloys.

  19. Bronze-mean hexagonal quasicrystal

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    Dotera, Tomonari; Bekku, Shinichi; Ziherl, Primož

    2017-10-01

    The most striking feature of conventional quasicrystals is their non-traditional symmetry characterized by icosahedral, dodecagonal, decagonal or octagonal axes. The symmetry and the aperiodicity of these materials stem from an irrational ratio of two or more length scales controlling their structure, the best-known examples being the Penrose and the Ammann-Beenker tiling as two-dimensional models related to the golden and the silver mean, respectively. Surprisingly, no other metallic-mean tilings have been discovered so far. Here we propose a self-similar bronze-mean hexagonal pattern, which may be viewed as a projection of a higher-dimensional periodic lattice with a Koch-like snowflake projection window. We use numerical simulations to demonstrate that a disordered variant of this quasicrystal can be materialized in soft polymeric colloidal particles with a core-shell architecture. Moreover, by varying the geometry of the pattern we generate a continuous sequence of structures, which provide an alternative interpretation of quasicrystalline approximants observed in several metal-silicon alloys.

  20. Direct observation of solid-state reversed transformation from crystals to quasicrystals in a Mg alloy

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    Liu, Jian-Fang; Yang, Zhi-Qing; Ye, Heng-Qiang

    2015-01-01

    Phase transformation of quasicrystals is of interest in various fields of science and technology. Interestingly, we directly observed unexpected solid-state epitaxial nucleation and growth of Zn 6 Mg 3 Y icosahedral quasicrystals in a Mg alloy at about 573 K which is about 300 K below the melting point of Zn 6 Mg 3 Y, in contrast to formation of quasicrystals through solidification that was usually found in many alloys. Maximizing local packing density of atoms associated with segregation of Y and Zn in Mg adjacent to Mg/Zn 3 MgY interfaces triggered atomic rearrangement in Mg to form icosahedra coupled epitaxially with surface distorted icosahedra of Zn 3 MgY, which plays a critical role in the nucleation of icosahedral clusters. A local Zn:Mg:Y ratio close to 6:3:1, corresponding to a valence electron concentration of about 2.15, should have been reached to trigger the formation of quasicrystals at Mg/Zn 3 MgY interfaces. The solid-state icosahedral ordering in crystals opens a new window for growing quasicrystals and understanding their atomic origin mechanisms. Epitaxial growth of quasicrystals onto crystals can modify the surface/interface structures and properties of crystalline materials. PMID:26066096

  1. Direct observation of solid-state reversed transformation from crystals to quasicrystals in a Mg alloy.

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    Liu, Jian-Fang; Yang, Zhi-Qing; Ye, Heng-Qiang

    2015-06-12

    Phase transformation of quasicrystals is of interest in various fields of science and technology. Interestingly, we directly observed unexpected solid-state epitaxial nucleation and growth of Zn6Mg3Y icosahedral quasicrystals in a Mg alloy at about 573 K which is about 300 K below the melting point of Zn6Mg3Y, in contrast to formation of quasicrystals through solidification that was usually found in many alloys. Maximizing local packing density of atoms associated with segregation of Y and Zn in Mg adjacent to Mg/Zn3MgY interfaces triggered atomic rearrangement in Mg to form icosahedra coupled epitaxially with surface distorted icosahedra of Zn3MgY, which plays a critical role in the nucleation of icosahedral clusters. A local Zn:Mg:Y ratio close to 6:3:1, corresponding to a valence electron concentration of about 2.15, should have been reached to trigger the formation of quasicrystals at Mg/Zn3MgY interfaces. The solid-state icosahedral ordering in crystals opens a new window for growing quasicrystals and understanding their atomic origin mechanisms. Epitaxial growth of quasicrystals onto crystals can modify the surface/interface structures and properties of crystalline materials.

  2. Entropy-driven formation of large icosahedral colloidal clusters by spherical confinement

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    de Nijs, Bart; Dussi, Simone; Smallenburg, Frank; Meeldijk, Johannes D.; Groenendijk, Dirk J.; Filion, Laura; Imhof, Arnout; van Blaaderen, Alfons; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2015-01-01

    Icosahedral symmetry, which is not compatible with truly long-range order, can be found in many systems, such as liquids, glasses, atomic clusters, quasicrystals and virus-capsids. To obtain arrangements with a high degree of icosahedral order from tens of particles or more, interparticle attractive interactions are considered to be essential. Here, we report that entropy and spherical confinement suffice for the formation of icosahedral clusters consisting of up to 100,000 particles. Specifically, by using real-space measurements on nanometre- and micrometre-sized colloids, as well as computer simulations, we show that tens of thousands of hard spheres compressed under spherical confinement spontaneously crystallize into icosahedral clusters that are entropically favoured over the bulk face-centred cubic crystal structure. Our findings provide insights into the interplay between confinement and crystallization and into how these are connected to the formation of icosahedral structures.

  3. X-Ray and Electrostatic Levitation Undercooling Studies in Ti-Zr-Ni Quasicrystals Forming Alloys

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    Rogers, J. R.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, T. J.; Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Woo, G. L.; Hannet, L.; Krishnan, S.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The first undercooling nucleation measurements of electrostatic-levitated droplets of TiZrNi alloys that form the icosahedral quasicrystal phase (i-phase) are presented. The reduced undercooling for crystallization decreases with an increasing polytetrahedral order of the primary solidifying phase, supporting the existence of a developing icosahedral short-range order in the undercooled liquid. X-ray diffraction measurements made at the Advance Photon Source on levitated liquid droplets of these alloys at their liquidus temperatures, however, show no evidence for increased icosahedral order. This suggests that significant ordering only occurs below the melting temperature.

  4. Atomic dynamics of the α-(Al,Si)CuFe alloy: A crystalline approximant of a quasicrystal...

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    Parshin, P. P.; Zemlyanov, M. G.; Brand, R. A.; Pavlyuchkov, D.; Ollivier, J.

    2010-07-01

    The atomic dynamics of the Al0.550Si0.070Cu0.255Fe0.125 alloy with the structure that approximates the structure of an icosahedral quasicrystal with a similar chemical composition has been investigated using inelastic neutron scattering. The partial vibrational spectra of copper, iron, and aluminum atoms and the total spectrum of thermal vibrations of the compound have been directly reconstructed from the experimental data for the first time. A combined analysis of the results obtained and the data on the atomic dynamics of the i-AlCuFe icosahedral quasicrystal has been performed.

  5. Studies of Nucleation and Growth, Specific Heat and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystals and Polytetrahedral-Phase-Forming Alloys

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    Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, R. W.; Rogers, J. R.; Robinson, M. B.; Rathz, T. J.; Krishnan, S.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The local atomic structures of undercooled liquid metals are presumed to be icosahedral; this order is incompatible with translational periodicity, constituting a barrier to the nucleation of the crystal phase. The extended atomic structure of the icosahedral quasicrystal (i-phase) is similar to that presumed in the undercooled liquid. Therefore, a comparison of the maximum undercooling in alloys that form the i-phase with those that form crystal phases provides a probe of the liquid structure.

  6. Studies of Nucleation and Growth, Specific Heat and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystals and Polytetrahedral-Phase-Forming Alloys

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    Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, R. W.; Rogers, J. R.; Robinson, M. B.; Rathz, T. J.; Krishnan, S.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The local atomic structures of undercooled liquid metals are presumed to be icosahedral; this order is incompatible with translational periodicity, constituting a barrier to the nucleation of the crystal phase. The extended atomic structure of the icosahedral quasicrystal (i-phase) is similar to that presumed in the undercooled liquid. Therefore, a comparison of the maximum undercooling in alloys that form the i-phase with those that form crystal phases provides a probe of the liquid structure.

  7. Hyperuniformity of quasicrystals

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    Oǧuz, Erdal C.; Socolar, Joshua E. S.; Steinhardt, Paul J.; Torquato, Salvatore

    2017-02-01

    Hyperuniform systems, which include crystals, quasicrystals, and special disordered systems, have attracted considerable recent attention, but rigorous analyses of the hyperuniformity of quasicrystals have been lacking because the support of the spectral intensity is dense and discontinuous. We employ the integrated spectral intensity Z (k ) to quantitatively characterize the hyperuniformity of quasicrystalline point sets generated by projection methods. The scaling of Z (k ) as k tends to zero is computed for one-dimensional quasicrystals and shown to be consistent with independent calculations of the variance, σ2(R ) , in the number of points contained in an interval of length 2 R . We find that one-dimensional quasicrystals produced by projection from a two-dimensional lattice onto a line of slope 1 /τ fall into distinct classes determined by the width of the projection window. For a countable dense set of widths, Z (k ) ˜k4 ; for all others, Z (k ) ˜k2 . This distinction suggests that measures of hyperuniformity define new classes of quasicrystals in higher dimensions as well.

  8. First Observation of Heavy Fermion Behavior in Ce-Based Icosahedral Approximant

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    Imura, Keiichiro; Nobe, Kohei; Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Matsunami, Masaharu; Miyazaki, Hidetoshi; Yasui, Akira; Ikenaga, Eiji; Sato, Noriaki K.

    2017-09-01

    Since the discovery of unconventional quantum criticality in the Au-Al-Yb quasicrystal and pressure-induced quantum criticality in its approximant, quasicrystals and approximants with an icosahedral cluster of atoms have attracted much attention. Here we report magnetic, thermodynamic, transport, and hard x-ray photoemission spectroscopy experiments on the Ce-based approximant Ag-In-Ce. These results indicate the heavy fermion behavior of the 4f electrons and provide convincing evidence of a magnetic phase transition into a spin-glass-like short-range-ordered state at a low temperature. The Ag-In-Ce alloy is the first Ce-based heavy fermion approximant to a Tsai-type quasicrystal. Reflecting its unique crystal structure, the approximant shows an electrical resistivity distinct from that of traditional Kondo lattices.

  9. TOPICAL REVIEW: Icosahedral clusters, icosaheral order and stability of quasicrystals—a view of metallurgy

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    Tsai, An Pang

    2008-04-01

    We review the stability of various icosahedral quasicrystals (iQc) from a metallurgical viewpoint. The stability of stable iQcs is well interpreted in terms of Hume-Rothery rules, i.e. atomic size factor and valence electron concentration, e/a. For metastable iQcs, we discuss the role of phason disorder introduced by rapid solidification, in structural stability and its interplay with chemical order and composition. Invited paper.

  10. A smectic dodecagonal quasicrystal

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    Metere, Alfredo; Oleynikov, Peter; Dzugutov, Mikhail; ...

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we report a solid smectic phase that exhibits dodecagonal global order. It is composed of axially stacked hexagonally ordered particle layers, and its 12-fold rotational symmetry induced by the 30° rotation of adjacent layers with respect to each other. A quasicrystal was produced in a molecular-dynamics simulation of a single-component system of particles interacting via a spherically-symmetric potential. It was formed as a result of a first-order phase transition from an isotropic liquid state that occurred under constant-density cooling. This finding implies that a similarly structured quasicrystal can possibly be produced by the same class of systemsmore » as those forming smectic-B crystals. Lastly, this quasicrystal can also be expected to arise in a system of spherically-shaped colloidal particles with appropriately tuned potential.« less

  11. Collisions in outer space produced an icosahedral phase in the Khatyrka meteorite never observed previously in the laboratory

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    Bindi, Luca; Lin, Chaney; Ma, Chi; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2016-12-01

    We report the first occurrence of an icosahedral quasicrystal with composition Al62.0(8)Cu31.2(8)Fe6.8(4), outside the measured equilibrium stability field at standard pressure of the previously reported Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal (AlxCuyFez, with x between 61 and 64, y between 24 and 26, z between 12 and 13%). The new icosahedral mineral formed naturally and was discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a recently described CV3 carbonaceous chondrite that experienced shock metamorphism, local melting (with conditions exceeding 5 GPa and 1,200 °C in some locations), and rapid cooling, all of which likely resulted from impact-induced shock in space. This is the first example of a quasicrystal composition discovered in nature prior to being synthesized in the laboratory. The new composition was found in a grain that has a separate metal assemblage containing icosahedrite (Al63Cu24Fe13), currently the only other known naturally occurring mineral with icosahedral symmetry (though the latter composition had already been observed in the laboratory prior to its discovery in nature). The chemistry of both the icosahedral phases was characterized by electron microprobe, and the rotational symmetry was confirmed by means of electron backscatter diffraction.

  12. Collisions in outer space produced an icosahedral phase in the Khatyrka meteorite never observed previously in the laboratory

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    Bindi, Luca; Lin, Chaney; Ma, Chi; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2016-01-01

    We report the first occurrence of an icosahedral quasicrystal with composition Al62.0(8)Cu31.2(8)Fe6.8(4), outside the measured equilibrium stability field at standard pressure of the previously reported Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal (AlxCuyFez, with x between 61 and 64, y between 24 and 26, z between 12 and 13%). The new icosahedral mineral formed naturally and was discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a recently described CV3 carbonaceous chondrite that experienced shock metamorphism, local melting (with conditions exceeding 5 GPa and 1,200 °C in some locations), and rapid cooling, all of which likely resulted from impact-induced shock in space. This is the first example of a quasicrystal composition discovered in nature prior to being synthesized in the laboratory. The new composition was found in a grain that has a separate metal assemblage containing icosahedrite (Al63Cu24Fe13), currently the only other known naturally occurring mineral with icosahedral symmetry (though the latter composition had already been observed in the laboratory prior to its discovery in nature). The chemistry of both the icosahedral phases was characterized by electron microprobe, and the rotational symmetry was confirmed by means of electron backscatter diffraction. PMID:27929519

  13. Collisions in outer space produced an icosahedral phase in the Khatyrka meteorite never observed previously in the laboratory.

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    Bindi, Luca; Lin, Chaney; Ma, Chi; Steinhardt, Paul J

    2016-12-08

    We report the first occurrence of an icosahedral quasicrystal with composition Al62.0(8)Cu31.2(8)Fe6.8(4), outside the measured equilibrium stability field at standard pressure of the previously reported Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal (AlxCuyFez, with x between 61 and 64, y between 24 and 26, z between 12 and 13%). The new icosahedral mineral formed naturally and was discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a recently described CV3 carbonaceous chondrite that experienced shock metamorphism, local melting (with conditions exceeding 5 GPa and 1,200 °C in some locations), and rapid cooling, all of which likely resulted from impact-induced shock in space. This is the first example of a quasicrystal composition discovered in nature prior to being synthesized in the laboratory. The new composition was found in a grain that has a separate metal assemblage containing icosahedrite (Al63Cu24Fe13), currently the only other known naturally occurring mineral with icosahedral symmetry (though the latter composition had already been observed in the laboratory prior to its discovery in nature). The chemistry of both the icosahedral phases was characterized by electron microprobe, and the rotational symmetry was confirmed by means of electron backscatter diffraction.

  14. The Crystallography of Quasicrystals

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    Rabson, David Alan

    A century ago, E. S. Fedorov, A. Schonflies, and W. Barlow, working independently, classified the 230 distinct symmetry groups of objects repeated periodically in three-dimensional space. The 230 space groups determine the symmetries of macroscopic properties and provide crystallographers with their most important tool in deducing structure; as such, they find use in biology, organic chemistry, and virology as well as in physics, geology, and materials science. With the discovery in 1984 of quasicrystals, well-ordered but aperiodic metallic alloys with crystallographically forbidden rotational symmetries, the need arose to develop a space-group theory for these new materials. Based on the work by Rokhsar, Wright, and Mermin^1 in two dimensions, Rabson, Mermin, Rokhsar, and Wright have classified all quasicrystal and crystal three -dimensional axial space groups.^2 Our classification, proceeding in reciprocal space, is elementary, does not rely on projecting higher-dimensional crystallographic space groups, and is valid for arbitrary rotational symmetry. As an additional illustration of quasicrystallographic space groups, I derive and demonstrate algorithms that produce two-dimensional tilings of rhombi with each of the possible plane-group symmetries.^3 While the analogous task for crystallographic plane groups is trivial, the lack of translational symmetry in a quasicrystal tiling makes these constructions interesting. Since the symmetry of a quasicrystal appears more naturally in reciprocal than in direct space, it is not surprising that some of the resulting tilings seem intricate, although in fact their symmetries are quite simple. ftn^1 Acta Cryst. A44, 197-211 (1988). ^2 "The Space Groups of Axial Crystals and Quasicrystals," preprint. ^3See also Rabson, Ho, and Mermin, Acta Cryst. A44, 678 (1988) and Acta Cryst. A45, 538 (1989).

  15. Crystal electric field excitations in quasicrystal approximant TbCd6 studied by inelastic neutron scattering

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    Das, Pinaki; Flint, R.; Kong, T.; Canfield, P. C.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.; de Boissieu, M.; Lory, P.-F.; Beutier, G.; Hiroto, T.

    All of the known quasicrystals with local moments exhibit frustration and spin glass-like behavior at low temperature. The onset of the spin freezing temperature is believed to be affected by the crystal electric field (CEF) splitting of the local moments. The quasicrystal approximant TbCd6 and its related icosahedral quasicrystal phase, i-Tb-Cd, form a set of model systems to explore how magnetism evolves from a conventional lattice (approximant phase) to an aperiodic quasicrystal. Though TbCd6 shows long-range antiferromagnetic ordering (TN = 24 K), only spin glass like behavior is observed in i-Tb-Cd with a spin freezing temperature of TF = 6 K. To investigate further, we have performed inelastic neutron scattering measurements on powder samples of TbCd6 and observed two distinct CEF excitations at low energies which points to a high degeneracy of the CEF levels related to the Tb surrounding with almost icosahedral symmetry. Work at Ames Laboratory was supported by the DOE, BES, Division of Materials Sciences & Engineering, under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358. This research used resources at Institut Laue-Langevin, France.

  16. Quasicrystals and Quantum Computing

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    Berezin, Alexander A.

    1997-03-01

    In Quantum (Q) Computing qubits form Q-superpositions for macroscopic times. One scheme for ultra-fast (Q) computing can be based on quasicrystals. Ultrafast processing in Q-coherent structures (and the very existence of durable Q-superpositions) may be 'consequence' of presence of entire manifold of integer arithmetic (A0, aleph-naught of Georg Cantor) at any 4-point of space-time, furthermore, at any point of any multidimensional phase space of (any) N-particle Q-system. The latter, apart from quasicrystals, can include dispersed and/or diluted systems (Berezin, 1994). In such systems such alleged centrepieces of Q-Computing as ability for fast factorization of long integers can be processed by sheer virtue of the fact that entire infinite pattern of prime numbers is instantaneously available as 'free lunch' at any instant/point. Infinitely rich pattern of A0 (including pattern of primes and almost primes) acts as 'independent' physical effect which directly generates Q-dynamics (and physical world) 'out of nothing'. Thus Q-nonlocality can be ultimately based on instantaneous interconnectedness through ever- the-same structure of A0 ('Platonic field' of integers).

  17. Shock synthesis of quasicrystals with implications for their origin in asteroid collisions

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    Lin, Chaney; Bindi, Luca; Ma, Chi; Tschauner, Oliver; Hollister, Lincoln S.; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2016-01-01

    We designed a plate impact shock recovery experiment to simulate the starting materials and shock conditions associated with the only known natural quasicrystals, in the Khatyrka meteorite. At the boundaries among CuAl5, (Mg0.75Fe2+0.25)2SiO4 olivine, and the stainless steel chamber walls, the recovered specimen contains numerous micron-scale grains of a quasicrystalline phase displaying face-centered icosahedral symmetry and low phason strain. The compositional range of the icosahedral phase is Al68–73Fe11–16Cu10–12Cr1–4Ni1–2 and extends toward higher Al/(Cu+Fe) and Fe/Cu ratios than those reported for natural icosahedrite or for any previously known synthetic quasicrystal in the Al-Cu-Fe system. The shock-induced synthesis demonstrated in this experiment reinforces the evidence that natural quasicrystals formed during a shock event but leaves open the question of whether this synthesis pathway is attributable to the expanded thermodynamic stability range of the quasicrystalline phase at high pressure, to a favorable kinetic pathway that exists under shock conditions, or to both thermodynamic and kinetic factors. PMID:27298357

  18. Shock synthesis of quasicrystals with implications for their origin in asteroid collisions.

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    Asimow, Paul D; Lin, Chaney; Bindi, Luca; Ma, Chi; Tschauner, Oliver; Hollister, Lincoln S; Steinhardt, Paul J

    2016-06-28

    We designed a plate impact shock recovery experiment to simulate the starting materials and shock conditions associated with the only known natural quasicrystals, in the Khatyrka meteorite. At the boundaries among CuAl5, (Mg0.75Fe(2+) 0.25)2SiO4 olivine, and the stainless steel chamber walls, the recovered specimen contains numerous micron-scale grains of a quasicrystalline phase displaying face-centered icosahedral symmetry and low phason strain. The compositional range of the icosahedral phase is Al68-73Fe11-16Cu10-12Cr1-4Ni1-2 and extends toward higher Al/(Cu+Fe) and Fe/Cu ratios than those reported for natural icosahedrite or for any previously known synthetic quasicrystal in the Al-Cu-Fe system. The shock-induced synthesis demonstrated in this experiment reinforces the evidence that natural quasicrystals formed during a shock event but leaves open the question of whether this synthesis pathway is attributable to the expanded thermodynamic stability range of the quasicrystalline phase at high pressure, to a favorable kinetic pathway that exists under shock conditions, or to both thermodynamic and kinetic factors.

  19. Shock synthesis of quasicrystals with implications for their origin in asteroid collisions

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    Asimow, Paul D.; Lin, Chaney; Bindi, Luca; Ma, Chi; Tschauner, Oliver; Hollister, Lincoln S.; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2016-06-28

    Here, we designed a plate impact shock recovery experiment to simulate the starting materials and shock conditions associated with the only known natural quasicrystals, in the Khatyrka meteorite. At the boundaries among CuAl5, (Mg0.75Fe0.252+)2SiO4 olivine, and the stainless steel chamber walls, the recovered specimen contains numerous micron-scale grains of a quasicrystalline phase displaying face-centered icosahedral symmetry and low phason strain. The compositional range of the icosahedral phase is Al68-73Fe11-16Cu10-12Cr1-4Ni1-2 and extends toward higher Al/(Cu+Fe) and Fe/Cu ratios than those reported for natural icosahedrite or for any previously known synthetic quasicrystal in the Al-Cu-Fe system. The shock-induced synthesis demonstrated in this experiment reinforces the evidence that natural quasicrystals formed during a shock event but leaves open the question of whether this synthesis pathway is attributable to the expanded thermodynamic stability range of the quasicrystalline phase at high pressure, to a favorable kinetic pathway that exists under shock conditions, or to both thermodynamic and kinetic factors.

  20. Shock synthesis of quasicrystals with implications for their origin in asteroid collisions

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    Asimow, Paul D.; Lin, Chaney; Bindi, Luca; Ma, Chi; Tschauner, Oliver; Hollister, Lincoln S.; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2016-06-28

    Here, we designed a plate impact shock recovery experiment to simulate the starting materials and shock conditions associated with the only known natural quasicrystals, in the Khatyrka meteorite. At the boundaries among CuAl5, (Mg0.75Fe0.252+)2SiO4 olivine, and the stainless steel chamber walls, the recovered specimen contains numerous micron-scale grains of a quasicrystalline phase displaying face-centered icosahedral symmetry and low phason strain. The compositional range of the icosahedral phase is Al68-73Fe11-16Cu10-12Cr1-4Ni1-2 and extends toward higher Al/(Cu+Fe) and Fe/Cu ratios than those reported for natural icosahedrite or for any previously known synthetic quasicrystal in the Al-Cu-Fe system. The shock-induced synthesis demonstrated in this experiment reinforces the evidence that natural quasicrystals formed during a shock event but leaves open the question of whether this synthesis pathway is attributable to the expanded thermodynamic stability range of the quasicrystalline phase at high pressure, to a favorable kinetic pathway that exists under shock conditions, or to both thermodynamic and kinetic factors.

  1. Shock synthesis of quasicrystals with implications for their origin in asteroid collisions

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    Asimow, Paul D.; Lin, Chaney; Bindi, Luca; ...

    2016-06-28

    Here, we designed a plate impact shock recovery experiment to simulate the starting materials and shock conditions associated with the only known natural quasicrystals, in the Khatyrka meteorite. At the boundaries among CuAl5, (Mg0.75Fe0.252+)2SiO4 olivine, and the stainless steel chamber walls, the recovered specimen contains numerous micron-scale grains of a quasicrystalline phase displaying face-centered icosahedral symmetry and low phason strain. The compositional range of the icosahedral phase is Al68-73Fe11-16Cu10-12Cr1-4Ni1-2 and extends toward higher Al/(Cu+Fe) and Fe/Cu ratios than those reported for natural icosahedrite or for any previously known synthetic quasicrystal in the Al-Cu-Fe system. The shock-induced synthesis demonstrated in thismore » experiment reinforces the evidence that natural quasicrystals formed during a shock event but leaves open the question of whether this synthesis pathway is attributable to the expanded thermodynamic stability range of the quasicrystalline phase at high pressure, to a favorable kinetic pathway that exists under shock conditions, or to both thermodynamic and kinetic factors.« less

  2. NMR and NQR study of the thermodynamically stable quasicrystals

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    Shastri, A.

    1995-02-10

    {sup 27}Al and {sup 61,65}Cu NMR measurements are reported for powder samples of stable AlCuFe and AlCuRu icosahedral quasicrystals and their crystalline approximants, and for a AlPdMn single grain quasicrystal. Furthermore, {sup 27}Al NQR spectra at 4.2 K have been observed in the AlCuFe and AlCuRu samples. From the quadrupole perturbed NMR spectra at different magnetic fields, and from the zero field NQR spectra, a wide distribution of local electric field gradient (EFG) tensor components and principal axis system orientations was found at the Al site. A model EFG calculation based on a 1/1 AlCuFe approximant was successful in explaining the observed NQR spectra. It is concluded that the average local gradient is largely determined by the p-electron wave function at the Al site, while the width of the distribution is due to the lattice contribution to the EFG. Comparison of {sup 63}Cu NMR with {sup 27}Al NMR shows that the EFG distribution at the two sites is similar, but that the electronic contribution to the EFG is considerably smaller at the Cu site, in agreement with a more s-type wave function of the conduction electrons.

  3. Evidence for the extraterrestrial origin of a natural quasicrystal.

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    Bindi, Luca; Eiler, John M; Guan, Yunbin; Hollister, Lincoln S; MacPherson, Glenn; Steinhardt, Paul J; Yao, Nan

    2012-01-31

    We present evidence that a rock sample found in the Koryak Mountains in Russia and containing icosahedrite, an icosahedral quasicrystalline phase with composition Al(63)Cu(24)Fe(13), is part of a meteorite, likely formed in the early solar system about 4.5 Gya. The quasicrystal grains are intergrown with diopside, forsterite, stishovite, and additional metallic phases [khatyrkite (CuAl(2)), cupalite (CuAl), and β-phase (AlCuFe)]. This assemblage, in turn, is enclosed in a white rind consisting of diopside, hedenbergite, spinel (MgAl(2)O(4)), nepheline, and forsterite. Particularly notable is a grain of stishovite (from the interior), a tetragonal polymorph of silica that only occurs at ultrahigh pressures (≥ 10 Gpa), that contains an inclusion of quasicrystal. An extraterrestrial origin is inferred from secondary ion mass spectrometry (18)O/(16)O and (17)O/(16)O measurements of the pyroxene and olivine intergrown with the metal that show them to have isotopic compositions unlike any terrestrial minerals and instead overlap those of anhydrous phases in carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. The spinel from the white rind has an isotopic composition suggesting that it was part of a calcium-aluminum-rich inclusion similar to those found in CV3 chondrites. The mechanism that produced this exotic assemblage is not yet understood. The assemblage (metallic copper-aluminum alloy) is extremely reduced, and the close association of aluminum (high temperature refractory lithophile) with copper (low temperature chalcophile) is unexpected. Nevertheless, our evidence indicates that quasicrystals can form naturally under astrophysical conditions and remain stable over cosmic timescales, giving unique insights on their existence in nature and stability.

  4. Evidence for the extraterrestrial origin of a natural quasicrystal

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    Bindi, Luca; Eiler, John M.; Guan, Yunbin; Hollister, Lincoln S.; MacPherson, Glenn; Steinhardt, Paul J.; Yao, Nan

    2012-01-01

    We present evidence that a rock sample found in the Koryak Mountains in Russia and containing icosahedrite, an icosahedral quasicrystalline phase with composition Al63Cu24Fe13, is part of a meteorite, likely formed in the early solar system about 4.5 Gya. The quasicrystal grains are intergrown with diopside, forsterite, stishovite, and additional metallic phases [khatyrkite (CuAl2), cupalite (CuAl), and β-phase (AlCuFe)]. This assemblage, in turn, is enclosed in a white rind consisting of diopside, hedenbergite, spinel (MgAl2O4), nepheline, and forsterite. Particularly notable is a grain of stishovite (from the interior), a tetragonal polymorph of silica that only occurs at ultrahigh pressures (≥10 Gpa), that contains an inclusion of quasicrystal. An extraterrestrial origin is inferred from secondary ion mass spectrometry 18O/16O and 17O/16O measurements of the pyroxene and olivine intergrown with the metal that show them to have isotopic compositions unlike any terrestrial minerals and instead overlap those of anhydrous phases in carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. The spinel from the white rind has an isotopic composition suggesting that it was part of a calcium-aluminum-rich inclusion similar to those found in CV3 chondrites. The mechanism that produced this exotic assemblage is not yet understood. The assemblage (metallic copper-aluminum alloy) is extremely reduced, and the close association of aluminum (high temperature refractory lithophile) with copper (low temperature chalcophile) is unexpected. Nevertheless, our evidence indicates that quasicrystals can form naturally under astrophysical conditions and remain stable over cosmic timescales, giving unique insights on their existence in nature and stability. PMID:22215583

  5. Experimental Evidence of Icosahedral and Decahedral Packing in One-Dimensional Nanostructures

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    Velázquez-Salazar, J. Jesús; Esparza, Rodrigo; Mejía-Rosales, Sergio Javier; Estrada-Salas, Rubén; Ponce, Arturo; Deepak, Francis Leonard; Castro-Guerrero, Carlos; José-Yacamán, Miguel

    2011-01-01

    The packing of spheres is a subject that has drawn the attention of mathematicians and philosophers for centuries, and that currently attracts the interest of the scientific community in several fields. At the nanoscale, the packing of atoms affect the chemical and structural properties of the material, and hence, its potential applications. This report describes the experimental formation of five-fold nanostructures by the packing of interpenetrated icosahedral and decahedral units. These nanowires, formed by the reaction of a mixture of metal salts (Au and Ag) in the presence of oleylamine, are obtained when the chemical composition is specifically Ag/Au=3/1. The experimental images of the icosahedral nanowires have a high likelihood with simulated electron micrographs of structures formed by two or three Boerdijk-Coxeter-Bernal helices roped on a single structure, whereas for the decahedral wires, simulations using a model of adjacent decahedra match the experimental structures. To our knowledge, this is the first report of the synthesis of nanowires formed by the packing of structures with five-fold symmetry. These icosahedral nanowire structures remind those of quasicrystals that can only be formed if at least two atomic species are present and in which icosahedral and decahedral packing has been found for bulk crystals. PMID:21790155

  6. Pseudomorphic growth of a single element quasiperiodic ultrathin film on a quasicrystal substrate.

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    Ledieu, J; Hoeft, J T; Reid, D E; Smerdon, J A; Diehl, R D; Lograsso, T A; Ross, A R; McGrath, R

    2004-04-02

    An ultrathin film with a periodic interlayer spacing was grown by the deposition of Cu atoms on the fivefold surface of the icosahedral Al70Pd21Mn9 quasicrystal. For coverages from 5 to 25 monolayers, a distinctive quasiperiodic low-energy electron diffraction pattern is observed. Scanning tunneling microscopy images show that the in-plane structure comprises rows having separations of S=4.5+/-0.2 A and L=7.3+/-0.3 A, whose ratio equals tau=1.618... within experimental error. The sequences of such row separations form segments of terms of the Fibonacci sequence, indicative of the formation of a pseudomorphic Cu film.

  7. Icosahedral quasicrystalline (Ti1.6V0.4Ni)100-xScx alloys: Synthesis, structure and their application in Ni-MH batteries

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    Hu, Wen; Yi, Jianhong; Zheng, Biju; Wang, Limin

    2013-06-01

    Thanks to the revolutionary discovery of 5-fold symmetry contributed by Shechtman, quasicrystal is now recognized as another solid-state existing form. As the second largest class of quasicrystals, titanium-based icosahedral quasicrystals are very promising for hydrogen storage applications owing to their inherent abundant interstitial sites and favorable hydrogen-metal chemistry. In this context, (Ti1.6V0.4Ni)100-xScx (x=0.5-6) quaternary icosahedral quasicrystals have been successfully synthesized via arc-melting and subsequent melt-spinning techniques, and then their electrochemical performance toward hydrogen is explored. When the molar ratio of Sc addition is under 1%, a maximum discharge capacity of about 270 mA h g-1 can be delivered. With further increasing Sc amount to 6%, good cycling stability as well as significantly retarded self-discharge rate (capacity retention 94% after 24 h relaxation) is observed. But meanwhile, the discharge capacities fall into 250-240 mA h g-1, and the electrocatalytic activity improvement is highly demanded.

  8. Octonacci photonic quasicrystals

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    Brandão, E. R.; Costa, C. H.; Vasconcelos, M. S.; Anselmo, D. H. A. L.; Mello, V. D.

    2015-08-01

    We study theoretically the transmission spectra in one-dimensional photonic quasicrystals, made up of SiO2(A) and TiO2(B) materials, organized following the Octonacci sequence, where the nth-stage of the multilayer Sn is given by the rule Sn =Sn-1Sn-2Sn-1 , for n ⩾ 3 and with S1 = A and S2 = B . The expression for transmittance was obtained by employing a theoretical calculation based on the transfer-matrix method. For normally incident waves, we observe that, for a same generation, the transmission spectra for transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) waves are equal, at least qualitatively, and they present a scaling property where a self-similar behavior is obtained, as an evidence that these spectra are fractals. The spectra show regions where the omnidirectional band gaps emerges for specific generations of Octonacci photonic structure, except to TM waves. For TE waves, we note that all of them have almost the same width, for different generations. We also report the localization of modes as a consequence of the quasiperiodicity of the heterostructure.

  9. Assembly of simple icosahedral viruses.

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    Almendral, José M

    2013-01-01

    Icosahedral viruses exhibit elegant pathways of capsid assembly and maturation regulated by symmetry principles. Assembly is a dynamic process driven by consecutive and genetically programmed morphogenetic interactions between protein subunits. The non-symmetric capsid subunits are gathered by hydrophobic contacts and non-covalent interactions in assembly intermediates, which serve as blocks to build a symmetric capsid. In some cases, non-symmetric interactions among intermediates are involved in assembly, highlighting the remarkable capacity of capsid proteins to fold into demanding conformations compatible with a closed protein shell. In this chapter, the morphogenesis of structurally simple icosahedral viruses, including representative members of the parvoviruses, picornaviruses or polyomaviruses as paradigms, is described in some detail. Icosahedral virus assembly may occur in different subcellular compartments and involve a panoplia of cellular and viral factors, chaperones, and protein modifications that, in general, are still poorly characterized. Mechanisms of viral genome encapsidation may imply direct interactions between the genome and the assembly intermediates, or active packaging into a preformed empty capsid. High stability of intermediates and proteolytic cleavages during viral maturation usually contribute to the overall irreversible character of the assembly process. These and other simple icosahedral viruses were pioneer models to understand basic principles of virus assembly, continue to be leading subjects of morphogenetic analyses, and have inspired ongoing studies on the assembly of larger viruses and cellular and synthetic macromolecular complexes.

  10. Natural quasicrystal with decagonal symmetry.

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    Bindi, Luca; Yao, Nan; Lin, Chaney; Hollister, Lincoln S; Andronicos, Christopher L; Distler, Vadim V; Eddy, Michael P; Kostin, Alexander; Kryachko, Valery; MacPherson, Glenn J; Steinhardt, William M; Yudovskaya, Marina; Steinhardt, Paul J

    2015-03-13

    We report the first occurrence of a natural quasicrystal with decagonal symmetry. The quasicrystal, with composition Al71Ni24Fe5, was discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a recently described CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. Icosahedrite, Al63Cu24Fe13, the first natural quasicrystal to be identified, was found in the same meteorite. The new quasicrystal was found associated with steinhardtite (Al38Ni32Fe30), Fe-poor steinhardtite (Al50Ni40Fe10), Al-bearing trevorite (NiFe2O4) and Al-bearing taenite (FeNi). Laboratory studies of decagonal Al71Ni24Fe5 have shown that it is stable over a narrow range of temperatures, 1120 K to 1200 K at standard pressure, providing support for our earlier conclusion that the Khatyrka meteorite reached heterogeneous high temperatures [1100 < T(K) ≤ 1500] and then rapidly cooled after being heated during an impact-induced shock that occurred in outer space 4.5 Gya. The occurrences of metallic Al alloyed with Cu, Ni, and Fe raises new questions regarding conditions that can be achieved in the early solar nebula.

  11. Natural quasicrystal with decagonal symmetry

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    Bindi, Luca; Yao, Nan; Lin, Chaney; Hollister, Lincoln S.; Andronicos, Christopher L.; Distler, Vadim V.; Eddy, Michael P.; Kostin, Alexander; Kryachko, Valery; MacPherson, Glenn J.; Steinhardt, William M.; Yudovskaya, Marina; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2015-01-01

    We report the first occurrence of a natural quasicrystal with decagonal symmetry. The quasicrystal, with composition Al71Ni24Fe5, was discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a recently described CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. Icosahedrite, Al63Cu24Fe13, the first natural quasicrystal to be identified, was found in the same meteorite. The new quasicrystal was found associated with steinhardtite (Al38Ni32Fe30), Fe-poor steinhardtite (Al50Ni40Fe10), Al-bearing trevorite (NiFe2O4) and Al-bearing taenite (FeNi). Laboratory studies of decagonal Al71Ni24Fe5 have shown that it is stable over a narrow range of temperatures, 1120 K to 1200 K at standard pressure, providing support for our earlier conclusion that the Khatyrka meteorite reached heterogeneous high temperatures [1100 < T(K) ≤ 1500] and then rapidly cooled after being heated during an impact-induced shock that occurred in outer space 4.5 Gya. The occurrences of metallic Al alloyed with Cu, Ni, and Fe raises new questions regarding conditions that can be achieved in the early solar nebula. PMID:25765857

  12. Al{sub 70}Pd{sub 21.5}Mn{sub 8.5}: A quasicrystal showing the de haas-van Alphen effect

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    Haanappel, E.G.; Kycia, S.W.; Harmon, B.N.; Canfield, P.C.; Goldman, A.I.; Rabson, D.A.; Thompson, J.D.; Mueller, F.M.

    1995-07-01

    We have measured the de Haas-van Alphen effect in the icosahedral quasicrystal Al{sub 70}Pd{sub 21.5}Mn{sub 8.5}. We have found two well-defined frequencies with the magnetic field parallel to a five-fold axis, and two different ones with the field parallel to a two-fold axis. On increasing the temperature, the amplitude of the oscillations substantially decreased, suggesting that the carriers have large masses.

  13. Pressure-Driven Quantum Criticality and T/H Scaling in the Icosahedral Au-Al-Yb Approximant

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    Matsukawa, Shuya; Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Imura, Keiichiro; Ishimasa, Tsutomu; Sato, Noriaki K.

    2016-06-01

    We report on ac magnetic susceptibility measurements under pressure of the Au-Al-Yb alloy, a crystalline approximant to the icosahedral quasicrystal that shows unconventional quantum criticality. In describing the susceptibility as χ(T)-1 - χ(0)-1 ∝ Tγ, we find that χ(0)-1 decreases with increasing pressure and vanishes to zero at the critical pressure Pc ≃ 2 GPa, with γ ( ≃ 0.5) unchanged. We suggest that this quantum criticality emerges owing to critical valence fluctuations. Above Pc, the approximant undergoes a magnetic transition at T ≃ 100 mK. These results are contrasted with the fact that, in the quasicrystal, the quantum criticality is robust against the application of pressure. The applicability of the so-called T/H scaling to the approximant is also discussed.

  14. Subcellular neuronal quasicrystals: Implications for consciousness.

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    Gardiner, John

    2015-01-01

    Neuron neurotransmitter receptors are in general pentameric. This enables them to form pentagonal components in biological quasicrystals (similar to mathematical aperiodic tilings). As quasicrystals have been proposed to require quantum effects to exist this might introduce such effects as a component of neurotransmission and thus consciousness. Microtubules may play a role in the clustering of the receptors into quasicrystals, thus modulating their function and may even form quasicrystals themselves. Other quaiscrystals in neurons are potentially formed by water, cholera toxin complexes, and the cytoskeletal components actin and ankyrin.

  15. Atomic structure of the i-R -Cd quasicrystals and consequences for magnetism

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    Yamada, T.; Takakura, H.; Kong, T.; Das, P.; Jayasekara, W. T.; Kreyssig, A.; Beutier, G.; Canfield, P. C.; de Boissieu, M.; Goldman, A. I.

    2016-08-01

    We report on the six-dimensional (6D) structural refinement of three members of the i-R -Cd quasicrystals (R = Gd, Dy, Tm) via synchrotron x-ray diffraction from single-grain samples, and show that this series is isostructural to the i-YbCd5.7 quasicrystal. However, our refinements suggest that the R occupancy on the Yb icosahedron sites within the Tsai-type atomic cluster is approximately 80%, with the balance taken up by Cd. Similarities between the i-R -Cd series and i-ScZn7.33, and their differences with i-YbCd5.7 and i-Ca15Cd85 , indicate that there are at least two subclasses of Tsai-type icosahedral quasicrystals. We further show from x-ray resonant magnetic scattering (XRMS) measurements on a set of closely related Tb1 -xYxCd6 1/1 approximants that the dilution of the magnetic R ions on the icosahedron within the Tsai-type cluster by nonmagnetic Y disrupts the commensurate magnetic ordering in the approximant phase.

  16. Excitonic polaritons in Fibonacci quasicrystals.

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    Hendrickson, J; Richards, B C; Sweet, J; Khitrova, G; Poddubny, A N; Ivchenko, E L; Wegener, M; Gibbs, H M

    2008-09-29

    The fabrication and characterization of light-emitting one-dimensional photonic quasicrystals based on excitonic resonances is reported. The structures consist of high-quality GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells grown by molecular-beam epitaxy with wavelength-scale spacings satisfying a Fibonacci sequence. The polaritonic (resonant light-matter coupling) effects and light emission originate from the quantum well excitonic resonances. Measured reflectivity spectra as a function of detuning between emission and Bragg wavelength are in good agreement with excitonic polariton theory. Photoluminescence experiments show that active photonic quasicrystals, unlike photonic crystals, can be good light emitters: While their long-range order results in a stopband similar to that of photonic crystals, the lack of periodicity results in strong emission.

  17. Electronic structure investigations of quasicrystals

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    Rotenberg, E.; Theis, W.; Horn, K.

    2004-08-01

    We present a review of the determination of density of states (DOS) of quasicrystals using valence band photoemission spectroscopy. The absence of fine or spiky structure in the angle-integrated DOS of quasicrystals suggests the possibility of delocalized electronic states. These were confirmed with angle-resolved photoemission studies, which clearly establish the presence of dispersing features attributed to momentum-dependent bandstructure. Such dispersing states are observed not only for deeper-lying sp states, but also for d-derived bands near the Fermi level. Data from three different high symmetry surfaces of decagonal Al-Ni-Co, an ideal model system, are presented. We find that only a few dominant reciprocal lattice vectors are sufficient to describe the quasiperiodic potential, and the implications for electronic properties are discussed.

  18. Icosahedral quasicrystalline (Ti₁.₆V₀.₄Ni)₁₀₀₋xScx alloys: Synthesis, structure and their application in Ni-MH batteries

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    Hu, Wen; Yi, Jianhong; Zheng, Biju; Wang, Limin

    2013-06-01

    Thanks to the revolutionary discovery of 5-fold symmetry contributed by Shechtman, quasicrystal is now recognized as another solid-state existing form. As the second largest class of quasicrystals, titanium-based icosahedral quasicrystals are very promising for hydrogen storage applications owing to their inherent abundant interstitial sites and favorable hydrogen-metal chemistry. In this context, (Ti₁.₆V₀.₄Ni)₁₀₀₋xScx (x=0.5–6) quaternary icosahedral quasicrystals have been successfully synthesized via arc-melting and subsequent melt-spinning techniques, and then their electrochemical performance toward hydrogen is explored. When the molar ratio of Sc addition is under 1%, a maximum discharge capacity of about 270 mA h g⁻¹ can be delivered. With further increasing Sc amount to 6%, good cycling stability as well as significantly retarded self-discharge rate (capacity retention 94% after 24 h relaxation) is observed. But meanwhile, the discharge capacities fall into 250-240 mA h g⁻¹, and the electrocatalytic activity improvement is highly demanded. - Graphical abstract: Quasicrystalline Ti–V–Ni–Sc hydrogen storage materials: Sc addition into Ti₁.₆V₀.₄Ni alloy forms the icosahedral phase (see picture). With optimal Sc dosage, the anodic cycling stability and self-discharge property are greatly enhanced. - Highlights: • Crystalline disallowed 5-fold symmetry is present in (Ti₁.₆V₀.₄Ni)₁₀₀₋xScx alloys. • Ti-based metastable quasicrystalline alloys can store hydrogen electrochemically. • A maximum discharge capacity of 270 mA h g⁻¹ can be delivered. • Advantageous cycle stability and self-discharge property benefit from Sc addition. • Ti and V dissolution is suppressed by an oxide layer resulting from Sc corrosion.

  19. Anomalous electronic conductance in quasicrystals

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    Roche, Stephan; Moulopoulos, Konstantinos

    2000-03-01

    Subtle quantum interference effects in one-dimensional quasicrystals are reported. Quite opposite to their metallic counterparts, quasiperiodic systems are shown to exhibit interesting variations of their conducting properties upon disruption of their long-range order. A sudden phason change in the structure leads to a series of transitions that proceed from extremely simple and regular to highly complex self-similar resistive patterns.

  20. Composition dependence of the electronic properties of Al-Cu-Fe and Al-Cu-Ru-Si semimetallic quasicrystals

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    Pierce, F. S.; Bancel, P. A.; Biggs, B. D.; Guo, Q.; Poon, S. J.

    1993-03-01

    Electronic transport properties and specific heats of ordered icosahedral phase alloys in the Al-Cu-Ru-Si and Al-Cu-Fe systems are examined, and comparison with high-quality rhombohedral (3/2) approximant phase samples of Al-Cu-Fe is made. Strong temperature dependence and sensitivity to composition changes of these properties are observed. The similarity of transport properties between the icosahedral (i) and rhombohedral (r) phases of Al62.5Cu26.5Fe11 is noted. The results can be qualitatively interpreted in terms of band structure. There appears to be sufficient evidence for a rapidly varying conductivity spectrum σ(E) in the ordered i phases. However, important questions concerning the physics of these semimetallic quasicrystals remain to be answered.

  1. Precipitates in a quasicrystal-strengthened Al–Mn–Be–Cu alloy

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    Zupanič, Franc; Wang, Di; Gspan, Cristian; Bončina, Tonica

    2015-08-15

    In this work, an Al–Mn–Be–Cu alloy was studied containing a primary and eutectic icosahedral quasicrystalline phase in the as-cast microstructure. Special attention was given to a transmission electron microscopy investigation of precipitates formed within the aluminium solid solution (Al{sub ss}) at different temperatures. At 200 °C, only binary Al–Cu precipitates (θ′) were formed. At 300 °C, icosahedral quasicrystalline (IQC) precipitates prevailed with a crystallographic orientation relationship with the Al{sub ss.} The rods of the T-phase (Al{sub 20}Mn{sub 3}Cu{sub 2}) which were precipitated above 400 °C, also had a specific orientation relationship with the Al{sub ss}. The primary and eutectic IQC microstructural constituent started to transform rapidly to the T-phase and Be{sub 4}Al(Mn,Cu) at 500 °C. - Highlights: • In a quasicrystal-strengthened Al-alloy several types of precipitates can form. • At 200 °C, only binary Al–Cu precipitates formed (Al{sub 2}Cu-θ′). • The icosahedral quasicrystalline (IQC) precipitates prevailed at 300 °C. • T-phase (Al{sub 20}Mn{sub 3}Cu{sub 2}) precipitated at temperatures above 400 °C. • The precipitation of different phases did not have a strong effect on hardness.

  2. Plasmonic quasicrystals with broadband transmission enhancement

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    Kasture, Sachin; Ravishankar, Ajith P.; Yallapragada, V. J.; Patil, Raj; Valappil, Nikesh V.; Mulay, Gajendra; Achanta, Venu Gopal

    2014-01-01

    Plasmonic quasicrystals (PlQCs), by integrating the properties of quasicrystals (rotational symmetry and long range ordering but lack translational symmetry) and surface plasmon polariton mediated effects, offer several advantages over plasmonic crystals (PlCs). For example, in PlQCs one could have broadband, polarization independent response. However, large area patterning by electron beam lithography requires precise lattice coordinates as well as a practical way to design the structures for specific spectral response. We demonstrate design and fabrication of large area quasicrystal air hole patterns of π/5 symmetry in metal film in which broadband, polarization and launch angle independent transmission enhancement is observed. We demonstrate bi-grating quasicrystals to show that designable transmission response is possible over visible to near infrared wavelength regions with about 15 times enhancement. These would be useful in many applications like energy harvesting, nonlinear optics and quantum plasmonics. PMID:24918659

  3. Plasmonic quasicrystals with broadband transmission enhancement

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    Kasture, Sachin; Ravishankar, Ajith P.; Yallapragada, V. J.; Patil, Raj; Valappil, Nikesh V.; Mulay, Gajendra; Achanta, Venu Gopal

    2014-06-01

    Plasmonic quasicrystals (PlQCs), by integrating the properties of quasicrystals (rotational symmetry and long range ordering but lack translational symmetry) and surface plasmon polariton mediated effects, offer several advantages over plasmonic crystals (PlCs). For example, in PlQCs one could have broadband, polarization independent response. However, large area patterning by electron beam lithography requires precise lattice coordinates as well as a practical way to design the structures for specific spectral response. We demonstrate design and fabrication of large area quasicrystal air hole patterns of π/5 symmetry in metal film in which broadband, polarization and launch angle independent transmission enhancement is observed. We demonstrate bi-grating quasicrystals to show that designable transmission response is possible over visible to near infrared wavelength regions with about 15 times enhancement. These would be useful in many applications like energy harvesting, nonlinear optics and quantum plasmonics.

  4. Core and valence level photoemission and photoabsorption study of icosahedral Al Pd Mn quasicrystals

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    Horn, K.; Theis, W.; Paggel, J. J.; Barman, S. R.; Rotenberg, E.; Ebert, Ph; Urban, K.

    2006-01-01

    The electronic structure of quasicrystalline Al-Pd-Mn is investigated by means of valence and core level photoelectron spectroscopy. Variations of the photoionization cross section in the constituents' valence electronic levels as a function of photon energy are used to identify contributions from the different atomic species, in particular near the Pd 4d Cooper minimum. Resonant photoemission at the Mn 2p absorption edge shows the contribution of the Mn 3d states to the density of states in a region near the Fermi level. The asymmetry of Pd 3d and Mn 2p core level photoemission lines, and its difference for emission from metallic and quasicrystalline phases, are utilized to infer the contributions of the different constituents to the density of states at the Fermi level.

  5. Ordering and dynamics of the central tetrahedron in the 1/1 Zn6Sc periodic approximant to quasicrystal.

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    Euchner, Holger; Yamada, Tsunetomo; Schober, Helmut; Rols, Stephane; Mihalkovič, Marek; Tamura, Ryuji; Ishimasa, Tsutomu; de Boissieu, Marc

    2012-10-17

    Periodic approximants to quasicrystals offer a unique opportunity to better understand the structure, physical properties and stabilizing mechanisms of their quasicrystal counterparts. We present a detailed study of the order-disorder phase transition occurring at about 160 K in the Zn(6)Sc cubic approximant to the icosahedral quasicrystal i-MgZnSc. This transition goes along with an anti-parallel ordering of the tetrahedra located at the centres of large atomic clusters, which are packed on a bcc lattice. Single crystal x-ray diffuse scattering shows that the tetrahedra display pre-transitional short range ordering above T(c) (Yamada et al 2012 in preparation). Using quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) we clearly evidence this short range order to be dynamical in nature above T(c). The QENS data are consistent with a model of tetrahedra 'jumping' between almost equivalent positions, which is supported by molecular dynamics simulations. This demonstrates a unique dynamical flexibility of the Zn(6)Sc structure even at room temperature.

  6. Microstructural evolutions and hardness during heat treatment of Al64Cu20Fe12Si4 quasicrystal alloy

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    Karaköse, Ercan; Keskin, Mustafa

    2012-07-01

    The microhardness and microstructural characteristics and subsequent heat treatment of conventionally solidified Al64Cu20Fe12Si4 quasicrystal were investigated by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) together with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), differential thermal analysis (DTA), and Vickers microhardness tester. XRD analysis indicated that the conventionally solidified samples showed a quasicrystalline icosahedral phase (i-phase) together with cubic β-AlFe, tetragonal θ-Al2Cu, and monoclinic λ-A13Fe4 crystal phases. However, the i-phase together with cubic β-AlFe and monoclinic λ-A13Fe4 phases observed heat threaded samples. As-cast and subsequently heat-treated quasicrystal samples were measured using a microhardness test device. Vickers microindentation tests were carried out on the heat-treated quasicrystal samples with the load ranging from 1 to 500 mN at room temperature. The melting point of the i-phase was determined as 900°C by DTA examinations.

  7. Quasicrystals in Medieval Islamic Architecture

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    Lu, Peter

    2009-03-01

    The conventional view holds that girih (geometric star-and-polygon) patterns in medieval Islamic architecture were conceived by their designers as a network of zigzagging lines, and drafted directly with a straightedge and a compass. I discuss our recent findings that, by 1200 A. D., a conceptual breakthrough occurred in which girih patterns were reconceived as tessellations of a special set of equilateral polygons (girih tiles) decorated with lines. These girih tiles enabled the creation of increasingly complex periodic girih patterns, and by the 15th century, the tessellation approach was combined with self-similar transformations to construct nearly-perfect quasicrystalline patterns. These patterns have remarkable properties; they do not repeat periodically, and have special symmetry---and were not understood in the West until the 1970s. I will discuss some of the properties of Islamic quasicrystalline tilings, and their relation to the Penrose tiling, perhaps the best known quasicrystal pattern.

  8. Photonic crystals, amorphous materials, and quasicrystals.

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    Edagawa, Keiichi

    2014-06-01

    Photonic crystals consist of artificial periodic structures of dielectrics, which have attracted much attention because of their wide range of potential applications in the field of optics. We may also fabricate artificial amorphous or quasicrystalline structures of dielectrics, i.e. photonic amorphous materials or photonic quasicrystals. So far, both theoretical and experimental studies have been conducted to reveal the characteristic features of their optical properties, as compared with those of conventional photonic crystals. In this article, we review these studies and discuss various aspects of photonic amorphous materials and photonic quasicrystals, including photonic band gap formation, light propagation properties, and characteristic photonic states.

  9. Photonic crystals, amorphous materials, and quasicrystals

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    Edagawa, Keiichi

    2014-01-01

    Photonic crystals consist of artificial periodic structures of dielectrics, which have attracted much attention because of their wide range of potential applications in the field of optics. We may also fabricate artificial amorphous or quasicrystalline structures of dielectrics, i.e. photonic amorphous materials or photonic quasicrystals. So far, both theoretical and experimental studies have been conducted to reveal the characteristic features of their optical properties, as compared with those of conventional photonic crystals. In this article, we review these studies and discuss various aspects of photonic amorphous materials and photonic quasicrystals, including photonic band gap formation, light propagation properties, and characteristic photonic states. PMID:27877676

  10. Luminescence properties of a Fibonacci photonic quasicrystal.

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    Passias, V; Valappil, N V; Shi, Z; Deych, L; Lisyansky, A A; Menon, V M

    2009-04-13

    An active one-dimensional Fibonacci photonic quasi-crystal is realized via spin coating. Luminescence properties of an organic dye embedded in the quasi-crystal are studied experimentally and compared to theoretical simulations. The luminescence occurs via the pseudo-bandedge mode and follows the dispersion properties of the Fibonacci crystal. Time resolved luminescence measurement of the active structure shows faster spontaneous emission rate, indicating the effect of the large photon densities available at the bandedge due to the presence of critically localized states. The experimental results are in good agreement with the theoretical calculations for steady-state luminescence spectra.

  11. Beta cell device using icosahedral boride compounds

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    Aselage, Terrence L.; Emin, David

    2002-01-01

    A beta cell for converting beta-particle energies into electrical energy having a semiconductor junction that incorporates an icosahedral boride compound selected from B.sub.12 As.sub.2, B.sub.12 P.sub.2, elemental boron having an .alpha.-rhombohedral structure, elemental boron having a .beta.-rhombohedral structure, and boron carbides of the chemical formula B.sub.12-x C.sub.3-x, where 0.15icosahedral boride compound self-heals, resisting degradation from radiation damage.

  12. Crystalline and quasicrystalline allotropes of Pb formed on the fivefold surface of icosahedral Ag-In-Yb

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    Sharma, H. R. Smerdon, J. A.; Nugent, P. J.; Ribeiro, A.; McGrath, R.; McLeod, I.; Dhanak, V. R.; Shimoda, M.; Tsai, A. P.

    2014-05-07

    Crystalline and quasicrystalline allotropes of Pb are formed by evaporation on the fivefold surface of the icosahedral (i) Ag-In-Yb quasicrystal under ultra-high vacuum. Lead grows in three dimensional quasicrystalline order and subsequently forms fivefold-twinned islands with the fcc(111) surface orientation atop of the quasicrystalline Pb. The islands exhibit specific heights (magic heights), possibly due to the confinement of electrons in the islands. We also study the adsorption behavior of C{sub 60} on the two allotropes of Pb. Scanning tunneling microcopy reveals that a high corrugation of the quasicrystalline Pb limits the diffusion of the C{sub 60} molecules and thus produces a disordered film, similar to adsorption behavior of the same molecules on the clean substrate surface. However, the sticking coefficient of C{sub 60} molecules atop the Pb islands approaches zero, regardless of the overall C{sub 60} coverage.

  13. Diophantine equations related to quasicrystals: A note

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    Pelantová, E.; Perelomov, A. M.

    1998-06-01

    We give the general solution of three Diophantine equations in the ring of integer of the algebraic number field ${\\bf Q}[{\\sqr 5}]$. These equations are related to the problem of determination of the minimum distance in quasicrystals with fivefold symmetry.

  14. Surfaces of Intermetallics: Quasicrystals and Beyond

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    Yuen, Chad

    2012-01-01

    The goal of this work is to characterize surfaces of intermetallics, including quasicrystals. In this work, surface characterization is primarily focused on composition and structure using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) performed under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions.

  15. Omnidirectional reflection from generalized Fibonacci quasicrystals.

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    Barriuso, Alberto G; Monzón, Juan J; Yonte, Teresa; Felipe, Angel; Sánchez-Soto, Luis L

    2013-12-02

    We determine the optimal thicknesses for which omnidirectional reflection from generalized Fibonacci quasicrystals occurs. By capitalizing on the idea of wavelength- and angle-averaged reflectance, we assess in a consistent way the performance of the different systems. Our results indicate that some of these aperiodic arrangements can largely over-perform the conventional photonic crystals as omnidirectional reflection is concerned.

  16. Quasicrystal-reinforced Mg alloys

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    Kyun Kim, Young; Tae Kim, Won; Hyang Kim, Do

    2014-01-01

    The formation of the icosahedral phase (I-phase) as a secondary solidification phase in Mg–Zn–Y and Mg–Zn–Al base systems provides useful advantages in designing high performance wrought magnesium alloys. The strengthening in two-phase composites (I-phase + α-Mg) can be explained by dispersion hardening due to the presence of I-phase particles and by the strong bonding property at the I-phase/matrix interface. The presence of an additional secondary solidification phase can further enhance formability and mechanical properties. In Mg–Zn–Y alloys, the co-presence of I and Ca2Mg6Zn3 phases by addition of Ca can significantly enhance formability, while in Mg–Zn–Al alloys, the co-presence of the I-phase and Mg2Sn phase leads to the enhancement of mechanical properties. Dynamic and static recrystallization are significantly accelerated by addition of Ca in Mg–Zn–Y alloy, resulting in much smaller grain size and more random texture. The high strength of Mg–Zn–Al–Sn alloys is attributed to the presence of finely distributed Mg2Sn and I-phase particles embedded in the α-Mg matrix. PMID:27877660

  17. Microstructure properties and microhardness of rapidly solidified Al64Cu20Fe12Si4 quasicrystal alloy

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    Karaköse, Ercan; Keskin, Mustafa

    2012-04-01

    This paper presents differences in the microstructure and microhardness properties of conventional casting (ingot) and rapidly solidified Al64Cu20Fe12Si4 quasicrystal (QC) alloys. The phases present in the Al64Cu20Fe12Si4 ingot alloy were determined to be icosahedral quasicrystalline (IQC) Ψ-Al65Cu20Fe15, cubic β-AlFe, tetragonal θ-Al2Cu, and monoclinic λ-A13Fe4 phases, whereas only IQC Ψ-Al65Cu20Fe15 and cubic β-AlFe phases were identified in the rapidly solidified alloy. The microhardness value of the melt spun alloy was measured to be approximately 790 kg/mm2. Microhardness increases with increasing solidification rates.

  18. Eighteenth-century forms of quasicrystals.

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    Pina, Carlos M; López-Acevedo, Victoria

    2016-01-01

    A careful inspection of the drawings and baked clay models created by the mineralogist Romé de L'Isle in the 18th century has revealed the existence of a number of intriguing forms with pentagonal symmetries. These forms cannot be classified in any of the 32 crystal classes. They can thus be considered the first crystallographic descriptions of polyhedral forms found in quasicrystals two centuries later. This paper presents a symmetry analysis of the fascinating drawings and clay models with pentagonal symmetries described in the book Cristallographie published in 1783 by Romé de L'Isle, as well as a comparison with quasicrystals recently synthesized. The paper also briefly discusses what could induce Romé de L'Isle to consider forms with pentagonal symmetries as plausible crystal forms.

  19. Discussion on the surface science of quasicrystals

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    Thiel, P.A.

    2008-05-01

    This paper contains a short review of four aspects of the surface science of quasicrystals, together with a list of challenges for the scientific community in the near future. The first issue concerns the ability of surface science to shed light on bulk atomic structure. The second is the use of surfaces as quasiperiodic templates, particularly for films of periodic metals. Here, enforcing quasiperiodicity in the film may lead to unusual magnetic, tribological or adsorption properties. The third aspect concerns the effects of surface phasons and phonons on dynamical interactions with adsorbates, such as sticking coefficient, as well as on diffusion between the surface and near-surface region. The final area is tribology, where studies of quasicrystals have suggested that both adhesion and phononic friction may be important.

  20. Fibonacci, quasicrystals and the beauty of flowers

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    Gardiner, John

    2012-01-01

    The appearance of Fibonacci sequences and the golden ratio in plant structures is one of the great outstanding puzzles of biology. Here I suggest that quasicrystals, which naturally pack in the golden ratio, may be ubiquitous in biological systems and introduce the golden ratio into plant phyllotaxy. The appearance of golden ratio-based structures as beautiful indicates that the golden ratio may play a role in the development of consciousness and lead to the aesthetic natural selection of flowering plants. PMID:23072998

  1. Fibonacci, quasicrystals and the beauty of flowers.

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    Gardiner, John

    2012-12-01

    The appearance of Fibonacci sequences and the golden ratio in plant structures is one of the great outstanding puzzles of biology. Here I suggest that quasicrystals, which naturally pack in the golden ratio, may be ubiquitous in biological systems and introduce the golden ratio into plant phyllotaxy. The appearance of golden ratio-based structures as beautiful indicates that the golden ratio may play a role in the development of consciousness and lead to the aesthetic natural selection of flowering plants.

  2. Photonic quasi-crystal terahertz lasers

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    Vitiello, Miriam Serena; Nobile, Michele; Ronzani, Alberto; Tredicucci, Alessandro; Castellano, Fabrizio; Talora, Valerio; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund H.; Davies, A. Giles

    2014-01-01

    Quasi-crystal structures do not present a full spatial periodicity but are nevertheless constructed starting from deterministic generation rules. When made of different dielectric materials, they often possess fascinating optical properties, which lie between those of periodic photonic crystals and those of a random arrangement of scatterers. Indeed, they can support extended band-like states with pseudogaps in the energy spectrum, but lacking translational invariance, they also intrinsically feature a pattern of ‘defects’, which can give rise to critically localized modes confined in space, similar to Anderson modes in random structures. If used as laser resonators, photonic quasi-crystals open up design possibilities that are simply not possible in a conventional periodic photonic crystal. In this letter, we exploit the concept of a 2D photonic quasi crystal in an electrically injected laser; specifically, we pattern the top surface of a terahertz quantum-cascade laser with a Penrose tiling of pentagonal rotational symmetry, reaching 0.1–0.2% wall-plug efficiencies and 65 mW peak output powers with characteristic surface-emitting conical beam profiles, result of the rich quasi-crystal Fourier spectrum. PMID:25523102

  3. Photonic quasi-crystal terahertz lasers.

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    Vitiello, Miriam Serena; Nobile, Michele; Ronzani, Alberto; Tredicucci, Alessandro; Castellano, Fabrizio; Talora, Valerio; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund H; Davies, A Giles

    2014-12-19

    Quasi-crystal structures do not present a full spatial periodicity but are nevertheless constructed starting from deterministic generation rules. When made of different dielectric materials, they often possess fascinating optical properties, which lie between those of periodic photonic crystals and those of a random arrangement of scatterers. Indeed, they can support extended band-like states with pseudogaps in the energy spectrum, but lacking translational invariance, they also intrinsically feature a pattern of 'defects', which can give rise to critically localized modes confined in space, similar to Anderson modes in random structures. If used as laser resonators, photonic quasi-crystals open up design possibilities that are simply not possible in a conventional periodic photonic crystal. In this letter, we exploit the concept of a 2D photonic quasi crystal in an electrically injected laser; specifically, we pattern the top surface of a terahertz quantum-cascade laser with a Penrose tiling of pentagonal rotational symmetry, reaching 0.1-0.2% wall-plug efficiencies and 65 mW peak output powers with characteristic surface-emitting conical beam profiles, result of the rich quasi-crystal Fourier spectrum.

  4. Levitated crystals and quasicrystals of metamaterials

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    Wang, Zhehui; Morris, Christopher; Goree, John A

    2012-07-25

    New scientific and technological opportunities exist by marrying dusty plasma research with metamaterials. Specifically, by balancing control and self-assembly, certain laboratory plasmas can become a generic levitation platform for novel structure formation and nanomaterial synthesis. We propose to experimentally investigate two dimensional (2D) and three dimensional (3D) levitated structures of metamaterials and their properties. Such structures can self assemble in laboratory plasmas, similar to levitated dust crystals which were discovered in the mid 1990's. Laboratory plasma platform for metamaterial formation eliminates substrates upon which most metamaterials have to be supported. Three types of experiments, with similar setups, are discussed here. Levitated crystal structures of metamaterials using anisotropic microparticles are the most basic of the three. The second experiment examines whether quasicrystals of metamaterials are possible. Quasicrystals, discovered in the 1980's, possess so-called forbidden symmetries according to the conventional crystallography. The proposed experiment could answer many fundamental questions about structural, thermal and dynamical properties of quasicrystals. And finally, how to use nanoparticle coated microparticles to synthesize very long carbon nanotubes is also described. All of the experiments can fit inside a standard International Space Station locker with dimensions of 8-inch x 17-inch X 18-inch. Microgravity environment is deemed essential in particular for large 3D structures and very long carbon nanotube synthesis.

  5. The quasicrystal model of cluster systems in condensed matter

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    Melnikov, G.

    2017-01-01

    The paper proposes a quasicrystal model of the structure of clusters. The model is based on the similarity of the structure of clusters and macroscopic structure of quasicrystals. It offers a formula to calculate the radii of successive coordination spheres in quasicrystalline films. The formula is based on the properties of Fibonacci sequence and characteristics of the power potential of interaction between particles.

  6. Orthorhombic phases with large unit cells coexisting with the decagonal quasicrystal in an AlCoNiTb alloy

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    Yu, R.C. . Beijing Lab. of Electron Microscopy Jilin Univ., Changchun . Dept. of Physics); Li, X.Z.; Zhang, Z.; Kuo, K.H. . Beijing Lab. of Electron Microscopy); Xu, D.P.; Su, W.H. . Dept. of Physics)

    1994-11-15

    Elser and Henley suggested that if the irrational golden number [tau] = (1 + [radical]5)/2 associated with the three mutually orthogonal, equivalent twofold axes in an IQC (icosahedral quasicrystal) is approximated by a rational ratio of two consecutive Fibonacci numbers (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, [hor ellipsis], F[sub 0] = 0, F[sub 1] = 1, and F[sub n+1] = F[sub n] + F[sub n[minus]1]), such as F[sub n+1]/F[sub n] = 1/0, 1/1, 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5, [hor ellipsis], then a cubic crystalline phase generally called an approximant will result. Such an analysis has been extended later to 2-dimensional decagonal quasicrystals (DQCs). If the irradiation [tau] along two mutually orthogonal, non-equivalent, quasiperiodic twofold directions perpendicular to the periodic tenfold axis of a DQC is replaced by rational ratios F[sub n+1]/F[sub n], an orthorhombic approximant with a large unit cell will form. This not only explains the existing orthorhombic Al-TM (transitional metals) phases with large unit cells, such as Al[sub 60]Mn[sub 11]Ni[sub 4] and Al[sub 3]Mn, but also predicts many new approximants with even larger unit cells some of which have been found experimentally afterwards.

  7. Confessions of an icosahedral virus crystallographer.

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    Johnson, John E

    2013-02-01

    This is a personal history of my structural studies of icosahedral viruses that evolved from crystallographic studies, to hybrid methods with electron cryo-microscopy and image reconstruction (cryoEM) and then developed further by incorporating a variety of physical methods to augment the high resolution crystallographic studies. It is not meant to be comprehensive, even for my own work, but hopefully provides some perspective on the growth of our understanding of these remarkable biologic assemblies. The goal is to provide a historical perspective for those new to the field and to emphasize the limitations of any one method, even those that provide atomic resolution information about viruses.

  8. Confessions of an icosahedral virus crystallographer

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    Johnson, John E.

    2013-01-01

    This is a personal history of my structural studies of icosahedral viruses that evolved from crystallographic studies, to hybrid methods with electron cryo-microscopy and image reconstruction (cryoEM) and then developed further by incorporating a variety of physical methods to augment the high resolution crystallographic studies. It is not meant to be comprehensive, even for my own work, but hopefully provides some perspective on the growth of our understanding of these remarkable biologic assemblies. The goal is to provide a historical perspective for those new to the field and to emphasize the limitations of any one method, even those that provide atomic resolution information about viruses. PMID:23291268

  9. Topological Quantum Hashing with the Icosahedral Group

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    Burrello, Michele; Xu Haitan; Mussardo, Giuseppe; Wan Xin

    2010-04-23

    We study an efficient algorithm to hash any single-qubit gate into a braid of Fibonacci anyons represented by a product of icosahedral group elements. By representing the group elements by braid segments of different lengths, we introduce a series of pseudogroups. Joining these braid segments in a renormalization group fashion, we obtain a Gaussian unitary ensemble of random-matrix representations of braids. With braids of length O(log{sup 2}(1/{epsilon})), we can approximate all SU(2) matrices to an average error {epsilon} with a cost of O(log(1/{epsilon})) in time. The algorithm is applicable to generic quantum compiling.

  10. Method of making an icosahedral boride structure

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    Hersee, Stephen D.; Wang, Ronghua; Zubia, David; Aselage, Terrance L.; Emin, David

    2005-01-11

    A method for fabricating thin films of an icosahedral boride on a silicon carbide (SiC) substrate is provided. Preferably the icosahedral boride layer is comprised of either boron phosphide (B.sub.12 P.sub.2) or boron arsenide (B.sub.12 As.sub.2). The provided method achieves improved film crystallinity and lowered impurity concentrations. In one aspect, an epitaxially grown layer of B.sub.12 P.sub.2 with a base layer or substrate of SiC is provided. In another aspect, an epitaxially grown layer of B.sub.12 As.sub.2 with a base layer or substrate of SiC is provided. In yet another aspect, thin films of B.sub.12 P.sub.2 or B.sub.12 As.sub.2 are formed on SiC using CVD or other vapor deposition means. If CVD techniques are employed, preferably the deposition temperature is above 1050.degree. C., more preferably in the range of 1100.degree. C. to 1400.degree. C., and still more preferably approximately 1150.degree. C.

  11. Lasing action in gallium nitride quasicrystal nanorod arrays.

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    Chang, Shih-Pang; Sou, Kuok-Pan; Chen, Chieh-Han; Cheng, Yuh-Jen; Huang, Ji-Kai; Lin, Chung-Hsiang; Kuo, Hao-Chung; Chang, Chun-Yen; Hsieh, Wen-Feng

    2012-05-21

    We report the observation of lasing action from an optically pumped gallium nitride quasicrystal nanorod arrays. The nanorods were fabricated from a GaN substrate by patterned etching, followed by epitaxial regrowth. The nanorods were arranged in a 12-fold symmetric quasicrystal pattern. The regrowth grew hexagonal crystalline facets and core-shell multiple quantum wells (MQWs) on nanorods. Under optical pumping, multiple lasing peaks resembling random lasing were observed. The lasing was identified to be from the emission of MQWs on the nanorod sidewalls. The resonant spectrum and mode field of the 12-fold symmetric photonic quasicrystal nanorod arrays is discussed.

  12. Fibonacci optical lattices for tunable quantum quasicrystals

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    Singh, K.; Saha, K.; Parameswaran, S. A.; Weld, D. M.

    2015-12-01

    We describe a quasiperiodic optical lattice, created by a physical realization of the abstract cut-and-project construction underlying all quasicrystals. The resulting potential is a generalization of the Fibonacci tiling. Calculation of the energies and wave functions of ultracold atoms loaded into such a lattice demonstrate a multifractal energy spectrum, a singular continuous momentum-space structure, and the existence of controllable edge states. These results open the door to cold atom quantum simulation experiments in tunable or dynamic quasicrystalline potentials, including topological pumping of edge states and phasonic spectroscopy.

  13. Three-wave vibrational mode broadening for Fibonacci one-dimensional quasicrystals

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    Kats, E. I.; Muratov, A. R.

    2005-11-01

    A one-dimensional Fibonacci chain is used to model vibrational mode broadening in icosahedral quasicrystals (i-QCs). All calculations are performed self-consistently for various finite size approximants at temperatures higher than the Debye temperature, TD. This approach is extended to three-dimensional systems as well. It is shown that vibrational spectra depend crucially on the Fibonacci chain mass ratio m. For m = 3, which roughly mimics AlPdMn i-QC, there are three almost dispersionless optic modes separated from the acoustic mode by three large gaps, and for m = 1/3, which mimics ZnMgY i-QC, there is one dispersionless optic mode and one acoustic mode. For the first time we provide a qualitative model which predicts experimentally observed phonon spectrum broadening of i-QC. It is shown that three wave broadening for both one-dimensional and three-dimensional Fibonacci i-QCs is the leading mechanism of spectrum broadening. For the intermediate range of mode coupling constants, it scales with the mode frequency ω as c1ω+c2ω2 (where c1 and c2 are some numerical constants). For smaller values of the coupling constant, phonon broadening is proportional to ω3. We conclude that for a system with a non-simple elementary cell, vibrational spectrum broadening is always larger than for a system with a primitive cell (provided all other characteristics are the same).

  14. Preparation and wear resistance of Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystal and polyamide composite materials

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    Wang, Xinlu; Li, Xuesong; Zhang, Zhenjiang; Zhang, Shanshan; Liu, Wanqiang; Wang, Limin

    2011-07-01

    Ti-Zr-Ni icosahedral quasicrystal powders (Ti-QC), prepared by mechanical alloying and then annealing in a vacuum furnace, were used as a novel filler material in polyamide 12 (PA12). The melt processability of the composite was studied using a Haake torque rheometer. This indicates that PA12/Ti-QC composites can be melt-processed into a wear-resistant material. Further, these composites, fabricated by compression molding, were tested in sliding wear against a polished bearing steel counterface. The results from wear testing show that the addition of Ti-QC filler to PA12 enhances wear resistance and reduces volume loss by half compared with neat PA12. Furthermore, it is found that the hardness of the composite increases with increasing content of Ti-QC filler. In addition, PA12/Ti-QC composites exhibit a slightly higher crystallization temperature and better thermal stability than PA12. These combined results demonstrate that Ti-QC filler may be a desirable alternative when attempting to increase the wear resistance of PA12.

  15. Emergent quasicrystals in strongly correlated systems

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    Sagi, Eran; Nussinov, Zohar

    2016-07-01

    Commensurability is of paramount importance in numerous strongly interacting electronic systems. In the fractional quantum Hall effect, a rich cascade of increasingly narrow plateaux appear at larger denominator filling fractions. Rich commensurate structures also emerge, at certain filling fractions, in high temperature superconductors and other electronic systems. A natural question concerns the character of these and other electronic systems at irrational filling fractions. Here we demonstrate that quasicrystalline structures naturally emerge in these situations, and trigger behaviors not typically expected of periodic systems. We first show that irrationally filled quantum Hall systems cross over into quasiperiodically ordered configuration in the thin-torus limit. Using known properties of quasicrystals, we argue that these states are unstable against the effects of disorder, in agreement with the existence of quantum Hall plateaux. We then study analogous physical situations in a system of cold Rydberg atoms placed on an optical lattice. Such an experimental setup is generally disorder free, and can therefore be used to detect the emergent quasicrystals we predict. We discuss similar situations in the Falicov-Kimball model, where known exact results can be used to establish quasicrystalline structures in one and two dimensions. We briefly speculate on possible relations between our theoretical findings and the existence of glassy dynamics and other features of strongly correlated electronic systems.

  16. Quantum critical behavior in magnetic quasicrystals and approximant crystals

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    Sato, N. K.; Matsukawa, S.; Nobe, K.; Imura, K.; Deguchi, K.; Ishimasa, T.

    2017-06-01

    The electronic states of quasicrystals are believed to be critical, neither extended nor localized. To experimentally establish such the critical state remains a formidable challenge. In the Au-Al-Yb quasicrystal, we observed quantum critical phenomena that are characterized by unconventional critical indices similar to those of Yb-based heavy fermions. In contrast, no divergence was observed in the Au-Al-Yb approximant crystal. These results lead us to suggest that the observed quantum criticality is related to the critical state unique to the quasicrystals. Here we review these results, including the recent observation of the superconductivity in the Tsai-type approximant crystal that is isostructural to the Au-Al-Yb approximant, and argue that the quantum criticality of the quasicrystal results from the combined effect of the quasiperiodicity and the electron correlation.

  17. Self-assembly of two-dimensional binary quasicrystals: a possible route to a DNA quasicrystal.

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    Reinhardt, Aleks; Schreck, John S; Romano, Flavio; Doye, Jonathan P K

    2017-01-11

    We use Monte Carlo simulations and free-energy techniques to show that binary solutions of penta- and hexavalent two-dimensional patchy particles can form thermodynamically stable quasicrystals even at very narrow patch widths, provided their patch interactions are chosen in an appropriate way. Such patchy particles can be thought of as a coarse-grained representation of DNA multi-arm 'star' motifs, which can be chosen to bond with one another very specifically by tuning the DNA sequences of the protruding arms. We explore several possible design strategies and conclude that DNA star tiles that are designed to interact with one another in a specific but not overly constrained way could potentially be used to construct soft quasicrystals in experiment. We verify that such star tiles can form stable dodecagonal motifs using oxDNA, a realistic coarse-grained model of DNA.

  18. Self-assembly of two-dimensional binary quasicrystals: a possible route to a DNA quasicrystal

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    Reinhardt, Aleks; Schreck, John S.; Romano, Flavio; Doye, Jonathan P. K.

    2017-01-01

    We use Monte Carlo simulations and free-energy techniques to show that binary solutions of penta- and hexavalent two-dimensional patchy particles can form thermodynamically stable quasicrystals even at very narrow patch widths, provided their patch interactions are chosen in an appropriate way. Such patchy particles can be thought of as a coarse-grained representation of DNA multi-arm ‘star’ motifs, which can be chosen to bond with one another very specifically by tuning the DNA sequences of the protruding arms. We explore several possible design strategies and conclude that DNA star tiles that are designed to interact with one another in a specific but not overly constrained way could potentially be used to construct soft quasicrystals in experiment. We verify that such star tiles can form stable dodecagonal motifs using oxDNA, a realistic coarse-grained model of DNA.

  19. Mechanical properties of icosahedral virus capsids

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    Vliegenthart, G. A.; Gompper, G.

    2007-12-01

    Virus capsids are self-assembled protein shells in the size range of 10 to 100 nanometers. The shells of DNA-viruses have to sustain large internal pressures while encapsulating and protecting the viral DNA. We employ computer simulations to study the mechanical properties of crystalline shells with icosahedral symmetry that serve as a model for virus capsids. The shells are positioned on a substrate and deformed by a uni-axial force excerted by a small bead. We predict the elastic response for small deformations, and the buckling transitions at large deformations. Both are found to depend strongly on the number N of elementary building blocks (capsomers), and the Föppl-von Kármán number γ which characterizes the relative importance of shear and bending elasticity.

  20. Pressure effects on icosahedral short range order in undercooled copper

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    Celino, Massimo; Coppari, Federica; Di Cicco, Andrea

    2010-02-01

    There is not a wide consensus on the role played by the icosahedral short range order on the stability of undercooled simple metals. The scenario is even less clear for undercooled metals under external pressure. Classical molecular dynamics simulations are performed to explain experimental results recently obtained on liquid and undercooled liquid copper under pressure. The atomic configurations are characterized by a common neighbor analysis to reveal the icosahedral short range order and its relation with external pressure. External pressure increases the probability to find atomic bonds with icosahedral symmetry both in the liquid and in the undercooled copper.

  1. Reply to ``Comment on `Cleaved surface of i-AlPdMn quasicrystals: Influence of the local temperature elevation at the crack tip on the fracture surface roughness' ''

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    Barbier, L.; Bonamy, D.; Ponson, L.

    2008-12-01

    In their Comment on our recent paper [Ponson , Phys. Rev. B 74, 184205 (2006)], Rösch and Trebin reinterpret our experimental findings on cleavage surfaces of i-AlPdMn quasicrystals (QC) using molecular-dynamics simulations of crack propagation in icosahedral model QC. Here, we detail and maintain our initial interpretation of the roughness of QC fracture surfaces in terms of damage mechanisms and temperature elevation in the vicinity of the crack tip. We then discuss the outputs of their numerical simulations and show that the numerical surfaces display different properties than the experimental ones, making the use of the features pointed out by the simulations difficult in interpreting the experimental data. Thus, we maintain the main conclusion of our paper that the existence of clusters in the QC structure cannot be evidenced from the cleavage experiment of Ebert and coworkers [Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 3827 (1996); Phys. Rev. B 57, 2821 (1998)].

  2. Syntheses optimization, structural and thermoelectric properties of 1/1 Tsai-type quasicrystal approximants in RE-Au-SM systems (RE=Yb, Gd and SM=Si, Ge).

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    Gebresenbut, Girma Hailu; Tamura, Ryuji; Eklöf, Daniel; Gómez, Cesar Pay

    2013-04-03

    Yb-Cd (Tsai-type) quasicrystals constitute the largest icosahedral quasicrystal family where Yb can be replaced by other rare earth elements (RE) and Cd by pairs of p- and d-block elements. YbCd6 is a prototype 1/1 Tsai-type approximant phase which has a similar local structure to the Yb-Cd quasicrystal. In this study, the syntheses of Yb15.78Au65.22Ge19.00, Gd14.34Au67.16Ge18.5 and Gd14.19Au69.87Si15.94 Tsai-type 1/1 quasicrystal approximants are optimized using the self-flux technique. The crystal structures of the compounds are refined by collecting single crystal x-ray diffraction data. The structural refinements indicated that the compounds are essentially isostructural with some differences at their cluster centers. The basic polyhedral cluster unit in all the three compounds can be described by concentric shells of icosahedra symmetry and of disordered tetrahedra and/or a rare earth atom at the cluster center. Furthermore, the thermoelectric properties of the compounds are probed and their dimensionless figures of merit are calculated at different temperatures. A significant difference is observed in their thermoelectric properties, which could arise due to the slight difference in their crystal structure and chemical composition, as we move from Ge to Si and/or Gd to Yb. Therefore, this study shows the systematic effect of the chemical substitution of structurally similar materials on their thermoelectric properties.

  3. Syntheses optimization, structural and thermoelectric properties of 1/1 Tsai-type quasicrystal approximants in RE-Au-SM systems (RE=Yb, Gd and SM=Si, Ge)

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    Hailu Gebresenbut, Girma; Tamura, Ryuji; Eklöf, Daniel; Pay Gómez, Cesar

    2013-04-01

    Yb-Cd (Tsai-type) quasicrystals constitute the largest icosahedral quasicrystal family where Yb can be replaced by other rare earth elements (RE) and Cd by pairs of p- and d-block elements. YbCd6 is a prototype 1/1 Tsai-type approximant phase which has a similar local structure to the Yb-Cd quasicrystal. In this study, the syntheses of Yb15.78Au65.22Ge19.00, Gd14.34Au67.16Ge18.5 and Gd14.19Au69.87Si15.94 Tsai-type 1/1 quasicrystal approximants are optimized using the self-flux technique. The crystal structures of the compounds are refined by collecting single crystal x-ray diffraction data. The structural refinements indicated that the compounds are essentially isostructural with some differences at their cluster centers. The basic polyhedral cluster unit in all the three compounds can be described by concentric shells of icosahedra symmetry and of disordered tetrahedra and/or a rare earth atom at the cluster center. Furthermore, the thermoelectric properties of the compounds are probed and their dimensionless figures of merit are calculated at different temperatures. A significant difference is observed in their thermoelectric properties, which could arise due to the slight difference in their crystal structure and chemical composition, as we move from Ge to Si and/or Gd to Yb. Therefore, this study shows the systematic effect of the chemical substitution of structurally similar materials on their thermoelectric properties.

  4. Measuring topological invariants from generalized edge states in polaritonic quasicrystals

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    Baboux, Florent; Levy, Eli; Lemaître, Aristide; Gómez, Carmen; Galopin, Elisabeth; Le Gratiet, Luc; Sagnes, Isabelle; Amo, Alberto; Bloch, Jacqueline; Akkermans, Eric

    2017-04-01

    We investigate the topological properties of Fibonacci quasicrystals using cavity polaritons. Composite structures made of the concatenation of two Fibonacci sequences allow one to investigate generalized edge states forming in the gaps of the fractal energy spectrum. We employ these generalized edge states to determine the topological invariants of the quasicrystal. When varying a structural degree of freedom (phason) of the Fibonacci sequence, the edge states spectrally traverse the gaps, while their spatial symmetry switches: The periodicity of this spectral and spatial evolution yields direct measurements of the gap topological numbers. The topological invariants that we determine coincide with those assigned by the gap-labeling theorem, illustrating the direct connection between the fractal and topological properties of Fibonacci quasicrystals.

  5. Phase equilibria in the nominally Al65Cu23Fe12 system at 3, 5 and 21 GPa: Implications for the quasicrystal-bearing Khatyrka meteorite

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    Stagno, Vincenzo; Bindi, Luca; Steinhardt, Paul J.; Fei, Yingwei

    2017-10-01

    Two of the three natural quasiperiodic crystals found in the Khatyrka meteorite show a composition within the Al-Cu-Fe system. Icosahedrite, with formula Al63Cu24Fe13, coexists with the new Al62Cu31Fe7 quasicrystal plus additional Al-metallic minerals such as stolperite (AlCu), kryachkoite [(Al,Cu)6(Fe,Cu)], hollisterite (AlFe3), khatyrkite (Al2Cu) and cupalite (AlCu), associated to high-pressure phases like ringwoodite/ahrensite, coesite, and stishovite. These high-pressure minerals represent the evidence that most of the Khatyrka meteoritic fragments formed at least at 5 GPa and 1200 °C, if not at more extreme conditions. On the other hand, experimental studies on phase equilibria within the representative Al-Cu-Fe system appear mostly limited to ambient pressure conditions, yet. This makes the interpretation of the coexisting mineral phases in the meteoritic sample quite difficult. We performed experiments at 3, 5 and 21 GPa and temperatures of 800-1500 °C using the multi-anvil apparatus to investigate the phase equilibria in the Al65Cu23Fe12 system representative of the first natural quasicrystal, icosahedrite. Our results, supported by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and analyses by scanning electron microscopy, confirm the stability of icosahedrite at high pressure and temperature along with additional coexisting Al-bearing phases representative of khatyrkite and stolperite as those found in the natural meteorite. One reversal experiment performed at 5 GPa and 1200 °C shows the formation of the icosahedral quasicrystal from a pure Al, Cu and Fe mixture, a first experimental synthesis of icosahedrite under those conditions. Pressure appears to not play a major role in the distribution of Al, Cu and Fe between the coexisting phases, icosahedrite in particular. Results from this study extend our knowledge on the stability of icosahedral AlCuFe at higher temperature and pressure than previously examined, and provide a new constraint on the stability of

  6. Fine Structure of Diffuse Scattering Rings in Al-Li-Cu Quasicrystal: A Comparative X-ray and Electron Diffraction Study

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    Donnadieu, P.; Dénoyer, F.

    1996-11-01

    A comparative X-ray and electron diffraction study has been performed on Al-Li-Cu icosahedral quasicrystal in order to investigate the diffuse scattering rings revealed by a previous work. Electron diffraction confirms the existence of rings but shows that the rings have a fine structure. The diffuse aspect on the X-ray diffraction patterns is then due to an averaging effect. Recent simulations based on the model of canonical cells related to the icosahedral packing give diffractions patterns in agreement with this fine structure effect. Nous comparons les diagrammes de diffraction des rayon-X et des électrons obtenus sur les mêmes échantillons du quasicristal icosaèdrique Al-Li-Cu. Notre but est d'étudier les anneaux de diffusion diffuse mis en évidence par un travail précédent. Les diagrammes de diffraction électronique confirment la présence des anneaux mais ils montrent aussi que ces anneaux possèdent une structure fine. L'aspect diffus des anneaux révélés par la diffraction des rayons X est dû à un effet de moyenne. Des simulations récentes basées sur la décomposition en cellules canoniques de l'empilement icosaédrique produisent des diagrammes de diffraction en accord avec ces effects de structure fine.

  7. Spin waves in one-dimensional bicomponent magnonic quasicrystals

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    Rychły, J.; Kłos, J. W.; Mruczkiewicz, M.; Krawczyk, M.

    2015-08-01

    We studied a finite Fibonacci sequence of Co and Py stripes aligned side by side and in direct contact with each other. Calculations based on a continuous model, including exchange and dipole interactions, were performed for structures feasible for fabrication and characterization of the main properties of magnonic quasicrystals. We have shown the fractal structure of the magnonic spectrum with a number of magnonic gaps of different widths. Moreover, localization of spin waves in quasicrystals and the existence of surface spin waves in finite quaiscrystal structure is demonstrated.

  8. Purcell effect in one-dimensional photonic quasicrystals

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    Morozov, K. M.; Ivanov, K. A.; Gubaydullin, A. R.; Kaliteevski, M. A.

    2017-02-01

    The change in probability of spontaneous emission for emitter placed in one-dimensional photonic quasicrystal (optical Fibonacci lattice) was examined. When the dipole is placed in Fibonacci lattice two different scenarios can be expected: enhancing (if frequency and direction of the dipole emission correspond to optical eigenmode of structure, and position corresponds to maximum value of modes electric field profile) or suppression (in case of photonic band gap) of spontaneous emission rate. Fact that both effects are expressed in quasicrystals less than in the Bragg reflectors and in the microcavities was demonstrated.

  9. Magnetic moments and non-Fermi-liquid behavior in quasicrystals

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    Andrade, Eric

    Motivated by the intrinsic non-Fermi-liquid behavior observed in the heavy-fermion quasicrystal Au51Al34Yb15, we study the low-temperature behavior of dilute magnetic impurities placed in metallic quasicrystals. We find that a large fraction of the magnetic moments are not quenched down to very low temperatures, leading to a power-law distribution of Kondo temperatures, accompanied by a non-Fermi-liquid behavior, in a remarkable similarity to the Kondo-disorder scenario found in disordered heavy-fermion metals. This work was supported by FAPESP (Brazil) Grant No. 2013/00681-8.

  10. NMR and NQR study of the electronic and structural properties of Al-Cu-Fe and Al-Cu-Ru quasicrystals

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    Shastri, A.; Borsa, F.; Torgeson, D.R.; Shield, J.E.; Goldman, A.I. )

    1994-12-01

    [sup 27]Al and [sup 63,65]Cu NMR is reported for powdered stable Al-Cu-Fe and Al-Cu-Ru icosahedral quasicrystals and crystalline approximants, and for an Al-Pd-Mn single-grain quasicrystal. [sup 27]Al NQR spectra at 4.2 K were observed in Al-Cu-Fe and Al-Cu-Ru samples. From quadrupole-perturbed NMR spectra at different magnetic fields, and from zero-field NQR spectra, a wide distribution of local electric-field gradient (EFG) tensor components and principal-axis-system orientations was found at the Al site. A model EFG calculation based on a 1/1 Al-Cu-Fe approximant successfully explained the observed NQR spectra. The average local gradient is largely determined by the [ital p]-electron wave function at the Al site, while the width of the distribution is due to EFG lattice contribution. Comparison of [sup 63]Cu and [sup 27]Al NMR shows the EFG distribution at the two sites is similar, but the electronic contribution to the EFG is considerably smaller at the Cu site, in agreement with a more [ital s]-type wave function of the conduction electrons. Overall spread of EFG values is well reproduced by calculation based on the approximant. However, the experimental spectra indicate a much larger number of nonequivalent sites when compared with the simulated NQR spectra based on the 1/1 approximant. The short-range, local chemical order is well represented by the approximant, but differences in coordination must be included at intermediate range in the quasicrystal. Measured [sup 27]Al Knight shift, magnetic susceptibility, and nuclear spin-lattice relaxation time as a function of temperature indicate reduced density of states at the Fermi level by a factor of 7 or 8 from the value in Al metal, consistent with the notion of a pseudogap for these quasicrystals. No differences in measured parameters were detected as a function of composition of the quasicrystalline alloys.

  11. Covalent bonds in AlMnSi icosahedral quasicrystalline approximant

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    Kirihara; Nakata; Takata; Kubota; Nishibori; Kimura; Sakata

    2000-10-16

    Electron density distributions were obtained using the maximum entropy method with synchrotron radiation powder data. In the metallic Al12Re, metallic bonding was observed for the icosahedral Al12 cluster with central Re atom. In the nonmetallic alpha-AlMnSi 1/1 approximant, covalent bonds were found in the electron density distribution of the Mackay icosahedral cluster without central atom. Rather than the Hume-Rothery mechanism, the covalency of Al (Si) icosahedron and that between Al (Si) and Mn atoms is considered to be the origin of the pseudogap and nonmetallic behavior of alpha-AlMnSi.

  12. Periodic almost-Schrödinger equation for quasicrystals.

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    Blinov, Igor V

    2015-07-24

    A new method for finding electronic structure and wavefunctions of electrons in quasiperiodic potential is introduced. To obtain results it uses slightly modified Schrödinger equation in spaces of dimensionality higher than physical space. It enables to get exact results for quasicrystals without expensive non-exact calculations.

  13. Properties- and applications of quasicrystals and complex metallic alloys.

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    Dubois, Jean-Marie

    2012-10-21

    This article aims at an account of what is known about the potential for applications of quasicrystals and related compounds, the so-called family of Complex Metallic Alloys (CMAs‡). Attention is focused at aluminium-based CMAs, which comprise a large number of crystalline compounds and quasicrystals made of aluminium alloyed with transition metals (like Fe or Cu) or normal metals like Mg. Depending on composition, the structural complexity varies from a few atoms per unit cell up to thousands of atoms. Quasicrystals appear then as CMAs of ultimate complexity and exhibit a lattice that shows no periodicity anymore in the usual 3-dimensional space. Properties change dramatically with lattice complexity and turn the metal-type behaviour of simple Al-based crystals into a far more complex behaviour, with a fingerprint of semi-conductors that may be exploited in various applications, potential or realised. An account of the ones known to the author is given in the light of the relevant properties, namely light absorption, reduced adhesion and friction, heat insulation, reinforcement of composites for mechanical devices, and few more exotic ones. The role played by the search for applications of quasicrystals in the development of the field is briefly addressed in the concluding section.

  14. Raman effect in icosahedral boron-rich solids

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    Werheit, Helmut; Filipov, Volodymyr; Kuhlmann, Udo; Schwarz, Ulrich; Armbrüster, Marc; Leithe-Jasper, Andreas; Tanaka, Takaho; Higashi, Iwami; Lundström, Torsten; Gurin, Vladimir N; Korsukova, Maria M

    2010-01-01

    We present Raman spectra of numerous icosahedral boron-rich solids having the structure of α-rhombohedral, β-rhombohedral, α-tetragonal, β-tetragonal, YB66, orthorhombic or amorphous boron. The spectra were newly measured and, in some cases, compared with reported data and discussed. We emphasize the importance of a high signal-to-noise ratio in the Raman spectra for detecting weak effects evoked by the modification of compounds, accommodation of interstitial atoms and other structural defects. Vibrations of the icosahedra, occurring in all the spectra, are interpreted using the description of modes in α-rhombohedral boron by Beckel et al. The Raman spectrum of boron carbide is largely clarified. Relative intra- and inter-icosahedral bonding forces are estimated for the different structural groups and for vanadium-doped β-rhombohedral boron. The validity of Badger's rule is demonstrated for the force constants of inter-icosahedral B–B bonds, whereas the agreement is less satisfactory for the intra-icosahedral B–B bonds. PMID:27877328

  15. Complex Propagation of Strain Energy in Icosahedral Networks

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    Bina, C. R.

    2005-12-01

    We have modeled the propagation of strain energy in both a vertex-based icosahedral network (12 nodes of degree 5, maximum geodesic of 3, icosahedral graph) and a face-based icosahedral network (20 nodes of degree 3, maximum geodesic of 5, dodecahedral graph), in which initial perturbation from a pre-strained state results in successive episodes of release of strain energy governed by threshold failure. The method may be extended to larger networks through icosahedral discretization of the sphere by higher-order triangulations. Relative to a reference case, we have begun to explore the effects of varying a number of network parameters. These include: the initial distribution of strain energies, the size of the initial perturbation, the nature (quantized vs. total) of threshold-governed energy release, the magnitude of syn-propagational damping, the extent of post-propagational relaxation, and the directionality (weighted mixtures of omnidirectional with either constant unidirectional or variable unidirectional) of post-failure propagation. For most cases explored thus far, simple patterns of nodal failure and energy release emerge, with networks exhibiting constant, decaying, or quasi-periodic behavior. More complex network behavior, exhibiting more complicated power spectra and less uniform levels of nodal activity, emerge only when various forms of directionality (i.e., radiation patterns) are introduced. Results from such modeling may eventually prove useful in studies of deformational microstructures or of triggered seismicity.

  16. TOPICAL REVIEW: Photonic and phononic quasicrystals

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    Steurer, Walter; Sutter-Widmer, Daniel

    2007-07-01

    This review focuses on the peculiarities of quasiperiodic order for the properties of photonic and phononic (sonic) heterostructures. The most beneficial feature of quasiperiodicity is that it can combine perfectly ordered structures with purely point-diffractive spectra of arbitrarily high rotational symmetry. Both are prerequisites for the construction of isotropic band gap composites, in particular from materials with low index contrast, which are required for numerous applications. Another interesting property of quasiperiodic structures is their scaling symmetry, which may be exploited to create spectral gaps in the sub-wavelength regime. This review covers structure/property relationships of heterostructures based on one-dimensional (1D) substitutional sequences such as the Fibonacci, Thue Morse, period-doubling, Rudin Shapiro and Cantor sequence as well as on 1D modulated structures, further on 2D tilings with 8-, 10-, 12- and 14-fold symmetry as well as on the pinwheel tiling, the Sierpinski gasket and on curvilinear tilings and, finally, on the 3D icosahedral Penrose tiling.

  17. Composition-driven spin glass to ferromagnetic transition in the quasicrystal approximant Au-Al-Gd

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    Ishikawa, A.; Hiroto, T.; Tokiwa, K.; Fujii, T.; Tamura, R.

    2016-01-01

    We investigated the composition dependence of the magnetic susceptibility of the quasicrystal approximant Au-Al-Gd. A composition-driven ferromagnetic transition is observed in a quasicrystal approximant, which is attributed to the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) oscillation via a variation in the Fermi wave vector. The ferromagnetic transition is most simply understood as a result of the close matching of the nearest and second-nearest spin distances with the maximum positions of the RKKY potential. The present work provides an idea that allows us to tailor the magnetic order via the electron concentration in quasicrystal approximants as well as in quasicrystals.

  18. Coherent coexistence of nanodiamonds and carbon onions in icosahedral core-shell particles

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    Shevchenko, Vladimir Ya. Madison, Alexey E.; Mackay, Alan L.

    2007-03-01

    In icosahedral carbon nanoparticles, the diamond-like core can undergo a reversible topological transition into and coexist coherently with the onion shells. The general approach for describing and designing complex hierarchical icosahedral structures is discussed. Structural models of icosahedral carbon nanoparticles in which the local arrangement of atoms is virtually identical to that in diamond are derived. It is shown that icosahedral diamond-like particles can be transformed into onion-like shell structures (and vice versa) by the consecutive smoothing (puckering) of atomic networks without disturbance of their topological integrity. The possibility of coherent coexistence of icosahedral diamond-like core with onion shells is shown.

  19. The Energetics and Symmetry of Quasicrystals.

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    Narasimhan, Subha

    In a dramatic experiment in 1984, Shechtman and co-workers observed electron diffraction patterns in rapidly cooled Al-Mn alloys, exhibiting non-crystallographic symmetry, contrary to the conventional wisdom that solid structures could be broadly classified as glassy or amorphous, and crystalline. This and subsequent experiments have spurred an intense effort by the condensed matter physics community into understanding the nature and origin of solid structures, particularly in the light of earlier abstract mathematical structures ("tilings"), invented by Penrose and others, that are space filling but non-periodic and non-random in nature. This dissertation aims at understanding the energetics and symmetry of these "quasi-crystalline" structures. It consists of two parts. In the first part, the energetics of various observed quasi-crystalline phases have been studied by using a type of phenomenological Ginzburg-Landau theory that has been successful in predicting the qualitative features of a wide variety of phase transitions. It is found that qualitative agreement with experiment can indeed be had regarding the relative stability of these phases. The model also predicts the most likely equilibrium structure in various regimes of parameter space. The second part is focussed towards understanding the symmetries of the density function of these phases, the symmetry of the hydrodynamic degrees of freedom, the structure of the reciprocal lattice and so on. The harmonic elastic energy, invariant under the point group of the diffraction pattern is constructed for each of the observed phases. Finally, a formalism is developed for determining the various reciprocal lattices possible with a given arbitrary point group symmetry. It is then applied to the cases of 2D Pentagonal and 3D Icosahedral structures.

  20. Optical Mode Control by Geometric Phase in Quasicrystal Metasurface

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    Yulevich, Igor; Maguid, Elhanan; Shitrit, Nir; Veksler, Dekel; Kleiner, Vladimir; Hasman, Erez

    2015-11-01

    We report on the observation of optical spin-controlled modes from a quasicrystalline metasurface as a result of an aperiodic geometric phase induced by anisotropic subwavelength structure. When geometric phase defects are introduced in the aperiodic structured surface, the modes exhibit polarization helicity dependence resulting in the optical spin-Hall effect. The radiative thermal dispersion bands from a quasicrystal structure are studied where the observed bands arise from the optical spin-orbit interaction induced by the aperiodic space-variant orientations of anisotropic antennas. The optical spin-flip behavior of the revealed modes that arise from the geometric phase pickup is experimentally observed within the visible spectrum by measuring the spin-projected diffraction patterns. The introduced ability to manipulate the light-matter interaction of quasicrystals in a spin-dependent manner provides the route for molding light via spin-optical aperiodic artificial planar surfaces.

  1. Toward theories of friction and adhesion on quasicrystals

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    Rabson, D. A.

    2012-09-01

    It has long been known that quasicrystal surfaces show low sliding friction and adhesion, features that have led to practical applications, notably in cookware. Several mechanisms have been proposed for how quasiperiodicity might result in low friction and low adhesion. These include mechanical characteristics (stiffness and hardness), electronic properties, phonon propagation, surface topography at atomic length scales, and relatively irrational spacings between the atoms of the two sliding surfaces (“superlubricity”). Recent work by Park et al. finds an eightfold anisotropy in the coefficient of sliding friction between a decagonal quasicrystal surface and a passivated probe. This giant anisotropy epitomizes in a single experiment the difference between periodicity and aperiodicity, yet theoretical explanations of the effect remain controversial.

  2. Topological equivalence between the Fibonacci quasicrystal and the Harper model.

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    Kraus, Yaacov E; Zilberberg, Oded

    2012-09-14

    One-dimensional quasiperiodic systems, such as the Harper model and the Fibonacci quasicrystal, have long been the focus of extensive theoretical and experimental research. Recently, the Harper model was found to be topologically nontrivial. Here, we derive a general model that embodies a continuous deformation between these seemingly unrelated models. We show that this deformation does not close any bulk gaps, and thus prove that these models are in fact topologically equivalent. Remarkably, they are equivalent regardless of whether the quasiperiodicity appears as an on-site or hopping modulation. This proves that these different models share the same boundary phenomena and explains past measurements. We generalize this equivalence to any Fibonacci-like quasicrystal, i.e., a cut and project in any irrational angle.

  3. New roles for icosahedral clusters in intermetallic phases: micelle-like segregation of Ca-Cd and Cu-Cd interactions in Ca10Cd27Cu2.

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    Hadler, Amelia B; Harris, Nicholas A; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2013-11-20

    Despite significant progress in the structural characterization of the quasicrystalline state, the chemical origins of long- and short-range icosahedral order remain mysterious and a subject of debate. In this Article, we present the crystal structure of a new complex intermetallic phase, Ca10Cd27Cu2 (mC234.24), whose geometrical features offer clues to the driving forces underlying the icosahedral clusters that occur in Bergman-type quasicrystals. Ca10Cd27Cu2 adopts a C-centered monoclinic superstructure of the 1/1 Bergman approximant structure, in which [110] layers of Bergman clusters in the 1/1 structure are separated through the insertion of additional atoms (accompanied by substantial positional disorder). An examination of the coordination environments of Ca and Cu (in the ordered regions) reveals that the structure can be viewed as a combination of coordination polyhedra present in the nearest binary phases in the Ca-Cd-Cu compositional space. A notable feature is the separation of Ca-Cd and Cu-Cd interactions, with Bergman clusters emerging as Ca-Cd Friauf polyhedra (derived from the MgZn2-type CaCd2 phase) encapsulate a Cu-Cd icosahedron similar to those appearing in Cu2Cd5. DFT chemical pressure calculations on nearby binary phases point to the importance of this segregation of Ca-Cd and Cu-Cd interactions. The mismatch in atomic size between Cu and Cd leads to an inability to satisfy Ca-Cu and Ca-Cd interactions simultaneously in the Friauf polyhedra of the nearby Laves phase CaCd2. The relegation of the Cu atoms to icosahedra prevents this frustration while nucleating the formation of Bergman clusters.

  4. Reconstructing an icosahedral virus from single-particle diffraction experiments.

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    Saldin, D K; Poon, H-C; Schwander, P; Uddin, M; Schmidt, M

    2011-08-29

    The first experimental data from single-particle scattering experiments from free electron lasers (FELs) are now becoming available. The first such experiments are being performed on relatively large objects such as viruses, which produce relatively low-resolution, low-noise diffraction patterns in so-called "diffract-and-destroy" experiments. We describe a very simple test on the angular correlations of measured diffraction data to determine if the scattering is from an icosahedral particle. If this is confirmed, the efficient algorithm proposed can then combine diffraction data from multiple shots of particles in random unknown orientations to generate a full 3D image of the icosahedral particle. We demonstrate this with a simulation for the satellite tobacco necrosis virus (STNV), the atomic coordinates of whose asymmetric unit is given in Protein Data Bank entry 2BUK.

  5. Virus templated plasmonic nanoclusters with icosahedral symmetry via directed assembly

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    Ratna, Banahalli; Fontana, Jake; Dressick, Walter; Phelps, Jamie; Johnson, John; Sampson, Travian; Rendell, Ronald; Soto, Carissa

    2015-03-01

    Controlling the spatial and orientational order of plasmonic nanoparticles may lead to structures with novel electromagnetic properties and applications such as sub-wavelength imaging and ultra-sensitive chemical sensors. Here we report the directed assembly of three-dimensional, icosahedral plasmonic nanoclusters with resonances at visible wavelengths. We show using transmission electron microcopy and in situ dynamic light scattering the nanoclusters consist of twelve gold nanospheres attached to thiol groups at predefined locations on the surface of a genetically engineered cowpea mosaic virus with icosahedral symmetry. We measured the bulk absorbance from aqueous suspensions of nanoclusters and reproduced the major features of the spectrum using finite-element simulations. Furthermore, because the viruses are easily produced in gram quantities the directed assembly approach is capable of high-throughput, providing a strategy to realize large quantities for applications. NRL summer intern under the HBCU/MI Summer Research Program.

  6. Assembly of large icosahedral double-stranded RNA viruses.

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    Poranen, Minna M; Bamford, Dennis H

    2012-01-01

    Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) viruses are a diverse group of viruses infecting hosts from bacteria to higher eukaryotes. Among the hosts are humans, domestic animals, and economically important plant species. Fine details of high-resolution virion structures have revealed common structural characteristics unique to these viruses including an internal icosahedral capsid built from 60 asymmetric dimers (120 monomers!) of the major coat protein. Here we focus mainly on the structures and assembly principles of large icosahedral dsRNA viruses belonging to the families of Cystoviridae and Reoviridae. It is obvious that there are a variety of assembly pathways utilized by different viruses starting from similar building blocks and reaching in all cases a similar capsid architecture. This is true even with closely related viruses indicating that the assembly pathway per se is not an indicator of relatedness and is achieved with minor changes in the interacting components.

  7. Encapsulation of a polymer by an icosahedral virus

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    Elrad, Oren M.; Hagan, Michael F.

    2011-01-01

    The coat proteins of many viruses spontaneously form icosahedral capsids around nucleic acids or other polymers. Elucidating the role of the packaged polymer in capsid formation could promote biomedical efforts to block viral replication and enable use of capsids in nanomaterials applications. To this end, we perform Brownian dynamics on a coarse-grained model that describes the dynamics of icosahedral capsid assembly around a flexible polymer. We identify several mechanisms by which the polymer plays an active role in its encapsulation, including cooperative polymer-protein motions. These mechanisms are related to experimentally controllable parameters such as polymer length, protein concentration, and solution conditions. Furthermore, the simulations demonstrate that assembly mechanisms are correlated to encapsulation efficiency, and we present a phase diagram that predicts assembly outcomes as a function of experimental parameters. We anticipate that our simulation results will provide a framework for designing in vitro assembly experiments on single-stranded RNA virus capsids. PMID:21149971

  8. Reconstructing an icosahedral virus from single-particle diffraction experiments

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    Saldin, D. K.; Poon, H.-C.; Schwander, P.; Uddin, M.; Schmidt, M.

    2011-08-01

    The first experimental data from single-particle scattering experiments from free electron lasers (FELs) are now becoming available. The first such experiments are being performed on relatively large objects such as viruses, which produce relatively low-resolution, low-noise diffraction patterns in so-called ``diffract-and-destroy'' experiments. We describe a very simple test on the angular correlations of measured diffraction data to determine if the scattering is from an icosahedral particle. If this is confirmed, the efficient algorithm proposed can then combine diffraction data from multiple shots of particles in random unknown orientations to generate a full 3D image of the icosahedral particle. We demonstrate this with a simulation for the satellite tobacco necrosis virus (STNV), the atomic coordinates of whose asymmetric unit is given in Protein Data Bank entry 2BUK.

  9. Icosahedral plant viral nanoparticles - bioinspired synthesis of nanomaterials/nanostructures.

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    Narayanan, Kannan Badri; Han, Sung Soo

    2017-08-31

    Viral nanotechnology utilizes virus nanoparticles (VNPs) and virus-like nanoparticles (VLPs) of plant viruses as highly versatile platforms for materials synthesis and molecular entrapment that can be used in the nanotechnological fields, such as in next-generation nanoelectronics, nanocatalysis, biosensing and optics, and biomedical applications, such as for targeting, therapeutic delivery, and non-invasive in vivo imaging with high specificity and selectivity. In particular, plant virus capsids provide biotemplates for the production of novel nanostructured materials with organic/inorganic moieties incorporated in a very precise and controlled manner. Interestingly, capsid proteins of spherical plant viruses can self-assemble into well-organized icosahedral three-dimensional (3D) nanoscale multivalent architectures with high monodispersity and structural symmetry. Using viral genetic and protein engineering of icosahedral viruses with a variety of sizes, the interior, exterior and the interfaces between coat protein (CP) subunits can be manipulated to fabricate materials with a wide range of desirable properties allowing for biomineralization, encapsulation, infusion, controlled self-assembly, and multivalent ligand display of nanoparticles or molecules for varied applications. In this review, we discuss the various functional nanomaterials/nanostructures developed using the VNPs and VLPs of different icosahedral plant viruses and their nano(bio)technological and nanomedical applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Holographically formed three-dimensional Penrose-type photonic quasicrystal through a lab-made single diffractive optical element.

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    Harb, Ahmad; Torres, Faraon; Ohlinger, Kris; Lin, Yuankun; Lozano, Karen; Xu, Di; Chen, Kevin P

    2010-09-13

    Large-area three-dimensional Penrose-type photonic quasicrystals are fabricated through a holographic lithography method using a lab-made diffractive optical element and a single laser exposure. The diffractive optical element consists of five polymer gratings symmetrically orientated around a central opening. The fabricated Penrose-type photonic quasicrystal shows ten-fold rotational symmetry. The Laue diffraction pattern from the photonic quasi-crystal is observed to be similar to that of the traditional alloy quasi-crystal. A golden ratio of 1.618 is also observed for the radii of diffraction rings, which has not been observed before in artificial photonic quasicrystals.

  11. Multilayered sandwich-like architecture containing large-scale faceted Al–Cu–Fe quasicrystal grains

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    Wei, Dongxia; He, Zhanbing

    2016-01-15

    Faceted quasicrystals are structurally special compared with traditional crystals. Although the application of faceted quasicrystals has been expected, wide-scale application has not occurred owing to the limited exposure of the facets. Using a facile method of heat treatment, we synthesize a multilayered sandwich-like structure with each layer composed of large-scale pentagonal-dodecahedra of Al–Cu–Fe quasicrystals. Moreover, there are channels between the adjacent Al–Cu–Fe layers that serve to increase the exposure of the facets of quasicrystals. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction are used to characterize the multilayered architecture, and the generation mechanisms of this special structure are also discussed. - Highlights: • A multilayered sandwich-like structure is produced by a facile method. • Each layer is covered by large-scale faceted Al–Cu–Fe quasicrystals. • There are channels between the adjacent Al–Cu–Fe layers.

  12. Superior room-temperature ductility of typically brittle quasicrystals at small sizes

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    Zou, Yu; Kuczera, Pawel; Sologubenko, Alla; Sumigawa, Takashi; Kitamura, Takayuki; Steurer, Walter; Spolenak, Ralph

    2016-08-01

    The discovery of quasicrystals three decades ago unveiled a class of matter that exhibits long-range order but lacks translational periodicity. Owing to their unique structures, quasicrystals possess many unusual properties. However, a well-known bottleneck that impedes their widespread application is their intrinsic brittleness: plastic deformation has been found to only be possible at high temperatures or under hydrostatic pressures, and their deformation mechanism at low temperatures is still unclear. Here, we report that typically brittle quasicrystals can exhibit remarkable ductility of over 50% strains and high strengths of ~4.5 GPa at room temperature and sub-micrometer scales. In contrast to the generally accepted dominant deformation mechanism in quasicrystals--dislocation climb, our observation suggests that dislocation glide may govern plasticity under high-stress and low-temperature conditions. The ability to plastically deform quasicrystals at room temperature should lead to an improved understanding of their deformation mechanism and application in small-scale devices.

  13. Stability of an icosahedral incommensurate phase formed in an immiscible alloy system

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    Huang, L. J.; Liu, B. X.; Li, H.-D.

    1990-05-01

    A stability study of the icosahedral incommensurate Fe60Cu40 phase formed directly by ion mixing at room temperature indicates that this metastable phase is unstable against thermal annealing to 300+/-25 °C, but annealing to the higher temperature (800+/-25 °C) reestablished the icosahedral order. The changes of the magnetic properties associated with the icosahedral phase formation are also presented.

  14. Growth and electronic structure of alkali-metal adlayers on icosahedral Al{sub 70.5}Pd{sub 21}Mn{sub 8.5}

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    Shukla, A. K.; Dhaka, R. S.; Biswas, C.; Banik, S.; Barman, S. R.; Horn, K.; Ebert, Ph.; Urban, K.

    2006-02-01

    We report x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) study of Na and K adlayers on icosahedral Al{sub 70.5}Pd{sub 21}Mn{sub 8.5} (i-Al-Pd-Mn) quasicrystal. The Na 1s core-level exhibits a continuous linear shift of 0.8 eV towards lower binding energies (BE) with increasing coverage up to one monolayer (ML) saturation coverage. In the case of K/i-Al-Pd-Mn, a similar linear shift in the K 2p spectra towards lower BE is observed. In both cases, the plasmon related loss features are observed only above 1 ML. The substrate core-level peaks, such as Al 2p, do not exhibit any shift with the adlayer deposition up to the highest coverage. Based on these experimental observations and previous studies of alkali metal growth on metals, we conclude that below 1 ML, both Na and K form a dispersed phase on i-Al-Pd-Mn and there is hardly any charge transfer to the substrate. The variation of the adlayer and substrate core-level intensities with coverage indicates layer by layer growth.

  15. NISXW study of Si adsorbed on an Al-Co-Ni quasicrystal

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    Stanisha, Nick; Chaudhuri, Anindita; Ledieu, Julian; Li, Hsin; Su, Stephanie; Mayer, Andreas; Lovelock, Kevin; Jones, Robert; Wearing, Lisa; Woodruff, David; Diehl, Renee

    2013-03-01

    The normal incidence standing x-ray wavefield (NISXW) technique has never before been applied to the determination of adsorption structures on quasicrystals, even though it is quite clear that, under the right conditions, x-ray standing waves do exist in quasicrystals. This omission may be due to a misconception that the relationship between the phase of the standing waves and the atoms at a quasicrystal surface is arbitrary. We have performed a NISXW experiment for the adsorption of Si atoms on the nominally 10-fold surface of the decagonal Al-Co-Ni quasicrystal. NISXW spectra were obtained for a Si coverage of about 0.3, for two different angles of incidence: normal to the 10-fold surface, and at an angle of about 60 ∘ from the surface normal. These angles correspond to two strong x-ray reflections of the quasicrystal. The intensity of the Si 1s photoemission signal was measured in order to determine the location of the Si atoms.order to accurately model the 5-fold symmetry of the surface, our analysis employed a 200 Å x 200 Å x 8 Å structure model for the quasicrystal. The results indicate that the Si atoms have an average height of 1.80 Å above the surface, and are arranged in 6-atom pentagonal clusters centered at points of 5-fold symmetry. This study demonstrates the feasibility for using NISXW as a structural tool for adsorbed atoms or molecules on quasicrystal surfaces.

  16. Interface-driven formation of a two-dimensional dodecagonal fullerene quasicrystal

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    Paßens, M.; Caciuc, V.; Atodiresei, N.; Feuerbacher, M.; Moors, M.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E.; Blügel, S.; Waser, R.; Karthäuser, S.

    2017-05-01

    Since their discovery, quasicrystals have attracted continuous research interest due to their unique structural and physical properties. Recently, it was demonstrated that dodecagonal quasicrystals could be used as bandgap materials in next-generation photonic devices. However, a full understanding of the formation mechanism of quasicrystals is necessary to control their physical properties. Here we report the formation of a two-dimensional dodecagonal fullerene quasicrystal on a Pt3Ti(111) surface, which can be described in terms of a square-triangle tiling. Employing density functional theory calculations, we identify the complex adsorption energy landscape of the Pt-terminated Pt3Ti surface that is responsible for the quasicrystal formation. We demonstrate the presence of quasicrystal-specific phason strain, which provides the degree of freedom required to accommodate the quasicrystalline structure on the periodic substrate. Our results reveal detailed insight into an interface-driven formation mechanism and open the way to the creation of tailored fullerene quasicrystals with specific physical properties.

  17. Soft materials design via self assembly of functionalized icosahedral particles

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    Muthukumar, Vidyalakshmi Chockalingam

    In this work we simulate self assembly of icosahedral building blocks using a coarse grained model of the icosahedral capsid of virus 1m1c. With significant advancements in site-directed functionalization of these macromolecules [1], we propose possible application of such self-assembled materials for drug delivery. While there have been some reports on organization of viral particles in solution through functionalization, exploiting this behaviour for obtaining well-ordered stoichiometric structures has not yet been explored. Our work is in well agreement with the earlier simulation studies of icosahedral gold nanocrystals, giving chain like patterns [5] and also broadly in agreement with the wet lab works of Finn, M.G. et al., who have shown small predominantly chain-like aggregates with mannose-decorated Cowpea Mosaic Virus (CPMV) [22] and small two dimensional aggregates with oligonucleotide functionalization on the CPMV capsid [1]. To quantify the results of our Coarse Grained Molecular Dynamics Simulations I developed analysis routines in MATLAB using which we found the most preferable nearest neighbour distances (from the radial distribution function (RDF) calculations) for different lengths of the functional groups and under different implicit solvent conditions, and the most frequent coordination number for a virus particle (histogram plots further using the information from RDF). Visual inspection suggests that our results most likely span the low temperature limits explored in the works of Finn, M.G. et al., and show a good degree of agreement with the experimental results in [1] at an annealing temperature of 4°C. Our work also reveals the possibility of novel stoichiometric N-mer type aggregates which could be synthesized using these capsids with appropriate functionalization and solvent conditions.

  18. Structures of giant icosahedral eukaryotic dsDNA viruses

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    Xiao, Chuan; Rossmann, Michael G.

    2011-01-01

    In the last twenty years, numerous giant, dsDNA, icosahedral viruses have been discovered and assigned to the nucleocytoplasmic large dsDNA virus (NCLDV) clade. The major capsid proteins of these viruses consist of two consecutive jelly-roll domains, assembled into trimers, with pseudo 6-fold symmetry. The capsomers are assembled into arrays that have either p6 (as in Paramecium bursaria Chlorella virus-1) or p3 symmetry (as in Mimivirus). Most of the NCLDV viruses have a membrane that separates the nucleocapsid from the external capsid. PMID:21909343

  19. Platonic solids back in the sky: icosahedral inflation

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    Kang, Jonghee; Nicolis, Alberto E-mail: a.nicolis@columbia.edu

    2016-03-01

    We generalize the model of solid inflation to an anisotropic cosmic solid. Barring fine tunings, the observed isotropy of the cosmological background and of the scalar two-point function isolate the icosahedral group as the only possible symmetry group of such a solid. In such a case, higher-point correlation functions—starting with the three-point one—are naturally maximally anisotropic, which makes the standard detection strategies highly inefficient and calls for a dedicated analysis of CMB data. The tensor two-point function can also be highly anisotropic, but only in the presence of sizable higher-derivative couplings.

  20. Structures of giant icosahedral eukaryotic dsDNA viruses.

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    Xiao, Chuan; Rossmann, Michael G

    2011-08-01

    In the last twenty years, numerous giant, dsDNA, icosahedral viruses have been discovered and assigned to the nucleocytoplasmic large dsDNA virus (NCLDV) clade. The major capsid proteins of these viruses consist of two consecutive jelly-roll domains, assembled into trimers, with pseudo 6-fold symmetry. The capsomers are assembled into arrays that have either p6 (as in Paramecium bursaria Chlorella virus-1) or p3 symmetry (as in Mimivirus). Most of the NCLDV viruses have a membrane that separates the nucleocapsid from the external capsid.

  1. Stability rules of icosahedral (I h or I) fullerenes

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    Chin Tang, Au; Qiang Huang, Fu

    1995-12-01

    According to the number of carbon atoms, the icosahedral (I h or I) fullerenes can be classified into two types: the first with n = 60 N, and the second with n = 60 N' + 20, where N and N' are non-negative integers determined by group properties. By means of our proposed method for Hückel chemistry calculation, we have calculated the electronic structures for 66 molecules of the first type and 87 molecules of the second type. From the calculated results, some general rules on stability and chemical reactivity have been found.

  2. Dynamic and Kinetic Assembly Studies of an Icosahedral Virus Capsid

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    Lee, Kelly

    2011-03-01

    Hepatitis B virus has an icosahedrally symmetrical core particle (capsid), composed of either 90 or 120 copies of a dimeric protein building block. We are using time-resolved, solution small-angle X-ray scattering and single-molecule fluorescence microscopy to probe the core particle assembly reaction at the ensemble and individual assembly levels. Our experiments to date reveal the assembly process to be highly cooperative with minimal population of stable intermediate species. Solution conditions, particularly salt concentration, appears to influence the partitioning of assembly products into the two sizes of shells. Funding from NIH R00-GM080352 and University of Washington.

  3. Quantitative adsorbate structure determination for quasicrystals using x-ray standing waves.

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    Diehl, R D; Li, H I; Su, S Y; Mayer, A; Stanisha, N A; Ledieu, J; Lovelock, K R J; Jones, Robert G; Deyko, A; Wearing, L H; McGrath, R; Chaudhuri, A; Woodruff, D P

    2014-09-05

    The quantitative structure determination of adsorbed species on quasicrystal surfaces has so far appeared to present insurmountable problems. The normal incidence standing x-ray wave field technique offers a simple solution, without extensive data sets or large computations. Its application to quasicrystals raises several conceptual difficulties that are related to the phase problem in x-ray diffraction. We demonstrate their solution for the case of Si atoms adsorbed on the decagonal Co-rich modification of the Al-Co-Ni quasicrystal to determine the local structure, comprising 6-atom clusters in particular hollow sites.

  4. Quantitative Adsorbate Structure Determination for Quasicrystals Using X-Ray Standing Waves

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    Diehl, R. D.; Li, H. I.; Su, S. Y.; Mayer, A.; Stanisha, N. A.; Ledieu, J.; Lovelock, K. R. J.; Jones, Robert G.; Deyko, A.; Wearing, L. H.; McGrath, R.; Chaudhuri, A.; Woodruff, D. P.

    2014-09-01

    The quantitative structure determination of adsorbed species on quasicrystal surfaces has so far appeared to present insurmountable problems. The normal incidence standing x-ray wave field technique offers a simple solution, without extensive data sets or large computations. Its application to quasicrystals raises several conceptual difficulties that are related to the phase problem in x-ray diffraction. We demonstrate their solution for the case of Si atoms adsorbed on the decagonal Co-rich modification of the Al-Co-Ni quasicrystal to determine the local structure, comprising 6-atom clusters in particular hollow sites.

  5. Observation and Structure Determination of an Oxide Quasicrystal Approximant

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    Förster, S.; Trautmann, M.; Roy, S.; Adeagbo, W. A.; Zollner, E. M.; Hammer, R.; Schumann, F. O.; Meinel, K.; Nayak, S. K.; Mohseni, K.; Hergert, W.; Meyerheim, H. L.; Widdra, W.

    2016-08-01

    We report on the first observation of an approximant structure to the recently discovered two-dimensional oxide quasicrystal. Using scanning tunneling microscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and surface x-ray diffraction in combination with ab initio calculations, the atomic structure and the bonding scheme are determined. The oxide approximant follows a 32 .4.3.4 Archimedean tiling. Ti atoms reside at the corners of each tiling element and are threefold coordinated to oxygen atoms. Ba atoms separate the TiO3 clusters, leading to a fundamental edge length of the tiling 6.7 Å.

  6. What periodicities can be found in diffraction patterns of quasicrystals?

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    Wolny, Janusz; Kozakowski, Bartlomiej; Kuczera, Pawel; Pytlik, Lucjan; Strzalka, Radoslaw

    2014-03-01

    The structure of quasicrystals is aperiodic. Their diffraction patterns, however, can be considered periodic. They are composed solely of series of peaks which exhibit a fully periodic arrangement in reciprocal space. Furthermore, the peak intensities in each series define the so-called `envelope function'. A Fourier transform of the envelope function gives an average unit cell, whose definition is based on the statistical distribution of atomic coordinates in physical space. If such a distribution is lifted to higher-dimensional space, it becomes the so-called atomic surface - the most fundamental feature of higher-dimensional analysis.

  7. Photonic quantum well composed of photonic crystal and quasicrystal

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    Xu, Shaohui; Zhu, Yiping; Wang, Lianwei; Yang, Pingxiong; Chu, Paul K.

    2014-02-01

    A photonic quantum well structure composed of photonic crystal and Fibonacci quasicrystal is investigated by analyzing the transmission spectra and electric field distributions. The defect band in the photonic well can form confined quantized photonic states that can change in the band-gap of the photonic barriers by varying the thickness ratio of the two stacking layers. The number of confined states can be tuned by adjusting the period of the photonic well. The photons traverse the photonic quantum well by resonance tunneling and the coupling effect leads to the high transmission intensity of the confined photonic states.

  8. Photonic quasi-crystal fiber with high birefringence

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    Liu, Hongfei; Xiao, Wei; Cai, Weicheng; Liu, Exian; Feng, Bo; Wang, Ziming; Liang, Taiyuan; Wang, Shuo; Liu, Jianjun

    2016-03-01

    A high-birefringence photonic quasi-crystal fiber (HB-PQF) based on SiO2 is proposed. The relationships between birefringence and structure parameters and between beat length and structure parameters are researched by finite difference beam propagation method. With the optimization of fiber structure parameters, the birefringence is 1.4207×10-2, which is two orders of magnitude higher than the normally used fiber when the wavelength is 1.55 μm. The radius of the fiber is 6.5 μm. The HB-PQF in a communication sensor will have important application prospects.

  9. Magnetism in rare-earth quasicrystals: RKKY interactions and ordering

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    Thiem, Stefanie; Chalker, J. T.

    2015-04-01

    We study magnetism in simple models for rare-earth quasicrystals, by considering Ising spins on a quasiperiodic tiling, coupled via RKKY interactions. Computing these interactions from a tight-binding model on the tiling, we find that they are frustrated and strongly dependent on the local environment. Although such features are often associated with spin glass behaviour, we show using Monte Carlo simulations that the spin system has a phase transition to a low-temperature state with long-range quasiperiodic magnetic order.

  10. Modeling liquid-liquid phase transitions and quasicrystal formation

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    Skibinsky, Anna

    In this thesis, studies which concern two different subjects related to phase transitions in fluids and crystalline solids are presented. Condensed matter formation, structure, and phase transitions are modeled using molecular dynamics simulations of simple discontinuous potentials with attractive and repulsive interactions. Novel phase diagrams are proposed for quasicrystals, crystals, and liquids. In the first part of the thesis, the formation of a quasicrystal in a two dimensional monodisperse system is investigated using molecular dynamics simulations of hard sphere particles interacting via a two-dimensional square-well potential. It is found that for certain values of the square-well parameters more than one stable crystalline phase can form. By quenching the liquid phase at a very low temperature, an amorphous phase is obtained. When this the amorphous phase is heated, a quasicrystalline structure with five-fold symmetry forms. From estimations of the Helmholtz potentials of the stable crystalline phases and of the quasicrystal, it is concluded that within a specific temperature range, the observed quasicrystal phase can be the stable phase. The second part of the thesis concerns a study of the liquid-liquid phase transition for a single-component system in three dimensions, interacting via an isotropic potential with a repulsive soft-core shoulder at short distance and an attractive well at an intermediate distance. The potential is similar to potentials used to describe such liquid systems as colloids, protein solutions, or liquid metals. It is shown that the phase diagram for such a potential can have two lines of first-order fluid-fluid phase transitions: one separating a gas and a low-density liquid (LDL), and another between the LDL and a high-density liquid (HDL). Both phase transition lines end in a critical point, a gas-LDL critical point and, depending on the potential parameters, either a gas-HDL critical point or a LDL-HDL critical point. A

  11. A pentagonal cluster in certain approximants to decagonal quasicrystals.

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    Boström, M; Hovmöller, S

    2001-10-01

    A certain pentagonal cluster occurring in several approximants to the decagonal quasicrystal is discussed. The term 'cluster' is used here to denote a structure motif which is a certain assemblage of coordination polyhedra. The cluster resembles a wheel with an 'axis' and a 'tyre'. It is built up of seven intergrown icosahedra. The 'wheel cluster' builds up structures of infinite strands or nets perpendicular to the pentagonal wheel cluster axis. The wheel cluster is the main constituent of the decagonal approximant structure types Al3Mn, Al60Mn11Ni4 and Ga137Mn123.

  12. Vortex quasi-crystals in mesoscopic superconducting samples

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    Wang, Jing-Kun; Zhang, Wei; R, Sá de Melo C. A.

    2016-08-01

    There seems to be a one to one correspondence between the phases of atomic and molecular matter (AMOM) and vortex matter (VM) in superfluids and superconductors. Crystals, liquids, and glasses have been experimentally observed in both AMOM and VM. Here, we propose a vortex quasi-crystal state which can be stabilized due to boundary and surface energy effects for samples of special shapes and sizes. For finite sized pentagonal samples, it is proposed that a phase transition between a vortex crystal and a vortex quasi-crystal occurs as a function of magnetic field and temperature as the sample size is reduced. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11274009, 11434011, and 111522436), the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB922000), the Research Funds of Renmin University of China (Grant Nos. 10XNL016 and 16XNLQ03), and the Program of State Key Laboratory of Quantum Optics and Quantum Optics Devices (Grant No. KF201404).

  13. REVIEWS OF TOPICAL PROBLEMS: Minimal chaos, stochastic webs, and structures of quasicrystal symmetry

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    Zaslavskiĭ, G. M.; Sagdeev, Roal'd. Z.; Usikov, D. A.; Chernikov, A. A.

    1988-10-01

    The relationship between the problem of the symmetry of a plane tiling and the properties of nonintegrable dynamic systems is reviewed. The formation of stochastic layers and a stochastic web in the motion of linear and nonlinear oscillators subjected to a perturbation is discussed in detail. Emphasis is placed on research on the symmetry properties of a stochastic web with a fractal structure of a quasicrystal type. Structures with a quasicrystal symmetry form as a result of an interaction of two types of symmetries: translational and rotational. Various characteristics of structures with a quasicrystal symmetry are discussed: the distributions of stable and unstable points, the state density, and the Fourier spectrum. Quasicrystal structures in solid state physics, hydrodynamics, botany, and ornamental art are discussed.

  14. Detection of phonon and phason modes in intrinsic colloidal quasicrystals by reconstructing their structure in hyperspace

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    Hielscher, J.; Martinsons, M.; Schmiedeberg, M.; Kapfer, S. C.

    2017-03-01

    Phasons are additional degrees of freedom which occur in quasicrystals alongside the phonons known from conventional periodic crystals. The rearrangements of particles that are associated with a phason mode are hard to interpret in physical space. We reconstruct the quasicrystal structure by an embedding into extended higher-dimensional space, where phasons correspond to displacements perpendicular to the physical space. In dislocation-free decagonal colloidal quasicrystals annealed with Brownian dynamics simulations, we identify thermal phonon and phason modes. Finite phononic strain is pinned by phasonic excitations even after cooling down to zero temperature. For the phasonic displacements underlying the flip pattern, the reconstruction method gives an approximation within the limits of a multi-mode harmonic ansatz, and points to fundamental limitations of a harmonic picture for phasonic excitations in intrinsic colloidal quasicrystals.

  15. Detection of phonon and phason modes in intrinsic colloidal quasicrystals by reconstructing their structure in hyperspace.

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    Hielscher, J; Martinsons, M; Schmiedeberg, M; Kapfer, S C

    2017-03-08

    Phasons are additional degrees of freedom which occur in quasicrystals alongside the phonons known from conventional periodic crystals. The rearrangements of particles that are associated with a phason mode are hard to interpret in physical space. We reconstruct the quasicrystal structure by an embedding into extended higher-dimensional space, where phasons correspond to displacements perpendicular to the physical space. In dislocation-free decagonal colloidal quasicrystals annealed with Brownian dynamics simulations, we identify thermal phonon and phason modes. Finite phononic strain is pinned by phasonic excitations even after cooling down to zero temperature. For the phasonic displacements underlying the flip pattern, the reconstruction method gives an approximation within the limits of a multi-mode harmonic ansatz, and points to fundamental limitations of a harmonic picture for phasonic excitations in intrinsic colloidal quasicrystals.

  16. Optically induced three-dimensional Penrose-type photonic quasicrystal lattices in iron-doped lithium niobate crystal

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    Jin, Wentao; Xue, Yan Ling

    2014-07-01

    Three-dimensional Penrose-type photonic quasicrystal lattices are optically induced inside an iron-doped lithium niobate photorefractive crystal for the first time using a single multi-pinhole plate. The setup of this method is simple and compact dispense with complex optical adjustment system. Induced Penrose-type photonic quasicrystal lattices are analyzed and verified by plane wave guiding and far field diffraction pattern imaging. The quasicrystal microstructures can be maintained for a long time inside the crystal in a dark room. Other more complex three-dimensional photonic quasicrystal structures can be fabricated with this method by designing the multi-pinhole plate flexibly.

  17. A Convenient Route to Diversely Substituted Icosahedral Closomer Nanoscaffolds

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    Jalisatgi, Satish S.; Kulkarni, Vikas S.; Tang, Betty; Houston, Zachary H.; Lee, Mark W.; Hawthorne, M. Frederick

    2011-01-01

    The design and synthesis of icosahedral polyhedral borane closomer motifs based upon carbonate and carbamate anchoring groups for biomedical applications are described. Dodecacarbamate closomers containing easily accessible groups of interest at their linker termini were synthesized via activation of the B-OH vertices as aryl carbonates and their subsequent reaction with primary amines. Novel dodecacarbonate closomers were successfully synthesized for the first time by reacting [closo-B12(OH)12]2− with an excess of respective aryl chloroformates, utilizing relatively short reaction times, mild conditions and simple purification strategies, all of which had previously presented difficulties in closomer chemistry. This methodology for the 12-fold degenerate synthesis of carbonate and carbamate closomers will greatly facilitate further exploration of closomers as monodisperse nanomolecular delivery platforms. PMID:21766843

  18. Dynamico, an Icosahedral Dynamical Core Designed for Consistency and Versatility

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    Dubos, T.

    2014-12-01

    The design of the icosahedral-hexagonal dynamical core DYNAMICO is presented. DYNAMICO solves the multi-layer rotating shallow-water equations, a compressible variant of the same equivalent to a discretization of the hydrostatic primitive equations (HPE) in a Lagrangian vertical coordinate, and the HPE in a hybrid mass-based vertical coordinate. In line with more general lines of thought known as physics-preserving discretizations and discrete differential geometry, kinematics and dynamics are separated as strictly as possible. This separation means that the transport of mass, scalars and potential temperature uses no information regarding the specific momentum equation being solved. This disregarded information includes the equation of state as well as any metric information, and is used only for certain terms of the momentum budget, written in Hamiltonian, vector-invariant form. The common Hamiltonian structure of the various equations of motion (Tort and Dubos, 2014 ; Dubos and Tort, 2014) is exploited to formulate energy-conserving spatial discretizations in a unified way. Furthermore most of the model code is common to the three sets of equations solved, making it easier to develop and validate each piece of the model separately. This design permits to consider several extensions in the near future, especially to deep-atmosphere, moist and non-hydrostatic equations. Representative academic three-dimensional benchmarks are run and analyzed, showing correctness of the model (Figure : time-zonal statistics from Held and Suarez (1994) simulations). Hopefully preliminary full-physics results will be presented as well. References : T. Dubos and M. Tort, "Equations of atmospheric motion in non-Eulerian vertical coordinates : vector-invariant form and Hamiltonian formulation", accepted by Mon. Wea. Rev. M. Tort and T. Dubos, "Usual approximations to the equations of atmospheric motion : a variational perspective" accepted by J. Atmos. Sci T. Dubos et al., "DYNAMICO

  19. Archaeal Haloarcula californiae Icosahedral Virus 1 Highlights Conserved Elements in Icosahedral Membrane-Containing DNA Viruses from Extreme Environments.

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    Demina, Tatiana A; Pietilä, Maija K; Svirskaitė, Julija; Ravantti, Janne J; Atanasova, Nina S; Bamford, Dennis H; Oksanen, Hanna M

    2016-07-19

    Despite their high genomic diversity, all known viruses are structurally constrained to a limited number of virion morphotypes. One morphotype of viruses infecting bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes is the tailless icosahedral morphotype with an internal membrane. Although it is considered an abundant morphotype in extreme environments, only seven such archaeal viruses are known. Here, we introduce Haloarcula californiae icosahedral virus 1 (HCIV-1), a halophilic euryarchaeal virus originating from salt crystals. HCIV-1 also retains its infectivity under low-salinity conditions, showing that it is able to adapt to environmental changes. The release of progeny virions resulting from cell lysis was evidenced by reduced cellular oxygen consumption, leakage of intracellular ATP, and binding of an indicator ion to ruptured cell membranes. The virion contains at least 12 different protein species, lipids selectively acquired from the host cell membrane, and a 31,314-bp-long linear double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). The overall genome organization and sequence show high similarity to the genomes of archaeal viruses in the Sphaerolipoviridae family. Phylogenetic analysis based on the major conserved components needed for virion assembly-the major capsid proteins and the packaging ATPase-placed HCIV-1 along with the alphasphaerolipoviruses in a distinct, well-supported clade. On the basis of its virion morphology and sequence similarities, most notably, those of its core virion components, we propose that HCIV-1 is a member of the PRD1-adenovirus structure-based lineage together with other sphaerolipoviruses. This addition to the lineage reinforces the notion of the ancient evolutionary links observed between the viruses and further highlights the limits of the choices found in nature for formation of a virion. Under conditions of extreme salinity, the majority of the organisms present are archaea, which encounter substantial selective pressure, being constantly attacked by

  20. Difference in Icosahedral Short-Range Order in Early and Late Transition Metals Liquids

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    Lee, G. W.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Kelton, K. F.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, T. J.; Rogers, J. R.

    2003-01-01

    New short-range order data are presented for equilibrium and undercooled liquids of Ti and Ni. These were obtained from in-situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction measurements of electrostatically-levitated droplets. While the short-range order of liquid Ni is icosahedral, consistent with Frank's hypothesis, significantly distorted icosahedral order is observed in liquid Ti. This is the first experimental observation of distorted icosahedral short-range order in any liquid, although this has been predicted by theoretical studies on atomic clusters.

  1. Difference in Icosahedral Short-Range Order in Early and Late Transition Metal Liquids

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    Lee, G. W.; Gangopadbyay, A. K.; Kelton, K. F.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, T. J.; Rogers, J. R.

    2004-01-01

    New short-range order data are presented for equilibrium and undercooled liquids of Ti and Ni. These were obtained from in-situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction measurements of electrostatically-levitated droplets. While the short-range order of liquid Ni is icosahedral, consistent with Frank's hypothesis, significantly distorted icosahedral order is observed in liquid Ti. This is the first experimental observation of distorted icosahedral short-range order in any liquid. although this has been predicted by theoretical studies on atomic clusters.

  2. The double cover of the icosahedral symmetry group and quark mass textures

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    Everett, Lisa L.; Stuart, Alexander J.

    2011-04-01

    We investigate the idea that the double cover of the rotational icosahedral symmetry group is the family symmetry group in the quark sector. The icosahedral (A5) group was previously proposed as a viable family symmetry group for the leptons. To incorporate the quarks, it is highly advantageous to extend the group to its double cover, as in the case of tetrahedral (A4) symmetry. We provide the basic group theoretical tools for flavor model-building based on the binary icosahedral group I‧ and construct a model of the quark masses and mixings that yields many of the successful predictions of the well-known U (2) quark texture models.

  3. Difference in Icosahedral Short-Range Order in Early and Late Transition Metal Liquids

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    Lee, G. W.; Gangopadbyay, A. K.; Kelton, K. F.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, T. J.; Rogers, J. R.

    2004-01-01

    New short-range order data are presented for equilibrium and undercooled liquids of Ti and Ni. These were obtained from in-situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction measurements of electrostatically-levitated droplets. While the short-range order of liquid Ni is icosahedral, consistent with Frank's hypothesis, significantly distorted icosahedral order is observed in liquid Ti. This is the first experimental observation of distorted icosahedral short-range order in any liquid. although this has been predicted by theoretical studies on atomic clusters.

  4. Difference in Icosahedral Short-Range Order in Early and Late Transition Metals Liquids

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    Lee, G. W.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Kelton, K. F.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, T. J.; Rogers, J. R.

    2003-01-01

    New short-range order data are presented for equilibrium and undercooled liquids of Ti and Ni. These were obtained from in-situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction measurements of electrostatically-levitated droplets. While the short-range order of liquid Ni is icosahedral, consistent with Frank's hypothesis, significantly distorted icosahedral order is observed in liquid Ti. This is the first experimental observation of distorted icosahedral short-range order in any liquid, although this has been predicted by theoretical studies on atomic clusters.

  5. Friction Anisotropy: A unique and intrinsic property of decagonal quasicrystals

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    Mulleregan, Alice; Park, Jeong Young; Salmeron, Miquel; Ogetree, D.F.; Jenks, C.J.; Thiel, P.A.; Brenner, J.; Dubois, J.M.

    2008-06-25

    We show that friction anisotropy is an intrinsic property of the atomic structure of Al-Ni-Co decagonal quasicrystals and not only of clean and well-ordered surfaces that can be prepared in vacuum [J.Y. Park et al., Science (2005)]. Friction anisotropy is manifested both in nanometer size contacts obtained with sharp atomic force microscope (AFM) tips as well as in macroscopic contacts produced in pin-on-disc tribometers. We show that the friction anisotropy, which is not observed when an amorphous oxide film covers the surface, is recovered when the film is removed due to wear. Equally important is the loss of the friction anisotropy when the quasicrystalline order is destroyed due to cumulative wear. These results reveal the intimate connection between the mechanical properties of these materials and their peculiar atomic structure.

  6. Photonic band gap spectra in Octonacci metamaterial quasicrystals

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    Brandão, E. R.; Vasconcelos, M. S.; Albuquerque, E. L.; Fulco, U. L.

    2017-02-01

    In this work we study theoretically the photonic band gap spectra for a one-dimensional quasicrystal made up of SiO2 (layer A) and a metamaterial (layer B) organized following the Octonacci sequence, where its nth-stage Sn is given by the inflation rule Sn =Sn - 1Sn - 2Sn - 1 for n ≥ 3 , with initial conditions S1 = A and S2 = B . The metamaterial is characterized by a frequency dependent electric permittivity ε(ω) and magnetic permeability μ(ω) . The polariton dispersion relation is obtained analytically by employing a theoretical calculation based on a transfer-matrix approach. A quantitative analysis of the spectra is then discussed, stressing the distribution of the allowed photonic band widths for high generations of the Octonacci structure, which depict a self-similar scaling property behavior, with a power law depending on the common in-plane wavevector kx .

  7. Atomistic simulation of frictional anisotropy on quasicrystal approximant surfaces

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    Ye, Zhijiang; Martini, Ashlie; Thiel, Patricia; Lovelady, Heather H.; McLaughlin, Keith; Rabson, David A.

    2016-06-23

    J. Y. Park et al. [Science 309, 1354 (2005)] have reported eight times greater atomic-scale friction in the periodic than in the quasiperiodic direction on the twofold face of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal. Here we present results of molecular-dynamics simulations intended to elucidate mechanisms behind this giant frictional anisotropy. Simulations of a bare atomic-force-microscope tip on several model substrates and under a variety of conditions failed to reproduce experimental results. On the other hand, including the experimental passivation of the tip with chains of hexadecane thiol, we reproduce qualitatively the experimental anisotropy in friction, finding evidence for entrainment of the organic chains in surface furrows parallel to the periodic direction.

  8. Atomistic simulation of frictional anisotropy on quasicrystal approximant surfaces

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    Ye, Zhijiang; Martini, Ashlie; Thiel, Patricia; Lovelady, Heather H.; McLaughlin, Keith; Rabson, David A.

    2016-06-23

    J. Y. Park et al. [Science 309, 1354 (2005)] have reported eight times greater atomic-scale friction in the periodic than in the quasiperiodic direction on the twofold face of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal. Here we present results of molecular-dynamics simulations intended to elucidate mechanisms behind this giant frictional anisotropy. Simulations of a bare atomic-force-microscope tip on several model substrates and under a variety of conditions failed to reproduce experimental results. On the other hand, including the experimental passivation of the tip with chains of hexadecane thiol, we reproduce qualitatively the experimental anisotropy in friction, finding evidence for entrainment of the organic chains in surface furrows parallel to the periodic direction.

  9. Atomistic simulation of frictional anisotropy on quasicrystal approximant surfaces

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    Ye, Zhijiang; Martini, Ashlie; Thiel, Patricia; ...

    2016-06-23

    J. Y. Park et al. [Science 309, 1354 (2005)] have reported eight times greater atomic-scale friction in the periodic than in the quasiperiodic direction on the twofold face of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal. Here we present results of molecular-dynamics simulations intended to elucidate mechanisms behind this giant frictional anisotropy. Simulations of a bare atomic-force-microscope tip on several model substrates and under a variety of conditions failed to reproduce experimental results. On the other hand, including the experimental passivation of the tip with chains of hexadecane thiol, we reproduce qualitatively the experimental anisotropy in friction, finding evidence for entrainment of themore » organic chains in surface furrows parallel to the periodic direction.« less

  10. Novel HDPE-quasicrystal composite fabricated for wear resistance

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    Kothalkar, Ankush; Sharma, Amit S.; Biswas, Krishanu; Basu, Bikramjit

    2011-07-01

    The present paper reports, for the first time, the processing, characterization and wear property of a novel HDPE-decagonal quasicrystal (QC) composite prepared by compression molding. The composites were prepared at 130°C and an applied pressure of 0.735 MPa with different holding time to obtain a fully dense product. It was found that a holding time of 60 min is the optimum at the specified melting temperature and pressure. The second phase (QC) content was varied from 5 to 20 wt% to obtain optimum mechanical properties. SEM observations indicate well-dispersed QC particles within the HDPE matrix, with fine scale distribution for 20 wt% QC. Ball-on-disc wear tests revealed that the composites showed better wear resistance than pure HDPE samples. The results are discussed using the currently available literature.

  11. Tunable multimode and narrowband in a photonic quasicrystal waveguide.

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    Hu, Qing; Sun, Liu-Yang; Xu, Di-Hu; Zhou, Yu; Peng, Ru-Wen; Wang, Mu

    2013-02-01

    In this work, we propose a photonic quasicrystal waveguide, which contains a hollow core surrounded by coaxial dielectric quasiperiodic multilayer. Due to the self-similarity in the cladding structure, multiple omnidirectional photonic band gaps (PBGs) exist in the waveguide. The light waves with the frequencies within the omnidirectional PBGs are totally reflected, thereafter, the transport of multimodes is achieved in the quasiperiodic waveguide. Further, it is shown that the centre frequency and the width of the omnidirectional PBG can be tuned by the refractive indexes or the generations of the quasiperiodic sequence in the cladding multilayer. As a consequence, both the quality factor and the confinement performance of the waveguide can be significantly enhanced by decreasing the width of the omnidirectional PBGs. The investigations make it possible to design miniaturized multifunctional optical devices, such as on-chip narrowband waveguide-based filters and laser resonators.

  12. Omnidirectional bandgaps in Fibonacci quasicrystals containing single-negative materials.

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    Deng, Xin-Hua; Liu, Jiang-Tao; Huang, Jie-Hui; Zou, Liner; Liu, Nian-Hua

    2010-02-10

    The band structure and bandgaps of one-dimensional Fibonacci quasicrystals composed of epsilon-negative materials and mu-negative materials are studied. We show that an omnidirectional bandgap (OBG) exists in the Fibonacci structure. In contrast to the Bragg gaps, such an OBG is insensitive to the incident angle and the polarization of light, and the width and location of the OBG cease to change with increasing Fibonacci order, but vary with the thickness ratio of both components, and the OBG closes when the thickness ratio is equal to the golden ratio. Moreover, the general formulations of the higher and lower band edges of the OBG are obtained by the effective medium theory. These results could lead to further applications of Fibonacci structures.

  13. Tri-icosahedral Gold Nanocluster [Au37(PPh3)10(SC2H4Ph)10X2](+): Linear Assembly of Icosahedral Building Blocks.

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    Jin, Renxi; Liu, Chong; Zhao, Shuo; Das, Anindita; Xing, Hongzhu; Gayathri, Chakicherla; Xing, Yan; Rosi, Nathaniel L; Gil, Roberto R; Jin, Rongchao

    2015-08-25

    The [Au37(PPh3)10(SR)10X2](+) nanocluster (where SR = thiolate and X = Cl/Br) was theoretically predicted in 2007, but since then, there has been no experimental success in the synthesis and structure determination. Herein, we report a kinetically controlled, selective synthesis of [Au37(PPh3)10(SC2H4Ph)10X2](+) (counterion: Cl(-) or Br(-)) with its crystal structure characterized by X-ray crystallography. This nanocluster shows a rod-like structure assembled from three icosahedral Au13 units in a linear fashion, consistent with the earlier prediction. The optical absorption and the electrochemical and catalytic properties are investigated. The successful synthesis of this new nanocluster allows us to gain insight into the size, structure, and property evolution of gold nanoclusters that are based upon the assembly of icosahedral units (i.e., cluster of clusters). Some interesting trends are identified in the evolution from the monoicosahedral [Au13(PPh3)10X2](3+) to the bi-icosahedral [Au25(PPh3)10(SC2H4Ph)5X2](2+) and to the tri-icosahedral [Au37(PPh3)10(SC2H4Ph)10X2](+) nanocluster, which also points to the possibility of achieving even longer rod nanoclusters based upon assembly of icosahedral building blocks.

  14. Archaeal Haloarcula californiae Icosahedral Virus 1 Highlights Conserved Elements in Icosahedral Membrane-Containing DNA Viruses from Extreme Environments

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    Demina, Tatiana A.; Pietilä, Maija K.; Svirskaitė, Julija; Ravantti, Janne J.; Atanasova, Nina S.; Bamford, Dennis H.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Despite their high genomic diversity, all known viruses are structurally constrained to a limited number of virion morphotypes. One morphotype of viruses infecting bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes is the tailless icosahedral morphotype with an internal membrane. Although it is considered an abundant morphotype in extreme environments, only seven such archaeal viruses are known. Here, we introduce Haloarcula californiae icosahedral virus 1 (HCIV-1), a halophilic euryarchaeal virus originating from salt crystals. HCIV-1 also retains its infectivity under low-salinity conditions, showing that it is able to adapt to environmental changes. The release of progeny virions resulting from cell lysis was evidenced by reduced cellular oxygen consumption, leakage of intracellular ATP, and binding of an indicator ion to ruptured cell membranes. The virion contains at least 12 different protein species, lipids selectively acquired from the host cell membrane, and a 31,314-bp-long linear double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). The overall genome organization and sequence show high similarity to the genomes of archaeal viruses in the Sphaerolipoviridae family. Phylogenetic analysis based on the major conserved components needed for virion assembly—the major capsid proteins and the packaging ATPase—placed HCIV-1 along with the alphasphaerolipoviruses in a distinct, well-supported clade. On the basis of its virion morphology and sequence similarities, most notably, those of its core virion components, we propose that HCIV-1 is a member of the PRD1-adenovirus structure-based lineage together with other sphaerolipoviruses. This addition to the lineage reinforces the notion of the ancient evolutionary links observed between the viruses and further highlights the limits of the choices found in nature for formation of a virion. PMID:27435460

  15. Controlled Magnetic Reversal and Frustration in Artificial Quasicrystals

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    Bhat, Vinayak

    2014-03-01

    Recent studies of ferromagnetic (FM) antidot arrays have been restricted to simple periodic lattices (square, triangular, etc.). We have fabricated artificial FM quasicrystals (AFQ), which are aperiodic antidot lattices that are self-similar, retain definite rotational symmetry, and consist of a multiply-connected network of permalloy film segments. We focus on Penrose P2 tilings (P2T) constructed from film segments of two lengths (d1 = 810 nm -1618 nm, d2 = 500 nm - 1 μ m), width W ~ 100 nm, and thickness t = 25 nm. Static and dynamic magnetizations were studied using DC magnetometry, broadband (BB) FMR, and micromagnetic simulations (MS). Reproducible ``knee'' anomalies observed in the hysteretic, low-field DC magnetization M(H,T) signal a series of abrupt transitions between ordered magnetization textures, concluding in a smooth evolution into a saturated state. Numerous FMR mode signatures quantitatively reproduce in opposite DC field sweeps in the near-saturated regime, which suggests pinning of the magnetization parallel to the AD edges and confinement of domain walls at P2T vertices control segment polarization and reversal. Novel ``asymmetric'' modes, defined by their presence on only one side of the field origin in a given sweep, are observed only in the reversal regime, and accompany knee anomalies in M(H,T). MS agree with experimental DC hysteresis loops and FMR spectra, and indicate that systematic control of magnetic reversal and domain wall motion can be achieved via tiling design, offering a new paradigm of magnonic quasicrystals. AFQ also behave as novel artificial spin ice systems that exhibit non-stochastic switching due to their aperiodicity and inequivalent pattern vertices. MS indicate pinned Dirac monopoles and confined magnetic avalanches exist in AFQ. Research supported by U.S. DoE Grant DE-FG02-97ER45653 and NSF Grant EPS-0814194.

  16. Acid-base chemistry in the formation of Mackay-type icosahedral clusters: μ3-acidity analysis of Sc-rich phases of the Sc-Ir system.

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    Guo, Yiming; Stacey, Timothy E; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2014-05-19

    The crystal structures of intermetallic phases offer a wealth of geometrical features (helices, multishelled clusters, and host-guest motifs) whose formation has yet to be explained or predicted by chemical theory. A recently developed extension of the acid-base concept to metallic systems, the μ3-acidity model, provides an avenue for developing this understanding for intermetallics formed from transition metals. In this Article, we illustrate how this approach can be used to understand one of the most striking geometrical entities to emerge in intermetallic chemistry, the Mackay cluster of icosahedral quasicrystals. We present μ3-acidity analyses, based on DFT-calibrated Hückel calculations, for a series of Sc-Ir intermetallics: ScIr (CsCl-type), Sc2Ir (Ti2Ni-type), Sc11Ir4, and the Mackay cluster containing phases Sc57Ir13 and Sc44Ir7. We begin by illustrating that a μ3-acidity model correctly predicts that each of these phases is stable relative to disproportionation into their neighboring compounds when a common set of Hückel parameters and d-orbital occupancies is used. Next, we explain these results by developing a relationship between the distance distribution of homoatomic contacts within an atom's coordination sphere and the μ3-neutralization it experiences. For a given average homoatomic distance, the role of heteroatomic contacts is higher when the distribution of homoatomic contacts is narrower. This effect is key to the strength of the acid-base neutralization of the Sc-rich phases, where the Sc atoms find a scarcity of Ir atoms from which to obtain neutralization. Under these circumstances, Sc-Ir contacts should be maximized, whereas the number and distance variations of the Sc-Sc contacts should be minimized. These expectations are borne out by the observed crystal structures. In particular, the Mackay clusters of Sc57Ir13 and Sc44Ir7, in which a central Ir atom is icosahedrally coordinated by a pentagonal dodecahedral array of face-sharing Sc

  17. An accurate and efficient analytical method for 1D hexagonal quasicrystal coating based on Green's function

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    Hou, Peng-Fei; Chen, Bing-Jie; Zhang, Yang

    2017-08-01

    As a solid material between the crystal and the amorphous, the study on quasicrystals has become an important branch of condensed matter physics. Due to the special arrangement of atoms, quasicrystals own some desirable properties, such as low friction coefficient, low adhesion, high wear resistance and low porosity. Thus, quasicrystals are expected to be applied to the coating surfaces for engines, solar cells, nuclear fuel containers and heat converters. However, when the quasicrystals are used as coating material, it is very hard to simulate the coupling fields by the finite elements numerical methods because of its thin thickness and extreme stress gradient. This is the main reason why the structure of quasicrystal coating cannot be calculated accurately and stably by various numerical platform. A general solution method which can be used to solve this contact problem for a 1D hexagonal quasicrystal coating perfectly bonded to a transversely isotropic semi-infinite substrate under the point force is presented in this paper. The solutions of the Green's function under the distributed load can be obtained through the superposition principle. The simulation results show that this method is correct and effective, which has high calculation accuracy and fast convergence speed. The phonon-phason coupling field and elastic field in the coating and semi-infinite substrate will be derived based on the axisymmetric general solution, and the complicated coupling field of quasicrystals in coating contact space is explicitly presented in terms of elementary functions. In addition, the relationship between the coating thickness or external force and the stress component is also obtained to solve practical problems in engineering applications. The solutions presented not only bear theoretical merits, but also can serve as benchmarks to clarify various approximate methods.

  18. Metal-organic framework materials based on icosahedral boranes and carboranes

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    Mirkin, Chad A.; Hupp, Joseph T.; Farha, Omar K.; Spokoyny, Alexander M.; Mulfort, Karen L.

    2010-11-02

    Disclosed herein are metal-organic frameworks of metals and boron rich ligands, such as carboranes and icosahedral boranes. Methods of synthesizing and using these materials in gas uptake are disclosed.

  19. Molecular dynamics characterization of icosahedral short range order in undercooled copper

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    Celino, M.

    2011-05-01

    The stability of undercooled simple metals is still an intriguing problem for materials science and technology. There is not consensus on the role played by the icosahedral short range order during undercooling. The scenario is even less clear for undercooled metals under external pressure. Extensive molecular dynamics simulations, based on an empirical tight-binding interatomic potential, are performed to explain experimental results recently obtained on liquid and undercooled liquid copper. A common neighbour analysis is used to fully characterize the icosahedral short range order in both undercooled and liquid systems. Moreover, the effect of pressure on icosahedral short range order, is addressed and rationalized. External pressure increases the probability to find atomic bonds with icosahedral symmetry both in the liquid and in the undercooled copper.

  20. Speckle in the diffraction patterns of Hendricks-Teller and icosahedral glass models

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    Garg, Anupam; Levine, Dov

    1988-01-01

    It is shown that the X-ray diffraction patterns from the Hendricks-Teller model for layered systems and the icosahedral glass models for the icosahedral phases show large fluctuations between nearby scattering wave vectors and from sample to sample, that are quite analogous to laser speckle. The statistics of these fluctuations are studied analytically for the first model and via computer simulations for the second. The observability of these effects is discussed briefly.

  1. Cooperative Jahn-Teller phase transition of icosahedral molecular units

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    Nasrollahi, Seyed H.; Vvedensky, Dimitri D.

    2017-02-01

    Non-linear molecules undergo distortions when the orbital degeneracy of the highest occupied level is lifted by the Jahn-Teller effect. If such molecules or clusters of atoms are coupled to one another, the system may experience a cooperative Jahn-Teller effect (CJTE). In this paper, we describe a model of how the CJTE leads to the crystallization of the disordered phase. The model Hamiltonian is based on a normal mode decomposition of the clusters in order to maintain the symmetry labels. We take account of the electron-strain and the electron-phonon couplings and, by displacing the coordinates of the oscillators, obtain a term that explicitly couples the Jahn-Teller centers, enabling us to perform a mean-field analysis. The calculation of the free energy then becomes straightforward, and obtaining phase diagrams in various regimes follows from the minimization of this free energy. The results show that the character of the phase transition may change from strong to weak first order and even to second-order, depending on the coupling to the vibrational modes. Taken together, these results may serve as a paradigm for crystallization near the transition temperature, where the atoms tend to form clusters of icosahedral symmetry.

  2. Quantum transport through single and multilayer icosahedral fullerenes

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    Lovey, Daniel A.; Romero, Rodolfo H.

    2013-10-01

    We use a tight-binding Hamiltonian and Green functions methods to calculate the quantum transmission through single-wall fullerenes and bilayered and trilayered onions of icosahedral symmetry attached to metallic leads. The electronic structure of the onion-like fullerenes takes into account the curvature and finite size of the fullerenes layers as well as the strength of the intershell interactions depending on to the number of interacting atom pairs belonging to adjacent shells. Misalignment of the symmetry axes of the concentric iscosahedral shells produces breaking of the level degeneracies of the individual shells, giving rise some narrow quasi-continuum bands instead of the localized discrete peaks of the individual fullerenes. As a result, the transmission function for non symmetrical onions is rapidly varying functions of the Fermi energy. Furthermore, we found that most of the features of the transmission through the onions are due to the electronic structure of the outer shell with additional Fano-like antiresonances arising from coupling with or between the inner shells.

  3. Many-molecule encapsulation by an icosahedral shell

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    Perlmutter, Jason D; Mohajerani, Farzaneh; Hagan, Michael F

    2016-01-01

    We computationally study how an icosahedral shell assembles around hundreds of molecules. Such a process occurs during the formation of the carboxysome, a bacterial microcompartment that assembles around many copies of the enzymes ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/ oxygenase and carbonic anhydrase to facilitate carbon fixation in cyanobacteria. Our simulations identify two classes of assembly pathways leading to encapsulation of many-molecule cargoes. In one, shell assembly proceeds concomitantly with cargo condensation. In the other, the cargo first forms a dense globule; then, shell proteins assemble around and bud from the condensed cargo complex. Although the model is simplified, the simulations predict intermediates and closure mechanisms not accessible in experiments, and show how assembly can be tuned between these two pathways by modulating protein interactions. In addition to elucidating assembly pathways and critical control parameters for microcompartment assembly, our results may guide the reengineering of viruses as nanoreactors that self-assemble around their reactants. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.14078.001 PMID:27166515

  4. Dislocation-free growth of quasicrystals from two seeds due to additional phasonic degrees of freedom

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    Schmiedeberg, M.; Achim, C. V.; Hielscher, J.; Kapfer, S. C.; Löwen, H.

    2017-07-01

    We explore the growth of two-dimensional quasicrystals, i.e., aperiodic structures that possess long-range order, from two seeds at various distances and with different orientations by using dynamical phase-field crystal calculations. We compare the results to the growth of periodic crystals from two seeds. There, a domain border consisting of dislocations is observed in case of large distances between the seed and large angles between their orientation. Furthermore, a domain border is found if the seeds are placed at a distance that does not fit to the periodic lattice. In the case of the growth of quasicrystals, we only observe domain borders for large distances and different orientations. Note that all distances do inherently not match to a perfect domain wall-free quasicrystalline structure. Nevertheless, we find dislocation-free growth for all seeds at a small enough distance and for all seeds that approximately have the same orientation. In periodic structures, the stress that occurs due to incommensurate distances between the seeds results in phononic strain fields or, in the case of too large stresses, in dislocations. In contrast, in quasicrystals an additional phasonic strain field can occur and suppress dislocations. Phasons are additional degrees of freedom that are unique to quasicrystals. As a consequence, the additional phasonic strain field helps to distribute the stress and facilitates the growth of dislocation-free quasicrystals from multiple seeds. In contrast, in the periodic case the growth from multiple seeds most likely leads to a structure with multiple domains. Our work lays the theoretical foundations for growing perfect quasicrystals from different seeds and is therefore relevant for many applications.

  5. Theoretical investigation on a general class of 2D quasicrystals with the rectangular projection method

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    Yue, Yang-Yang; Lu, Rong-er; Yang, Bo; Huang, Huang; Hong, Xu-Hao; Zhang, Chao; Qin, Yi-Qiang; Zhu, Yong-Yuan

    2016-10-01

    We take a theoretical investigation on the reciprocal property of a class of 2D nonlinear photonic quasicrystal proposed by Lifshitz et al. in PRL 95, 133901 (2005). Using the rectangular projection method, the analytical expression for the Fourier spectrum of the quasicrystal structure is obtained explicitly. It is interesting to find that the result has a similar form to the corresponding expression of the well-known 1D Fibonacci lattice. In addition, we predict a further extension of the result to higher dimensions. This work is of practical importance for the photonic device design in nonlinear optical conversion progresses.

  6. TOPICAL REVIEW: The various modes of growth of metals on quasicrystals

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    Smerdon, J. A.

    2010-11-01

    Quasicrystals are fascinating intermetallic compounds composed of two or more elements. They differ from conventional crystals in that they possess long-range order, but no translational symmetry—that is, they are aperiodic. Much effort has been expended on identifying routes towards exploiting and exploring the properties of such systems due to their aperiodic nature. One such route is concerned with the deposition of thin films, particularly of metals, to investigate how their growth progresses in this inherently frustrated scenario. This topical review will examine the various epitaxial relationships observed in quasicrystal research with particular emphasis on single-element metallic films deposited under ultrahigh-vacuum conditions.

  7. Measuring the Thermophysical and Structural Properties of Glass-Forming and Quasicrystal-Forming Liquids

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    Hyers, Robert W.; Bradshaw, Richard C.; Rogers, Jan R.; Gangopadhyay, Anup K.; Kelton, Ken F.

    2006-01-01

    The thermophysical properties of glass-forming and quasicrystal-forming alloys show many interesting features in the undercooled liquid range. Some of the features in the thermophysical property curves are expected to reflect changes in the structure and coordination of the liquid. These measurements require containerless processing such as electrostatic levitation to access the undercooled liquid regime. An overview of the state of the art in measuring the thermophysical properties and structure of undercooled liquid glass-forming and quasicrystal-forming alloys will be presented, along with the status of current measurements.

  8. Surface Tension and Viscosity of Quasicrystal-Forming Ti-Zr-Ni Alloys

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    Hyers, R. W.; Bradshaw, R. C.; Rogers, J. R.; Rathz, T. J.; Lee, G. W.; Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.

    2003-01-01

    The surface tension and viscosity of quasicrystal-forming Ti-Zr-Ni alloys were measured over a range of temperature, including both stable and undercooled liquids by an Electrostatic Levitation (ESL) technique. ESL is a containerless technique which allows processing of samples without contact, greatly reducing contamination and increasing access to the metastable undercooled liquid. The measured viscosity is typical of glass-forming alloys of similar composition to the quasicrystal-forming alloys studied here, while the surface tension shows an anomaly at deep undercoolings.

  9. Self Assembly of Soft Matter Quasicrystals and Their Approximants

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    Iacovella, Christopher; Keys, Aaron; Glotzer, Sharon

    2012-02-01

    The discovery of soft-matter quasicrystals (QCs) and their approximants [1-4] hints at a unique thermodynamic mechanism underlying their stability. In the past, specific interaction potentials have been contrived to stabilize QCs and their approximants in computer simulations, but such interactions are difficult to achieve in colloidal systems. Here, we use molecular simulation to demonstrate an alternative approach for assembling dodecagonal QCs and their approximants based solely on particle functionalization and shape [5]. Our approach replaces complex energetic interactions with simpler-to-achieve bonded and excluded-volume interactions, encouraging the formation of structures with low surface contact area, including non-close-packed and polytetrahedral structures. We argue that this mechanism can be widely exploited to assemble QCs and approximants in colloidal systems, and may further elucidate the formation of soft matter QCs in experiment [1-4]. [4pt] [1] G. Ungar, et al., Science 299 (2003) [0pt] [2] X. Zeng, et al., Nature 428, (2004) [0pt] [3] S. Lee, M.J. Bluemle, F.S. Bates, Science, 330 (2010) [0pt] [4] S. Fischer, et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 108, (2011) [0pt] [5] C.R. Iacovella, A.S. Keys, S.C. Glotzer, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., in press (2011) arXiv:1102.5589

  10. The effect of temperature, interaction range, and pair potential on the formation of dodecagonal quasicrystals in core-corona systems.

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    Pattabhiraman, Harini; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2017-03-08

    A two-dimensional dodecagonal quasicrystal was previously reported by Dotera et al (2014 Nature 506 208) in a system of particles interacting with a hard core of diameter σ and a repulsive square shoulder of diameter [Formula: see text]. In the current work, we examine the formation of this quasicrystal using bond orientational order parameters, correlation functions and tiling distributions. We find that this dodecagonal quasicrystal forms from a fluid phase. We further study the effect of the width of the repulsive shoulder by simulating the system over a range of values of δ. For the range of densities and temperatures considered, we observe the formation of the dodecagonal quasicrystal between [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text]. We also study the effect of shape of the interaction potential by simulating the system using three other interaction potentials with two length scales, namely hard-core plus a linear ramp, modified exponential, or Buckingham (exp-6) potential. We observe the presence of the quasicrystal in all three systems. However, depending on the shape of the potential, the formation of the quasicrystal takes place at lower temperatures (or higher interaction strengths). Using free-energy calculations, we demonstrate that the quasicrystal is thermodynamically stable in the square-shoulder and linear-ramp system.

  11. Studies of Nucleation and Growth, Specific Heat and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystals and Polytetrehedral-Phase-Forming Alloys

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    2003-01-01

    By investigating the properties of quasicrystals and quasicrystal-forming liquid alloys, we may determine the role of ordering of the liquid phase in the formation of quasicrystals, leading to a better fundamental understanding of both the quasicrystal and the liquid. A quasicrystal is solid characterized by a symmetric but non-periodic arrangement of atoms, usually in the form of an icosahedron (12 atoms, 20 triangular faces). It is theorized that the short-range order in liquids takes this same form. The degree of ordering depends on the temperature of the liquid, and affects many of the liquid s properties, including specific heat, viscosity, and electrical resistivity. The MSFC role in this project includes solidification studies, phase diagram determination, and thermophysical property measurements on the liquid quasicrystal-forming alloys, all by electrostatic levitation (ESL). The viscosity of liquid quasicrystal-forming alloys is measured by the oscillating drop method, both in the stable and undercooled liquid state. The specific heat of solid, undercooled liquid, and stable liquid are measured by the radiative cooling rate of the droplets.

  12. The effect of temperature, interaction range, and pair potential on the formation of dodecagonal quasicrystals in core-corona systems

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    Pattabhiraman, Harini; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2017-03-01

    A two-dimensional dodecagonal quasicrystal was previously reported by Dotera et al (2014 Nature 506 208) in a system of particles interacting with a hard core of diameter σ and a repulsive square shoulder of diameter δ =1.40σ . In the current work, we examine the formation of this quasicrystal using bond orientational order parameters, correlation functions and tiling distributions. We find that this dodecagonal quasicrystal forms from a fluid phase. We further study the effect of the width of the repulsive shoulder by simulating the system over a range of values of δ. For the range of densities and temperatures considered, we observe the formation of the dodecagonal quasicrystal between δ =1.30σ and 1.44σ . We also study the effect of shape of the interaction potential by simulating the system using three other interaction potentials with two length scales, namely hard-core plus a linear ramp, modified exponential, or Buckingham (exp-6) potential. We observe the presence of the quasicrystal in all three systems. However, depending on the shape of the potential, the formation of the quasicrystal takes place at lower temperatures (or higher interaction strengths). Using free-energy calculations, we demonstrate that the quasicrystal is thermodynamically stable in the square-shoulder and linear-ramp system.

  13. Studies of Nucleation and Growth, Specific Heat and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystals and Polytetrehedral-Phase-Forming Alloys

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    2003-01-01

    By investigating the properties of quasicrystals and quasicrystal-forming liquid alloys, we may determine the role of ordering of the liquid phase in the formation of quasicrystals, leading to a better fundamental understanding of both the quasicrystal and the liquid. A quasicrystal is solid characterized by a symmetric but non-periodic arrangement of atoms, usually in the form of an icosahedron (12 atoms, 20 triangular faces). It is theorized that the short-range order in liquids takes this same form. The degree of ordering depends on the temperature of the liquid, and affects many of the liquid s properties, including specific heat, viscosity, and electrical resistivity. The MSFC role in this project includes solidification studies, phase diagram determination, and thermophysical property measurements on the liquid quasicrystal-forming alloys, all by electrostatic levitation (ESL). The viscosity of liquid quasicrystal-forming alloys is measured by the oscillating drop method, both in the stable and undercooled liquid state. The specific heat of solid, undercooled liquid, and stable liquid are measured by the radiative cooling rate of the droplets.

  14. The Connection Between Local Icosahedral Order in Metallic Liquids and the Nucleation of Ordered Phases

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    Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor); Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, R. J.; Rogers, J.; Schenk, T.; Simonet, V.; Holland-Moritz, D.

    2003-01-01

    Over fifty years ago, David Turnbull showed that the temperature of many metallic liquids could be decreased far below their equilibrium melting temperature before crystallization occurred. To explain those surprising results, Charles Frank hypothesized that the local structures of undercooled metallic liquids are different from those of crystal phases, containing a significant degree of icosahedral order that is incompatible with extended periodicity. Such structural differences must create a barrier to the formation crystal phases, explaining the observed undercooling behavior. If true, the nucleation from the liquid of phases with extended icosahedral order should be easier. Icosahedral order is often favored in small clusters, as observed recently in liquid-like clusters of pure Pb on the (111) surface of Si, for example. However, it has never been shown that an increasing preference for icosahedral phase formation can be directly linked with the development of icosahedral order in the undercooled liquid. Owing to the combination of very recent advances in levitation techniques and the availability of synchrotron x-ray and high flux neutron facilities, this is shown here.

  15. The Connection Between Local Icosahedral Order in Metallic Liquids and the Nucleation Behavior of Ordered Phases

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    Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, T. J.; Rogers, J. R.; Robinson, M. B.; Schenk, T.; Simonet, V.

    2003-01-01

    Over fifty years ago, David Turnbull showed that the temperature of many metallic liquids could be decreased far below their equilibrium melting temperature before crystallization occurred. To explain those surprising results, Charles Frank hypothesized that the local structures of undercooled metallic liquids are different from those of crystal phases, containing a significant degree of icosahedral order that is incompatible with extended periodicity. Such structural differences must create a barrier to the formation crystal phases, explaining the observed undercooling behavior. If true, the nucleation from the liquid of phases with extended icosahedral order should be easier. Icosahedral order is often favored in small clusters, as observed recently in liquid-like clusters of pure Pb on the (111) surface of Si[3], for example. However, it has never been shown that an increasing preference for icosahedral phase formation can be directly linked with the development of icosahedral order in the undercooled liquid. Owing to the combination of very recent advances in levitation techniques and the availability of synchrotron x-ray and high flux neutron facilities, this is shown here.

  16. The Connection Between Local Icosahedral Order in Metallic Liquids and the Nucleation of Ordered Phases

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    Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor); Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, R. J.; Rogers, J.; Schenk, T.; Simonet, V.; Holland-Moritz, D.

    2003-01-01

    Over fifty years ago, David Turnbull showed that the temperature of many metallic liquids could be decreased far below their equilibrium melting temperature before crystallization occurred. To explain those surprising results, Charles Frank hypothesized that the local structures of undercooled metallic liquids are different from those of crystal phases, containing a significant degree of icosahedral order that is incompatible with extended periodicity. Such structural differences must create a barrier to the formation crystal phases, explaining the observed undercooling behavior. If true, the nucleation from the liquid of phases with extended icosahedral order should be easier. Icosahedral order is often favored in small clusters, as observed recently in liquid-like clusters of pure Pb on the (111) surface of Si, for example. However, it has never been shown that an increasing preference for icosahedral phase formation can be directly linked with the development of icosahedral order in the undercooled liquid. Owing to the combination of very recent advances in levitation techniques and the availability of synchrotron x-ray and high flux neutron facilities, this is shown here.

  17. The Connection Between Local Icosahedral Order in Metallic Liquids and the Nucleation of Ordered Phases

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    Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, T. J.; Rogers, J. R.; Robinson, M. B.; Schenk, T.; Simonet, V.; Holland-Moritz, D.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Over fifty years ago, David Turnbull showed that the temperature of many metallic liquids could be decreased far below their equilibrium melting temperature before crystallization occurred. To explain those surprising results, Charles Frank hypothesized that the local structures of undercooled metallic liquids are different from those of crystal phases, containing a significant degree of icosahedral order that is incompatible with extended periodicity. Such structural differences must create a barrier to the formation crystal phases, explaining the observed undercooling behavior. If true, the nucleation from the liquid of phases with extended icosahedral order should be easier. Icosahedral order is often favored in small clusters, as observed recently in liquid-like clusters of pure Pb on the (111) surface of Si(3), for example. However, it has never been shown that an increasing preference for icosahedral phase formation can be directly linked with the development of icosahedral order in the undercooled liquid. Owing to the combination of very recent advances in levitation techniques and the availability of synchrotron X-ray and high flux neutron facilities.

  18. The Connection Between Local Icosahedral Order in Metallic Liquids and the Nucleation Behavior of Ordered Phases

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    Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, T. J.; Rogers, J. R.; Robinson, M. B.; Schenk, T.; Simonet, V.

    2003-01-01

    Over fifty years ago, David Turnbull showed that the temperature of many metallic liquids could be decreased far below their equilibrium melting temperature before crystallization occurred. To explain those surprising results, Charles Frank hypothesized that the local structures of undercooled metallic liquids are different from those of crystal phases, containing a significant degree of icosahedral order that is incompatible with extended periodicity. Such structural differences must create a barrier to the formation crystal phases, explaining the observed undercooling behavior. If true, the nucleation from the liquid of phases with extended icosahedral order should be easier. Icosahedral order is often favored in small clusters, as observed recently in liquid-like clusters of pure Pb on the (111) surface of Si[3], for example. However, it has never been shown that an increasing preference for icosahedral phase formation can be directly linked with the development of icosahedral order in the undercooled liquid. Owing to the combination of very recent advances in levitation techniques and the availability of synchrotron x-ray and high flux neutron facilities, this is shown here.

  19. From Glass Formation to Icosahedral Ordering by Curving Three-Dimensional Space

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    Turci, Francesco; Tarjus, Gilles; Royall, C. Patrick

    2017-05-01

    Geometric frustration describes the inability of a local molecular arrangement, such as icosahedra found in metallic glasses and in model atomic glass formers, to tile space. Local icosahedral order, however, is strongly frustrated in Euclidean space, which obscures any causal relationship with the observed dynamical slowdown. Here we relieve frustration in a model glass-forming liquid by curving three-dimensional space onto the surface of a 4-dimensional hypersphere. For sufficient curvature, frustration vanishes and the liquid "freezes" in a fully icosahedral structure via a sharp "transition." Frustration increases upon reducing the curvature, and the transition to the icosahedral state smoothens while glassy dynamics emerge. Decreasing the curvature leads to decoupling between dynamical and structural length scales and the decrease of kinetic fragility. This sheds light on the observed glass-forming behavior in Euclidean space.

  20. Effects of scars on icosahedral crystalline shell stability under external pressure.

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    Wan, Duanduan; Bowick, Mark J; Sknepnek, Rastko

    2015-03-01

    We study how the stability of spherical crystalline shells under external pressure is influenced by the defect structure. In particular, we compare stability for shells with a minimal set of topologically required defects to shells with extended defect arrays (grain boundary "scars" with nonvanishing net disclination charge). We perform both Monte Carlo and conjugate gradient simulations to compare how shells with and without scars deform quasistatically under external hydrostatic pressure. We find that the critical pressure at which shells collapse is lowered for scarred configurations that break icosahedral symmetry and raised for scars that preserve icosahedral symmetry. The particular shapes which arise from breaking of an initial icosahedrally symmetric shell depend on the Föppl-von Kármán number.

  1. Interactions among K+-Ca2+ Exchange, Sorption of m-Dinitrobenzene, and Smectite Quasicrystal Dynamics

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    The fate of organic compounds in soils and sediments is influenced by sorption of the compounds on surfaces of soil materials. We investigated the interaction among sorption of an organic compound, cation exchange reactions, and both the size and swelling of smectite quasicrystals. Two reference sme...

  2. Superior room-temperature ductility of typically brittle quasicrystals at small sizes

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    Zou, Yu; Kuczera, Pawel; Sologubenko, Alla; Sumigawa, Takashi; Kitamura, Takayuki; Steurer, Walter; Spolenak, Ralph

    2016-01-01

    The discovery of quasicrystals three decades ago unveiled a class of matter that exhibits long-range order but lacks translational periodicity. Owing to their unique structures, quasicrystals possess many unusual properties. However, a well-known bottleneck that impedes their widespread application is their intrinsic brittleness: plastic deformation has been found to only be possible at high temperatures or under hydrostatic pressures, and their deformation mechanism at low temperatures is still unclear. Here, we report that typically brittle quasicrystals can exhibit remarkable ductility of over 50% strains and high strengths of ∼4.5 GPa at room temperature and sub-micrometer scales. In contrast to the generally accepted dominant deformation mechanism in quasicrystals—dislocation climb, our observation suggests that dislocation glide may govern plasticity under high-stress and low-temperature conditions. The ability to plastically deform quasicrystals at room temperature should lead to an improved understanding of their deformation mechanism and application in small-scale devices. PMID:27515779

  3. Development of thermally-sprayed Al-Cu-Fe-Cr quasicrystal coating

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    Setiamarga, Budi Hartono

    A class of quasicrystal alloys that has drawn a lot of attention is aluminum based quasicrystal alloys because they are hard, light weight, wear resistant, and have a non-stick property. Quasicrystalline materials in the form of coatings produced by thermal spray techniques have been developed to utilize their properties. The goal of this research has been to develop the knowledge necessary to produce good thermally sprayed Al-Cu-Fe-Cr quasicrystal coatings. Boron has been found to improve ductility, reduce porosity and increase hardness when added to other thermally sprayed powders, therefore, as part of this research, quasicrystal coatings containing boron will also be produced and evaluated. The first phase of this research utilized a fine QC-1 quasicrystal powder of Alsb{70.5}Cusb{10.1}Fesb{8.8}Crsb{10.6}. The addition of boron was done using mechanical mixing. The addition of boron in fused QC-1 powders shows that boron can reduce porosity and increase hardness. Due to difficulties with thermal spraying the fine QC-1 powder and evaporation of aluminum, a coarser QC-2 powder with similar composition to QC-1 powder was produced. QC-2 and boron modified QC-2 coatings have similar hardness and levels of porosity, around 11%, although boron modified QC-2 coatings proved to be more wear resistant than plain QC-2 coatings. Both coatings demonstrated a weak coating-substrate interface bonding. Laser heat treatment was used to reduce the porosity and strengthen the coating-substrate interface bonding. Laser treatment of QC-2 quasicrystal coatings resulted in harder and lower porosity coatings with better coating-substrate interface bonding. Unfortunately, hot-cracks in the coatings were also produced. Hot-cracks are undesireable because they decrease the coating's corrosion resistance. Thermal spraying using High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) technique was done. It was used on QC-2 powder and QC-3 powder of composition Alsb{68.6}Cusb{10.8}Fesb{8.9}Crsb{9.7}Bsb{2.0}. This

  4. Atomic decoration of a random-cluster model for icosahedral-phase AlMnSi

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    Robertson, J.L.; Moss, S.C. )

    1991-01-21

    Preliminary results on the atomic decoration of a random-cluster model for icosahedral-phase alloys are presented. The calculated neutron and x-ray intensities compare quite favorably with experimental intensity data on {ital i}-AlMnSi. The origin of the peak at {ital Q}=1.62 A{sup {minus}1}, associated with the prepeak found in amorphous'' AlMnSi, as well as the ubiquitous diffuse'' scattering, seen experimentally under the groups of strong peaks in all icosahedral-phase alloys, are revealed selectively in the calculated partial intensities for Al-Al, Al-Mn, and Mn-Mn correlations.

  5. Symmetry-mismatch reconstruction of genomes and associated proteins within icosahedral viruses using cryo-EM.

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    Li, Xiaowu; Liu, Hongrong; Cheng, Lingpeng

    2016-01-01

    Although near-atomic resolutions have been routinely achieved for structural determination of many icosahedral viral capsids, structures of genomes and associated proteins within the capsids are still less characterized because the genome information is overlapped by the highly symmetric capsid information in the virus particle images. We recently developed a software package for symmetry-mismatch structural reconstruction and determined the structures of the genome and RNA polymerases within an icosahedral virus for the first time. Here, we describe the protocol used for this structural determination, which may facilitate structural biologists in investigating the structures of viral genome and associated proteins.

  6. Analytical solutions for some defect problems in 1D hexagonal and 2D octagonal quasicrystals

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    Wang, X.; Pan, E.

    2008-05-01

    We study some typical defect problems in one-dimensional (1D) hexagonal and two-dimensional (2D) octagonal quasicrystals. The first part of this investigation addresses in detail a uniformly moving screw dislocation in a 1D hexagonal piezoelectric quasicrystal with point group 6mm. A general solution is derived in terms of two functions \\varphi_1, \\varphi_2, which satisfy wave equations, and another harmonic function \\varphi_3. Elementary expressions for the phonon and phason displacements, strains, stresses, electric potential, electric fields and electric displacements induced by the moving screw dislocation are then arrived at by employing the obtained general solution. The derived solution is verified by comparison with existing solutions. Also obtained in this part of the investigation is the total energy of the moving screw dislocation. The second part of this investigation is devoted to the study of the interaction of a straight dislocation with a semi-infinite crack in an octagonal quasicrystal. Here the crack penetrates through the solid along the period direction and the dislocation line is parallel to the period direction. We first derive a general solution in terms of four analytic functions for plane strain problem in octagonal quasicrystals by means of differential operator theory and the complex variable method. All the phonon and phason displacements and stresses can be expressed in terms of the four analytic functions. Then we derive the exact solution for a straight dislocation near a semi-infinite crack in an octagonal quasicrystal, and also present the phonon and phason stress intensity factors induced by the straight dislocation and remote loads.

  7. Hydrogen absorption and structural analysis of TiZrNiV quasicrystals.

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    Lee, Sang-Hwa; Jo, Youngsoo; Kim, Jaeyong

    2014-12-01

    Ti-based quasicrystals are known to store a high capacity of hydrogen exceeding the density of liquid hydrogen. Because TiZrNi quasicrystals contain a large number of tetrahedral sites formed with Ti and Zr atoms that are chemically favorable to hydrogen, these materials retain strong advantages for hydrogen storage applications in structurally and chemically. In fact, TiZrNi quasicrystals are known to absorb hydrogen maximum of the hydrogen to host metal ratio (H/M) value of near 2.0. The critical disadvantage, however, is that the equilibrium vapor pressure of hydrogen is very low (less than 1 Torr). To overcome this engineering drawback, we added a small amount of vanadium (V) in Ti(53-x)Zr27Ni20V(x), alloys (where x = 0 to 15) and rapidly quenched the molten ingots to form quasicrystals, and investigated the effects of V in terms of changes of structure, the H/M values, and an equilibrium vapor pressure of hydrogen. As the results, an equilibrium vapor pressure significantly increased from 0.84 to 2.16 Torr while the maximum H/M value decreased from 1.32 to 1.11 as increasing x = 0 to 8. After hydrogenation, the main peaks shifted evenly to the lower angle of 20 in X-ray diffraction patterns with uniform expansion of the quasilattice constants which demonstrates that hydrogen atoms homogeneously diffused into the samples. A Laves phase starts to form at x = 13 and the samples completely transformed to the phase at x = 15 suggesting the similarity between the quasicrystal and the Laves phase.

  8. Crystallographic Features and State Stability of the Decagonal Quasicrystal in the Al-Co-Cu Alloy System

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    Nakayama, Kei; Mizutani, Akito; Koyama, Yasumasa

    2016-11-01

    In the Al-Co-Cu alloy system, both the decagonal quasicrystal with the space group of Poverline{10}m2 and its approximant Al13Co4 phase with monoclinic Cm symmetry are present around 20 at. % Co-10 at. % Cu. In this study, we examined the crystallographic features of prepared Al-(30 - x) at. % Co-x at. % Cu samples mainly by transmission electron microscopy in order to make clear the crystallographic relation between the decagonal quasicrystal and the monoclinic Al13Co4 structure. The results revealed a coexistence state consisting of decagonal quasicrystal and approximant Al13Co4 regions in Al-20 at. % Co-10 at. % Cu alloy samples. With the help of the coexistence state, the orientation relationship was established between the monoclinic Al13Co4 structure and the decagonal quasicrystal. In the determined relationship, the crystallographic axis in the quasicrystal was found to be parallel to the normal direction of the (010)m plane in the Al13Co4 structure, where the subscript m denotes the monoclinic system. Based on data obtained experimentally, the state stability of the decagonal quasicrystal was also examined in terms of the Hume-Rothery (HR) mechanism on the basis of the nearly-free-electron approximation. It was found that a model based on the HR mechanism could explain the crystallographic features such as electron diffraction patterns and atomic arrangements found in the decagonal quasicrystal. In other words, the HR mechanism is most likely appropriate for the stability of the decagonal quasicrystal in the Al-Co-Cu alloy system.

  9. Studies of Inactivation Mechanism of non-enveloped icosahedral viruses by a visible ultrashort pulsed laser

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    The inactivation mechanism of ultrashort pulsed laser irradiation at a wavelength of 425 nm has been studied using two different-sized, non-enveloped icosahedral viruses, murine norovirus-1 (MNV-1) and human papillomavirus-16 (HPV-16) pseudovirions. Our experimental results are consistent with a mo...

  10. HCIV-1 and Other Tailless Icosahedral Internal Membrane-Containing Viruses of the Family Sphaerolipoviridae.

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    Demina, Tatiana A; Pietilä, Maija K; Svirskaitė, Julija; Ravantti, Janne J; Atanasova, Nina S; Bamford, Dennis H; Oksanen, Hanna M

    2017-02-18

    Members of the virus family Sphaerolipoviridae include both archaeal viruses and bacteriophages that possess a tailless icosahedral capsid with an internal membrane. The genera Alpha- and Betasphaerolipovirus comprise viruses that infect halophilic euryarchaea, whereas viruses of thermophilic Thermus bacteria belong to the genus Gammasphaerolipovirus. Both sequence-based and structural clustering of the major capsid proteins and ATPases of sphaerolipoviruses yield three distinct clades corresponding to these three genera. Conserved virion architectural principles observed in sphaerolipoviruses suggest that these viruses belong to the PRD1-adenovirus structural lineage. Here we focus on archaeal alphasphaerolipoviruses and their related putative proviruses. The highest sequence similarities among alphasphaerolipoviruses are observed in the core structural elements of their virions: the two major capsid proteins, the major membrane protein, and a putative packaging ATPase. A recently described tailless icosahedral haloarchaeal virus, Haloarcula californiae icosahedral virus 1 (HCIV-1), has a double-stranded DNA genome and an internal membrane lining the capsid. HCIV-1 shares significant similarities with the other tailless icosahedral internal membrane-containing haloarchaeal viruses of the family Sphaerolipoviridae. The proposal to include a new virus species, Haloarcula virus HCIV1, into the genus Alphasphaerolipovirus was submitted to the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) in 2016.

  11. Direct computation of two-phase icosahedral equilibria of lipid bilayer vesicles

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    Zhao, Siming; Healey, Timothy; Li, Qingdu

    2017-02-01

    Correctly formulated continuum models for lipid-bilayer membranes present a significant challenge to computational mechanics. In particular, the mid-surface behavior is that of a 2-dimensional fluid, while the membrane resists bending much like an elastic shell. Here we consider a well-known Helfrich-Cahn-Hilliard model for two-phase lipid-bilayer vesicles, incorporating mid-surface fluidity, curvature elasticity and a phase field. We present a systematic approach to the direct computation of vesical configurations possessing icosahedral symmetry, which have been observed in experiment and whose mathematical existence has recently been established. We first introduce a radial-graph formulation to overcome the difficulties associated with fluidity within a conventional Lagrangian description. We use the so-called subdivision surface finite element method combined with an icosahedral-symmetric mesh. The resulting discrete equations are well-conditioned and inherit equivariance properties under a representation of the icosahedral group. We use group-theoretic methods to obtain a reduced problem that captures all icosahedral-symmetric solutions of the full problem. Finally we explore the behavior of our reduced model, varying numerous physical parameters present in the mathematical model.

  12. HCIV-1 and Other Tailless Icosahedral Internal Membrane-Containing Viruses of the Family Sphaerolipoviridae

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    Demina, Tatiana A.; Pietilä, Maija K.; Svirskaitė, Julija; Ravantti, Janne J.; Atanasova, Nina S.; Bamford, Dennis H.; Oksanen, Hanna M.

    2017-01-01

    Members of the virus family Sphaerolipoviridae include both archaeal viruses and bacteriophages that possess a tailless icosahedral capsid with an internal membrane. The genera Alpha- and Betasphaerolipovirus comprise viruses that infect halophilic euryarchaea, whereas viruses of thermophilic Thermus bacteria belong to the genus Gammasphaerolipovirus. Both sequence-based and structural clustering of the major capsid proteins and ATPases of sphaerolipoviruses yield three distinct clades corresponding to these three genera. Conserved virion architectural principles observed in sphaerolipoviruses suggest that these viruses belong to the PRD1-adenovirus structural lineage. Here we focus on archaeal alphasphaerolipoviruses and their related putative proviruses. The highest sequence similarities among alphasphaerolipoviruses are observed in the core structural elements of their virions: the two major capsid proteins, the major membrane protein, and a putative packaging ATPase. A recently described tailless icosahedral haloarchaeal virus, Haloarcula californiae icosahedral virus 1 (HCIV-1), has a double-stranded DNA genome and an internal membrane lining the capsid. HCIV-1 shares significant similarities with the other tailless icosahedral internal membrane-containing haloarchaeal viruses of the family Sphaerolipoviridae. The proposal to include a new virus species, Haloarcula virus HCIV1, into the genus Alphasphaerolipovirus was submitted to the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) in 2016. PMID:28218714

  13. Global ocean simulations by HYCOM on icosahedral and logically rectangular grids

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    Sun, Shan; Bleck, Rainer

    2015-04-01

    iHYCOM, short for "icosahedral HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model", is being developed at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. The purpose of formulating HYCOM on an icosahedral grid is to allow coupling to an existing icosahedral weather prediction model ("FIM", see http://fim.noaa.gov) unencumbered by interpolation problems at the air-sea-ice interface. We have tested the traditional HYCOM, formulated on a Mercator grid augmented by a bipolar pole patch, with iHYCOM for several decades at comparable horizontal mesh sizes in the 0.5-1.0 deg range, employing the same vertical resolution of 26 potential density (sigma_1) layers. These comparison runs were forced by CORE (Common Ocean-Ice Reference Experiment) fields. Several performance measures indicate that formulating HYCOM on an icosahedral mesh is feasible, although a numerically stable barotropic-baroclinic mode splitting scheme is not available yet. We compare the large scale circulations simulated by both model versions and investigate the model sensitivity to different horizontal grids.

  14. Structure and Stability of Aluminum-Copper Face-Centered Icosahedral Alloys

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    Shield, Jeffrey E.

    The phases and microstructures in rapidly solidified Al-Cu-Ru alloys were investigated in this study. A chemically and topologically disordered icosahedral (i) phase grows dendritically from the liquid as the primary solidification product over the entire compositional region studied. The as-solidified i-phase is metastable and transforms to crystalline products at ~500^ circC. The i-phase was not found as a product of the exothermic transformation for any composition, indicating that it is not the low temperature stable phase in the Al-Cu-Ru system. A chemically and topologically ordered i-phase was found to be an equilibrium phase at temperatures above ~670^circ C and exists over a compositional region of several atomic percent. Once formed, this phase was easily retained at lower temperatures because of kinetic limitations of the transformation to the low temperature crystalline phase. Crystalline phases which from diffraction results appear structurally similar to the i-phase were also found in the Al-Cu-Ru system. These "approximant" phases aid in the determination of the atomic structure of i-phases by having common structural units. A simple cubic structure (a = 12.38 A, Pm3) containing a bcc network of icosahedral clusters was discovered. Comparisons of this phase with the i-phase indicated that strong similarities exist between the two structures. A rhombohedral approximant phase was also found. It exists as a transition state between the low-temperature crystalline phase and the high-temperature i-phase. This approximant phase also contains local icosahedral symmetry. The strong presence of icosahedral clusters in approximant phases in the Al-Cu-Ru system points to the distinct possibility that the i-phase is a quasiperiodic packing of icosahedral clusters of atoms.

  15. Formation of quasi-icosahedral structures with multi-conjoint fivefold deformation twins in fivefold twinned metallic nanowires

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    Jiang, Shan; Shen, Yonggang; Zheng, Yonggang; Chen, Zhen

    2013-07-01

    We show by molecular dynamics simulations that symmetrical quasi-icosahedral structures can be formed in fivefold twinned metallic nanowires (Cu, Au, and Ag) under dynamic tensile loading. The quasi-icosahedral structure, different from the icosahedral nanoclusters found in the past, consists of a twisted original fivefold twinned axis and ten secondary fivefold deformation twins, with five preexisting prismatic and fifteen tetrahedral subunits joined adjacently. Formation of these structures is observed in the necking region during the plastic deformation with successive twinning processes and is found to be independent on the cross-sectional shape as well as the tensile strain rate of the nanowires.

  16. A Chemical Approach to the Discovery of Quasicrystals and Their Approximant Crystals

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    Lin, Qisheng; Corbett, John D.

    This review is intended to be a chemist-friendly introduction to what quasicrystals (QCs) and approximant crystals (ACs) are and what chemists may be able to contribute to the field. Readers will first be exposed to a must-know history of QC/ACs, then warmed up with the somewhat distant and prior concepts of metal clusters in halides, oxides etc., and then to polyanionic clusters in Zintl phases and intermetallic systems. Information on these last two has originated over about the last 50 years. We will draw on some more chemical insights and information on how these might be related and applicable to new and expanded QC and AC systems. Then follow our experiences on electronic and chemical tuning of five QC and AC systems and the structural regularities within ACs, from which important clues for quasicrystal structure modeling are evident.

  17. Multiple quasicrystal approximants with the same lattice parameters in Al-Cr-Fe-Si alloys

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    He, Zhanbing; Li, Hua; Ma, Haikun; Li, Guowu

    2017-01-01

    By means of atomic-resolution high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy, we found three types of giant approximants of decagonal quasicrystal in Al-Cr-Fe-Si alloys, where each type contains several structural variants possessing the same lattice parameters but different crystal structures. The projected structures of these approximants along the pseudo-tenfold direction were described using substructural blocks. Furthermore, the structural relationship and the plane crystallographic groups in the (a, c) plan of these structural variants was also discussed. The diversity of quasicrystal approximants with the same lattice parameters was shown to be closely related to the variety of shield-like tiles and their tiling patterns. PMID:28084405

  18. Non-Fermi-Liquid Behavior in Metallic Quasicrystals with Local Magnetic Moments

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    Andrade, Eric C.; Jagannathan, Anuradha; Miranda, Eduardo; Vojta, Matthias; Dobrosavljević, Vladimir

    2015-07-01

    Motivated by the intrinsic non-Fermi-liquid behavior observed in the heavy-fermion quasicrystal Au51Al34Yb15 , we study the low-temperature behavior of dilute magnetic impurities placed in metallic quasicrystals. We find that a large fraction of the magnetic moments are not quenched down to very low temperatures T , leading to a power-law distribution of Kondo temperatures P (TK)˜TKα -1, with a nonuniversal exponent α , in a remarkable similarity to the Kondo-disorder scenario found in disordered heavy-fermion metals. For α <1 , the resulting singular P (TK) induces non-Fermi-liquid behavior with diverging thermodynamic responses as T →0 .

  19. Real-space observation of magnetic excitations and avalanche behavior in artificial quasicrystal lattices

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    Brajuskovic, V.; Barrows, F.; Phatak, C.; Petford-Long, A. K.

    2016-10-03

    Artificial spin ice lattices have emerged as model systems for studying magnetic frustration in recent years. Most work to date has looked at periodic artificial spin ice lattices. In this paper, we observe frustration effects in quasicrystal artificial spin ice lattices that lack translational symmetry and contain vertices with different numbers of interacting elements. We find that as the lattice state changes following demagnetizing and annealing, specific vertex motifs retain low-energy configurations, which excites other motifs into higher energy configurations. In addition, we find that unlike the magnetization reversal process for periodic artificial spin ice lattices, which occurs through 1D avalanches, quasicrystal lattices undergo reversal through a dendritic 2D avalanche mechanism.

  20. Real-space observation of magnetic excitations and avalanche behavior in artificial quasicrystal lattices

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    2016-10-03

    Artificial spin ice lattices have emerged as model systems for studying magnetic frustration in recent years. Most work to date has looked at periodic artificial spin ice lattices. In this paper, we observe frustration effects in quasicrystal artificial spin ice lattices that lack translational symmetry and contain vertices with different numbers of interacting elements. We find that as the lattice state changes following demagnetizing and annealing, specific vertex motifs retain low-energy configurations, which excites other motifs into higher energy configurations. In addition, we find that unlike the magnetization reversal process for periodic artificial spin ice lattices, which occurs through 1Dmore » avalanches, quasicrystal lattices undergo reversal through a dendritic 2D avalanche mechanism.« less

  1. Real-space observation of magnetic excitations and avalanche behavior in artificial quasicrystal lattices

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    Brajuskovic, V.; Barrows, F.; Phatak, C.; Petford-Long, A. K.

    2016-10-01

    Artificial spin ice lattices have emerged as model systems for studying magnetic frustration in recent years. Most work to date has looked at periodic artificial spin ice lattices. In this paper, we observe frustration effects in quasicrystal artificial spin ice lattices that lack translational symmetry and contain vertices with different numbers of interacting elements. We find that as the lattice state changes following demagnetizing and annealing, specific vertex motifs retain low-energy configurations, which excites other motifs into higher energy configurations. Additionally, we find that unlike the magnetization reversal process for periodic artificial spin ice lattices, which occurs through 1D avalanches, quasicrystal lattices undergo reversal through a dendritic 2D avalanche mechanism.

  2. Real-space observation of magnetic excitations and avalanche behavior in artificial quasicrystal lattices.

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    Brajuskovic, V; Barrows, F; Phatak, C; Petford-Long, A K

    2016-10-03

    Artificial spin ice lattices have emerged as model systems for studying magnetic frustration in recent years. Most work to date has looked at periodic artificial spin ice lattices. In this paper, we observe frustration effects in quasicrystal artificial spin ice lattices that lack translational symmetry and contain vertices with different numbers of interacting elements. We find that as the lattice state changes following demagnetizing and annealing, specific vertex motifs retain low-energy configurations, which excites other motifs into higher energy configurations. Additionally, we find that unlike the magnetization reversal process for periodic artificial spin ice lattices, which occurs through 1D avalanches, quasicrystal lattices undergo reversal through a dendritic 2D avalanche mechanism.

  3. Real-space observation of magnetic excitations and avalanche behavior in artificial quasicrystal lattices

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    Brajuskovic, V.; Barrows, F.; Phatak, C.; Petford-Long, A. K.

    2016-01-01

    Artificial spin ice lattices have emerged as model systems for studying magnetic frustration in recent years. Most work to date has looked at periodic artificial spin ice lattices. In this paper, we observe frustration effects in quasicrystal artificial spin ice lattices that lack translational symmetry and contain vertices with different numbers of interacting elements. We find that as the lattice state changes following demagnetizing and annealing, specific vertex motifs retain low-energy configurations, which excites other motifs into higher energy configurations. Additionally, we find that unlike the magnetization reversal process for periodic artificial spin ice lattices, which occurs through 1D avalanches, quasicrystal lattices undergo reversal through a dendritic 2D avalanche mechanism. PMID:27694973

  4. Dissipative soliton generation in an active ring resonator based on magnonic quasicrystal with Fibonacci type structure

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    Grishin, S. V.; Beginin, E. N.; Sharaevskii, Yu. P.; Nikitov, S. A.

    2013-07-01

    This study reports on the experimental investigations of a magnetostatic surface wave (MSSW) propagation in a magnonic quasicrystal (MQC) with Fibonacci type structure. It is shown that such structure has a greater number of band gaps and narrower pass bands located between them than a periodic structure. These features of the MQC and three-wave decay of the MSSW are used in a MQC active ring resonator for the eigenmode selection and dissipative soliton self-generation.

  5. Light transport through the band-edge states of Fibonacci quasicrystals.

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    Dal Negro, Luca; Oton, Claudio J; Gaburro, Zeno; Pavesi, Lorenzo; Johnson, Patrick; Lagendijk, Ad; Righini, Roberto; Colocci, Marcello; Wiersma, Diederik S

    2003-02-07

    The propagation of light in nonperiodic quasicrystals is studied by ultrashort pulse interferometry. Samples consist of multilayer dielectric structures of the Fibonacci type and are realized from porous silicon. We observe mode beating and strong pulse stretching in the light transport through these systems, and a strongly suppressed group velocity for frequencies close to a Fibonacci band gap. A theoretical description based on transfer matrix theory allows us to interpret the results in terms of Fibonacci band-edge resonances.

  6. Icosahedral stereographic projections in three dimensions for use in dark field TEM.

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    Bourdillon, Antony J

    2013-08-01

    Thermodynamics require that rapidly cooled crystals and quasicrystals are relatively defective. Yet, without convenient 3-dimensional indexation both at crystal poles and in diffraction planes, or Kikuchi maps, it is difficult to identify the defects by dark field transmission electron microscopy. For two phase Al6Mn, these maps are derived. They relate i-Al6Mn to the standard face centered cubic, matrix crystals. An example of their usefulness in determining interfacial characteristics is described. Indices are integral powers on an irrational number.

  7. Thermal transport in one-dimensional superlattice and quasicrystal chains: Fullerene phononic crystal

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    Li, Jian; Zheng, Dong-qin; Zhong, Wei-rong

    2015-10-01

    In order to investigate the thermal transport in one-dimensional (1D) superlattice and quasicrystal chains, the simple harmonic-oscillator model and the C60 chains model, are studied through non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation. In the simple harmonic-oscillator model, we construct a simple periodic harmonic-oscillator chain by using two different stiffness coefficients alternatively. It is found that its thermal conductivity is smaller than in non-periodic chains, no matter which stiffness coefficient is used in the non-periodic chains. In order to test if this is true in a real material structure, a superlattice C60 chain is constructed by connecting perfect and defective C60 alternatively. The calculation outcome of the C60 chains coincides with the results of the simple harmonic-oscillator model, that the thermal conductivity of the superlattice C60 chain is smaller than that of perfect and defective crystal C60 chains. Besides this, we also studied the thermal transport properties of the quasicrystal C60 chain, which consists of a random defective C60 molecular structure. It is found that the thermal conductivity of the quasicrystal structure is far less than that of the crystal and superlattice chains. The phonon spectra of the perfect, defective and superlattice C60 chain are provided to give corresponding supports. Our results also propose a controllable method for the thermal management in nanoscale materials.

  8. Models of fullerene molecules: Deliberately truncated face forms of icosahedral symmetry

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    Dilanyan, R.A.; Rybchenko, O.G.; Shekhtman, V.Sh.

    1994-01-01

    A method is proposed to describe fullerene molecules C{sub n} with the aid of noncrystallographic icosahedral m{bar 3}{bar 5} and 235 groups. It is shown that the truncation of face forms of icosahedral symmetry by a pentagonal dodecahedron yields the C{sub 60}, C{sub 80}, and C{sub 140} polyhedra. For these clusters, the radii of the spheres circumscribing the polyhedra, the numerical values of the coordinates of the atoms forming these molecules, and the parameters of the face-centered crystal (fcc) lattices formed by special packing of spheres were calculated. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the fullerene compounds C{sub 60}, C{sub 80}, and C{sub 140} were simulated. 4 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Opening of an icosahedral boron framework: A combined infrared spectroscopic and computational study

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    Fagiani, Matias R.; Liu Zeonjuk, L.; Esser, Tim K.; Gabel, Detlef; Heine, Thomas; Asmis, Knut R.; Warneke, Jonas

    2015-04-01

    The opening of an icosahderal boron cage in the periodinated closo-dodecaborate B12I122- upon deiodination is studied using cryogenic ion trap vibrational spectroscopy combined with electronic structure calculations. Comparison of simulated vibrational spectra to the infrared photodissociation spectra of messenger-tagged B12I122- and B12In- (n = 7-9) formed by skimmer collision induced dissociation shows that the larger clusters absorb exclusively below 975 cm-1 and hence exhibit quasi-icosahedral B12-cage structures, while the higher energy absorptions in-between 1000 and 1300 cm-1 observed for n = 7 can only be recovered by considering a breakup of the icosahedral cage upon deiodination from n = 8 to n = 7.

  10. Growth of Au on Pt icosahedral nanoparticles revealed by low-dose in situ TEM.

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    Wu, Jianbo; Gao, Wenpei; Wen, Jianguo; Miller, Dean J; Lu, Ping; Zuo, Jian-Min; Yang, Hong

    2015-04-08

    A growth mode was revealed by an in situ TEM study of nucleation and growth of Au on Pt icosahedral nanoparticles. Quantitative analysis of growth kinetics was carried out based on real-time TEM data, which shows the process involves: (1) deposition of Au on corner sites of Pt icosahedral nanoparticles, (2) diffusion of Au from corners to terraces and edges, and (3) subsequent layer-by-layer growth of Au on Au surfaces to form Pt@Au core-shell nanoparticles. The in situ TEM results indicate diffusion of Au from corner islands to terraces and edges is a kinetically controlled growth, as evidenced by a measurement of diffusion coefficients for these growth processes. We demonstrated that in situ electron microscopy is a valuable tool for quantitative study of nucleation and growth kinetics and can provide new insight into the design and precise control of heterogeneous nanostructures.

  11. Growth of Au on Pt Icosahedral Nanoparticles Revealed by Low-Dose in situ TEM

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    Wu, Jianbo; Gao, Wenpei; Wen, Jianguo; Miller, Dean J.; Lu, Ping; Zuo, Jian-Min; Yang, Hong

    2015-04-01

    A growth mode was revealed by an in situ TEM study of nucleation and growth of Au on Pt icosahedral nanoparticles. Quantitative analysis of growth kinetics was carried out based on real- time TEM data, which show the process involves: 1) deposition of Au on corner sites of Pt icosahedral nanoparticles, 2) diffusion of Au from corners to terraces and edges, and 3) subsequent layer-by-layer growth of Au on Au surfaces to form Pt@Au core-shell nanoparticles. The in situ TEM results indicate diffusion of Au from corner islands to terraces and edges is a kinetically controlled growth, as evidenced by a measurement of diffusion coefficients for these growth processes. We demonstrated that in situ electron microscopy is a valuable tool for quantitative study of nucleation and growth kinetics and can provide new insight into the design and precise control of heterogeneous nanostructures.

  12. Landau theory of crystallization and the capsid structures of small icosahedral viruses

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    Lorman, V. L.; Rochal, S. B.

    2008-06-01

    A new approach to the capsid structures of small viruses with spherical topology and icosahedral symmetry is proposed. It generalizes Landau theory of crystallization to describe icosahedral viral shells self-assembled from identical asymmetric proteins. An explicit method which predicts the positions of centers of mass for the proteins constituting the shell is discussed in detail. The method is based on irreducible density distribution function which generates the protein positions. The universal form of the density distribution function which contains no fitting parameter permits to classify the capsids structures of small viruses. The theory describes in a uniform way both the structures satisfying the well-known Caspar and Klug geometrical model for capsid construction and those violating it. A group theory analysis of the Caspar and Klug model and of the “quasiequivalence” principle for protein environments in viral capsids is given. The molecular basis of difference in protein environments and peculiarities in the assembly thermodynamics are also discussed.

  13. Structural Relationship between Icosahedral and Frank-Kasper Phases of Al-Li-Cu,

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    1987-01-01

    fRamachandrarao and Sastry 1985). Henley and flscr (1986) considercd thc (AI. Znhl 4Mg, 2 cubic structure as a starting point. In this structure 98 out of...1985). Audier. Sainfort and Dubost 11986) considered a similar construction for the AI-Li-Cu system. They found that the Frank - Kasper cubic structure can...positions because the refinement of the cubic structure has not been carried out. Also a direct comparison of the measured PDI- of the icosahedral phase

  14. A 3-D Finite-Volume Non-hydrostatic Icosahedral Model (NIM)

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    Lee, Jin

    2013-11-01

    The Nonhydrostatic Icosahedral Model (NIM) formulates the latest numerical innovation of the three-dimensional finite-volume control volume on the quasi-uniform icosahedral grid suitable for ultra-high resolution simulations. NIM's modeling goal is to improve numerical accuracy for weather and climate simulations as well as to utilize the state-of-art computing architecture such as massive parallel CPUs and GPUs to deliver routine high-resolution forecasts in timely manner. NIM uses innovations in model formulation similar to its hydrostatic version of the Flow-following Icosahedral Model (FIM) developed by Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) which has been tested and accepted for future use by the National Weather Service as part of their operational global prediction ensemble. Innovations from the FIM used in the NIM include: * A local coordinate system remapped spherical surface to plane for numerical accuracy (Lee and MacDonald, 2009), * Grid points in a table-driven horizontal loop that allow any horizontal point sequence (A.E. MacDonald et al., 2010), * Flux-Corrected Transport formulated on finite-volume operators to maintain conservative positive definite transport (J.-L, Lee, et al., 2010), * All differentials evaluated as finite-volume integrals around the cells, *Icosahedral grid optimization (Wang and Lee, 2011) NIM extends the two-dimensional finite-volume operators used in FIM into the three-dimensional finite-volume solvers designed to improve pressure gradient calculation and orographic precipitation over complex terrain. The NIM dynamical core has been successfully verified with various non-hydrostatic benchmark test cases such as warm bubble, density current, internal gravity wave, and mountain waves. Physical parameterizations have been incorporated into the NIM dynamic core and successfully tested with multimonth aqua-planet simulations. Recent results from NIM simulations will be presented at the Symposium.

  15. The Capsid Proteins of a Large, Icosahedral dsDNA Virus

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    Yan, Xiaodong; Yu, Zeyun; Zhang, Ping; Battisti, Anthony J.; Chipman, Paul R.; Bajaj, Chandrajit; Bergoin, Max; Rossmann, Michael G.; Baker, Timothy S.

    2010-01-01

    Summary Chilo iridescent virus (CIV) is a large (~1850 Å diameter) insect virus with an icosahedral, T=147 capsid, a dsDNA genome, and an internal lipid membrane. The structure of CIV was determined to 13 Å resolution by means of cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM) and three-dimensional image reconstruction. A homology model of P50, the CIV major capsid protein (MCP), was built based on its amino acid sequence and the structure of the homologous Paramecium bursaria chlorella virus 1 (PBCV-1) Vp54 MCP. This model was fitted into the cryoEM density for each of the 25 trimeric CIV capsomers per icosahedral asymmetric unit. A difference map, in which the fitted CIV MCP capsomers were subtracted from the CIV cryoEM reconstruction, showed that there are at least three different types of minor capsid proteins associated with the capsomers outside the lipid membrane. “Finger” proteins are situated at many, but not all, of the spaces between three adjacent capsomers within each trisymmetron, and “zip” proteins are situated between sets of three adjacent capsomers at the boundary between neighboring trisymmetrons and pentasymmetrons. Based on the results of segmentation and density correlations, there are at least eight finger proteins, and three dimeric and two monomeric zip proteins in one asymmetric unit of the CIV capsid. These minor proteins appear to stabilize the virus by acting as intercapsomer cross-links. One transmembrane “anchor” protein per icosahedral asymmetric unit, which extends from beneath one of the capsomers in the pentasymmetron to the internal leaflet of the lipid membrane, may provide additional stabilization for the capsid. These results are consistent with the observations for other large, icosahedral dsDNA viruses that also utilize minor capsid proteins for stabilization and determining their assembly. PMID:19027752

  16. Near-atomic resolution reconstructions of icosahedral viruses from electron cryo-microscopy.

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    Grigorieff, Nikolaus; Harrison, Stephen C

    2011-04-01

    Nine different near-atomic resolution structures of icosahedral viruses, determined by electron cryo-microscopy and published between early 2008 and late 2010, fulfil predictions made 15 years ago that single-particle cryo-EM techniques could visualize molecular detail at 3-4Å resolution. This review summarizes technical developments, both in instrumentation and in computation, that have led to the new structures, which advance our understanding of virus assembly and cell entry.

  17. Experimental observation and computer simulation of HOLZ line patterns of quasicrystalline icosahedral phase

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    Dai, Mingxing; Wang, Renhui

    1990-01-01

    Higher-order Laue zone (HOLZ) line patterns of an Al 76Si 4Mn 20 quasi- crystalline icosahedral phase (I phase) have been obtained experimentally with a large angular range by connecting a series of conventional convergent-beam electron diffraction patterns. The computer simulated HOLZ line patterns covering the whole orientation triangle of the I phase, which were calculated by using cut and projection method and the simple quasilattice model, show principle agreement with the experimental ones.

  18. Dual-phase glassy/nanoscale icosahedral phase materials in Cu–Zr–Ti–Pd system alloys

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    Louzguine-Luzgin, Dmitri V.; Churyumov, A.Yu.

    2014-10-15

    The present work is devoted to an investigation of the formation kinetics, stability and homogeneity area of the nanoscale icosahedral phase formed on heating in the dual-phase glassy/quasicrystalline phase Cu–Zr–Ti–Pd alloys. The data obtained indicate that the Cu–Zr–Ti–Pd icosahedral phase is not a Cu-rich part of the compositional homogeneity area of the Zr–Cu–Pd one. Moreover, Ti, as well as Pd, is found to be an important element stabilizing quasicrystalline phase in the Cu–Zr–Ti–Pd alloys. The formation criteria for Cu- and Zr/Hf-based icosahedral phases are discussed based on the quasilattice constant to average atomic diameter ratio. Deviation from a certain ratio leads to destabilization of the icosahedral phase. By using the isothermal calorimetry traces transformation kinetics above and below the glass-transition region was analyzed. Some difference in the transformation kinetics above and below the glass-transition region allows us to suggest that possible structure changes occur upon glass-transition. - Highlights: • Formation kinetics, stability and homogeneity area of nanoscale icosahedral phase • Cu–Zr–Ti–Pd icosahedral phase is not a Cu-rich part of Zr–Cu–Pd one. • Ti, as well as Pd, is an important element stabilizing quasicrystalline phase. • Difference in transformation kinetics above and below glass-transition region.

  19. Controlling the Growth of Au on Icosahedral Seeds of Pd by Manipulating the Reduction Kinetics

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    Lv, Tian; Yang, Xuan; Zheng, Yiqun; Huang, Hongwen; Zhang, Lei; Tao, Jing; Pan, Likun; Xia, Younan

    2016-03-29

    This article reports a systematic study of how Au atoms nucleate and grow on Pd icosahedral seeds with a multiply twinned structure. By manipulating the reduction kinetics, we obtained Pd–Au bimetallic nanocrystals with two distinct shapes and structures. Specifically, Pd@Au core–shell icosahedra were formed when a relatively fast reduction rate was used for the HAuCl4 precursor. At a slow reduction rate, in contrast, the nucleation and growth of Au atoms were mainly confined to one of the vertices of a Pd icosahedral seed, resulting in the formation of a Au icosahedron by sharing five adjacent faces with the Pd seed. The same growth pattern was observed for Pd icosahedral seeds with both sizes of 32 and 20 nm. Also, we have also investigated the effects of other kinetic parameters, including the concentration of reducing agent and reaction temperature, on the growth pathway undertaken by the Au atoms. In conclusion, we believe that the mechanistic insights obtained from this study can be extended to other systems, including the involvement of different metals and/or seeds with different morphologies.

  20. Controlling the Growth of Au on Icosahedral Seeds of Pd by Manipulating the Reduction Kinetics

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    Lv, Tian; Yang, Xuan; Zheng, Yiqun; ...

    2016-03-29

    This article reports a systematic study of how Au atoms nucleate and grow on Pd icosahedral seeds with a multiply twinned structure. By manipulating the reduction kinetics, we obtained Pd–Au bimetallic nanocrystals with two distinct shapes and structures. Specifically, Pd@Au core–shell icosahedra were formed when a relatively fast reduction rate was used for the HAuCl4 precursor. At a slow reduction rate, in contrast, the nucleation and growth of Au atoms were mainly confined to one of the vertices of a Pd icosahedral seed, resulting in the formation of a Au icosahedron by sharing five adjacent faces with the Pd seed.more » The same growth pattern was observed for Pd icosahedral seeds with both sizes of 32 and 20 nm. Also, we have also investigated the effects of other kinetic parameters, including the concentration of reducing agent and reaction temperature, on the growth pathway undertaken by the Au atoms. In conclusion, we believe that the mechanistic insights obtained from this study can be extended to other systems, including the involvement of different metals and/or seeds with different morphologies.« less

  1. Antiferromagnetic order in the Cd6R (R = rare earth) quasicrystal approximants

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    Goldman, Alan; Kim, Min Gyu; Beutier, Guillaume; Kreyssig, Andreas; Hiroto, Takanobu; Yamada, Tsunetomo; Kim, Jong Woo; de Boissieu, Marc; Tamura, Ryuji

    2013-03-01

    Many theoretical treatments of spins on aperiodic lattices support the notion of long-range antiferromagnetic order. However, to date, there has been no experimental confirmation of long-range magnetic order in quasicrystalline systems. The absence of long-range magnetic order extends to crystalline approximant phases of the icosahedral structures as well. Surprisingly, the 1/1 approximant to the Cd-Mg-R icosahedral phases, Cd6 R , appears to be an exception to the rule. Here, we report on the results of x-ray resonant magnetic scattering measurements on Cd6 R approximants which show that long range antiferromagnetic order is, indeed, realized. For R = Tb and Ho, viewing the structure as a body-centered cubic packing of Tsai clusters, we find that the R ions associated with the icosahedral cluster at the corner of the unit cell are antiferromagnetically correlated with the R ions associated with the icosahedral cluster at the body-center of the unit cell. Work at the Ames Laboratory was supported by the Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US Department of Energy. Work at the Tokyo University of Science was supported by KAKENHI (Grant No. 20045017)

  2. Bloch-like surface waves in Fibonacci quasi-crystals and Thue-Morse aperiodic dielectric multilayers

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    Koju, Vijay; Robertson, William M.

    2016-09-01

    Bloch surface waves (BSWs) in periodic dielectric multilayer structures with surface defect have been extensively studied. However, it has recently been recognized that quasi-crystals and aperiodic dielectric multilayers also support Bloch-like surface waves (BLSWs). In this work, we numerically show the existence of BLSWs in Fibonacci quasi-crystals and Thue-Morse aperiodic dielectric multilayers using the prism coupling technique. We compare the surface field enhancement and penetration depth of BLSWs in these structures with that of BSWs in their periodic counterparts.

  3. Interactions among K+-Ca2+ exchange, sorption of m-dinitrobenzene, and smectite quasicrystal dynamics.

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    Chatterjee, Ritushree; Laird, David A; Thompson, Michael L

    2008-12-15

    The fate of organic contaminants in soils and sediments is influenced by sorption of the compounds to surfaces of soil materials. We investigated the interaction among sorption of an organic compound, cation exchange reactions, and both the size and swelling of smectite quasicrystals. Two reference smectites that vary in location and amount of layer charge, SPV (a Wyoming bentonite) and SAz-1 were initially Ca- and K-saturated and then equilibrated with mixed 0.01 M KCl and 0.005 M CaCl2 salt solutions both with and without the presence of 200 mg L(-1) m-dinitrobenzene (m-DNB). In general, sorption of m-DNB increased with the amount of K+ in the system for both clays, and the SPV sorbed more m-DNB than the SAz-1. Sorption of m-DNB increased the preference of Ca-SPV for K+ relative to Ca2+ but had little effect on K+-Ca2+ selectivity for K-SPV. Selectivity for K+ relative to Ca2+ was slightly higher for both K-SAz-1 and Ca-SAz-1 in the presence of m-DNB than in its absence. Distinct hysteresis loops were observed for the K+-Ca2+ cation exchange reactions for both clays, and the legacy of having been initially Ca- or K-saturated influenced sorption of m-DNB by SPV but had little effect for SAz-1. Suspension X-ray diffraction was used to measure changes in d-spacing and the relative thickness of smectite quasicrystals during the cation exchange and m-DNB sorption reactions. The results suggest that interactions among cation exchange and organic sorption reactions are controlled byan inherently hysteretic complex feedback process that is regulated by changes in the size and extent of swelling of smectite quasicrystals.

  4. Direct imaging of coexisting ordered and frustrated sublattices in artificial ferromagnetic quasicrystals

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    Farmer, B.; Bhat, V. S.; Balk, A.; Teipel, E.; Smith, N.; Unguris, J.; Keavney, D. J.; Hastings, J. T.; De Long, L. E.

    2016-04-25

    Here, we have used scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis and photoemission electron microscopy to image the two-dimensional magnetization of permalloy films patterned into Penrose P2 tilings (P2T). The interplay of exchange interactions in asymmetrically coordinated vertices and short-range dipole interactions among connected film segments stabilize magnetically ordered, spatially distinct sublattices that coexist with frustrated sublattices at room temperature. Numerical simulations that include long-range dipole interactions between sublattices agree with images of as-grown P2T samples and predict a magnetically ordered ground state for a two-dimensional quasicrystal lattice of classical Ising spins.

  5. Lasing action due to the two-dimensional quasiperiodicity of photonic quasicrystals with a Penrose lattice.

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    Notomi, M; Suzuki, H; Tamamura, T; Edagawa, K

    2004-03-26

    We have fabricated photonic quasicrystal lasers with a Penrose lattice that does not possess translational symmetry but has long-range order, and observed coherent lasing action due to the optical feedback from quasiperiodicity, exhibiting a variety of 10-fold-symmetric lasing spot patterns. The lattice constant dependence of lasing frequencies and spot patterns show complicated features very different from photonic crystal/random lasers, and we have quantitatively explained them by considering their reciprocal lattice. Unique diversity of their reciprocal lattice opens up new possibilities for the form of lasers.

  6. Generation of terahertz hollow beams by a photonic quasi-crystal flat lens

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    Feng, Bo; Liu, Exian; Wang, Ziming; Cai, Weicheng; Liu, Hongfei; Wang, Shuo; Liang, Taiyuan; Xiao, Wei; Liu, Jianjun

    2016-06-01

    We have designed a decagonal photonic quasi-crystal (PQC) flat lens, which turns an incident terahertz (THz) plane wave into a hollow beam easily and flexibly. The features of the THz hollow beam can be controlled by varying the parameters of a point defect in the center of the lens, i.e., the PQC flat lens can be used as a flexible tool for THz optical captivity or optical tweezer. The results showing that an airy disk, whose mean beam width is similar to the incident wavelength and power-in-the-bucket (PIB) is more than 96%, can be generated in the far field.

  7. Insights into plant consciousness from neuroscience, physics and mathematics: A role for quasicrystals?

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    2012-01-01

    There is considerable debate over whether plants are conscious and this, indeed, is an important question. Here I look at developments in neuroscience, physics and mathematics that may impact on this question. Two major concomitants of consciousness in animals are microtubule function and electrical gamma wave synchrony. Both these factors may also play a role in plant consciousness. I show that plants possess aperiodic quasicrystal structures composed of ribosomes that may enable quantum computing, which has been suggested to lie at the core of animal consciousness. Finally I look at whether a microtubule fractal suggests that electric current plays a part in conventional neurocomputing processes in plants. PMID:22899055

  8. Insights into plant consciousness from neuroscience, physics and mathematics: a role for quasicrystals?

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    Gardiner, John

    2012-09-01

    There is considerable debate over whether plants are conscious and this, indeed, is an important question. Here I look at developments in neuroscience, physics and mathematics that may impact on this question. Two major concomitants of consciousness in animals are microtubule function and electrical gamma wave synchrony. Both these factors may also play a role in plant consciousness. I show that plants possess aperiodic quasicrystal structures composed of ribosomes that may enable quantum computing, which has been suggested to lie at the core of animal consciousness. Finally I look at whether a microtubule fractal suggests that electric current plays a part in conventional neurocomputing processes in plants.

  9. Direct imaging of coexisting ordered and frustrated sublattices in artificial ferromagnetic quasicrystals

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    Farmer, B.; Bhat, V. S.; Balk, A.; ...

    2016-04-25

    Here, we have used scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis and photoemission electron microscopy to image the two-dimensional magnetization of permalloy films patterned into Penrose P2 tilings (P2T). The interplay of exchange interactions in asymmetrically coordinated vertices and short-range dipole interactions among connected film segments stabilize magnetically ordered, spatially distinct sublattices that coexist with frustrated sublattices at room temperature. Numerical simulations that include long-range dipole interactions between sublattices agree with images of as-grown P2T samples and predict a magnetically ordered ground state for a two-dimensional quasicrystal lattice of classical Ising spins.

  10. Fundamental solutions in a half space of two-dimensional hexagonal quasicrystal and their applications

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    Wang, T.; Li, X. Y.; Zhang, X.; Müller, R.

    2015-04-21

    Fundamental phonon-phason field in a half-infinite space of two-dimensional hexagonal quasicrystal is derived, on the basis of general solutions in terms of quasi-harmonic functions, by virtue of the trial-and-error technique. Extended Boussinesq and Cerruti problems are studied. Appropriate potential functions are assumed and corresponding fundamental solutions are explicitly derived in terms of elementary functions. The boundary integral equations governing the contact and crack problems are constructed from the present fundament solutions. The obtained analytical solutions can serve as guidelines for future indentation tests via scanning probe microscopy and atomic force microscopy methods.

  11. A 3-D Finite-Volume Non-hydrostatic Icosahedral Model (NIM)

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    Lee, Jin

    2014-05-01

    The Nonhydrostatic Icosahedral Model (NIM) formulates the latest numerical innovation of the three-dimensional finite-volume control volume on the quasi-uniform icosahedral grid suitable for ultra-high resolution simulations. NIM's modeling goal is to improve numerical accuracy for weather and climate simulations as well as to utilize the state-of-art computing architecture such as massive parallel CPUs and GPUs to deliver routine high-resolution forecasts in timely manner. NIM dynamic corel innovations include: * A local coordinate system remapped spherical surface to plane for numerical accuracy (Lee and MacDonald, 2009), * Grid points in a table-driven horizontal loop that allow any horizontal point sequence (A.E. MacDonald, et al., 2010), * Flux-Corrected Transport formulated on finite-volume operators to maintain conservative positive definite transport (J.-L, Lee, ET. Al., 2010), *Icosahedral grid optimization (Wang and Lee, 2011), * All differentials evaluated as three-dimensional finite-volume integrals around the control volume. The three-dimensional finite-volume solver in NIM is designed to improve pressure gradient calculation and orographic precipitation over complex terrain. NIM dynamical core has been successfully verified with various non-hydrostatic benchmark test cases such as internal gravity wave, and mountain waves in Dynamical Cores Model Inter-comparisons Projects (DCMIP). Physical parameterizations suitable for NWP are incorporated into NIM dynamical core and successfully tested with multimonth aqua-planet simulations. Recently, NIM has started real data simulations using GFS initial conditions. Results from the idealized tests as well as real-data simulations will be shown in the conference.

  12. Helical virus particles formed from morphological subunits of a membrane containing icosahedral virus.

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    Kononchik, Joseph P; Nelson, Steevenson; Hernandez, Raquel; Brown, Dennis T

    2009-03-15

    The classic publication by Caspar and Klug in 1962 [Physical principles in the construction of regular viruses. Cold Spring Harbor Symp. Quant. Biol. 27:1-24.] has formed the basis of much research on virus assembly. Caspar and Klug predicted that a single virus morphological unit could form a two dimensional lattice composed of 6-fold arrays (primitive plane), a family of icosahedra of increasing triangulation numbers (T) and helical arrays of varying length. We have shown that icosahedral viruses of varying T numbers can be produced using Sindbis virus [Ferreira, D. F. et al. 2003. Morphological variants of Sindbis virus produced by a mutation in the capsid protein. Virology 307:54-66]. Other studies have shown that Sindbis glycoproteins can also form a 2-dimensional lattice confirming Caspar and Klug's prediction of the primitive plane as a biologically relevant structure [VonBonsdorff, C. H., and S. C. Harrison. 1978. Sindbis virus glycoproteins form a regular icosahedral surface lattice. J. Virol. 28:578]. In this study we have used mutations in the glycoproteins of membrane containing Sindbis virus to create helical-virus-like particles from the morphological subunits of a virus of icosahedral geometry. The resulting virus particles were examined for subunit organization and were determined to be constructed of only 6-fold rotational arrays of the virus glycoproteins. A model of the tubular virus particles created from the 6-fold rotational arrays of Sindbis virus confirmed the observed structure. These experiments show that a common morphological unit (the Sindbis E1-E2 heterodimer) can produce three different morphological entities of varying dimensions in a membrane-containing virus system.

  13. Gold icosahedral nanocages: Facile synthesis, optical properties, and fragmentation under ultrasonication

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    Yang, Xuan; Gilroy, Kyle D.; Vara, Madeline; Zhao, Ming; Zhou, Shan; Xia, Younan

    2017-09-01

    Because of their unique optical properties, gold nanocages are excellent candidates for biomedical applications. Traditionally, they are prepared using a method that involves the galvanic replacement reaction between Ag nanocubes and HAuCl4. Here we demonstrate a different approach for the facile synthesis of Au icosahedral nanocages containing twin boundaries, as well as a compact size below 15 nm and ultrathin walls of only a few atomic layers thick. Their optical properties could be tuned by simply controlling the etching time, a result that was also validated by computational modeling. We further evaluated the feasibility of fragmenting the nanocages using ultrasonication.

  14. Studies of inactivation mechanism of non-enveloped icosahedral virus by a visible ultrashort pulsed laser

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    2014-01-01

    Background Low-power ultrashort pulsed (USP) lasers operating at wavelengths of 425 nm and near infrared region have been shown to effectively inactivate viruses such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), M13 bacteriophage, and murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV). It was shown previously that non-enveloped, helical viruses such as M13 bacteriophage, were inactivated by a USP laser through an impulsive stimulated Raman scattering (ISRS) process. Recently, enveloped virus like MCMV has been shown to be inactivated by a USP laser via protein aggregation induced by an ISRS process. However, the inactivation mechanism for a clinically important class of viruses – non-enveloped, icosahedral viruses remains unknown. Results and discussions We have ruled out the following four possible inactivation mechanisms for non-enveloped, icosahedral viruses, namely, (1) inactivation due to ultraviolet C (UVC) photons produced by non-linear optical process of the intense, fundamental laser beam at 425 nm; (2) inactivation caused by thermal heating generated by the direct laser absorption/heating of the virion; (3) inactivation resulting from a one-photon absorption process via chromophores such as porphyrin molecules, or indicator dyes, potentially producing reactive oxygen or other species; (4) inactivation by the USP lasers in which the extremely intense laser pulse produces shock wave-like vibrations upon impact with the viral particle. We present data which support that the inactivation mechanism for non-enveloped, icosahedral viruses is the impulsive stimulated Raman scattering process. Real-time PCR experiments show that, within the amplicon size of 273 bp tested, there is no damage on the genome of MNV-1 caused by the USP laser irradiation. Conclusion We conclude that our model non-enveloped virus, MNV-1, is inactivated by the ISRS process. These studies provide fundamental knowledge on photon-virus interactions on femtosecond time scales. From the analysis of the transmission

  15. X-ray standing wave study of Si clusters on a decagonal Al-Co-Ni quasicrystal surface

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    Woodruff, D. P.; Ledieu, J.; Lovelock, K. R. J.; Jones, Robert G.; Deyko, A.; Wearing, L. H.; McGrath, R.; Chaudhuri, A.; Li, H. I.; Su, S. Y.; Mayer, A.; Stanisha, N. A.; Diehl, R. D.

    2015-03-01

    Quantitative adsorption structure determinations on quasicrystals are scarce because most techniques for measuring surface structures are not well suited to the complex and infinite unit cells of quasicrystals. The normal incidence standing x-ray wave field technique presents a solution to these problems because it can be made inherently surface sensitive and does not involve extensive computational effort. We describe a method for applying this technique to adsorbates on quasicrystals, with specific application to a submonolayer of Si atoms on a decagonal Al-Co-Ni surface. We demonstrate the sensitivity of the technique to both adsorption site and geometry, leading to the conclusion that the Si atoms, which form six-atom pentagonal clusters, have an average height of 1.77 ±0.05 Å above pentagonal hollow sites, with a significant height variation among the Si atoms in the cluster. In particular, the central Si atom sits more deeply than the five surrounding Si atoms, which are, on average, 2.7 Å away from the central Si atom. Although this study was performed on a decagonal quasicrystal that is periodic perpendicular to the surface, we describe how the technique can be applied to cases with no periodicity.

  16. Photofabrication of two-dimensional quasi-crystal patterns on UV-curable molecular azo glass films.

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    Guo, Miaocai; Xu, Zeda; Wang, Xiaogong

    2008-03-18

    In this work, two-dimensional surface quasi-crystal patterns were developed by using a novel azobenzene-containing amorphous material (IAC-4), which was newly synthesized for the application. IAC-4 contains a core of isosorbide moiety and two push-pull type azo chromophores as the inner part. The periphery of IAC-4 is functionalized with four cinnamate groups, which can undergo [2+2] photocycloaddition reaction upon UV light irradiation. The molecular design can allow IAC-4 to readily form surface relief structures upon Ar+ laser irradiation, and the formed structures can be further stabilized through a photo-cross-linking reaction induced by UV light irradiation. On the basis of the material, two-dimensional (2D) quasi-crystal structures with different rotation symmetries were successfully fabricated on the IAC-4 films by using the dual-beam multiple exposure technique. In contrast to the approach using photoresist, the quasi-crystal structures were fabricated through the photoinduced mass migration, and no subsequent wet-etch or dry-etch step was required in the process. The quasi-crystal structures with rotation symmetry as high as 60-fold could be feasibly fabricated through this approach. The surface patterns and fabrication method can be potentially applied in areas such as optics, communications, and security inspection.

  17. Origin of Quantum Criticality in Yb-Al-Au Approximant Crystal and Quasicrystal

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    Watanabe, Shinji; Miyake, Kazumasa

    2016-06-01

    To get insight into the mechanism of emergence of unconventional quantum criticality observed in quasicrystal Yb15Al34Au51, the approximant crystal Yb14Al35Au51 is analyzed theoretically. By constructing a minimal model for the approximant crystal, the heavy quasiparticle band is shown to emerge near the Fermi level because of strong correlation of 4f electrons at Yb. We find that charge-transfer mode between 4f electron at Yb on the 3rd shell and 3p electron at Al on the 4th shell in Tsai-type cluster is considerably enhanced with almost flat momentum dependence. The mode-coupling theory shows that magnetic as well as valence susceptibility exhibits χ ˜ T-0.5 for zero-field limit and is expressed as a single scaling function of the ratio of temperature to magnetic field T/B over four decades even in the approximant crystal when some condition is satisfied by varying parameters, e.g., by applying pressure. The key origin is clarified to be due to strong locality of the critical Yb-valence fluctuation and small Brillouin zone reflecting the large unit cell, giving rise to the extremely-small characteristic energy scale. This also gives a natural explanation for the quantum criticality in the quasicrystal corresponding to the infinite limit of the unit-cell size.

  18. Direct AFM observation of individual micelles, tile decorations and tiling rules of a dodecagonal liquid quasicrystal

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    Zhang, Ruibin; Zeng, Xiangbing; Ungar, Goran

    2017-10-01

    We performed an atomic force microscopy study of the dendron-based dodecagonal quasicrystal, the material that had been reported in 2004 as the first soft quasicrystal. We succeeded in orienting the 12-fold axis perpendicular to the substrate, which allowed the imaging of the quasiperiodic xy plane. Thus for the first time we have been able to obtain direct real-space information not only on the arrangement of the tiles, but also on their ‘decorations’ by the individual spherical micelles or ‘nanoatoms’. The high-resolution patterns recorded confirm the square-triangle tiling, but the abundance of different nodes corresponds closely to random tiling rather than to any inflation rule. The previously proposed model of three types of decorated tiles, two triangular and one square, has been confirmed; the basic Frank–Kasper mode of alternating dense-sparse-dense-sparse layer stacking along z is confirmed too, each of the four sublayers being 2 nm thick. The consecutive dense layers are seen to be rotated by 90°, as expected. The 2 nm steps on the surface correspond to one layer of spheres, nonetheless with a dense layer always remaining on top, which implies a layer slip underneath and possibly the existence of screw dislocations.

  19. First observation of ferromagnetic order in an artificial 2D quasicrystal

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    Farmer, Barry; Bhat, Vinayak; Balk, Andrew; Unguris, John; de Long, Lance

    2015-03-01

    Magnetic order in bulk quasicrystals is not well understood and known materials exhibit short-range, spin-glass order. We patterned ferromagnetic (FM) thin films into artificial quasicrystals, a new class of metamaterials that exhibits complex magnetic reversal and dynamics that can be controlled via tiling design. We analyzed two-dimensional SEMPA images of magnetization textures of Penrose P2 tilings (P2T) patterned into Permalloy. The diverse, asymmetric vertex coordinations drive novel, non-stochastic switching and complex spin-ice behaviors that reflect the influence of vertex domain wall energies. Monte Carlo and OOMMF simulation analyses of SEMPA images of slowly grown, never-field-cycled P2T reveal low energy, long-range ordered sublattices that form building blocks of a ground state. A fully ordered ground state is unresolved without long-range dipolar interactions that stabilize a magnetically ordered state with a net moment. Our P2T constitute a set of quasicrystalline metamaterials in which frustration and magnetic order among classical Ising spins can be directly studied. Kentucky research supported by U.S. DoE Grant DE-FG02-97ER45653 and NSF Grant EPS-0814194. ALB acknowledges support under the Cooperative Research Agreement between the University of Maryland and NIST.

  20. Geometry induced sequence of nanoscale Frank–Kasper and quasicrystal mesophases in giant surfactants

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    Yue, Kan; Huang, Mingjun; Marson, Ryan L.; He, Jinlin; Huang, Jiahao; Zhou, Zhe; Wang, Jing; Liu, Chang; Yan, Xuesheng; Wu, Kan; Guo, Zaihong; Liu, Hao; Zhang, Wei; Ni, Peihong; Wesdemiotis, Chrys; Zhang, Wen-Bin; Glotzer, Sharon C.; Cheng, Stephen Z. D.

    2016-11-28

    Frank–Kasper (F-K) and quasicrystal phases were originally identified in metal alloys and only sporadically reported in soft materials. These unconventional sphere-packing schemes open up possibilities to design materials with different properties. The challenge in soft materials is how to correlate complex phases built from spheres with the tunable parameters of chemical composition and molecular architecture. Here, we report a complete sequence of various highly ordered mesophases by the self-assembly of specifically designed and synthesized giant surfactants, which are conjugates of hydrophilic polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane cages tethered with hydrophobic polystyrene tails. We show that the occurrence of these mesophases results from nanophase separation between the heads and tails and thus is critically dependent on molecular geometry. Variations in molecular geometry achieved by changing the number of tails from one to four not only shift compositional phase boundaries but also stabilize F-K and quasicrystal phases in regions where simple phases of spheroidal micelles are typically observed. These complex self-assembled nanostructures have been identified by combining X-ray scattering techniques and real-space electron microscopy images. Brownian dynamics simulations based on a simplified molecular model confirm the architecture-induced sequence of phases. Our results demonstrate the critical role of molecular architecture in dictating the formation of supramolecular crystals with “soft” spheroidal motifs and provide guidelines to the design of unconventional self-assembled nanostructures.

  1. David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics Talk: Surfaces of Quasicrystals

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    Thiel, Patricia

    2010-03-01

    Quasiperiodic order is recognized (in a utilitarian, rather than a mathematical sense) by the absence of periodicity, concurrent with a classically-forbidden rotational symmetry. It is quite beautiful, having captured the attention of scientists and artists alike. Following the discovery of quasiperiodic order in a real system,footnotetextD. Shechtman, I. Blech, D. Gratias, and J.W. Cahn, Phys. Rev. Lett. 53, 1951 (1984). many metallic alloys and intermetallics were found to exhibit this type of order on the atomic scale. More recently ``soft'' quasicrystals were discovered,footnotetextL. Bindi, P.J. Steinhardt, N. Yao, and P.J. Lu, Science 324, 1306 (2009). and nanocrystalline arrays were found to spontaneously adopt quasiperiodic order.footnotetextD.V. Talapin, E.V. Shevchenko, M.I. Bodnarchuk, X. Ye, J. Chen, and C.B. Murray, Nature 461 , 964 (2009). From a scientific perspective, quasicrystals are alluring because they allow us to test the relationship between atomic structure and physical properties. This talk deals with the ways in which our understanding of solid surfaces has been both enriched and challenged by these complex materials.footnotetextP. Thiel, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. (2008).^,footnotetextV. Fourn'ee, J. Ledieu, and P. Thiel, J. Phys: Condens. Matter. 20, 3310301 (2008). properties of the metallic quasicrystals originally generated interest because they were unusual.footnotetextJ.M. Dubois, Useful Quasicrystals(World Scientific, Singapore, 2005). For instance, among Al-rich alloys, the Al-based quasicrystalline phases exhibit puzzling resistance to surface oxidation. Also, Al-rich quasicrystals have surprisingly good and promising catalytic properties (e.g. for steam reforming of methanol).footnotetextA.P. Tsai and M. Yoshimura, Appl. Cat. A: General 214 , 237 (2001). Perhaps most famously, they exhibit low friction.^7 Comparisons with crystalline materials have established that these features are deeply related to the quasiperiodic atomic

  2. A Vertically Flow-Following, Icosahedral Grid Model for Medium-Range and Seasonal Prediction. Part 1: Model Description

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    Bleck, Rainer; Bao, Jian-Wen; Benjamin, Stanley G.; Brown, John M.; Fiorino, Michael; Henderson, Thomas B.; Lee, Jin-Luen; MacDonald, Alexander E.; Madden, Paul; Middlecoff, Jacques; hide

    2015-01-01

    A hydrostatic global weather prediction model based on an icosahedral horizontal grid and a hybrid terrain following/ isentropic vertical coordinate is described. The model is an extension to three spatial dimensions of a previously developed, icosahedral, shallow-water model featuring user-selectable horizontal resolution and employing indirect addressing techniques. The vertical grid is adaptive to maximize the portion of the atmosphere mapped into the isentropic coordinate subdomain. The model, best described as a stacked shallow-water model, is being tested extensively on real-time medium-range forecasts to ready it for possible inclusion in operational multimodel ensembles for medium-range to seasonal prediction.

  3. A Vertically Flow-Following, Icosahedral Grid Model for Medium-Range and Seasonal Prediction. Part 1: Model Description

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    Bleck, Rainer; Bao, Jian-Wen; Benjamin, Stanley G.; Brown, John M.; Fiorino, Michael; Henderson, Thomas B.; Lee, Jin-Luen; MacDonald, Alexander E.; Madden, Paul; Middlecoff, Jacques; Rosinski, James; Smirnova, Tanya G.; Sun, Shan; Wang, Ning

    2015-01-01

    A hydrostatic global weather prediction model based on an icosahedral horizontal grid and a hybrid terrain following/ isentropic vertical coordinate is described. The model is an extension to three spatial dimensions of a previously developed, icosahedral, shallow-water model featuring user-selectable horizontal resolution and employing indirect addressing techniques. The vertical grid is adaptive to maximize the portion of the atmosphere mapped into the isentropic coordinate subdomain. The model, best described as a stacked shallow-water model, is being tested extensively on real-time medium-range forecasts to ready it for possible inclusion in operational multimodel ensembles for medium-range to seasonal prediction.

  4. Icosahedral Order, Frustration, and the Glass Transition: Evidence from Time-Dependent Nucleation and Supercooled Liquid Structure Studies

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    Shen, Y.T.; Kim, T.H.; Gangopadhyay, A.K.; Kelton, K.F.

    2009-06-05

    One explanation for the glass transition is a geometrical frustration owing to the development of non-space-filling short-range order (icosahedral, tetrahedral). However, experimental demonstrations of this are lacking. Here, the first quantitative measurements of the time-dependent nucleation rate in a Zr59Ti3Cu20Ni8Al10 bulk metallic glass are combined with the first measurements of the evolution of the supercooled liquid structure to near the glass transition temperature to provide strong support for an icosahedral-order-based frustration model for the glass transition in Zr-based glasses.

  5. Analytical and computational modeling of early penetration of non-enveloped icosahedral viruses into cells.

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    Katzengold, Rona; Zaharov, Evgeniya; Gefen, Amit

    2016-07-27

    As obligate intracellular parasites, all viruses penetrate target cells to initiate replication and infection. This study introduces two approaches for evaluating the contact loads applied to a cell during early penetration of non-enveloped icosahedral viruses. The first approach is analytical modeling which is based on Hertz's theory for the contact of two elastic bodies; here we model the virus capsid as a triangle and the cell as an order-of-magnitude larger sphere. The second approach is finite element modeling, where we simulate three types of viruses: adeno-, papilloma- and polio- viruses, each interacting with a cell section. We find that the peak contact pressures and forces generated at the initial virus-cell contact depend on the virus geometry - that is both size and shape. With respect to shape, we show that the icosahedral virus shape induces greater peak pressures compared to a spherical virus shape. With respect to size, it is shown that the larger the virus is the greater are the contact loads in the attacked cell. Utilization of our modeling can be substantially useful not only for basic science studies, but also in other, more applied fields, such as in the field of gene therapy, or in `phage' virus studies.

  6. Theory of a reconstructive structural transformation in capsids of icosahedral viruses

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    Rochal, S. B.; Lorman, V. L.

    2009-11-01

    A theory of a reconstructive structural transformation in icosahedral capsid shells is developed for a whole family of virulent human viruses. It is shown that the reversible rearrangement of proteins during the virus maturation transformation is driven by the variation in the wave number l associated with the protein density distribution function. The collective displacement field of protein centers from their positions in the initial (procapsid) and the final (capsid) two-dimensional icosahderal structures is derived. The amplitude of the displacement field is shown to be small and it minimizes the calculated free energy of the transformation. The theory allows us to propose a continuous thermodynamical mechanism of the reconstructive procapsid-to-capsid transformation. In the frame of the density-wave approach, we also propose to take an equivalent plane-wave vector as a common structural feature for different icosahedral capsid shells formed by the same proteins. Using these characteristics, we explain the relation between the radii of the procapsid and capsid shells and generalize it to the case of the viral capsid polymorphism.

  7. Symmetry-adapted digital modeling III. Coarse-grained icosahedral viruses.

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    Janner, A

    2016-05-01

    Considered is the coarse-grained modeling of icosahedral viruses in terms of a three-dimensional lattice (the digital modeling lattice) selected among the projected points in space of a six-dimensional icosahedral lattice. Backbone atomic positions (Cα's for the residues of the capsid and phosphorus atoms P for the genome nucleotides) are then indexed by their nearest lattice point. This leads to a fine-grained lattice point characterization of the full viral chains in the backbone approximation (denoted as digital modeling). Coarse-grained models then follow by a proper selection of the indexed backbone positions, where for each chain one can choose the desired coarseness. This approach is applied to three viruses, the Satellite tobacco mosaic virus, the bacteriophage MS2 and the Pariacoto virus, on the basis of structural data from the Brookhaven Protein Data Bank. In each case the various stages of the procedure are illustrated for a given coarse-grained model and the corresponding indexed positions are listed. Alternative coarse-grained models have been derived and compared. Comments on related results and approaches, found among the very large set of publications in this field, conclude this article.

  8. Coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling on horizontally icosahedral and vertically hybrid-isentropic/isopycnic grids.

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    Bleck, Rainer; Sun, Shan; Li, Haiqin; Benjamin, Stan

    2016-04-01

    Current efforts to close the gap between weather prediction and climate models have led to the construction of a coupled ocean-atmosphere system consisting of two high-resolution component models, operating on matching icosahedral grids and utilizing adaptive, near-isentropic/isopycnic vertical coordinates. The two components models, FIM and HYCOM (the latter converted to an icosahedral mesh for this purpose), have been tested extensively in twice-daily global medium-range weather prediction (http://fim.noaa.gov) and in real-time ocean data assimilation (http://hycom.org), respectively. The use of matching horizontal grids, currently at resolutions of 15km, 30km and 60km, avoids coastline ambiguities and interpolation errors at the air-sea interface. The intended purpose of the coupled model being subseasonal-to-seasonal prediction, our focus is on mid-term precipitation biases and the statistical steadiness of the atmospheric circulation (blocking frequency, Rossby wave breaking, meridional heat transport, etc.), as well as on possible causes of ocean model drift. An attempt is made to isolate the weather model's role in modifying water mass properties and ocean circulations (including meridional overturning) by comparing coupled model results to ocean-only experiments forced by observed atmospheric boundary conditions. A multi-decadal run at 60km resolution is used to illustrate ENSO variability in the coupled system.

  9. A new approach to studying the luminescence spectra of free icosahedral and crystalline argon nanoclusters

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    Doronin, Yu. S.; Vakula, V. L.; Kamarchuk, G. V.; Tkachenko, A. A.; Samovarov, V. N.

    2016-02-01

    We propose a new approach to analyzing the cathodoluminescence spectra of free argon nanoclusters, forming in a supersonic jet flowing into vacuum. Based on this approach, we conduct an analysis of the intensities of the luminescence bands of neutral and charged excimer complexes (Ar2)* and (Ar+4)*, measured for clusters with an average size ranging from 500 to 8900 atoms per cluster, and a diameter of 32-87 Å. It is shown that the concentration of the substance condensed into clusters, which determines the integrated intensity of the bands, is proportional to the logarithm of the average size of the clusters in the jet. An analysis of the normalized intensities of the (Ar2)* and (Ar+4)* bands for crystalline clusters with an fcc structure allowed us to establish that the luminescence of neutral (Ar2)* molecules comes from within the volume of the cluster, while the charged complexes (Ar+4)* emit from the subsurface layer. We highlighted an area of cluster dimensions at which the jet is dominated by quasi-crystalline clusters with an icosahedral structure, and it is shown that the transition from icosahedral clusters to fcc structures occurs when the average size of the cluster in the jet is N ¯ = (1000-1800) atoms/cluster.

  10. Structure and magnetic properties of icosahedral PdxAg13-x (x = 0-13) clusters.

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    Fan, Bai; Ge, Gui-Xian; Jiang, Cheng-Huan; Wang, Guang-Hou; Wan, Jian-Guo

    2017-08-25

    In this article, we present a modified Velocity-Verlet algorithm that makes cluster system converge rapidly and accurately. By combining it with molecular dynamics simulations, we develop an effective global sampling method for extracting isomers of bimetallic clusters. Using this method, we obtain the isomers of icosahedral PdxAg13-x (x = 0-13). Additionally, using the first-principle spin-polarized density functional theory approach, we find that each isomer still retains its icosahedral structure because of strong s-d orbital hybridization, and the cluster is more stable when a Pd atom is at the center of the cluster. With increasing x value, the magnetic moment decreases linearly from 5.0 μB at x = 0, until reaching zero at x = 5, and then increases linearly up to 8.0 μB at x = 13. By calculating the atom-projected density of states (PDOS), we reveal that the magnetic moment of PdxAg13-x mainly originates from s electrons of Ag when 0 ≤ x < 5, and d electrons of Pd when 5 < x ≤ 13. The PDOS results also show that the PdxAg13-x tends to transform from a semiconductor state to semi-metallic state when x gradually increases from 0 to 13.

  11. Hierarchy of bond stiffnesses within icosahedral-based gold clusters protected by thiolates

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    Yamazoe, Seiji; Takano, Shinjiro; Kurashige, Wataru; Yokoyama, Toshihiko; Nitta, Kiyofumi; Negishi, Yuichi; Tsukuda, Tatsuya

    2016-01-01

    Unique thermal properties of metal clusters are believed to originate from the hierarchy of the bonding. However, an atomic-level understanding of how the bond stiffnesses are affected by the atomic packing of a metal cluster and the interfacial structure with the surrounding environment has not been attained to date. Here we elucidate the hierarchy in the bond stiffness in thiolate-protected, icosahedral-based gold clusters Au25(SC2H4Ph)18, Au38(SC2H4Ph)24 and Au144(SC2H4Ph)60 by analysing Au L3-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure data. The Au–Au bonds have different stiffnesses depending on their lengths. The long Au–Au bonds, which are more flexible than those in the bulk metal, are located at the icosahedral-based gold core surface. The short Au–Au bonds, which are stiffer than those in the bulk metal, are mainly distributed along the radial direction and form a cyclic structural backbone with the rigid Au–SR oligomers. PMID:26778685

  12. Protruding Features of Viral Capsids Are Clustered on Icosahedral Great Circles

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    Wilson, David P.

    2016-01-01

    Spherical viruses are remarkably well characterized by the Triangulation (T) number developed by Casper and Klug. The T-number specifies how many viral capsid proteins are required to cover the virus, as well as how they are further subdivided into pentamer and hexamer subunits. The T-number however does not constrain the orientations of these proteins within the subunits or dictate where the proteins should place their protruding features. These protrusions often take the form of loops, spires and helices, and are significant because they aid in stability of the capsid as well as recognition by the host organism. Until now there has be no overall understanding of the placement of protrusions for spherical viruses, other than they have icosahedral symmetry. We constructed a set of gauge points based upon the work affine extensions of Keef and Twarock, which have fixed relative angular locations with which to measure the locations of these features. This work adds a new element to our understanding of the geometric arrangement of spherical viral capsid proteins; chiefly that the locations of protruding features are not found stochastically distributed in an icosahedral manner across the viral surface, but instead these features are found only in specific locations along the 15 icosahedral great circles. We have found that this result holds true as the T number and viral capsids size increases, suggesting an underlying geometric constraint on their locations. This is in spite of the fact that the constraints on the pentamers and hexamer orientations change as a function of T-number, as you need to accommodate more hexamers in the same solid angle between pentamers. The existence of this angular constraint of viral capsids suggests that there is a fitness or energetic benefit to the virus placing its protrusions in this manner. This discovery may have profound impacts on identifying and eliminating viral pathogens, understanding evolutionary constraints as well as

  13. The Three-Dimensional Finite-Volume Non-Hydrostatic Icosahedral Model (NIM)

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    Lee, J. L.; MacDonald, A. E.

    2014-12-01

    A multi-scales Non-hydrostatic Icosahedral Model (NIM) has been developed at Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) to meet NOAA's future prediction mission ranging from mesoscale short-range, high-impact weather forecasts to longer-term intra-seasonal climate prediction. NIM formulates the latest numerical innovation of the three-dimensional finite-volume control volume on the quasi-uniform icosahedral grid suitable for ultra-high resolution simulations. NIM is designed to utilize the state-of-art computing architecture such as Graphic Processing Units (GPU) processors to run globally at kilometer scale resolution to explicitly resolve convective storms and complex terrains. The novel features of NIM numerical design include: 1.1. A local coordinate system upon which finite-volume integrations are undertaken. The use of a local Cartesian coordinate greatly simplifies the mathematic formulation of the finite-volume operators and leads to the finite-volume integration along straight lines on the plane, rather than along curved lines on the spherical surface. 1.2. A general indirect addressing scheme developed for modeling on irregular grid. It arranges the icosahedral grid with a one-dimensional vector loop structure, table specified memory order, and an indirect addressing scheme that yields very compact code despite the complexities of this grid. 1.3. Use of three-dimensional finite-volume integration over control volumes constructed on the height coordinates. Three-dimensional finite-volume integration accurately represents the Newton Third Law over terrain and improves pressure gradient force over complex terrain. 1.4. Use of the Runge-Kutta 4th order conservative and positive-definite transport scheme 1.5. NIM dynamical solver has been implemented on CPU as well as GPU. As one of the potential candidates for NWS next generation models, NIM dynamical core has been successfully verified with various benchmark test cases including those proposed by DCMIP

  14. Present knowledge of electronic properties and charge transport of icosahedral boron-rich solids

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    Werheit, Helmut

    2009-06-01

    B12 icosahedra or related structure elements determine the different modifications of elementary boron and numerous boron-rich compounds from α-rhombohedral boron with 12 to YB66 type with about 1584 atoms per unit cell. Typical are well-defined high density intrinsic defects: Jahn-Teller distorted icosahedra, vacancies, incomplete occupancies, statistical occupancies and antisite defects. The correlation between intrinsic point defects and electron deficiencies solves the discrepancy between theoretically predicted metal and experimentally proved semiconducting character. The electron deficiencies generate split-off valence states, which are decisive for the electronic transport, a superposition of band-type and hopping-type conduction. Their share depends on actual conditions like temperature or pre-excitation. The theoretical model of bipolaron hopping is incompatible with numerous experiments. Technical application of the typically p-type icosahedral boron-rich solids requires suitable n-type counterparts; doping and other possibilities are discussed.

  15. Defining criteria for oligomannose immunogens for HIV using icosahedral virus capsid scaffolds.

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    Astronomo, Rena D; Kaltgrad, Eiton; Udit, Andrew K; Wang, Sheng-Kai; Doores, Katie J; Huang, Cheng-Yuan; Pantophlet, Ralph; Paulson, James C; Wong, Chi-Huey; Finn, M G; Burton, Dennis R

    2010-04-23

    The broadly neutralizing antibody 2G12 recognizes a conserved cluster of high-mannose glycans on the surface envelope spike of HIV, suggesting that the "glycan shield" defense of the virus can be breached and may, under the right circumstances, serve as a vaccine target. In an attempt to recreate features of the glycan shield semisynthetically, oligomannosides were coupled to surface lysines on the icosahedral capsids of bacteriophage Q beta and cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV). The Q beta glycoconjugates, but not CPMV, presented oligomannose clusters that bind the antibody 2G12 with high affinity. However, antibodies against these 2G12 epitopes were not detected in immunized rabbits. Rather, alternative oligomannose epitopes on the conjugates were immunodominant and elicited high titers of anti-mannose antibodies that do not crossreact with the HIV envelope. The results presented reveal important design considerations for a carbohydrate-based vaccine component for HIV.

  16. Thermal Conductivity and Seebeck Coefficients of Icosahedral Boron Arsenide Films on Silicon Carbide

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    Y Gong; Y Zhang; M Dudley; Y Zhang; J Edgar; P Heard; M Kuball

    2011-12-31

    The thermal conductivity of icosahedral boron arsenide (B{sub 12}As{sub 2}) films grown on (0001) 6H-SiC substrates by chemical vapor deposition was studied by the 3{omega} technique. The room temperature thermal conductivity decreased from 27.0 to 15.3 W/m K as the growth temperature was decreased from 1450 to 1275 C. This is mainly attributed to the differences in the impurity concentration and microstructure, determined from secondary ion mass spectrometry and high resolution transmission electron microscopy, respectively. Callaway's theory was applied to calculate the temperature-dependent thermal conductivity, and the results are in good agreement with the experimental data. Seebeck coefficients were determined as 107 {micro}V/K and 136 {micro}V/K for samples grown at 1350 C with AsH{sub 3}/B{sub 2}H{sub 6} flow ratio equals to 1:1 and 3:5, respectively.

  17. A synthetic icosahedral DNA-based host-cargo complex for functional in vivo imaging.

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    Bhatia, Dhiraj; Surana, Sunaina; Chakraborty, Saikat; Koushika, Sandhya P; Krishnan, Yamuna

    2011-06-07

    The encapsulation of molecular cargo within well-defined supramolecular architectures is highly challenging. Synthetic hosts are desirable because of their well-defined nature and addressability. Encapsulation of biomacromolecules within synthetic hosts is especially challenging because of the former's large size, sensitive nature, retention of functionality post-encapsulation and demonstration of control over the cargo. Here we encapsulate a fluorescent biopolymer that functions as a pH reporter within synthetic, DNA-based icosahedral host without molecular recognition between host and cargo. Only those cells bearing receptors for the DNA casing of the host-cargo complex engulf it. We show that the encapsulated cargo is therefore uptaken cell specifically in Caenorhabditis elegans. Retention of functionality of the encapsulated cargo is quantitatively demonstrated by spatially mapping pH changes associated with endosomal maturation within the coelomocytes of C. elegans. This is the first demonstration of functionality and emergent behaviour of a synthetic host-cargo complex in vivo.

  18. Icosahedral medium-range orders and backbone formation in an amorphous alloy

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    Lee, Mirim; Kim, Hong-Kyu; Lee, Jae-Chul

    2010-12-01

    Analyses of metallic amorphous solids constructed using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have demonstrated that individual short-range orders (SROs) are linked with neighboring SROs and form various medium-range orders (MROs). These MROs have been observed to have different structural stability depending on their linking patterns. On the basis of the assessment of the structural stability of various MROs, we propose new types of structural organization, namely, icosahedral medium-range orders (I-MROs) and their extended-range order that forms the backbone of amorphous solids. We also discuss why the atomic-scale structure of an amorphous alloy can be more appropriately described in terms of I-MROs, rather than by the degree of short-range ordering as characterized by the fractions of SROs.

  19. Amended tunneling model to explain the anisotropy of the glassy properties of crystals and quasicrystals

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    Anghel, Dragos-Victor; Churochkin, Dmitry

    2012-02-01

    The low temperature acoustic and thermal properties of amorphous, glassy materials are remarkably similar and they can be explained to a large extent by assuming that the material contains a large number of dynamic defects. These dynamic defects are tunneling systems and are modeled by an ensemble of two-level systems (TLS). Crystals with defects--with a large enough amount of disorder--exhibit also glass-like properties, but these properties are not so universal and, even more, they are not isotropic. In Phys. Rev. B 75, 064202 (2007) we proposed an amended model for the description of the interaction of two-level systems with arbitrary strain fields. Here we show how this model explains the anisotropy of the glass-like properties of disordered crystals and quasicrystals.

  20. Magnetism in the i- R-Cd (R = Y, Gd-Tm) binary quasicrystals

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    Goldman, Alan; Kong, Tai; Kreyssig, Andreas; Yamada, Tsunetomo; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Bud'Ko, Sergey; Das, Pinaki; Jayasekara, Wageesha; Canfield, Paul; de Boissieu, Marc

    Progress in our understanding of the consequences of aperiodicity for physical phenomena such as the electronic, magnetic, and optical properties has recently seen a surge of activity and new results. A new family of i- R-Cd binary magnetic quasicrystals, exhibiting spin-glass-like behavior, and the closely related RCd6 crystalline approximants , which manifest long-range magnetic order at low temperature, offer new opportunities for studies of the impact of aperiodicity on magnetic interactions in compounds that have similar local structures. I will discuss their magnetic behavior, as well as recent x-ray diffraction and elastic magnetic neutron scattering investigations that provide some insight into their structural and magnetic properties. The research was supported by the Office of the Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences Division, US Department of Energy (DOE).

  1. Cantor set spectra and self-similar critical modes in a 1D-quasicrystal

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    Desideri, J. P.; Legrand, O.; Macon, L.; Sornette, D.

    1989-09-01

    Specific properties of the propagation of surface acoustic waves on quasiperiodically corrugated solids are reviewed. This problem is shown to correspond to the critical regime of the Anderson localization transition, characterized by critical proper modes which are neither extended nor localized and which exhibit remarkable scaling features. The spectrum is also predicted to have a Cantor-like structure. The experimental system is made of a thousand grooves engraved according to a Fibonacci sequence. For the first time, the self-similar spatial structure of the critical proper modes is observed through an optical diffraction experiment. Signatures of the fractal spectrum are also reported. These results are explained in terms of the asymptotic approximation of the quasicrystal by periodic systems of increasing periods.

  2. Self-generation of dissipative solitons in magnonic quasicrystal active ring resonator

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    Grishin, S. V.; Beginin, E. N.; Morozova, M. A.; Sharaevskii, Yu. P.; Nikitov, S. A.

    2014-02-01

    Self-generation of dissipative solitons in the magnonic quasicrystal (MQC) active ring resonator is studied theoretically and experimentally. The developed magnonic crystal has quasiperiodic Fibonacci type structure. Frequency selectivity of the MQC together with the parametric three-wave decay of magnetostatic surface spin wave (MSSW) leads to the dissipative soliton self-generation. The transfer matrix method is used to describe MQC transmission responses. Besides, the model of MQC active ring resonator is suggested. The model includes three coupled differential equations describing the parametric decay of MSSW and two differential equations of linear oscillators describing the frequency selectivity of MQC. Numerical simulation results of dissipative soliton self-generation are in a fair agreement with experimental data.

  3. Liquid refractive index sensor based on a 2D 10-fold photonic quasicrystal

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    Wang, Shuai; Sun, XiaoHong; Wang, Cong; Peng, Gangding; Qi, Yongle; Wang, XiShi

    2017-09-01

    A liquid refractive index sensor is designed and optimized by using silicon-rods based on a 10-fold photonic quasicrystal without defects. The resonant mode with high Q value is chosen as the sensing wavelength in the transmission spectrum. By changing the radius of the silicon pillars, the sensor size and the refractive index of the background media, different types of sensors are designed and investigated. On the other hand, the performance of the sensor is investigated including the measurement range, sensitivity, etc. In the detection limit of spectral instruments, 0.02 nm, the sensing accuracy is 10-4 refractive index unit with a figure of merit of 1478. The measurement range is from 1.2731 to 1.4185. This will provide a new method for the design and fabrication of lab-on-chip, microfluidic optical elements and integrated optical circuits.

  4. Structure of Periodic Crystals and Quasicrystals in Ultrathin Films of Ba-Ti-O.

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    Cockayne, Eric; Mihalkovič, Marek; Henley, Christopher L

    2016-01-01

    We model the remarkable thin-film Ba-Ti-O structures formed by heat treatment of an initial perovskite BaTiO3 thin film on a Pt(111) surface. All structures contain a rumpled Ti-O network with all Ti threefold coordinated with O, and with Ba occupying the larger. mainly Ti7O7, pores. The quasicrystal structue is a simple decoration of three types of tiles: square, triangle and 30° rhombus, with edge lengths 6.85 Å, joined edge-to-edge in a quasicrystalline pattern; observed periodic crystals in ultrathin film Ba-Ti-O are built from these and other tiles. Simulated STM images reproduce the patterns seen experimentally, and identify the bright protrusions as Ba atoms. The models are consistent with all experimental observations.

  5. Long-range magnetic order in models for rare-earth quasicrystals

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    Thiem, Stefanie; Chalker, J. T.

    2015-12-01

    We take a two-step theoretical approach to study magnetism of rare-earth quasicrystals by considering Ising spins on quasiperiodic tilings, coupled via Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) interactions. First, we compute RKKY interactions from a tight-binding Hamiltonian defined on the two-dimensional quasiperiodic tilings. We find that the magnetic interactions are frustrated and strongly dependent on the local environment. This results in the formation of clusters with strong bonds at certain patterns of the tilings that repeat quasiperiodically. Second, we examine the statistical mechanics of Ising spins with these RKKY interactions, using extensive Monte Carlo simulations. Although models that have frustrated interactions and lack translational invariance might be expected to display spin-glass behavior, we show that the spin system has a phase transition to low-temperature states with long-range quasiperiodic magnetic order. Additionally, we find that in some of the systems spin clusters can fluctuate much below the ordering temperature.

  6. Photonic quasi-crystal light emitting diodes: comparisons of device performance with pattern pitch

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    Tillin, Martin; Charlton, Martin D. B.; Gong, Zheng; Khokhar, Ali Z.; Massoubre, David; Watson, Ian M.; Gu, Erdan; Dawson, Martin D.; Rahman, Faiz; Johnson, Nigel P.; Macintyre, Douglas; De La Rue, Richard M.; Parsons, Keith; Lin, Sean

    2010-05-01

    In this paper we discuss theoretical modelling methods for the design of photonic crystal and photonic quasi-crystal (PQC) LEDs - and apply them to the analysis of the extraction enhancement performance and shaping of the emitted beam profile of PQC-LED structures. In particular we investigate the effect of the pitch of the PQC patterning, and consider the physical mechanisms giving rise to performance improvements. In addition, we examine the relative contributions to performance improvements from effective index reduction effects that alter the conditions for total internal reflection at the device air interface, and from photonic crystal scattering effects that give rise to radically improved extraction performance. Comparisons are made with the performance of recently fabricated devices.

  7. Self-generation of dissipative solitons in magnonic quasicrystal active ring resonator

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    Grishin, S. V. Beginin, E. N.; Morozova, M. A.; Sharaevskii, Yu. P.; Nikitov, S. A.

    2014-02-07

    Self-generation of dissipative solitons in the magnonic quasicrystal (MQC) active ring resonator is studied theoretically and experimentally. The developed magnonic crystal has quasiperiodic Fibonacci type structure. Frequency selectivity of the MQC together with the parametric three-wave decay of magnetostatic surface spin wave (MSSW) leads to the dissipative soliton self-generation. The transfer matrix method is used to describe MQC transmission responses. Besides, the model of MQC active ring resonator is suggested. The model includes three coupled differential equations describing the parametric decay of MSSW and two differential equations of linear oscillators describing the frequency selectivity of MQC. Numerical simulation results of dissipative soliton self-generation are in a fair agreement with experimental data.

  8. Simultaneous large band gaps and localization of electromagnetic and elastic waves in defect-free quasicrystals.

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    Yu, Tianbao; Wang, Zhong; Liu, Wenxing; Wang, Tongbiao; Liu, Nianhua; Liao, Qinghua

    2016-04-18

    We report numerically large and complete photonic and phononic band gaps that simultaneously exist in eight-fold phoxonic quasicrystals (PhXQCs). PhXQCs can possess simultaneous photonic and phononic band gaps over a wide range of geometric parameters. Abundant localized modes can be achieved in defect-free PhXQCs for all photonic and phononic polarizations. These defect-free localized modes exhibit multiform spatial distributions and can confine simultaneously electromagnetic and elastic waves in a large area, thereby providing rich selectivity and enlarging the interaction space of optical and elastic waves. The simulated results based on finite element method show that quasiperiodic structures formed of both solid rods in air and holes in solid materials can simultaneously confine and tailor electromagnetic and elastic waves; these structures showed advantages over the periodic counterparts.

  9. The structure model of a cubic aperiodic phase ('quasicrystal without forbidden symmetry axes').

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    Kraposhin, V S; Talis, A L; Thanh Lam, Ha

    2008-03-19

    A model structure of the aperiodic cubic phase (a cubic quasicrystal) has been constructed as a periodical packing of hierarchical octahedral clusters which were composed of truncated tetrahedra (Friauf-Laves polyhedra) and chains of Frank-Kasper polyhedra with 14 vertices. The construction of the hierarchical model for the cubic aperiodic phase became possible due to the discovery of a new space subdivision with equal edges and with vertices belonging to two orbits of the space group Fm3m. The subdivision is characterized by unique values and unique relations between the coordinates of the starting points of two orbits. Calculated x-ray diffraction patterns for the proposed hierarchical model are in qualitative agreement with published experimental x-ray patterns for aperiodical phases observed in melt-quenched Mg-Al and Fe-Nb-B-Si alloys.

  10. Structure of periodic crystals and quasicrystals in ultrathin films of Ba-Ti-O

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    Cockayne, Eric; Mihalkovič, Marek; Henley, Christopher L.

    2016-01-07

    Here, we model the remarkable thin-film Ba-Ti-O structures formed by heat treatment of an initial perovskite BaTiO3 thin film on a Pt(111) surface. All structures contain a rumpled Ti-O network with all Ti threefold coordinated with O, and with Ba occupying the larger. mainly Ti7O7, pores. The quasicrystal structue is a simple decoration of three types of tiles: square, triangle and 30° rhombus, with edge lengths 6.85 Å, joined edge-to-edge in a quasicrystalline pattern; observed periodic crystals in ultrathin film Ba-Ti-O are built from these and other tiles. Simulated STM images reproduce the patterns seen experimentally, and identify the brightmore » protrusions as Ba atoms. The models are consistent with all experimental observations.« less

  11. Structure of periodic crystals and quasicrystals in ultrathin films of Ba-Ti-O

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    Cockayne, Eric; Mihalkovič, Marek; Henley, Christopher L.

    2016-01-07

    Here, we model the remarkable thin-film Ba-Ti-O structures formed by heat treatment of an initial perovskite BaTiO3 thin film on a Pt(111) surface. All structures contain a rumpled Ti-O network with all Ti threefold coordinated with O, and with Ba occupying the larger. mainly Ti7O7, pores. The quasicrystal structue is a simple decoration of three types of tiles: square, triangle and 30° rhombus, with edge lengths 6.85 Å, joined edge-to-edge in a quasicrystalline pattern; observed periodic crystals in ultrathin film Ba-Ti-O are built from these and other tiles. Simulated STM images reproduce the patterns seen experimentally, and identify the bright protrusions as Ba atoms. The models are consistent with all experimental observations.

  12. Mixed-mode crack tip loading and crack deflection in 1D quasicrystals

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    Wang, Zhibin; Scheel, Johannes; Ricoeur, Andreas

    2016-12-01

    Quasicrystals (QC) are a new class of materials besides crystals and amorphous solids and have aroused much attention of researchers since they were discovered. This paper presents a generalized fracture theory including the J-integral and crack closure integrals, relations between J1, J2 and the stress intensity factors as well as the implementation of the near-tip stress and displacement solutions of 1D QC. Different crack deflection criteria, i.e. the J-integral and maximum circumferential stress criteria, are investigated for mixed-mode loading conditions accounting for phonon-phason coupling. One focus is on the influence of phason stress intensity factors on crack deflection angles.

  13. Thirty-thousand-year-old distant relative of giant icosahedral DNA viruses with a pandoravirus morphology

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    Legendre, Matthieu; Bartoli, Julia; Shmakova, Lyubov; Jeudy, Sandra; Labadie, Karine; Adrait, Annie; Lescot, Magali; Poirot, Olivier; Bertaux, Lionel; Bruley, Christophe; Couté, Yohann; Rivkina, Elizaveta; Abergel, Chantal; Claverie, Jean-Michel

    2014-01-01

    The largest known DNA viruses infect Acanthamoeba and belong to two markedly different families. The Megaviridae exhibit pseudo-icosahedral virions up to 0.7 μm in diameter and adenine–thymine (AT)-rich genomes of up to 1.25 Mb encoding a thousand proteins. Like their Mimivirus prototype discovered 10 y ago, they entirely replicate within cytoplasmic virion factories. In contrast, the recently discovered Pandoraviruses exhibit larger amphora-shaped virions 1 μm in length and guanine–cytosine-rich genomes up to 2.8 Mb long encoding up to 2,500 proteins. Their replication involves the host nucleus. Whereas the Megaviridae share some general features with the previously described icosahedral large DNA viruses, the Pandoraviruses appear unrelated to them. Here we report the discovery of a third type of giant virus combining an even larger pandoravirus-like particle 1.5 μm in length with a surprisingly smaller 600 kb AT-rich genome, a gene content more similar to Iridoviruses and Marseillevirus, and a fully cytoplasmic replication reminiscent of the Megaviridae. This suggests that pandoravirus-like particles may be associated with a variety of virus families more diverse than previously envisioned. This giant virus, named Pithovirus sibericum, was isolated from a >30,000-y-old radiocarbon-dated sample when we initiated a survey of the virome of Siberian permafrost. The revival of such an ancestral amoeba-infecting virus used as a safe indicator of the possible presence of pathogenic DNA viruses, suggests that the thawing of permafrost either from global warming or industrial exploitation of circumpolar regions might not be exempt from future threats to human or animal health. PMID:24591590

  14. Thirty-thousand-year-old distant relative of giant icosahedral DNA viruses with a pandoravirus morphology.

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    Legendre, Matthieu; Bartoli, Julia; Shmakova, Lyubov; Jeudy, Sandra; Labadie, Karine; Adrait, Annie; Lescot, Magali; Poirot, Olivier; Bertaux, Lionel; Bruley, Christophe; Couté, Yohann; Rivkina, Elizaveta; Abergel, Chantal; Claverie, Jean-Michel

    2014-03-18

    The largest known DNA viruses infect Acanthamoeba and belong to two markedly different families. The Megaviridae exhibit pseudo-icosahedral virions up to 0.7 μm in diameter and adenine-thymine (AT)-rich genomes of up to 1.25 Mb encoding a thousand proteins. Like their Mimivirus prototype discovered 10 y ago, they entirely replicate within cytoplasmic virion factories. In contrast, the recently discovered Pandoraviruses exhibit larger amphora-shaped virions 1 μm in length and guanine-cytosine-rich genomes up to 2.8 Mb long encoding up to 2,500 proteins. Their replication involves the host nucleus. Whereas the Megaviridae share some general features with the previously described icosahedral large DNA viruses, the Pandoraviruses appear unrelated to them. Here we report the discovery of a third type of giant virus combining an even larger pandoravirus-like particle 1.5 μm in length with a surprisingly smaller 600 kb AT-rich genome, a gene content more similar to Iridoviruses and Marseillevirus, and a fully cytoplasmic replication reminiscent of the Megaviridae. This suggests that pandoravirus-like particles may be associated with a variety of virus families more diverse than previously envisioned. This giant virus, named Pithovirus sibericum, was isolated from a >30,000-y-old radiocarbon-dated sample when we initiated a survey of the virome of Siberian permafrost. The revival of such an ancestral amoeba-infecting virus used as a safe indicator of the possible presence of pathogenic DNA viruses, suggests that the thawing of permafrost either from global warming or industrial exploitation of circumpolar regions might not be exempt from future threats to human or animal health.

  15. Energy-Momentum Stability of Icosahedral Configurations of Point Vortices on a Sphere

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    Newton, Paul K.; Ostrovskyi, Vitalii

    2012-08-01

    We investigate the nonlinear stability of the icosahedral relative equilibrium configuration of point vortices on a sphere. The relative equilibrium problem is formulated as a problem of finding the nullspace of the configuration matrix that encodes the geometry of the icosahedron, as in Jamaloodeen and Newton (Proc. Royal Soc. A, Math. Phys. Eng. Sci. 462(2075):3277, 2006). The seven-dimensional nullspace of the configuration matrix, A, associated with the icosahedral geometry gives rise to a basis set of vortex strengths for which the icosahedron stays in relative formation, and we use these values to form the augmented Hamiltonian governing the stability. We choose the basis set made up of (i) one element with equal strength vortices on every vertex of the icosahedron (the uniform icosahedron); (ii) six elements made up of equal and opposite antipodal pairs. We start by proving nonlinear stability of the antipodal vortex pair (by direct methods). Following the methods laid out in Simo et al. (Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal. 115(1):15-59, 1991) and Pekarsky and Marsden (J. Math. Phys. 39(11):5894-5907, 1998) and more generally in Marsden and Ratiu (Introduction to Mechanics and Symmetry, 1999), we then combine our knowledge of the nullspace structure of A with the structure of the underlying Hamiltonian, and analyze the stability of the icosahedron using the energy-momentum method. Because the parameter space is large, we focus on the physically motivated and important case obtained by combining the basis elements into (i) the uniform icosahedron; (ii) a von Kármán vortex street configuration of equal and opposite staggered, evenly spaced latitudinal rows equidistant from the equator (Chamoun et al. in Phys. Fluids 21:116603, 2009), and (iii) the North Pole-South Pole equal and opposite vortex pair. Stability boundaries in a three-parameter space are calculated for linear combinations of these grouped basis configurations.

  16. Evidence from x-ray and neutron powder diffraction patterns that the so-called icosahedral and decagonal quasicrystals of MnAl/sub 6/ and other alloys are twinned cubic crystals

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    Pauling, L.

    1987-06-01

    It is shown that the x-ray powder diffraction patterns of rapidly quenched MnAl/sub 6/ and Mg/sub 32/(Al,Zn)/sub 49/ and the neutron powder diffraction pattern of MnAl/sub 5/ are compatible with the proposed 820-atom primitive cubic structure. The values found for the edge of the unit cube are 23.365 A (x-ray) and 23.416 A (neutron) for MnAl/sub 6/ and 24.313 A (x-ray) for Mg/sub 32/(Al,Zn)/sub 49/.

  17. Valence Change Driven by Constituent Element Substitution in the Mixed-Valence Quasicrystal and Approximant Au-Al-Yb

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    Matsukawa, Shuya; Tanaka, Katsumasa; Nakayama, Mika; Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Imura, Keiichiro; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Kashimoto, Shiro; Ishimasa, Tsutomu; Sato, Noriaki K.

    2014-03-01

    Quantum criticality has been considered to be specific to crystalline materials such as heavy fermions. Very recently, however, the Tsai-type quasicrystal Au51Al34Yb15 has been reported to show unusual quantum critical behavior. To obtain a deeper understanding of this new material, we have searched for other Tsai-type cluster materials. Here, we report that the metal alloys Au44Ga41Yb15 and Ag47Ga38Yb15 are members of the 1/1 approximant to the Tsai-type quasicrystal and that both possess no localized magnetic moment. We suggest that the Au-Al-Yb system is located near the border of the divalent and trivalent states of the Yb ion; we also discuss a possible origin of the disappearance of magnetism, associated with the valence change, by the substitution of the constituent elements.

  18. Electronic densities of states close to the surface of quasicrystals in relation with their low adhesion properties

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    Belin-Ferre, Esther; Dubois, Vincent

    1997-03-01

    Quasicrystalline alloys exhibit low adhesion properties in comparison to normal metals and even to purpose designed polymers like PTFEs. The physical origin of this effect is still a matter of research but is presumably related on the one hand to a substantial resistance to oxidation that prevents the formation of a thick alumina film at the surface (since oxides have a large surface energy, wetting is easy and therefore adhesion to organic matters is important on aluminium-based alloys). On the other hand, the density of states (DOS) at the Fermi level is dramatically reduced in quasicrystals. Our experiments show that this reduction extends towards the top atomic layers and therefore the low DOSs goes up to the surface. This effect cancels any gradient of the DOS from the surface down to the bulk and contributes significantly to the low surface energy of quasicrystals. Experimental evidence will be reported to support this view. by emailing it to the address below:

  19. Atomic Scale coexistence of Periodic and quasiperiodic order in a2-fold A1-Ni-Co decagonal quasicrystal surface

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    Park, Jeong Young; Ogletree, D. Frank; Salmeron, Miquel; Ribeiro,R.A.; Canfield, P.C.; Jenks, C.J.; Thiel, P.A.

    2005-11-14

    Decagonal quasicrystals are made of pairs of atomic planes with pentagonal symmetry periodically stacked along a 10-fold axis. We have investigated the atomic structure of the 2-fold surface of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The surface consists of terraces separated by steps of heights 1.9, 4.7, 7.8, and 12.6{angstrom} containing rows of atoms parallel to the 10-fold direction with an internal periodicity of 4{angstrom}. The rows are arranged aperiodically, with separations that follow a Fibonacci sequence and inflation symmetry. The results indicate that the surfaces are preferentially Al-terminated and in general agreement with bulk models.

  20. Studies of Nucleation, Growth, Specific Heat, and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystals and Polytetrahedral-Phase-Forming Alloys

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    Kelton, K. F.; Croat, T. K.; Gangopadhyay, A.; Holland-Moritz, D.; Hyers, Robert W.; Rathz, Thomas J.; Robinson, Michael B.; Rogers, Jan R.

    2001-01-01

    Undercooling experiments and thermal physical property measurements of metallic alloys on the International Space Station (ISS) are planned. This recently-funded research focuses on fundamental issues of the formation and structure of highly-ordered non-crystallographic phases (quasicrystals) and related crystal phases (crystal approximants), and the connections between the atomic structures of these phases and those of liquids and glasses. It extends studies made previously by us of the composition dependence of crystal nucleation processes in silicate and metallic glasses, to the case of nucleation from the liquid phase. Motivating results from rf-levitation and drop-tube measurements of the undercooling of Ti/Zr-based liquids that form quasicrystals and crystal approximants are discussed. Preliminary measurements by electrostatic levitation (ESL) are presented.

  1. Quasi-Unit-Cell Model for an Al-Ni-Co Ideal Quasicrystal based on Clusters with Broken Tenfold Symmetry

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    Abe, Eiji; Saitoh, Koh; Takakura, H.; Tsai, A. P.; Steinhardt, P. J.; Jeong, H.-C.

    2000-05-15

    We present new evidence supporting the quasi-unit-cell description of the Al{sub 72}Ni {sub 20}Co{sub 8} decagonal quasicrystal which shows that the solid is composed of repeating, overlapping decagonal cluster columns with broken tenfold symmetry. We propose an atomic model which gives a significantly improved fit to electron microscopy experiments compared to a previous proposal by us and to alternative proposals with tenfold symmetric clusters. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  2. Fundamentals in generalized elasticity and dislocation theory of quasicrystals: Green tensor, dislocation key-formulas and dislocation loops

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    Lazar, Markus; Agiasofitou, Eleni

    2014-12-01

    The present work provides fundamental quantities in generalized elasticity and dislocation theory of quasicrystals. In a clear and straightforward manner, the three-dimensional Green tensor of generalized elasticity theory and the extended displacement vector for an arbitrary extended force are derived. Next, in the framework of dislocation theory of quasicrystals, the solutions of the field equations for the extended displacement vector and the extended elastic distortion tensor are given; that is, the generalized Burgers equation for arbitrary sources and the generalized Mura-Willis formula, respectively. Moreover, important quantities of the theory of dislocations as the Eshelby stress tensor, Peach-Koehler force, stress function tensor and the interaction energy are derived for general dislocations. The application to dislocation loops gives rise to the generalized Burgers equation, where the displacement vector can be written as a sum of a line integral plus a purely geometric part. Finally, using the Green tensor, all other dislocation key-formulas for loops, known from the theory of anisotropic elasticity, like the Peach-Koehler stress formula, Mura-Willis equation, Volterra equation, stress function tensor and the interaction energy are derived for quasicrystals.

  3. A control volume method on an icosahedral grid for numerical integration of the shallow-water equations on the sphere

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    Chern, I-Liang

    1994-08-01

    Two versions of a control volume method on a symmetrized icosahedral grid are proposed for solving the shallow-water equations on a sphere. One version expresses of the equations in the 3-D Cartersian coordinate system, while the other expresses the equations in the northern/southern polar sterographic coordinate systems. The pole problem is avoided because of these expressions in both versions and the quasi-homogenity of the icosahedral grid. Truncation errors and convergence tests of the numerical gradient and divergent operators associated with this method are studied. A convergence tests of the numerical gradient and divergent operators associated with this method are studied. A convergence test for a steady zonal flow is demonstrated. Several simulations of Rossby-Haurwitz waves with various numbers are also performed.

  4. Pattern formation in icosahedral virus capsids: the papova viruses and Nudaurelia capensis beta virus.

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    Marzec, C J; Day, L A

    1993-01-01

    The capsids of the spherical viruses all show underlying icosahedral symmetry, yet they differ markedly in capsomere shape and in capsomere position and orientation. The capsid patterns presented by the capsomere shapes, positions, and orientations of three viruses (papilloma, SV40, and N beta V) have been generated dynamically through a bottom-up procedure which provides a basis for understanding the patterns. A capsomere shape is represented in two-dimensional cross-section by a mass or charge density on the surface of a sphere, given by an expansion in spherical harmonics, and referred to herein as a morphological unit (MU). A capsid pattern is represented by an icosahedrally symmetrical superposition of such densities, determined by the positions and orientations of its MUs on the spherical surface. The fitness of an arrangement of MUs is measured by an interaction integral through which all capsid elements interact with each other via an arbitrary function of distance. A capsid pattern is generated by allowing the correct number of approximately shaped MUs to move dynamically on the sphere, positioning themselves until an extremum of the fitness function is attained. The resulting patterns are largely independent of the details of both the capsomere representation and the interaction function; thus the patterns produced are generic. The simplest useful fitness function is sigma 2, the average square of the mass (or charge) density, a minimum of which corresponds to a "uniformly spaced" MU distribution; to good approximation, the electrostatic free energy of charged capsomeres, calculated from the linearized Poisson-Boltzmann equation, is proportional to sigma 2. With disks as MUs, the model generates the coordinated lattices familiar from the quasi-equivalence theory, indexed by triangulation numbers. Using fivefold MUs, the model generates the patterns observed at different radii within the T = 7 capsid of papilloma and at the surface of SV40; threefold MUs

  5. 8x8 and 10x10 Hyperspace Representations of SU(3) and 10-fold Point-Symmetry Group of Quasicrystals

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    Animalu, Alexander

    2012-02-01

    In order to further elucidate the unexpected 10-fold point-symmetry group structure of quasi-crystals for which the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to Daniel Shechtman, we explore a correspondence principle between the number of (projective) geometric elements (points[vertices] + lines[edges] + planes[faces]) of primitive cells of periodic or quasi-periodic arrangement of hard or deformable spheres in 3-dimensional space of crystallography and elements of quantum field theory of particle physics [points ( particles, lines ( particles, planes ( currents] and hence construct 8x8 =64 = 28+36 = 26 + 38, and 10x10 =100= 64 + 36 = 74 + 26 hyperspace representations of the SU(3) symmetry of elementary particle physics and quasicrystals of condensed matter (solid state) physics respectively, As a result, we predict the Cabibbo-like angles in leptonic decay of hadrons in elementary-particle physics and the observed 10-fold symmetric diffraction pattern of quasi-crystals.

  6. Wide quantum critical region of valence fluctuations: Origin of robust quantum criticality in quasicrystal Yb15Al34Au51 under pressure

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    Watanabe, Shinji; Miyake, Kazumasa

    2015-03-01

    The mechanism of the emergence of robust quantum criticality in the heavy- electron quasicrystal YR15Al34Au51 is analyzed theoretically. By constructing a minimal model for the quasicrystal and its crystalline approximant, which contain concentric shell structures with Yb and Al-Au clusters, we show that a set of quantum critical points of the first-order valence transition of Yb appears as spots in the ground-state phase diagram. Their critical regions overlap each other, giving rise to a wide quantum critical region. This well explains the robust criticality observed in YR15Al34Au51 under pressure, and predicts the emergence of the common criticality in the crystalline approximant under pressure. The wider critical region in the quasicrystal than that in the crystalline approximant in the T-P phase diagram and the field-induced valence-crossover "region" in the T-H phase diagram are predicted to appear.

  7. Dynamics of relaxation and fragmentation in size-selected icosahedral Arn[NO-(v = 1)] clusters

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    Shin, H. K.

    2011-03-01

    We study the vibrational relaxation and solvation dynamics in size-selected icosahedral Arn(NO-) at 300 K, where NO-(X3Σ-) is in v = 1 and n = 1-12, using a classical dynamics method and an interaction model consisting of detailed host-guest and host-host interactions. Two relaxation time scales are found: (i) the short-time (<200 ps), in which rate is nearly independent of cluster size, and (ii) the ns scale, in which a slow energy transfer process occurs between NO- vibration and argon modes at a rate (˜108 s-1) decreasing slightly from n = 12 to 6 and rapidly from n = 5 to 1 (˜106 s-1). In Ar12(NO-), less than one-quarter of the host atoms sampled evaporate, nearly 60% of evaporation occurring within 200 ps caused by rapid energy transfer from NO- at short time. The fraction of evaporation decreases nearly exponentially with increasing evaporation time, but ˜16% of evaporation still occurs on a time scale longer than 1 ns. Evaporation from one hemisphere of Ar12(NO-) dominates the rest. Final cluster sizes commonly produced from the fragmentation of Ar12(NO-) are n = 6-11 (evaporation of 6-1 atoms) and n = 12 (no evaporation).

  8. Thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficients of icosahedral boron arsenide films on silicon carbide

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    Gong, Y.; Kuball, M.; Zhang, Y.; Dudley, M.; Zhang, Y.; Edgar, J. H.; Heard, P. J.

    2010-10-15

    The thermal conductivity of icosahedral boron arsenide (B{sub 12}As{sub 2}) films grown on (0001) 6H-SiC substrates by chemical vapor deposition was studied by the 3{omega} technique. The room temperature thermal conductivity decreased from 27.0 to 15.3 W/m K as the growth temperature was decreased from 1450 to 1275 deg. C. This is mainly attributed to the differences in the impurity concentration and microstructure, determined from secondary ion mass spectrometry and high resolution transmission electron microscopy, respectively. Callaway's theory was applied to calculate the temperature-dependent thermal conductivity, and the results are in good agreement with the experimental data. Seebeck coefficients were determined as 107 {mu}V/K and 136 {mu}V/K for samples grown at 1350 deg. C with AsH{sub 3}/B{sub 2}H{sub 6} flow ratio equals to 1:1 and 3:5, respectively.

  9. Spin-Orbit Coupling Effects on Ligand-Free Icosahedral Matryoshka Superatoms.

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    Long, Feiyun; Liu, Haitao; Li, Dafang; Yan, Jun

    2017-02-22

    With the help of density functional theory, a series of matryoshka superatoms $\\rm{X@Y_{12}@X_{20}}$ (X=Ge, Y=Zn; X=Sn, Y=Mg, Mn, Zn or Cd; X=Pb, Y= Mg, Mn, Cd or Hg) with icosahedral symmetry has been extensively studied, to focus on the influence of the spin-orbit coupling on geometries, stabilities, electronic structures and magnetic moments for these clusters. Generally speaking, the effect of spin-orbit coupling is highly correlated with composition elements of these clusters. $\\rm{Ge@Zn_{12}@Ge_{20}}$ is little affected by the spin-orbit coupling, while clusters containing Sn atom will generally undergo a moderate influence on their atomization energy, HOMO-LUMO gap and projected density of states. For clusters with Pb atoms, the effect of spin-orbit coupling could be observed distinctly in most cases. Our results demonstrate that the spin-orbit coupling can play a substantial role in superatoms containing heavy elements.

  10. Reversible self-assembly of patchy particles into monodisperse icosahedral clusters

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    Wilber, Alex W.; Doye, Jonathan P. K.; Louis, Ard A.; Noya, Eva G.; Miller, Mark A.; Wong, Pauline

    2007-08-01

    We systematically study the design of simple patchy sphere models that reversibly self-assemble into monodisperse icosahedral clusters. We find that the optimal patch width is a compromise between structural specificity (the patches must be narrow enough to energetically select the desired clusters) and kinetic accessibility (they must be sufficiently wide to avoid kinetic traps). Similarly, for good yields the temperature must be low enough for the clusters to be thermodynamically stable, but the clusters must also have enough thermal energy to allow incorrectly formed bonds to be broken. Ordered clusters can form through a number of different dynamic pathways, including direct nucleation and indirect pathways involving large disordered intermediates. The latter pathway is related to a reentrant liquid-to-gas transition that occurs for intermediate patch widths upon lowering the temperature. We also find that the assembly process is robust to inaccurate patch placement up to a certain threshold and that it is possible to replace the five discrete patches with a single ring patch with no significant loss in yield.

  11. Assimilating the global satellite mapping of precipitation data with the Nonhydrostatic Icosahedral Atmospheric Model (NICAM)

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    Kotsuki, Shunji; Miyoshi, Takemasa; Terasaki, Koji; Lien, Guo-Yuan; Kalnay, Eugenia

    2017-01-01

    This study aims to propose two new approaches to improve precipitation forecasts from numerical weather prediction (NWP) models through effective data assimilation of satellite-derived precipitation. The assimilation of precipitation data is known to be very difficult mainly because of highly non-Gaussian statistics of precipitation variables. Following Lien et al., this study addresses the non-Gaussianity issue by applying the Gaussian transformation (GT) based on the empirical cumulative distribution function (CDF) of precipitation. We propose a method that constructs the CDF with only recent 1 month samples, without using a long period of samples needed previously. We also propose a method to use the inverse GT, with which we can obtain realistic precipitation fields from biased NWP model outputs. We assimilate the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency's Global Satellite Mapping of Precipitation (GSMaP) data into the Nonhydrostatic Icosahedral Atmospheric Model (NICAM) at 112 km horizontal resolution. Assimilating the GSMaP data results in improved weather forecasts compared to the control experiment assimilating only rawinsonde data. We find that horizontal observation thinning is necessary, probably due to the horizontal observation-error correlations in the GSMaP data. We also obtained precipitation fields similar to GSMaP from the NICAM precipitation forecasts by using the inverse GT, leading to an improved precipitation forecast.

  12. Comparative studies of T = 3 and T = 4 icosahedral RNA insect viruses

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    Johnson, J. E.; Munshi, S.; Liljas, L.; Agrawal, D.; Olson, N. H.; Reddy, V.; Fisher, A.; McKinney, B.; Schmidt, T.; Baker, T. S.

    2014-01-01

    Summary Crystallographic and molecular biological studies of T = 3 nodaviruses (180 identical subunits in the particle) and T = 4 tetraviruses (240 identical subunits in the particle) have revealed similarity in both the architecture of the particles and the strategy for maturation. The comparative studies provide a novel opportunity to examine an apparent evolution of particle size, from smaller (T = 3) to larger (T = 4), with both particles based on similar subunits. The BBV and FHV nodavirus structures are refined at 2.8 Å and 3 Å respectively, while the NωV structure is at 6 Å resolution. Nevertheless, the detailed comparisons of the noda and tetravirus X-ray electron density maps show that the same type of switching in subunit twofold contacts is used in the T = 3 and T = 4 capsids, although differences must exist between quasi and icosahedral threefold contacts in the T = 4 particle that have not yet been detected. The analyses of primary and tertiary structures of noda and tetraviruses show that NωV subunits undergo a post assembly cleavage like that observed in nodaviruses and that the cleaved 76 C-terminal residues remain associated with the particle. PMID:8032278

  13. Atomistic modeling of the low-frequency mechanical modes and Raman spectra of icosahedral virus capsids

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    Dykeman, Eric C.; Sankey, Otto F.

    2010-02-01

    We describe a technique for calculating the low-frequency mechanical modes and frequencies of a large symmetric biological molecule where the eigenvectors of the Hessian matrix are determined with full atomic detail. The method, which follows order N methods used in electronic structure theory, determines the subset of lowest-frequency modes while using group theory to reduce the complexity of the problem. We apply the method to three icosahedral viruses of various T numbers and sizes; the human viruses polio and hepatitis B, and the cowpea chlorotic mottle virus, a plant virus. From the normal-mode eigenvectors, we use a bond polarizability model to predict a low-frequency Raman scattering profile for the viruses. The full atomic detail in the displacement patterns combined with an empirical potential-energy model allows a comparison of the fully atomic normal modes with elastic network models and normal-mode analysis with only dihedral degrees of freedom. We find that coarse-graining normal-mode analysis (particularly the elastic network model) can predict the displacement patterns for the first few (˜10) low-frequency modes that are global and cooperative.

  14. Vibrational dynamics of icosahedrally symmetric biomolecular assemblies compared with predictions based on continuum elasticity.

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    Yang, Zheng; Bahar, Ivet; Widom, Michael

    2009-06-03

    Coarse-grained elastic network models elucidate the fluctuation dynamics of proteins around their native conformations. Low-frequency collective motions derived by simplified normal mode analysis are usually involved in biological function, and these motions often possess noteworthy symmetries related to the overall shape of the molecule. Here, insights into these motions and their frequencies are sought by considering continuum models with appropriate symmetry and boundary conditions to approximately represent the true atomistic molecular structure. We solve the elastic wave equations analytically for the case of spherical symmetry, yielding a symmetry-based classification of molecular motions together with explicit predictions for their vibrational frequencies. We address the case of icosahedral symmetry as a perturbation to the spherical case. Applications to lumazine synthase, satellite tobacco mosaic virus, and brome mosaic virus show that the spherical elastic model efficiently provides insights on collective motions that are otherwise obtained by detailed elastic network models. A major utility of the continuum models is the possibility of estimating macroscopic material properties such as the Young's modulus or Poisson's ratio for different types of viruses.

  15. Fermi states and anisotropy of Brillouin zone scattering in the decagonal Al–Ni–Co quasicrystal

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    Rogalev, V. A.; Gröning, O.; Widmer, R.; Dil, J. H.; Bisti, F.; Lev, L. L.; Schmitt, T.; Strocov, V. N.

    2015-01-01

    Quasicrystals (QCs) are intermetallic alloys that have excellent long-range order but lack translational symmetry in at least one dimension. The valence band electronic structure near the Fermi energy EF in such materials is of special interest since it has a direct relation to their unusual physical properties. However, the Fermi surface (FS) topology as well as the mechanism of QC structure stabilization are still under debate. Here we report the first observation of the three-dimensional FS and valence band dispersions near EF in decagonal Al70Ni20Co10 (d-AlNiCo) QCs using soft X-ray angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. We show that the FS, formed by dispersive Al sp-states, has a multicomponent character due to a large contribution from high-order bands. Moreover, we discover that the magnitude of the gap at the FS related to the interaction with Brillouin zone boundary (Hume–Rothery gap) critically differs for the periodic and quasiperiodic directions. PMID:26443439

  16. Fermi states and anisotropy of Brillouin zone scattering in the decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal

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    Rogalev, V. A.; Gröning, O.; Widmer, R.; Dil, J. H.; Bisti, F.; Lev, L. L.; Schmitt, T.; Strocov, V. N.

    2015-10-01

    Quasicrystals (QCs) are intermetallic alloys that have excellent long-range order but lack translational symmetry in at least one dimension. The valence band electronic structure near the Fermi energy EF in such materials is of special interest since it has a direct relation to their unusual physical properties. However, the Fermi surface (FS) topology as well as the mechanism of QC structure stabilization are still under debate. Here we report the first observation of the three-dimensional FS and valence band dispersions near EF in decagonal Al70Ni20Co10 (d-AlNiCo) QCs using soft X-ray angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. We show that the FS, formed by dispersive Al sp-states, has a multicomponent character due to a large contribution from high-order bands. Moreover, we discover that the magnitude of the gap at the FS related to the interaction with Brillouin zone boundary (Hume-Rothery gap) critically differs for the periodic and quasiperiodic directions.

  17. Localization of surface acoustic waves in a one-dimensional quasicrystal

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    Macon, L.; Desideri, J. P.; Sornette, D.

    1991-10-01

    We present and interpret experimental results on the propagation of surface acoustic waves on a quasiperiodically corrugated solid. The surface is made of a thousand grooves engraved according to a Fibonacci sequence. This type of one-dimensional system has been much studied theoretically in the literature in the context of electronic or phonon propagation. It exhibits many interesting transport features that recall some properties of strongly disordered systems related to Anderson localization. We report precise results on the reflection and transmission frequency dependence as well as on the temporal impulse response of the system. The experimental results recover nicely the features that have been predicted. In particular, this type of system has been conjectured to correspond to a critical regime of the localization transition. By comparing two systems of different lengths, we indeed observe a characteristic signature of the criticality, related to the asymptotic approximation of the quasicrystal by periodic subsystems of increasing periods. This case is intermediate between a regime of extended proper modes associated with a continuous spectrum and a regime of localized modes corresponding to a pure-point spectrum.

  18. DNA, dichotomic classes and frame synchronization: a quasi-crystal framework.

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    Giannerini, Simone; Gonzalez, Diego Luis; Rosa, Rodolfo

    2012-06-28

    In this article, we show how a new mathematical model of the genetic code can be exploited for investigating the almost periodic properties of DNA and mRNA protein-coding sequences. We present the main mathematical features of the model and highlight its connections with both number theory and group theory. The group theoretic framework presents interesting analogies with the theory of crystals. Moreover, we exploit the information provided by dichotomic classes, binary variables naturally derived from the mathematical model, in order to build statistical classifiers for retrieving and predicting the normal reading frame used by the ribosome in protein synthesis. The results show that coding sequences possess a local informational structure that can be related to frame synchronization processes. The information for retrieving the normal reading frame, which implies the existence of short-range correlations and almost periodic structures related to the organization of codons, offers an interesting analogy with the properties of quasi-crystals. From a theoretical point of view, our results might contribute to clarifying the relation between biological information and shape in nucleic acids and proteins. Also, from the point of view of applications, we present new promising tools for designing efficient algorithms for frame synchronization, which plays a crucial role in faithful synthesis of proteins.

  19. Soft-core particles freezing to form a quasicrystal and a crystal-liquid phase.

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    Archer, A J; Rucklidge, A M; Knobloch, E

    2015-07-01

    Systems of soft-core particles interacting via a two-scale potential are studied. The potential is responsible for peaks in the structure factor of the liquid state at two different but comparable length scales and a similar bimodal structure is evident in the dispersion relation. Dynamical density functional theory in two dimensions is used to identify two unusual states of this system: a crystal-liquid state, in which the majority of the particles are located on lattice sites but a minority remains free and so behaves like a liquid, and a 12-fold quasicrystalline state. Both are present even for deeply quenched liquids and are found in a regime in which the liquid is unstable with respect to modulations on the smaller scale only. As a result, the system initially evolves towards a small-scale crystal state; this state is not a minimum of the free energy, however, and so the system subsequently attempts to reorganize to generate the lower-energy larger-scale crystals. This dynamical process generates a disordered state with quasicrystalline domains and takes place even when this large scale is linearly stable, i.e., it is a nonlinear process. With controlled initial conditions, a perfect quasicrystal can form. The results are corroborated using Brownian dynamics simulations.

  20. Random square-triangle tilings: A model for twelvefold-symmetric quasicrystals

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    Oxborrow, M.; Henley, C.L. )

    1993-09-01

    Random tilings that comprise squares and equilateral triangles can model quasicrystals with twelvefold symmetry. A (phason) elastic theory for such tilings is constructed, whose order parameter is the phason field, and whose entropy density includes terms up to third order in the phason strain. Due to an unusual constraint, the phason field of any square-triangle tiling is irrotational and, as a result, the form of the entropy density is simpler than the general form that is required by twelvefold symmetry alone. Using an update move, which rearranges a closed, nonlocal, one-dimensional chain of squares and triangles, the unknown parameters of the elastic theory are estimated via Monte Carlo simulations: (i) One of the two second-order elastic constants and the third-order elastic constant are found by measuring phason fluctuations; athermal systems (maximally random ensembles) with the same background phason strain but different sizes of unit cell are simulated to distinguish the effects of a finite background phason strain from the effects of finite unit-cell size. (ii) The entropy per unit area at zero phason strain and the other second-order elastic constant are found from the entropies that thermal systems (canonical ensembles) gain between zero and infinite temperature, which are estimated using Ferrenberg and Swendsen's histogram method. A way to set up transfer-matrix calculations for random square-triangle tilings is also presented.

  1. Nanothermodynamics of iron clusters: Small clusters, icosahedral and fcc-cuboctahedral structures

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    Angelié, C.; Soudan, J.-M.

    2017-05-01

    The study of the thermodynamics and structures of iron clusters has been carried on, focusing on small clusters and initial icosahedral and fcc-cuboctahedral structures. Two combined tools are used. First, energy intervals are explored by the Monte Carlo algorithm, called σ-mapping, detailed in the work of Soudan et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 135, 144109 (2011), Paper I]. In its flat histogram version, it provides the classical density of states, gp(Ep), in terms of the potential energy of the system. Second, the iron system is described by a potential which is called "corrected EAM" (cEAM), explained in the work of Basire et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 141, 104304 (2014), Paper II]. Small clusters from 3 to 12 atoms in their ground state have been compared first with published Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations, giving a complete agreement of geometries. The series of 13, 55, 147, and 309 atom icosahedrons is shown to be the most stable form for the cEAM potential. However, the 147 atom cluster has a special behaviour, since decreasing the energy from the liquid zone leads to the irreversible trapping of the cluster in a reproducible amorphous state, 7.38 eV higher in energy than the icosahedron. This behaviour is not observed at the higher size of 309 atoms. The heat capacity of the 55, 147, and 309 atom clusters revealed a pronounced peak in the solid zone, related to a solid-solid transition, prior to the melting peak. The corresponding series of 13, 55, and 147 atom cuboctahedrons has been compared, underscoring the unstability towards the icosahedral structure. This unstability occurs clearly in several steps for the 147 atom cluster, with a sudden transformation at a transition state. This illustrates the concerted icosahedron-cuboctahedron transformation of Buckminster Fuller-Mackay, which is calculated for the cEAM potential. Two other clusters of initial fcc structures with 24 and 38 atoms have been studied, as well as a 302 atom cluster. Each one relaxes

  2. Stable Icosahedral Hollow Cage Clusters: Stannapherene (Sn12 2-) and Plumbaspherene (Pb12 2-)

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    Cui, Lifeng; Wang, Lai S.

    2008-01-01

    One of the major objectives of cluster science is to discover stable atomic clusters, which may be used as building blocks for cluster-assembled nanomaterials. The discovery and bulk synthesis of the fullerenes have sprouted new research disciplines in chemistry and nanoscience and precipitated intense interests to search for other similar stable clusters. However, despite major research efforts, no other analogous gas-phase clusters have been found and yielded to bulk syntheses. In this article, we review our recent discoveries in cluster beam experiments of stannaspherene (Sn12 2–) and plumbaspherene (Pb12 2–), which are highly stable and symmetric cage clusters. The names for these two clusters derive from their icosahedral (Ih) symmetry and delocalized spherical π-bonding that are characteristics of buckminsterfullerene C60. Stannaspherene and plumbaspherene have diameters comparable to that of C60 and can be considered as inorganic analogs of the buckyball. The large internal space in Sn12 2– has been shown to be able to trap any transition metal atom to form new endohedral cage clusters, M@Sn12 –, analogous to endohedral fullerenes. The doped atom in M@Sn12 – keeps its quasi-atomic nature with large magnetic moments. These endohedral cages form a rich class of new building blocks for cluster-assembled materials with tunable magnetic, electronic, and chemical properties. During our attempt to synthesize endohedral stannaspherenes, we crystallized a new Pd2@Sn18 4– cluster, which can be viewed as the fusion of two Pd@Sn12 2– clusters. This result suggests that stannaspherene, plumbaspherene, and a large number of their endohedrally doped species can be synthesized in the bulk.

  3. Pacmanvirus, a New Giant Icosahedral Virus at the Crossroads between Asfarviridae and Faustoviruses.

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    Andreani, Julien; Khalil, Jacques Yaacoub Bou; Sevvana, Madhumati; Benamar, Samia; Di Pinto, Fabrizio; Bitam, Idir; Colson, Philippe; Klose, Thomas; Rossmann, Michael G; Raoult, Didier; La Scola, Bernard

    2017-07-15

    African swine fever virus, a double-stranded DNA virus that infects pigs, is the only known member of the Asfarviridae family. Nevertheless, during our isolation and sequencing of the complete genome of faustovirus, followed by the description of kaumoebavirus, carried out over the past 2 years, we observed the emergence of previously unknown related viruses within this group of viruses. Here we describe the isolation of pacmanvirus, a fourth member in this group, which is capable of infecting Acanthamoeba castellanii Pacmanvirus A23 has a linear compact genome of 395,405 bp, with a 33.62% G+C content. The pacmanvirus genome harbors 465 genes, with a high coding density. An analysis of reciprocal best hits shows that 31 genes are conserved between African swine fever virus, pacmanvirus, faustovirus, and kaumoebavirus. Moreover, the major capsid protein locus of pacmanvirus appears to be different from those of kaumoebavirus and faustovirus. Overall, comparative and genomic analyses reveal the emergence of a new group or cluster of viruses encompassing African swine fever virus, faustovirus, pacmanvirus, and kaumoebavirus.IMPORTANCE Pacmanvirus is a newly discovered icosahedral double-stranded DNA virus that was isolated from an environmental sample by amoeba coculture. We describe herein its structure and replicative cycle, along with genomic analysis and genomic comparisons with previously known viruses. This virus represents the third virus, after faustovirus and kaumoebavirus, that is most closely related to classical representatives of the Asfarviridae family. These results highlight the emergence of previously unknown double-stranded DNA viruses which delineate and extend the diversity of a group around the asfarvirus members. Copyright © 2017 American Society for Microbiology.

  4. Normal mode calculations of icosahedral viruses with full dihedral flexibility by use of molecular symmetry.

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    van Vlijmen, Herman W T; Karplus, Martin

    2005-07-15

    The study of the dynamics and thermodynamics of small icosahedral virus capsids is an active field of research. Normal mode analysis is one of the computational tools that can provide important insights into the conformational changes of the virus associated with cell entry or caused by changing of the physicochemical environment. Normal mode analysis of virus capsids has been limited due to the size of these systems, which often exceed 50,000 residues. Here we present the first normal mode calculation with full dihedral flexibility of several virus capsids, including poliovirus, rhinovirus, and cowpea chlorotic mottle virus. The calculations were made possible by applying group theoretical methods, which greatly simplified the calculations without any approximation beyond the all-atom force field representations in general use for smaller protein systems. Since a full Cartesian basis set was too large to be handled by the available computer memory, we used a basis set that includes all internal dihedral angles of the system with the exception of the peptide bonds, which were assumed rigid. The fluctuations of the normal modes are shown to correlate well with crystallographic temperature factors. The motions of the first several normal modes of each symmetry type are described. A hinge bending motion in poliovirus was found that may be involved in the mechanism by which bound small molecules inhibit conformational changes of the capsid. Fully flexible normal mode calculations of virus capsids are expected to increase our understanding of virus dynamics and thermodynamics, and can be useful in the refinement of cryo-electron microscopy structures of viruses.

  5. Long range ordered magnetic and atomic structures of the quasicrystal approximant in the Tb-Au-Si system.

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    Gebresenbut, Girma; Andersson, Mikael Svante; Beran, Přemysl; Manuel, Pascal; Nordblad, Per; Sahlberg, Martin; Gomez, Cesar Pay

    2014-08-13

    The atomic and magnetic structure of the 1/1 Tb(14)Au(70)Si(16) quasicrystal approximant has been solved by combining x-ray and neutron diffraction data. The atomic structure is classified as a Tsai-type 1/1 approximant with certain structural deviations from the prototype structures; there are additional atomic positions in the so-called cubic interstices as well as in the cluster centers. The magnetic property and neutron diffraction measurements indicate the magnetic structure to be ferrimagnetic-like below 9 K in contrast to the related Gd(14)Au(70)Si(16) structure that is reported to be purely ferromagnetic.

  6. Long range ordered magnetic and atomic structures of the quasicrystal approximant in the Tb-Au-Si system

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    Gebresenbut, Girma; Svante Andersson, Mikael; Beran, Přemysl; Manuel, Pascal; Nordblad, Per; Sahlberg, Martin; Pay Gomez, Cesar

    2014-08-01

    The atomic and magnetic structure of the 1/1 Tb(14)Au(70)Si(16) quasicrystal approximant has been solved by combining x-ray and neutron diffraction data. The atomic structure is classified as a Tsai-type 1/1 approximant with certain structural deviations from the prototype structures; there are additional atomic positions in the so-called cubic interstices as well as in the cluster centers. The magnetic property and neutron diffraction measurements indicate the magnetic structure to be ferrimagnetic-like below 9 K in contrast to the related Gd(14)Au(70)Si(16) structure that is reported to be purely ferromagnetic.

  7. Observation of Systematic Variation in Yb Ion Valence as a Function of Interatomic Spacing in Icosahedral Approximant Crystals

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    Hayashi, Minami; Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Matsukawa, Shuya; Imura, Keiichiro; Sato, Noriaki K.

    2017-04-01

    We discovered two alloy systems, Pd-Ga-Yb and Pd-Ge-Yb, that belong to the Tsai-type 1/1 approximant to the Au-Al-Yb quasicrystal exhibiting the unusual quantum criticality and show a similar behavior to Kondo lattice systems with a magnetically ordered ground state. Combining the results of other Yb-based approximant crystals, we find that there is a systematic variation in the Yb ion valence vs the lattice constant. This proves that the Au-Al-Yb approximant is located at the border of the valence change, in favor of the idea that the valence fluctuation plays a crucial role in the quantum criticality of the Au-Al-Yb system.

  8. Transmission properties of a Fibonacci quasi-crystals containing single-negative materials and their usage as multi-channel filters

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    Charkhesht, Ali; Pashaei Adl, Hamid; Roshan Entezar, Samad

    2014-03-01

    One of the interesting phenomena appearing in Fibonacci quasi-crystals is wave localization, so that the field becomes spatially confined in some suitable regions, or delocalized in some other parts. Many theoretical works have been written on this interesting subject. The periodic Fibonacci structure properties lead to a transmission spectrum that exhibits some band gap, and it is possible to control these band gaps by the generation number of this structures. All these properties make Fibonacci quasi-crystals materials very attractive from an optical point of view. Accordingly, the transmission properties of Fibonacci quasi-crystals containing single-negative materials are investigated with the transfer matrix method. It is shown that the periodic structures created by repeating the Fibonacci quasi-crystal generations, have some omnidirectional band gaps at the single-negative frequency region. Moreover, it is shown these band gaps depends on the number of Fibonacci photonic crystal unit cell. In other words, when generation number of Fibonacci photonic crystal unit cell increases, some sub band gaps appears within this omnidirectional band gap. In this work by using Fibonacci quasi-periodic structures we demonstrate that by increasing Generation Number of Unit cell, some omnidirectional sub-gaps will appear which can be used as a multichannel filter.

  9. Isolation and Characterization of Metallosphaera turreted icosahedral virus (MTIV), a founding member of a new family of archaeal viruses.

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    Wagner, Cassia; Reddy, Vijay; Asturias, Francisco; Khoshouei, Maryam; Johnson, John E; Manrique, Pilar; Munson-McGee, Jacob; Baumeister, Wolfgang; Lawrence, C Martin; Young, Mark J

    2017-08-02

    Our understanding of archaeal virus diversity and structure is just beginning to emerge. Here we describe a new archaeal virus, tentatively named Metallosphaera turreted icosahedral virus (MTIV), that was isolated from an acidic hot spring in Yellowstone National Park, USA. Two strains of the virus were identified and found to replicate in an archaeal host species closely related to Metallosphaera yellowstonensis Each strain encodes for a 9.8-9.9 kb, linear dsDNA genome with large inverted terminal repeats. Each genome encodes for 21 ORFs. Between the strains the ORFs display high homology, but they are quite distinct from other known viral genes. The 70-nm diameter virion is built upon on a T=28 icosahedral lattice. Both single particle cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-tomography reconstructions reveal an unusual structure that has 42 turret-like projections: 12 from each of the 5-fold axes and 30 hexameric units positioned on icosahedral 2-fold axes. Both the virion structural properties and genome content support MTIV as the founding member of a new family of archaeal viruses.Importance: Many archaeal viruses are quite different than viruses infecting bacteria and eukaryotes. Initial characterization of MTIV reveals a virus distinct from other known bacterial, eukaryotic, and archaeal viruses; this finding suggests that viruses infecting Archaea are still an understudied group of viruses. As the first known virus infecting the Metallosphaera, MTIV provides a new system for exploring archaeal virology by examining host-virus interactions and the unique features of MTIV structure-function relationships. These studies will likely expand our understanding of virus ecology and evolution. Copyright © 2017 American Society for Microbiology.

  10. Disorder and complexity in the atomic structure of the perfect icosahedral alloy of Al-Pd-Mn

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    de Boissieu, M.; Stephens, P. ); Boudard, M.; Janot, C. ); Chapman, D.L. ); Audier, M. )

    1994-05-30

    The atomic structure of the perfect Al-Pd-Mn icosahedral phase has been studied on single grain samples. Using anomalous x-ray diffraction close to the Pd edge, the partial structure factor [ital F][sub Pd] has been extracted. In the six-dimensional description of its structure, we find that the atomic surface cannot be described by an object with a sharp boundary. A phason Debye-Waller term has been introduced to fully account for the data. It is interpreted as resulting from random phason disorder and nonsphericity of the atomic surfaces.

  11. Icositetrahedral and icosahedral atomic configurations observed in the Nb-Ag metallic glasses synthesized by ion beam mixing

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    Tai, K. P.; Gao, N.; Dai, X. D.; Li, J. H.; Lai, W. S.; Liu, B. X.

    2006-08-28

    Metallic glasses are obtained in an immiscible Nb-Ag system by ion beam mixing and an atomic configuration in the amorphous structure is discovered, i.e., an icositetrahedral ordering, which, together with an icosahedral ordering also observed in the Nb-Ag metallic glasses and in some previously reported systems, helps in formulating a structural spectrum of the amorphous solids. The experimental characterization and atomistic modeling with an ab initio derived Nb-Ag potential demonstrate the significance of structural heredity, i.e., the crystalline structures of the constituent metals play a decisive role in determining the atomic structure of the metallic glasses in the system.

  12. The impact of the stochastic physics parameterization to the predictability of precipitation from an icosahedral grid global model

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    Wang, Ning; Li, Haiqin; Grell, Georg

    2017-04-01

    The stochastic physics parameterizations can be useful to account for model uncertainties in the global NWP models to improve ensemble predictability. In this presentation, we introduce a study in which an icosahedral grid global model, developed at NOAA/ESRL, is used to evaluate the effectiveness of using stochastic physics parameterizations in medium-range forecast. The stochastic perturbation to the closures, vertical mass flux and momentum transport is performed and analyzed to assess the impact of stochastic perturbation of the physics parameterization to the predictability of precipitation. We will present the results from the analysis of deterministic and probabilistic predictability of precipitation from the numerical experiments of ensemble forecasting.

  13. Icosahedral short-range order in amorphous Cu80Si20 by ab initio molecular dynamics simulation study

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    Wu, S.; Kramer, Matthew J.; Fang, Xiaowei; Wang, Shy-Guey; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming; Ding, Z.J.; Chen, L.Y.

    2012-04-26

    Short-range order in liquid and amorphous structures of Cu80Si20 is studied by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We performed the simulations at 1140 and 300 K respectively to investigate the local structure change from liquid to amorphous. The result of structure factor in comparison with experimental data indicates that our simulation of amorphous Cu80Si20 is reliable. By using the bond-angle distribution function, Honeycutt–Andersen index, Voronoi tessellation method, and the atomistic cluster alignment method, the icosahedral short-range order in the system is revealed. Strong Cu–Si interaction was also observed.

  14. Bridged heterocyclium dicationic closo-icosahedral perfluoroborane, borane, and carborane salts via aqueous, open-air benchtop synthesis.

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    Shackelford, Scott A; Belletire, John L; Boatz, Jerry A; Schneider, Stefan; Wheaton, Amanda K; Wight, Brett A; Ammon, Herman L; Peryshkov, Dmitry V; Strauss, Steven H

    2010-06-18

    Thirteen bridged triazolium and imidazolium dicationic salts, which uniquely pair closo-icosahedral perfluoroborane [B(12)F(12)](2-), borane [B(12)H(12)](2-), or carborane [CB(11)H(12)](-) anionic species with unsaturated bridged heterocyclium dications, were synthesized using an aqueous benchtop method. This considerably extends the scope of a reported aqueous synthesis of binary [heterocyclium](2)[B(12)H(12)] and [heterocyclium][CB(11)H(12)] salts. Also, the one-step preparation of five new precursor bridged heterocyclium dicationic dihalide salts using conventional procedures and in one case a microwave-assisted method is described.

  15. Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Quasicrystal Approximants RCd6 (R: Rare Earth)

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    Mori, Akinobu; Ota, Hisashi; Yoshiuchi, Shingo; Iwakawa, Ken; Taga, Yuki; Hirose, Yusuke; Takeuchi, Tetsuya; Yamamoto, Etsuji; Haga, Yoshinori; Honda, Fuminori; Settai, Rikio; Ōnuki, Yoshichika

    2012-02-01

    We measured the electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, and specific heat of the quasicrystal approximants RCd6 (R: rare earth, Y--Lu) with a body-centered cubic (bcc) crystal structure. Single crystals were grown by the Cd-self flux method and annealing method. We confirmed that the structural order--disorder transition is realized at about 160 K when the lattice constant a is larger than 15.481 Å in YCd6, namely, for R = Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, and Yb. At lower temperatures, RCd6 compounds, except non-4f reference compounds YCd6 and LuCd6, and a divalent compound YbCd6, are found to order antiferromagnetically. We clarified that the structural order--disorder transition has a great influence on the magnetic ordering and transport properties. The Néel temperature of RCd6 (R: Nd, Sm, Tb, and Dy) with the structural order--disorder transition is appreciably higher than the de Gennes scaling normalized by the Néel temperature of GdCd6, while the the Néel temperature of RCd6 (R: Ho, Er, and Tm) without the structural transition approximately follows the de Gennes scaling. Moreover, the electrical resistivity of RCd6 with the structural transition decreases monotonically below the Néel temperature, while it increases below the Néel temperature and a large residual resistivity remains at low temperatures in RCd6 without the structural transition. The contribution of an Einstein oscillator to the phonon specific heat is also discussed in YCd6 and LuCd6.

  16. Probing of the pseudogap via thermoelectric properties in the Au-Al-Gd quasicrystal approximant

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    Ishikawa, Asuka; Takagiwa, Yoshiki; Kimura, Kaoru; Tamura, Ryuji

    2017-03-01

    The pseudogap of the recently discovered Au-Al-Gd quasicrystal approximant crystal (AC) is investigated over a wide electron-per-atom (e /a ) ratio of ˜0.5 using thermoelectric properties as an experimental probe. This Au-Al-Gd AC provides an ideal platform for fine probing of the pseudogap among a number of known ACs because the Au-Al-Gd AC possesses an extraordinarily wide single-phase region with respect to the variation in the electron concentration [A. Ishikawa, T. Hiroto, K. Tokiwa, T. Fujii, and R. Tamura, Phys. Rev. B 93, 024416 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.024416], in striking contrast to, for instance, binary stoichiometric C d6R ACs. As a result, a salient peak structure is observed in the Seebeck coefficient, S , with the composition as well as that of the power factor S2σ , in addition to a gradual variation in the conductivity, σ , and S . These two features are directly associated with rapid and slow variations, respectively, of spectral conductivity σ (E ) , and hence the fine structure inside the pseudogap, in the vicinity of the Fermi level EF. Based on the observed continuous variation of the Fermi wave vector reported in the previous experimental work, fine tuning of EF toward an optimal position was attempted, which led to the successful observation of a sharp peak in S2σ with a value of ˜270 μ W /m .K2 at 873 K. This is the highest value ever reported among both Tsai-type and Bergman-type compounds. The dimensionless figure of merit was determined as 0.026 at 873 K, which is also the highest reported among both Tsai-type and Bergman-type compounds.

  17. Effect of LiH on electrochemical hydrogen storage properties of Ti55V10Ni35 quasicrystal

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    Liu, Dongyan; Zhao, Zhen; Luo, Tianhao; Xing, Cheng; Fei, Liang; Lin, Jing; Hou, Jianhua; Jiang, Dayong; Liu, Wanqiang; Wang, Limin

    2016-02-01

    The electrochemical hydrogen storage properties and mechanisms of the Ti55V10Ni35 quasicrystal + xLiH(x = 3, 6 and 9 wt.%) system are investigated and discussed in this paper. A composite material in the Ti55V10Ni35 quasicrystal and system has been synthesized moderately by means of mechanical milling under an argon atmosphere, which can avoid reaction of releasing of hydrogen during the process of milling. The results indicate that the addition of LiH significantly improves the electrochemical characteristics of composite material. The maximum discharge capacity increases from 220.1 mAh/g to 292.3 mAh/g on Ti55V10Ni35 + 6 wt.% LiH, and the cycling stability is also enhanced too. In addition, the high rate dischargeability (HRD) is ameliorated remarkably, and the value of HRD value at 240 mA/g rises by 78.1%-87.8% for Ti55V10Ni35 + 6 wt.% LiH alloy electrodes. The improvement of characteristics of the electrochemical hydrogen storage characteristics may be attributed to LiH, which has excellent electrochemical activity.

  18. Microstructural and mechanical characterization of hybrid aluminum matrix composite containing boron carbide and Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals

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    Khan, Mahmood; Zulfaqar, Muhammad; Ali, Fahad; Subhani, Tayyab

    2017-07-01

    Hybrid aluminum matrix composites containing particles of boron carbide and quasicrystals were manufactured to explore the combined effect of reinforcements on microstructural evolution and mechanical performance of the composites. The particles were incorporated at a loading of 6 wt% each making a total of 12 wt% reinforcement in pure aluminum. For comparison, two composites containing individually reinforced 12 wt% particles were also prepared along with a reference specimen of pure aluminum. Ball milling technique was employed to mix the composite constituents. The green bodies of composite powders were prepared by uniaxial pressing at room temperature followed by consolidation by pressureless sintering under inert atmosphere. The microstructural characterization was performed using scanning electron microscopy while phase identification was carried out by X-ray diffraction. The mechanical characterization was performed by Vickers hardness and compression tests. Hybrid composites showed increased compressive properties while the composites containing solely quasicrystals demonstrated improved hardness. The increase in mechanical performance was related to the microstructural evolution due to the presence and uniform dispersion of binary particles.

  19. Antiferromagnetic order and the structural order-disorder transition in the Cd6Ho quasicrystal approximant

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    Kreyssig, Andreas; Beutier, Guillaume; Hiroto, Takanobu; Kim, Min Gyu; Tucker, Gregory S.; de Boissieu, Marc; Tamura, Ryuji; Goldman, Alan I.

    2014-09-22

    It has generally been accepted that the orientational ordering of the Cd4 tetrahedron within the Cd6 R quasicrystal approximants is kinetically inhibited for R = Ho, Er, Tm and Lu by steric constraints. Our high-resolution X-ray scattering measurements of the Cd6Ho quasicrystal approximant, however, reveal an abrupt (first-order) transition to a monoclinic structure below T S = 178 K for samples that have ‘aged’ at room temperature for approximately one year, reopening this question. Using X-ray resonant magnetic scattering at the Ho L 3-edge we have elucidated the nature of the antiferromagnetic ordering below T N = 8.5 K in Cd6Ho. The magnetic Bragg peaks are found at the charge forbidden H + K + L = 2n + 1 positions, referenced to the high-temperature body-centred cubic structure. In general terms, this corresponds to antiferromagnetic arrangements of the Ho moments on adjacent clusters in the unit cell as previously found for Cd6Tb.

  20. Deuterium dynamics in the icosahedral and amorphous phases of the Ti40Zr40Ni20 hydrogen-absorbing alloy studied by 2H NMR

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    Gradišek, A.; Kocjan, A.; McGuiness, P. J.; Apih, T.; Kim, Hae Jin; Dolinšek, J.

    2008-11-01

    The Ti40Zr40Ni20 hydrogen-absorbing alloy was prepared in the icosahedral and amorphous phases by controlling the rotation speed of the melt-spinning method of sample preparation, and the deuterium dynamics was investigated by 2H NMR dynamic lineshape and spin-lattice relaxation. The results were analysed by the lineshape and relaxation models that assume deuterium thermally activated hopping within a manifold of different chemical environments. The observed 8% larger activation energy for the deuterium hopping over the interstitial sites and the 10% larger static spectrum width of the amorphous phase, as compared to the icosahedral phase, can be accounted for by the larger deuterium content of the investigated amorphous sample. From the deuterium dynamics point of view, the icosahedral phase is not special with respect to the amorphous modification of the same material.

  1. Critical scaling of icosahedral medium-range order in CuZr metallic glass-forming liquids

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    Wu, Z. W.; Li, F. X.; Huo, C. W.; Li, M. Z.; Wang, W. H.; Liu, K. X.

    2016-10-01

    The temperature evolution of icosahedral medium-range order formed by interpenetrating icosahedra in CuZr metallic glassforming liquids was investigated via molecular dynamics simulations. Scaling analysis based on percolation theory was employed, and it is found that the size distribution of clusters formed by the central atoms of icosahedra at various temperatures follows a very good scaling law with the cluster number density scaled by S‑τ and the cluster size S scaled by |1 ‑ Tc/T|‑1/σ, respectively. Here Tc is scaling crossover-temperature. τ and σ are scaling exponents. The critical scaling behaviour suggests that there would be a structural phase transition manifested by percolation of locally favoured structures underlying the glass transition, if the liquid could be cooled slowly enough but without crystallization intervening. Furthermore, it is revealed that when icosahedral short-range order (ISRO) extends to medium-range length scale by connection, the atomic configurations of ISROs will be optimized from distorted ones towards more regular ones gradually, which significantly lowers the energies of ISROs and introduces geometric frustration simultaneously. Both factors make key impacts on the drastic dynamic slow-down of supercooled liquids. Our findings provide direct structure-property relationship for understanding the nature of glass transition.

  2. Adding the Third Dimension to Virus Life Cycles: Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of Icosahedral Viruses from Cryo-Electron Micrographs

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    Baker, T. S.; Olson, N. H.; Fuller, S. D.

    1999-01-01

    Viruses are cellular parasites. The linkage between viral and host functions makes the study of a viral life cycle an important key to cellular functions. A deeper understanding of many aspects of viral life cycles has emerged from coordinated molecular and structural studies carried out with a wide range of viral pathogens. Structural studies of viruses by means of cryo-electron microscopy and three-dimensional image reconstruction methods have grown explosively in the last decade. Here we review the use of cryo-electron microscopy for the determination of the structures of a number of icosahedral viruses. These studies span more than 20 virus families. Representative examples illustrate the use of moderate- to low-resolution (7- to 35-Å) structural analyses to illuminate functional aspects of viral life cycles including host recognition, viral attachment, entry, genome release, viral transcription, translation, proassembly, maturation, release, and transmission, as well as mechanisms of host defense. The success of cryo-electron microscopy in combination with three-dimensional image reconstruction for icosahedral viruses provides a firm foundation for future explorations of more-complex viral pathogens, including the vast number that are nonspherical or nonsymmetrical. PMID:10585969

  3. Critical scaling of icosahedral medium-range order in CuZr metallic glass-forming liquids

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    Wu, Z. W.; Li, F. X.; Huo, C. W.; Li, M. Z.; Wang, W. H.; Liu, K. X.

    2016-01-01

    The temperature evolution of icosahedral medium-range order formed by interpenetrating icosahedra in CuZr metallic glassforming liquids was investigated via molecular dynamics simulations. Scaling analysis based on percolation theory was employed, and it is found that the size distribution of clusters formed by the central atoms of icosahedra at various temperatures follows a very good scaling law with the cluster number density scaled by S−τ and the cluster size S scaled by |1 − Tc/T|−1/σ, respectively. Here Tc is scaling crossover-temperature. τ and σ are scaling exponents. The critical scaling behaviour suggests that there would be a structural phase transition manifested by percolation of locally favoured structures underlying the glass transition, if the liquid could be cooled slowly enough but without crystallization intervening. Furthermore, it is revealed that when icosahedral short-range order (ISRO) extends to medium-range length scale by connection, the atomic configurations of ISROs will be optimized from distorted ones towards more regular ones gradually, which significantly lowers the energies of ISROs and introduces geometric frustration simultaneously. Both factors make key impacts on the drastic dynamic slow-down of supercooled liquids. Our findings provide direct structure-property relationship for understanding the nature of glass transition. PMID:27779239

  4. Tailoring Magnetic Behavior in the Tb-Au-Si Quasicrystal Approximant System.

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    Gebresenbut, Girma H; Andersson, Mikael S; Nordblad, Per; Sahlberg, Martin; Pay Gómez, Cesar

    2016-03-07

    A novel synthesis method, "arc-melting-self-flux", has been developed and a series of five Tsai-type 1/1 approximant crystals in the Tb-Au-Si system have been synthesized. The synthesis method, by employing a temperature program which oscillates near the melting and nucleation points of the approximants, has provided high-quality and large single crystals in comparison to those obtained from the standard arc-melting-annealing and self-flux methods. The atomic structures of the approximants have been determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data and described using concentric atomic clusters with icosahedral symmetry. The compounds are nearly isostructural with subtle variations; two types of atomic clusters which mainly vary at their cluster centers are observed. One type contains a Tb site at the center, and the other contains a disordered tetrahedron decorated with Au/Si mixed sites. Both cluster types can be found coexisting in the approximants. The compounds have different average weighted ratios of central Tb to disordered tetrahedron in the bulk material. Furthermore, a strategy for chemically tuning magnetic behavior is presented. Magnetic property measurements on the approximants revealed that the magnetic transition temperature (Tc) decreases as the occupancy of the central Tb site increases. Tc decreased from 11.5 K for 0% occupancy of the central Tb to 8 K for 100% occupancy. Enhanced magneto crystalline anisotropy is observed for the approximants with higher central Tb occupancy in comparison to their low central Tb occupancy counterparts. Hence, the previously reported "ferrimagnetic-like" magnetic structure model remains valid.

  5. Planar scanning method for detecting refraction characteristics of two-dimensional photonic quasi-crystal wedge-shaped prisms.

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    Liu, Jianjun; Tan, Wei; Liu, Exian; Hu, Haili; Fan, Zhigang; Zhang, Tianhua; Zhang, Xiong

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a planar scanning method is proposed. This novel method adapts two monitors moving along double planar tracks that can be used to detect refraction characteristics of two-dimensional (2D) photonic quasi-crystal (PQC) wedge-shaped prisms. Refraction of a decagonal Penrose-type PQC prism is analyzed for a given incident beam and two polarization modes at different incident positions in the prism using this method. Refraction from the prism is irregular, indicating that nonuniformity in the arrangement of scatterers in the prism causes Bragg-like scattering irregularities. Numerical results show that this method can be used for guiding the design of a 2D PQC prism and for the analysis of its refraction characteristics.

  6. Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal/ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene composites as biomaterials for acetabular cup prosthetics.

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    Anderson, Brian C; Bloom, Paul D; Baikerikar, K G; Sheares, Valerie V; Mallapragada, Surya K

    2002-04-01

    Polymer composites of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) were investigated for use in acetabular cup prosthetics. The wear properties of the Al-Cu-Fe/UHMWPE samples and a 440 steel ball counterface were measured. The mechanical strength of the Al-Cu-Fe/UHMWPE composites was compared to UHMWPE and alumina/UHMWPE. The biocompatibility of the composite material was tested using a direct contact cytotoxicity assay. Al-Cu-Fe/UHMWPE demonstrated lower volume loss after wear and higher mechanical strength than UHMWPE. This composite material also showed no increase in counterface wear or cytotoxicity relative to UHMWPE. These combined results demonstrate that Al-Cu-Fe/UHMWPE composites are promising candidate materials for acetabular cup prosthetics.

  7. An icosahedral virus as a fluorescent calibration standard: a method for counting protein molecules in cells by fluorescence microscopy.

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    Murray, John M

    2017-03-22

    The ability to replace genes coding for cellular proteins with DNA that codes for fluorescent protein-tagged versions opens the way to counting the number of molecules of each protein component of macromolecular assemblies in vivo by measuring fluorescence microscopically. Converting fluorescence to absolute numbers of molecules requires a fluorescent standard whose molecular composition is known precisely. In this report, the construction, properties and mode of using a set of fluorescence calibration standards are described. The standards are based on an icosahedral virus engineered to contain exactly 240 copies of one of seven different fluorescent proteins. Two applications of the fluorescent standards to counting molecules in the human parasite Toxoplasma gondii are described. Methods for improving the preciseness of the measurements and minimizing potential inaccuracies are emphasized.

  8. VIVA (from virus variance), a library to reconstruct icosahedral viruses based on the variance of structural models.

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    Cantele, Francesca; Lanzavecchia, Salvatore; Bellon, Pier Luigi

    2004-11-01

    VIVA is a software library that obtains low-resolution models of icosahedral viruses from projections observed at the electron microscope. VIVA works in a fully automatic way without any initial model. This feature eliminates the possibility of bias that could originate from the alignment of the projections to an external preliminary model. VIVA determines the viewing direction of the virus images by computation of sets of single particle reconstruction (SPR) followed by a variance analysis and classification of the 3D models. All structures are reduced in size to speed up computation. This limits the resolution of a VIVA reconstruction. The models obtained can be subsequently refined at best with use of standard libraries. Up today, VIVA has successfully solved the structure of all viruses tested, some of which being considered refractory particles. The VIVA library is written in 'C' language and is devised to run on widespread Linux computers.

  9. Tropical cyclones over the North Indian Ocean: experiments with the high-resolution global icosahedral grid point model GME

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    Kumkar, Yogesh V.; Sen, P. N.; Chaudhari, Hemankumar S.; Oh, Jai-Ho

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, an attempt has been made to conduct a numerical experiment with the high-resolution global model GME to predict the tropical storms in the North Indian Ocean during the year 2007. Numerical integrations using the icosahedral hexagonal grid point global model GME were performed to study the evolution of tropical cyclones, viz., Akash, Gonu, Yemyin and Sidr over North Indian Ocean during 2007. It has been seen that the GME model forecast underestimates cyclone's intensity, but the model can capture the evolution of cyclone's intensity especially its weakening during landfall, which is primarily due to the cutoff of the water vapor supply in the boundary layer as cyclones approach the coastal region. A series of numerical simulation of tropical cyclones have been performed with GME to examine model capability in prediction of intensity and track of the cyclones. The model performance is evaluated by calculating the root mean square errors as cyclone track errors.

  10. Sulfolobus turreted icosahedral virus c92 protein responsible for the formation of pyramid-like cellular lysis structures.

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    Snyder, Jamie C; Brumfield, Susan K; Peng, Nan; She, Qunxin; Young, Mark J

    2011-07-01

    Host cells infected by Sulfolobus turreted icosahedral virus (STIV) have been shown to produce unusual pyramid-like structures on the cell surface. These structures represent a virus-induced lysis mechanism that is present in Archaea and appears to be distinct from the holin/endolysin system described for DNA bacteriophages. This study investigated the STIV gene products required for pyramid formation in its host Sulfolobus solfataricus. Overexpression of STIV open reading frame (ORF) c92 in S. solfataricus alone is sufficient to produce the pyramid-like lysis structures in cells. Gene disruption of c92 within STIV demonstrates that c92 is an essential protein for virus replication. Immunolocalization of c92 shows that the protein is localized to the cellular membranes forming the pyramid-like structures.

  11. Observation of a dodecagonal oxide quasicrystal and its complex approximant in the SrTiO3-Pt(1 1 1) system

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    Schenk, Sebastian; Förster, Stefan; Meinel, Klaus; Hammer, René; Leibundgut, Bettina; Paleschke, Maximilian; Pantzer, Jonas; Dresler, Christoph; Schumann, Florian O.; Widdra, Wolf

    2017-04-01

    We report on the formation of a SrTiO3-derived dodecagonal oxide quasicrystal (OQC) at the interface to Pt(1 1 1). This is the second observation of a two-dimensional quasicrystal in the class of oxides. The SrTiO3-derived OQC exhibits strong similarities to the BaTiO3-derived OQC with respect to the local tiling geometry. However, the characteristic length scale of the SrTiO3-derived OQC is 1.8% smaller. Coexisting with the OQC a large scale approximant structure with a monoclinic unit cell is identified. It demonstrates the extraordinary level of complexity that oxide approximant structures can reach.

  12. Design of an As2Se3-based photonic quasi-crystal fiber with highly nonlinear and dual zero-dispersion wavelengths

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    Zhao, Tongtong; Lou, Shuqin; Su, Wei; Wang, Xin

    2016-01-01

    We propose an As2Se3-based highly nonlinear photonic quasi-crystal fiber with dual zero-dispersion wavelengths (ZDWs). Using a full-vector finite element method, the proposed fiber is optimized to obtain high nonlinear coefficient, low confinement loss and two zero-dispersion points by optimizing the structure parameters. Numerical results demonstrate that the proposed photonic quasi-crystal fiber (PQF) has dual ZDWs and the nonlinear coefficient up to 2600 W-1 km-1 within the wavelength range from 2 to 5.5 μm. Due to the introduction of the large air holes in the third ring of the proposed fiber, the ability of confining the fundamental mode field can be improved effectively and thus the low confinement loss can be obtained. The proposed PQF with high nonlinearity and dual ZDWs will have a number of potential applications in four-wave mixing, super-continuum generation, and higher-order dispersion effects.

  13. Au13(8e): A secondary block for describing a special group of liganded gold clusters containing icosahedral Au13 motifs

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    Xu, Wen Wu; Zeng, Xiao Cheng; Gao, Yi

    2017-05-01

    A grand unified model (GUM) has been proposed recently to understand structure anatomy and evolution of liganded gold clusters. In this work, besides the two types of elementary blocks (triangular Au3(2e) and tetrahedral Au4(2e)), we introduce a secondary block, namely, the icosahedral Au13 with 8e valence electrons, noted as Au13(8e). Using this secondary block, structural anatomy and evolution of a special group of liganded gold nanoclusters containing icosahedral Au13 motifs can be conveniently analyzed. In addition, a new ligand-protected cluster Au49(PR3)10(SR)15Cl2 is predicted to exhibit high chemical and thermal stability, suggesting likelihood of its synthesis in the laboratory.

  14. Doping the cage. Re@Au11Pt and Ta@Au11Hg, as novel 18-ve trimetallic superatoms displaying a doped icosahedral golden cage.

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    Muñoz-Castro, Alvaro

    2017-01-18

    Expanding the versatility of well defined clusters is a major concern in the design of building blocks towards functional nanostructures. W@Au12 is a prototypical binary bare superatomic cluster involving an icosahedral symmetry, which has been discussed in the literature, precluding the proposal of several endohedral d-block and f-block element structures within a golden cage. Here we pursue the construction of related trimetallic clusters, which has been explored to a lesser extent. Our results expose the great advantages of involving heterocages in the superatom approach, unraveling Re@Au11Pt and Ta@Au11Hg as novel trimetallic candidates. Re@Au11Pt exhibits an electron-deficient element in the cage, and an endohedral atom with an extra electron. In contrast, Ta@Au11Hg is conceived as having an icosahedral cage with an extra electron, and an electron-deficient endohedral element. These new clusters follow the eighteen valence electron principle, with similar characteristics to their W@Au12 parent. This leads to stable clusters with an electronic structure formally described by the 1s(2)1p(6)1d(10) closing shell order, showing an interesting approach to design ternary superatoms, where the variation of valence electrons occurs in both cage and endohedral sites. Moreover, the cage doping appears as a useful approach to further evaluate the formation of magnetic superatoms, and also the construction of larger clusters by fusing different icosahedral structures.

  15. Structural evolutions and hereditary characteristics of icosahedral nano-clusters formed in Mg70Zn30 alloys during rapid solidification processes

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    Liang, Yong-Chao; Liu, Rang-Su; Xie, Quan; Tian, Ze-An; Mo, Yun-Fei; Zhang, Hai-Tao; Liu, Hai-Rong; Hou, Zhao-Yang; Zhou, Li-Li; Peng, Ping

    2017-01-01

    To investigate the structural evolution and hereditary mechanism of icosahedral nano-clusters formed during rapid solidification, a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation study has been performed for a system consisting of 107 atoms of liquid Mg70Zn30 alloy. Adopting Honeycutt-Anderson (HA) bond-type index method and cluster type index method (CTIM-3) to analyse the microstructures in the system it is found that for all the nano-clusters including 2~8 icosahedral clusters in the system, there are 62 kinds of geometrical structures, and those can be classified, by the configurations of the central atoms of basic clusters they contained, into four types: chain-like, triangle-tailed, quadrilateral-tailed and pyramidal-tailed. The evolution of icosahedral nano-clusters can be conducted by perfect heredity and replacement heredity, and the perfect heredity emerges when temperature is slightly less than Tm then increase rapidly and far exceeds the replacement heredity at Tg; while for the replacement heredity, there are three major modes: replaced by triangle (3-atoms), quadrangle (4-atoms) and pentagonal pyramid (6-atoms), rather than by single atom step by step during rapid solidification processes. PMID:28230068

  16. Structural evolutions and hereditary characteristics of icosahedral nano-clusters formed in Mg70Zn30 alloys during rapid solidification processes

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    Liang, Yong-Chao; Liu, Rang-Su; Xie, Quan; Tian, Ze-An; Mo, Yun-Fei; Zhang, Hai-Tao; Liu, Hai-Rong; Hou, Zhao-Yang; Zhou, Li-Li; Peng, Ping

    2017-02-01

    To investigate the structural evolution and hereditary mechanism of icosahedral nano-clusters formed during rapid solidification, a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation study has been performed for a system consisting of 107 atoms of liquid Mg70Zn30 alloy. Adopting Honeycutt-Anderson (HA) bond-type index method and cluster type index method (CTIM-3) to analyse the microstructures in the system it is found that for all the nano-clusters including 2~8 icosahedral clusters in the system, there are 62 kinds of geometrical structures, and those can be classified, by the configurations of the central atoms of basic clusters they contained, into four types: chain-like, triangle-tailed, quadrilateral-tailed and pyramidal-tailed. The evolution of icosahedral nano-clusters can be conducted by perfect heredity and replacement heredity, and the perfect heredity emerges when temperature is slightly less than Tm then increase rapidly and far exceeds the replacement heredity at Tg; while for the replacement heredity, there are three major modes: replaced by triangle (3-atoms), quadrangle (4-atoms) and pentagonal pyramid (6-atoms), rather than by single atom step by step during rapid solidification processes.

  17. Structural evolutions and hereditary characteristics of icosahedral nano-clusters formed in Mg70Zn30 alloys during rapid solidification processes.

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    Liang, Yong-Chao; Liu, Rang-Su; Xie, Quan; Tian, Ze-An; Mo, Yun-Fei; Zhang, Hai-Tao; Liu, Hai-Rong; Hou, Zhao-Yang; Zhou, Li-Li; Peng, Ping

    2017-02-23

    To investigate the structural evolution and hereditary mechanism of icosahedral nano-clusters formed during rapid solidification, a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation study has been performed for a system consisting of 10(7) atoms of liquid Mg70Zn30 alloy. Adopting Honeycutt-Anderson (HA) bond-type index method and cluster type index method (CTIM-3) to analyse the microstructures in the system it is found that for all the nano-clusters including 2~8 icosahedral clusters in the system, there are 62 kinds of geometrical structures, and those can be classified, by the configurations of the central atoms of basic clusters they contained, into four types: chain-like, triangle-tailed, quadrilateral-tailed and pyramidal-tailed. The evolution of icosahedral nano-clusters can be conducted by perfect heredity and replacement heredity, and the perfect heredity emerges when temperature is slightly less than Tm then increase rapidly and far exceeds the replacement heredity at Tg; while for the replacement heredity, there are three major modes: replaced by triangle (3-atoms), quadrangle (4-atoms) and pentagonal pyramid (6-atoms), rather than by single atom step by step during rapid solidification processes.

  18. Dissolution Kinetics of Oxidative Etching of Cubic and Icosahedral Platinum Nanoparticles Revealed by in Situ Liquid Transmission Electron Microscopy.

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    Wu, Jianbo; Gao, Wenpei; Yang, Hong; Zuo, Jian-Min

    2017-02-28

    Dissolution due to atom-level etching is a major factor for the degradation of Pt-based electrocatalysts used in low-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. Selective surface etching is also used to precisely control shapes of nanoparticles. Dissolution kinetics of faceted metal nanoparticles in solution however is poorly understood despite considerable progress in understanding etching of two-dimensional surfaces. We report here the application of in situ liquid transmission electron microscopy for quantitative analysis of oxidative etching of cubic and icosahedral Pt nanoparticles. The experiment was carried out using a liquid flow cell containing aqueous HAuCl4 solution. The data show that oxidative etching of these faceted nanocrystals depends on the location of atoms on the surface, which evolves with time. A quantitative kinetic model was developed to account for the mass lost in electrolyte solutions over time, showing the dissolutions followed the power law relationship for Pt nanocrystals of different shapes. Dissolution coefficients of different surface sites were obtained based on the models developed in this study.

  19. A molecular dynamics study on the structural and electronic properties of two-dimensional icosahedral B12 cluster based structures

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    Kah, Cherno Baba; Yu, M.; Jayanthi, C. S.; Wu, S. Y.

    2014-03-01

    Our previous study on one-dimensional icosahedral B12 cluster (α-B12) based chain [Bulletin of APS Annual Meeting, p265 (2013)] and ring structures has prompted us to study the two-dimensional (2D) α-B12 based structures. Recently, we have carried out a systematic molecular dynamics study on the structural stabilities and electronic properties of the 2D α-B12 based structures using the SCED-LCAO method [PRB 74, 15540 (2006)]. We have considered several types of symmetry for these 2D structures such as δ3, δ4, δ6 (flat triangular), and α' types. We have found that the optimized structures are energetically in the order of δ6 < α' < δ3 < δ4 which is different from the energy order of α'< δ6 < δ4 < δ3 found in the 2D boron monolayer sheets [ACS Nano 6, 7443 (2012)]. A detailed discussion of this study will be presented. The first author acknowledges the McSweeny Fellowship for supporting his research in this work.

  20. Implementation of a conservative two-step shape-preserving advection scheme on a spherical icosahedral hexagonal geodesic grid

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    Zhang, Yi; Yu, Rucong; Li, Jian

    2017-03-01

    An Eulerian flux-form advection scheme, called the Two-step Shape-Preserving Advection Scheme (TSPAS), was generalized and implemented on a spherical icosahedral hexagonal grid (also referred to as a geodesic grid) to solve the transport equation. The C grid discretization was used for the spatial discretization. To implement TSPAS on an unstructured grid, the original finite-difference scheme was further generalized. The two-step integration utilizes a combination of two separate schemes (a low-order monotone scheme and a high-order scheme that typically cannot ensure monotonicity) to calculate the fluxes at the cell walls (one scheme corresponds to one cell wall). The choice between these two schemes for each edge depends on a pre-updated scalar value using slightly increased fluxes. After the determination of an appropriate scheme, the final integration at a target cell is achieved by summing the fluxes that are computed by the different schemes. The conservative and shape-preserving properties of the generalized scheme are demonstrated. Numerical experiments are conducted at several horizontal resolutions. TSPAS is compared with the Flux Corrected Transport (FCT) approach to demonstrate the differences between the two methods, and several transport tests are performed to examine the accuracy, efficiency and robustness of the two schemes.

  1. Significantly Enhanced Hydrogen Evolution Activity of Freestanding Pd-Ru Distorted Icosahedral Clusters with less than 600 Atoms.

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    Dai, Zhihui; Liu, Suli; Zhang, Qinghua; Bao, Jianchun; Li, Yafei; Gu, Lin

    2017-07-24

    Freestanding metal nanoclusters can tune, precisely and effectively, the Gibbs free energy (ΔGH) of atomic hydrogen on the surface of materials. This enables the enhancement of hydrogen evolution activity. In this paper, we report a study of freestanding Pd-Ru distorted icosahedral clusters (ico-clusters) with less than 600 atoms using a simple one-pot synthesis method. This Pd-Ru ico-cluster can be used as an efficient electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in acidic water, which is a promising alternative to Pt. The experimental and theoretical results suggest that the fcc freestanding Pd-Ru distorted ico-clusters with less than 600 atoms ensure increased active edges and distorted defect sites that reduce the coordination number for the atoms on the catalyst surface. Furthermore, Ru is a more effective hydrogen dissociation source, while Pd has a better hydrogen storage function. Pd-Ru can tune the ΔGH of atomic hydrogen adsorbed on a catalyst and reach an optimal equilibrium state that improves the HER performance. Our studies represent a robust approach towards the development of freestanding Pd-Ru distorted ico-clusters and advanced catalysts with non-Pt content for HER and many other heterogeneous reactions. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Optical reflectance and omnidirectional bandgaps in Fibonacci quasicrystals type 1-D multilayer structures containing exponentially graded material

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    Singh, Bipin K.; Thapa, Khem B.; Pandey, Praveen C.

    2013-06-01

    A theoretical study of optical reflectance and reflection bands of 1-D photonic quasi-crystals (Fibonacci type arrangement) composed of exponentially graded material is presented. The proposed structures consist of two different layers, one of them is of constant refractive index (L) and the other one is of exponentially graded refractive index (S) dielectric materials. Four different generations (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th) of the Fibonacci sequence for 10 periods in one dimension (1-D) are considered and compared in view of their optical reflectance and bandgaps for both TE and TM polarisations. Also, we proposed some heterostructures made by the combination of different Fibonacci generations and their periods to obtain suitable omnidirectional reflection band. We used the transfer matrix method (TMM) to obtain the reflectance, bandgaps and omnidirectional reflectional bandgaps (ODR) of such structures in near infrared spectrum (800-2200 nm) at different angles of incidence. We show that ODR exists in these types of structures. The number of ODRs and total bandgap depend on the Fibonacci generations. Extraordinary ODR bandgaps are obtained in the case of heterostructures formed by the combination of different generations of the Fibonacci sequence. The ODR for these structures is similar to the ODR of photonic crystals containing left-handed materials. This work would be useful to study the Fibonacci type photonic crystals having graded index materials and also it will open new window to design several photonic crystal devices like sensors, reflectors, etc. in the infrared region.

  3. A study of optical reflectance and localization modes of 1-D Fibonacci photonic quasicrystals using different graded dielectric materials

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    Singh, Bipin K.; Pandey, Praveen C.

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, we present an analytical study on the reflection properties of light through one-dimensional (1-D) quasi-periodic multilayer structures. The considered structures are as follows: F7, F8, F9, (F2)10, (F3)10 and some combinations such as: [(F2)10 (F7) (F2)10], [(F2)10 (F8) (F2)10], [(F3)10 (F7) (F3)10], [(F3)10 (F8) (F3)10], [(F2)10(F3)10], [(F2)10 (F7) (F3)10] and [(F2)10 (F8) (F3)10], where (Fj)n represents n period of the Fibonacci sequence of jth generation. These multilayer structures are considered of two types of layers. One type of layer is considered of graded material like normal, linear or exponential graded material, and the second type of layer is considered of constant refractive index material. Transfer matrix method is utilized to calculate the reflection spectra and localization modes of such structures in the frequency range 150-450 THz. This work would provide the basis of understanding of the effect of graded materials on the reflection and localization modes in Fibonacci photonic quasicrystal structures and obtained spectra can be used in the recognition of grading of materials. The considered heterostructures provide the broad reflection band and some localization modes in the calculated region.

  4. Crystal electric field excitations in the quasicrystal approximant TbCd6 studied by inelastic neutron scattering

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    Das, Pinaki; Lory, P. -F.; Flint, R.; ...

    2017-02-07

    Here, we have performed inelastic neutron scattering measurements on powder samples of the quasicrystal approximant, TbCd6, grown using isotopically enriched 112Cd. Both quasielastic scattering and distinct inelastic excitations were observed below 3 meV. The intensity of the quasielastic scattering measured in the paramag- netic phase diverges as TN ~ 22 K is approached from above. The inelastic excitations, and their evolution with temperature, are well characterized by the leading term, Bmore » $$0\\atop{2}$$O$$0\\atop{2}$$, of the crystalline electric field (CEF) level scheme for local pentagonal symmetry for the rare-earth ions [1] indicating that the Tb moment is directed primarily along the unique local pseudo-five-fold axis of the Tsai-type clusters. We also find good agreement between the inverse susceptibility determined from magnetization measurements using a magnetically diluted Tb0.05Y0.95Cd6 sample and that calculated using the CEF level scheme determined from the neutron measurements.« less

  5. Crystal electric field excitations in the quasicrystal approximant TbCd6 studied by inelastic neutron scattering

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    Das, Pinaki; Lory, P.-F.; Flint, R.; Kong, T.; Hiroto, T.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; de Boissieu, M.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.

    2017-02-01

    We have performed inelastic neutron scattering measurements on powder samples of the quasicrystal approximant, TbCd6, grown using isotopically enriched 112Cd. Both quasielastic scattering and distinct inelastic excitations were observed below 3 meV. The intensity of the quasielastic scattering measured in the paramagnetic phase diverges as TN˜22 K is approached from above. The inelastic excitations, and their evolution with temperature, are well characterized by the leading term, B20O20 , of the crystal electric field (CEF) level scheme for local pentagonal symmetry for the rare-earth ions [S. Jazbec et al., Phys. Rev. B 93, 054208 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.054208] indicating that the Tb moment is directed primarily along the unique local pseudofivefold axis of the Tsai-type clusters. We also find good agreement between the inverse susceptibility determined from magnetization measurements using a magnetically diluted Tb0.05Y0.95Cd6 sample and that calculated using the CEF level scheme determined from the neutron measurements.

  6. Giant Surfactants based on Precisely Functionalized POSS Nano-atoms: Tuning from Crystals to Frank-Kasper Phases and Quasicrystals

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    Cheng, Stephen Z. D.

    In creating new functional materials for advanced technologies, precisely control over functionality and their hierarchical ordered structures are vital for obtaining the desired properties. Giant polyhedra are a class of materials which are designed and constructed via deliberately placing precisely functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) and fullerene (C60) molecular nano-particles (MNPs) (so-called ``nano-atoms'') at the vertices of a polyhedron. Giant surfactants are consisted of polymer tail-tethered ``nano-atoms'' which are deliberately and precisely functionalized POSS or C60 molecular nano-particles (MNPs). The ``nano-atom'' heads and polymer tails thus have drastic chemical differences to impart amphiphilicity. These giant surfactants capture the essential structural features of their small-molecule counterparts in many ways but possess much larger sizes, and therefore, they are recognized as size-amplified versions of small molecule surfactants. Two of the most illustrating examples are a series of novel giant tetrahedra and a series of giant giant surfactants as building blocks to construct into hierarchical ordered super-lattice structures ranging from crystals, Frank-Kasper phases and quasicrystals in the condensed bulk states, reveals evidently the interconnections between soft matters and hard matters in sharing their common structures and fundamental knowledge. This work was supported by National Science Foundation (DMR-1409972).

  7. Atomic structure solution of the complex quasicrystal approximant Al77Rh15Ru8 from electron diffraction data.

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    Samuha, Shmuel; Mugnaioli, Enrico; Grushko, Benjamin; Kolb, Ute; Meshi, Louisa

    2014-12-01

    The crystal structure of the novel Al77Rh15Ru8 phase (which is an approximant of decagonal quasicrystals) was determined using modern direct methods (MDM) applied to automated electron diffraction tomography (ADT) data. The Al77Rh15Ru8 E-phase is orthorhombic [Pbma, a = 23.40 (5), b = 16.20 (4) and c = 20.00 (5) Å] and has one of the most complicated intermetallic structures solved solely by electron diffraction methods. Its structural model consists of 78 unique atomic positions in the unit cell (19 Rh/Ru and 59 Al). Precession electron diffraction (PED) patterns and high-resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM) images were used for the validation of the proposed atomic model. The structure of the E-phase is described using hierarchical packing of polyhedra and a single type of tiling in the form of a parallelogram. Based on this description, the structure of the E-phase is compared with that of the ε6-phase formed in Al-Rh-Ru at close compositions.

  8. New State of Matter: Heavy Fermion Systems, Quantum Spin Liquids, Quasicrystals, Cold Gases, and High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Shaginyan, V. R.; Stephanovich, V. A.; Msezane, A. Z.; Schuck, P.; Clark, J. W.; Amusia, M. Ya.; Japaridze, G. S.; Popov, K. G.; Kirichenko, E. V.

    2017-08-01

    We report on a new state of matter manifested by strongly correlated Fermi systems including various heavy fermion (HF) metals, two-dimensional quantum liquids such as ^3 He films, certain quasicrystals, and systems behaving as quantum spin liquids. Generically, these systems can be viewed as HF systems or HF compounds, in that they exhibit typical behavior of HF metals. At zero temperature, such systems can experience a so-called fermion condensation quantum phase transition (FCQPT). Combining analytical considerations with arguments based entirely on experimental grounds, we argue and demonstrate that the class of HF systems is characterized by universal scaling behavior of their thermodynamic, transport, and relaxation properties. That is, the quantum physics of different HF compounds is found to be universal, emerging irrespective of the individual details of their symmetries, interactions, and microscopic structure. This observed universal behavior reveals the existence of a new state of matter manifest in HF compounds. We propose a simple, realistic model to study the appearance of flat bands in two-dimensional ensembles of ultracold fermionic atoms, interacting with coherent resonant light. It is shown that signatures of these flat bands may be found in peculiarities in their thermodynamic and spectroscopic properties. We also show that the FCQPT, in generating flat bands and altering Fermi surface topology, is an essential progenitor of the exotic behavior of the overdoped high-temperature superconductors represented by La_{2-x}SrxxCuO_4 , whose superconductivity differs from that predicted by the classical Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory. The theoretical results presented are in good agreement with recent experimental observations, closing the colossal gap between these empirical findings and Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer-like theories.

  9. Tailoring microstructure of Mg–Zn–Y alloys with quasicrystal and related phases for high mechanical strength

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    Singh, Alok

    2014-01-01

    The occurrence of a stable icosahedral (i-) phase, which is quasicrystalline with an icosahedral (fivefold) symmetry, on the equilibrium phase diagram of Mg–Zn–RE (RE = Y, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho or Er) alloys opened up an interesting possibility of developing a new series of magnesium alloys for structural applications. Alloys based on the i-phase have been studied for the past 14 years. Ultra-high strengths combined with good ductility have been shown. Here we show two strategies for tailoring microstructures for very high strengths in Mg–Zn–Y alloys. One of them involves strengthening by a fine distribution of rod-like precipitates, where the matrix grain size is not critical. The alloy is solutionized at a high temperature of 480 °C to dissolve a large part of the i-phase, followed by a high temperature extrusion (∼430 °C) and a low temperature ageing to reprecipitate phases with fine size distribution. At first, phase transformations involved in this procedure are described. The closeness of the structure of the precipitates to the i-phase is brought out. By this procedure, tensile yield strengths of over 370 MPa are obtained in grain sizes of 20 μm. In another strategy, the alloys are chill cast and then extruded at low temperatures of about 250 °C. Ultra-fine grains are produced by enhanced recrystallization due to presence of the i-phase. At the same time nano-sized precipitates are precipitated dynamically during extrusion from the supersaturated matrix. Ultra-high tensile strengths of up to 400 MPa are obtained in combination with ductility of 12 to 16%. Analysis of the microstructure shows that strengthening by the i-phase occurs by enhanced recrystallization during extrusion. It produces ultra-fine grain sizes to give very high strengths, and moderate texture for good ductility. Fine distribution of the i-phase and precipitates contribute to strengthening and provide microstructre stability. Ultra-high strength over a very wide range of grain sizes

  10. Tailoring microstructure of Mg-Zn-Y alloys with quasicrystal and related phases for high mechanical strength.

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    Singh, Alok

    2014-08-01

    The occurrence of a stable icosahedral (i-) phase, which is quasicrystalline with an icosahedral (fivefold) symmetry, on the equilibrium phase diagram of Mg-Zn-RE (RE = Y, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho or Er) alloys opened up an interesting possibility of developing a new series of magnesium alloys for structural applications. Alloys based on the i-phase have been studied for the past 14 years. Ultra-high strengths combined with good ductility have been shown. Here we show two strategies for tailoring microstructures for very high strengths in Mg-Zn-Y alloys. One of them involves strengthening by a fine distribution of rod-like [Formula: see text] precipitates, where the matrix grain size is not critical. The alloy is solutionized at a high temperature of 480 °C to dissolve a large part of the i-phase, followed by a high temperature extrusion (∼430 °C) and a low temperature ageing to reprecipitate phases with fine size distribution. At first, phase transformations involved in this procedure are described. The closeness of the structure of the [Formula: see text] precipitates to the i-phase is brought out. By this procedure, tensile yield strengths of over 370 MPa are obtained in grain sizes of 20 μm. In another strategy, the alloys are chill cast and then extruded at low temperatures of about 250 °C. Ultra-fine grains are produced by enhanced recrystallization due to presence of the i-phase. At the same time nano-sized precipitates are precipitated dynamically during extrusion from the supersaturated matrix. Ultra-high tensile strengths of up to 400 MPa are obtained in combination with ductility of 12 to 16%. Analysis of the microstructure shows that strengthening by the i-phase occurs by enhanced recrystallization during extrusion. It produces ultra-fine grain sizes to give very high strengths, and moderate texture for good ductility. Fine distribution of the i-phase and precipitates contribute to strengthening and provide microstructre stability. Ultra-high strength over

  11. Carbon-rich icosahedral boron carbides beyond B4C and their thermodynamic stabilities at high temperature and pressure from first principles

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    Ektarawong, A.; Simak, S. I.; Alling, B.

    2016-08-01

    We investigate the thermodynamic stability of carbon-rich icosahedral boron carbide at different compositions, ranging from B4C to B2C , using first-principles calculations. Apart from B4C , generally addressed in the literature, B2.5C , represented by B10C2p (C-C), where Cp and (C-C) denote a carbon atom occupying the polar site of the icosahedral cluster and a diatomic carbon chain, respectively, is predicted to be thermodynamically stable under high pressures with respect to B4C as well as pure boron and carbon phases. The thermodynamic stability of B2.5C is determined by the Gibbs free energy G as a function of pressure p and temperature T , in which the contributions from the lattice vibrations and the configurational disorder are obtained within the quasiharmonic and the mean-field approximations, respectively. The stability range of B2.5C is then illustrated through the p -T phase diagrams. Depending on the temperatures, the stability range of B2.5C is predicted to be within the range between 40 and 67 GPa. At T ≳ 500 K, the icosahedral Cp atoms in B2.5C configurationally disorder at the polar sites. By investigating the properties of B2.5C , e.g., elastic constants and phonon and electronic density of states, we demonstrate that B2.5C is both mechanically and dynamically stable at zero pressure, and is an electrical semiconductor. Furthermore, based on the sketched phase diagrams, a possible route for experimental synthesis of B2.5C as well as a fingerprint for its characterization from the simulations of x-ray powder diffraction pattern are suggested.

  12. Characterization of the archaeal thermophile Sulfolobus turreted icosahedral virus validates an evolutionary link among double-stranded DNA viruses from all domains of life.

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    Maaty, Walid S A; Ortmann, Alice C; Dlakić, Mensur; Schulstad, Katie; Hilmer, Jonathan K; Liepold, Lars; Weidenheft, Blake; Khayat, Reza; Douglas, Trevor; Young, Mark J; Bothner, Brian

    2006-08-01

    Icosahedral nontailed double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) viruses are present in all three domains of life, leading to speculation about a common viral ancestor that predates the divergence of Eukarya, Bacteria, and Archaea. This suggestion is supported by the shared general architecture of this group of viruses and the common fold of their major capsid protein. However, limited information on the diversity and replication of archaeal viruses, in general, has hampered further analysis. Sulfolobus turreted icosahedral virus (STIV), isolated from a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park, was the first icosahedral virus with an archaeal host to be described. Here we present a detailed characterization of the components forming this unusual virus. Using a proteomics-based approach, we identified nine viral and two host proteins from purified STIV particles. Interestingly, one of the viral proteins originates from a reading frame lacking a consensus start site. The major capsid protein (B345) was found to be glycosylated, implying a strong similarity to proteins from other dsDNA viruses. Sequence analysis and structural predication of virion-associated viral proteins suggest that they may have roles in DNA packaging, penton formation, and protein-protein interaction. The presence of an internal lipid layer containing acidic tetraether lipids has also been confirmed. The previously presented structural models in conjunction with the protein, lipid, and carbohydrate information reported here reveal that STIV is strikingly similar to viruses associated with the Bacteria and Eukarya domains of life, further strengthening the hypothesis for a common ancestor of this group of dsDNA viruses from all domains of life.

  13. Characterization of the Archaeal Thermophile Sulfolobus Turreted Icosahedral Virus Validates an Evolutionary Link among Double-Stranded DNA Viruses from All Domains of Life

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    Maaty, Walid S. A.; Ortmann, Alice C.; Dlakić, Mensur; Schulstad, Katie; Hilmer, Jonathan K.; Liepold, Lars; Weidenheft, Blake; Khayat, Reza; Douglas, Trevor; Young, Mark J.; Bothner, Brian

    2006-01-01

    Icosahedral nontailed double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) viruses are present in all three domains of life, leading to speculation about a common viral ancestor that predates the divergence of Eukarya, Bacteria, and Archaea. This suggestion is supported by the shared general architecture of this group of viruses and the common fold of their major capsid protein. However, limited information on the diversity and replication of archaeal viruses, in general, has hampered further analysis. Sulfolobus turreted icosahedral virus (STIV), isolated from a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park, was the first icosahedral virus with an archaeal host to be described. Here we present a detailed characterization of the components forming this unusual virus. Using a proteomics-based approach, we identified nine viral and two host proteins from purified STIV particles. Interestingly, one of the viral proteins originates from a reading frame lacking a consensus start site. The major capsid protein (B345) was found to be glycosylated, implying a strong similarity to proteins from other dsDNA viruses. Sequence analysis and structural predication of virion-associated viral proteins suggest that they may have roles in DNA packaging, penton formation, and protein-protein interaction. The presence of an internal lipid layer containing acidic tetraether lipids has also been confirmed. The previously presented structural models in conjunction with the protein, lipid, and carbohydrate information reported here reveal that STIV is strikingly similar to viruses associated with the Bacteria and Eukarya domains of life, further strengthening the hypothesis for a common ancestor of this group of dsDNA viruses from all domains of life. PMID:16840341

  14. Atomic scale structure of the 5-fold surface of an AlPdMn quasicrystal: A quantitative X-Ray photoelectron diffraction analysis

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    Zheng, Jin-Cheng; Huan, C.H.A.; Wee, A.T.S.; Van Hove, M.A.; Fadley, C.S.; Shi, F.J.; Rotenberg, E.; Barman, S.R.; Paggel, J.J.; Horn, K.; Ebert, Ph.; Urban, K.

    2004-02-11

    The atomic scale structure of the 5-fold symmetric surface of an AlPdMn quasicrystal is investigated quantitatively by comparing x-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) simulations to experiment. The observed 5-fold symmetry of the diffraction patterns indicates that the surface is quasicrystalline with no hint of a reconstruction from the bulk structure. In analyzing the experimental data, many possible bulk terminations have been tested. Those few that fit best to the data have in common that they contain an Al-rich surface layer followed by a dense mixed Al/Pd/Mn layer. These best terminations, while not identical to each other, are suggested to form terraces coexisting on a real surface. Structural relaxations of the quasicrystal surface are also analyzed: mixing several best-fit terminations gives average best-fit interlayer spacing changes of Dd12 = -0.057 Angstrom, Dd24 = +0.159 Angstrom. These results are in good agreement with a prior structure determination by LEED on a sample that was prepared in a different manner.

  15. Soliton interactions of a (2+1)-dimensional nonlinear Schrödinger equation in a nonlinear photonic quasicrystal or Kerr medium

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    Xiao, Zi-Jian; Tian, Bo; Wu, Xiao-Yu; Liu, Lei; Sun, Yan

    2017-08-01

    Under investigation are the soliton interactions for a (2+1)-dimensional nonlinear Schrödinger equation, which can describe the dynamics of a nonlinear photonic quasi-crystal or vortex Airy beam in a Kerr medium. With the symbolic computation and Hirota method, analytic bright N-soliton and dark two-soliton solutions are derived. Graphic description of the soliton properties and interactions in a nonlinear photonic quasicrystal or Kerr medium is done. Through the analysis on bright and dark one solitons, effects of the optical wavenumber/linear opposite wavenumber and nonlinear coefficient on the soliton amplitude and width are studied: when the absolute value of the optical wavenumber or linear opposite wavenumber increases, bright soliton amplitude and dark soliton width become smaller; nonlinear coefficient has the same influence on the bright soliton as that of the optical wavenumber or linear opposite wavenumber, but does not affect the dark soliton amplitude or width. Overtaking/periodic interactions between the bright two solitons and overtaking interactions between the dark two solitons are illustrated. Overtaking interactions show that the bright soliton with a larger amplitude moves faster and overtakes the smaller, while the dark soliton with a smaller amplitude moves faster and overtakes the larger. When the absolute value of the optical wavenumber or linear opposite wavenumber increases, the periodic-interaction period becomes longer. All the above interactions are elastic. Through the interactions, soliton amplitudes and shapes keep invariant except for some phase shifts.

  16. Atomic-scale structure of the fivefold surface of an AlPdMn quasicrystal: A quantitative x-ray photoelectron diffraction analysis

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    Zheng, Jin-Cheng; Huan, C. H.; Wee, A. T.; van Hove, M. A.; Fadley, C. S.; Shi, F. J.; Rotenberg, E.; Barman, S. R.; Paggel, J. J.; Horn, K.; Ebert, Ph.; Urban, K.

    2004-04-01

    The atomic-scale structure of the fivefold symmetric surface of an AlPdMn quasicrystal is investigated quantitatively by comparing x-ray photoelectron diffraction simulations to experiment. The observed fivefold symmetry of the diffraction patterns indicates that the surface is quasicrystalline with no hint of a reconstruction from the bulk structure. In analyzing the experimental data, many possible bulk terminations have been tested. Those few that fit best to the data have in common that they contain an Al-rich surface layer followed by a dense mixed Al/Pd/Mn layer. These best terminations, while not identical to each other, are suggested to form terraces coexisting on a real surface. Structural relaxations of the quasicrystal surface are also analyzed: mixing several best-fit terminations gives average best-fit interlayer spacing changes of Δd12=-0.057 Å and Δd24=+0.159 Å. These results are in good agreement with a prior structure determination by low-energy electron diffraction on a sample that was prepared in a different manner.

  17. Studies of Nucleation and Growth, Specific Heat and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystal and Polytetrahedral-Phase Forming Alloys

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    Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, Anup K.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, Robert W.; Rathz, T. J.; Robinson, Michael B.; Rogers, Jan R.

    2003-01-01

    From extensive ground based work on the phase diagram and undercooling studies of Ti-Zr-Ni alloys, have clearly identified the composition of three different phases with progressively increasing polytetrahedral order such as, (Ti/Zr), the C14 Laves phase, and the i-phase, that nucleate directly from the undercooled liquid. The reduced undercooling decreases progressively with increasing polytetrahedral order in the solid, supporting Frank s hypothesis. A new facility for direct measurements of the structures and phase transitions in undercooled liquids (BESL) was developed and has provided direct proof of the primary nucleation of a metastable icosahedral phase in some Ti-Zr-Ni alloys. The first measurements of specific heat and viscosity in the undercooled liquid of this alloy system have been completed. Other than the importance of thermo-physical properties for modeling nucleation and growth processes in these materials, these studies have also revealed some interesting new results (such as a maximum of C(sup q, sub p) in the undercooled state). These ground-based results have clearly established the necessary background and the need for conducting benchmark nucleation experiments at the ISS on this alloy system.

  18. Design of Three-shell Icosahedral Matryoshka Clusters A@B12@A20 (A = Sn, Pb; B = Mg, Zn, Cd, Mn)

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    Huang, Xiaoming; Zhao, Jijun; Su, Yan; Chen, Zhongfang; King, R. Bruce

    2014-11-01

    We propose a series of icosahedral matryoshka clusters of A@B12@A20 (A = Sn, Pb; B = Mg, Zn, Cd), which possess large HOMO-LUMO gaps (1.29 to 1.54 eV) and low formation energies (0.06 to 0.21 eV/atom). A global minimum search using a genetic algorithm and density functional theory calculations confirms that such onion-like three-shell structures are the ground states for these A21B12 binary clusters. All of these icosahedral matryoshka clusters, including two previously found ones, i.e., [As@Ni12@As20]3- and [Sn@Cu12@Sn20]12-, follow the 108-electron rule, which originates from the high Ih symmetry and consequently the splitting of superatom orbitals of high angular momentum. More interestingly, two magnetic matryoshka clusters, i.e., Sn@Mn12@Sn20 and Pb@Mn12@Pb20, are designed, which combine a large magnetic moment of 28 µB, a moderate HOMO-LUMO gap, and weak inter-cluster interaction energy, making them ideal building blocks in novel magnetic materials and devices.

  19. Nanosized Pd37(CO)28{P(p-Tolyl)3}12 containing geometrically unprecedented central 23-atom interpenetrating tri-icosahedral palladium kernel of double icosahedral units: its postulated metal-core evolution and resulting stereochemical implications.

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    Mednikov, Evgueni G; Dahl, Lawrence F

    2008-11-05

    Pd37(CO)28{P(p-Tolyl)3}12 (1) was obtained in approximately 50% yield by the short-time thermolysis of Pd10(CO)12{P(p-Tolyl)3}6 in THF solution followed by crystallization via layering with hexane under N2. The low-temperature (100 K) CCD X-ray diffraction study of 1 revealed an unusual non-spheroidal Pd37-atom polyhedron, which may be readily envisioned to originate via the initial formation of a heretofore non-isolated central Pd23 kernel composed of three interpenetrating trigonal-planar double icosahedra (DI) that are oriented along the three bonding edges of its interior Pd3 triangle. This central Pd23 kernel is augmented by face condensations with two additional phosphorus-free and 12 tri(p-C6H4Me)phosphine-ligated Pd atoms, which lower the pseudo-symmetry of the resulting 37-atom metal core from D(3h) to C2. The 12 P atoms and 28 bridging CO connectivities preserve the pseudo-C2 symmetry. The central Pd23 kernel in 1 provides the only crystallographic example of the 23-atom member of the double icosahedral family of "twinned" interpenetrating icosahedra (II), which includes the 19-atom two II (1 DI), the 23-atom three II (3 DI), the 26-atom four II (6 DI), and the 29-atom five II (9 DI). The n-atoms of these DI models coincide exactly with prominent atom-peak maxima of 19, 23, 26, and 29, respectively, in the mass spectrum of charged argon clusters formed in a low-temperature free-jet expansion. The only previous crystallographically proven 26- and 29-atom DI members are the central pseudo-T(d) tetrahedral Pd26 kernel (4 II, 6 DI) in the PMe3-ligated Pd29Ni3(CO)22(PMe3)13 (2) and the central pseudo-D(3h) trigonal-bipyramidal Pd29 kernel (5 II, 9 DI) in the PMe3-ligated Pd35(CO)23(PMe3)15 (3). Two highly important major stereochemical implications are noted: (1) The formation of geometrically identical idealized architectures for these three II palladium kernels with corresponding DI models constructed for the charged argon clusters provides compelling

  20. Distribution of nonequivalent aluminum sites revealed in Al-Cu-Ru and Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals by [sup 27]Al NQR

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    Shastri, A.; Borsa, F.; Torgeson, D.R.; Goldman, A.I. )

    1994-08-01

    The distribution of nonequivalent aluminum sites was studied in Al-Cu-Fe and Al-Cu-Ru stable icosahedral quasicrystalline phases using [sup 27]Al NQR spectra taken at 4.2 K. The observed spectra---which give directly the distribution of nonequivalent aluminum sites---were broad, asymmetric, and structureless. A simple electric-field-gradient model calculation accounted for the spectral width in terms of a wide distribution of local atomic environments, and an estimate for the lower limit on the number of nonequivalent aluminum sites was found.

  1. AuCd4: a Hume-Rothery Phase with VEC of 1.8 and icosahedral and trigonal-prismatic clusters as building blocks.

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    Jana, Partha P; Lidin, Sven

    2015-02-02

    The η phase in the Au-Cd binary system has been synthesized, and the structure has been analyzed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The compound η-AuCd(4) crystallizes in the hexagonal space group P6(3)/m (No. 176). The unit cell contains ∼273 atoms. The compound AuCd(4) represents a √3a × √3a × c superstructure of the AgMg(4) type. The structure can be well described by icosahedral and trigonal-prismatic clusters. A phase transition to the high-temperature ε phase occurs exothermically at around 578 K. The compound is formed at a sharp valence electron concentration of 1.8 e/a. The compound can be understood within the framework of the Hume-Rothery stabilization mechanism.

  2. Atomic structure of the 75 MDa extremophile Sulfolobus turreted icosahedral virus determined by CryoEM and X-ray crystallography

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    Veesler, David; Ng, Thiam-Seng; Sendamarai, Anoop K.; Eilers, Brian J.; Lawrence, C. Martin; Lok, Shee-Mei; Young, Mark J.; Johnson, John E.; Fu, Chi-yu

    2013-01-01

    Sulfolobus turreted icosahedral virus (STIV) was isolated in acidic hot springs where it infects the archeon Sulfolobus solfataricus. We determined the STIV structure using near-atomic resolution electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography allowing tracing of structural polypeptide chains and visualization of transmembrane proteins embedded in the viral membrane. We propose that the vertex complexes orchestrate virion assembly by coordinating interactions of the membrane and various protein components involved. STIV shares the same coat subunit and penton base protein folds as some eukaryotic and bacterial viruses, suggesting that they derive from a common ancestor predating the divergence of the three kingdoms of life. One architectural motif (β-jelly roll fold) forms virtually the entire capsid (distributed in three different gene products), indicating that a single ancestral protein module may have been at the origin of its evolution. PMID:23520050

  3. Improvement of aerosol optical properties modeling over Eastern Asia with MODIS AOD assimilation in a global non-hydrostatic icosahedral aerosol transport model.

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    Dai, Tie; Schutgens, Nick A J; Goto, Daisuke; Shi, Guangyu; Nakajima, Teruyuki

    2014-12-01

    A new global aerosol assimilation system adopting a more complex icosahedral grid configuration is developed. Sensitivity tests for the assimilation system are performed utilizing satellite retrieved aerosol optical depth (AOD) from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), and the results over Eastern Asia are analyzed. The assimilated results are validated through independent Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) observations. Our results reveal that the ensemble and local patch sizes have little effect on the assimilation performance, whereas the ensemble perturbation method has the largest effect. Assimilation leads to significantly positive effect on the simulated AOD field, improving agreement with all of the 12 AERONET sites over the Eastern Asia based on both the correlation coefficient and the root mean square difference (assimilation efficiency). Meanwhile, better agreement of the Ångström Exponent (AE) field is achieved for 8 of the 12 sites due to the assimilation of AOD only. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Pairing heterocyclic cations with closo-icosahedral borane and carborane anions. i. benchtop aqueous synthesis of binary triazolium and imidazolium salts with limited water solubility.

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    Shackelford, Scott A; Belletire, John L; Boatz, Jerry A; Schneider, Stefan; Wheaton, Amanda K; Wight, Brett A; Hudgens, Leslie M; Ammon, Herman L; Strauss, Steven H

    2009-06-18

    Ten new salts that pair triazolium and imidazolium cations with closo-icosahedral anions [B(12)H(12)](2-) and [CB(11)H(12)](-) were synthesized in water solvent using an open-air, benchtop method. These unreported [Heterocyclium](2)[B(12)H(12)] and [Heterocyclium][CB(11)H(12)] salts extend reports of [Imidazolium][CB(11)H(12)] and [Pyridinium][CB(11)H(12)] salts that were synthesized in anhydrous organic solvents under an inert atmosphere with glovebox or Schlenk techniques. Spectroscopic data, melting points, and densities are reported for each salt. Single-crystal X-ray structures are provided for the five new [B(12)H(12)](2-) salts.

  5. Imaging and Quantitation of a Succession of Transient Intermediates Reveal the Reversible Self-Assembly Pathway of a Simple Icosahedral Virus Capsid.

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    Medrano, María; Fuertes, Miguel Ángel; Valbuena, Alejandro; Carrillo, Pablo J P; Rodríguez-Huete, Alicia; Mateu, Mauricio G

    2016-11-30

    Understanding the fundamental principles underlying supramolecular self-assembly may facilitate many developments, from novel antivirals to self-organized nanodevices. Icosahedral virus particles constitute paradigms to study self-assembly using a combination of theory and experiment. Unfortunately, assembly pathways of the structurally simplest virus capsids, those more accessible to detailed theoretical studies, have been difficult to study experimentally. We have enabled the in vitro self-assembly under close to physiological conditions of one of the simplest virus particles known, the minute virus of mice (MVM) capsid, and experimentally analyzed its pathways of assembly and disassembly. A combination of electron microscopy and high-resolution atomic force microscopy was used to structurally characterize and quantify a succession of transient assembly and disassembly intermediates. The results provided an experiment-based model for the reversible self-assembly pathway of a most simple (T = 1) icosahedral protein shell. During assembly, trimeric capsid building blocks are sequentially added to the growing capsid, with pentamers of building blocks and incomplete capsids missing one building block as conspicuous intermediates. This study provided experimental verification of many features of self-assembly of a simple T = 1 capsid predicted by molecular dynamics simulations. It also demonstrated atomic force microscopy imaging and automated analysis, in combination with electron microscopy, as a powerful single-particle approach to characterize at high resolution and quantify transient intermediates during supramolecular self-assembly/disassembly reactions. Finally, the efficient in vitro self-assembly achieved for the oncotropic, cell nucleus-targeted MVM capsid may facilitate its development as a drug-encapsidating nanoparticle for anticancer targeted drug delivery.

  6. Root lattices and quasicrystals

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    Baake, M.; Joseph, D.; Kramer, P.; Schlottmann, M.

    1990-10-01

    It is shown that root lattices and their reciprocals might serve as the right pool for the construction of quasicrystalline structure models. All noncrystallographic symmetries observed so far are covered in minimal embedding with maximal symmetry.

  7. Root lattices and quasicrystals

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    Baake, M.; Joseph, D.; Kramer, P.; Schlottmann, M.

    1990-10-01

    It is shown how root lattices and their reciprocals might serve as the right pool for the construction of quasicrystalline structure models. All non-periodic symmetries observed so far are covered in minimal embedding with maximal symmetry.

  8. Coating of a layer of Au on Al13 : The findings of icosahedral Al@Al12Au20- and Al12Au202- fullerenes using ab initio pseudopotential calculations

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    Kumar, Vijay

    2009-02-01

    We report results of ab initio pseudopotential calculations on the nanocoating of gold on an icosahedral Al13 cluster and the findings of icosahedrally symmetric endohedral Al@Al12Au20- and empty cage Al12Au202- compound fullerenes formed of metal atoms. Twelve Al atoms cap the pentagonal faces of a dodecahedral Au20 cage in which each Au atom has three Al atoms and three Au atoms as nearest neighbors. Mixing of Al13 and Au20 magic clusters leads to a large heat of formation of 0.55 eV/atom and high stability of the Al@Al12Au20 compound fullerene. The binding energies of Al12Au20 and Al@Al12Au20 are 3.017 and 3.007 eV/atom, respectively, which are much larger than 2.457 eV/atom for Au32 fullerene, leading to the possibility of their high abundance.

  9. Sign of canted ferromagnetism in the quasicrystal approximants Au-SM-R (SM = Si, Ge and Sn / R = Tb, Dy and Ho).

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    Hiroto, T; Tokiwa, K; Tamura, R

    2014-05-28

    Magnetic susceptibility and magnetization of the quasicrystal approximants Au-SM-R (SM = Si, Ge or Sn / R = Gd, Tb, Dy or Ho) are investigated. Ferromagnetic transitions are observed in all of these compounds, in contrast to the spin-glass behavior reported in similar compounds, Ag-In-R (R = Eu, Gd, Tb or Dy). Au-SM-Gd (SM = Si, Ge or Sn) exhibit a simple ferromagnetic transition at 22.5, 13 and 9 K, respectively, whereas Au-Si-(Tb, Dy or Ho) show indications of a canted ferromagnetic transition at 8.3, 5.9 and 3.8 K, respectively. The latter are attributed to a crystal electric field effect that is absent in the Gd-bearing compounds. The ferromagnetic behavior in Au-SM-R may be understood to be a consequence of the short R-R distances compared to those for Cd-R and Ag-In-R.

  10. A hybrid simulated method for analyzing the optical efficiency of a head-mounted display with a quasi-crystal OLED panel.

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    Chang, Kao-Der; Li, Chang-Yi; Pan, Jui-Wen; Cheng, Kuei-Yuan

    2014-03-10

    Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) with a quasi-crystal (QC) structure are analyzed and applied in a head-mounted display (HMD) system in this study. We adopt a hybrid simulated method to evaluate the light extraction efficiency (LEE) and far-field pattern in the air, and study the relationship between them. The simulation results show that OLEDs implanted with the QC structure can provide a collimated far-field pattern to increase the brightness. Using this 10-fold QC arrangement the maxima LEE of the OLEDs can be increased by 1.20 times. Compared with conventional OLEDs, the viewing angle of the OLED panel decreases from 120 degrees to 26 degrees with an improvement in the optical efficiency of the HMD system by 2.66 times. Moreover, the normalized on-axis intensity in the pupil of the eyepiece can be enlarged up to 3.95 times which suggests that the OLED panel can save 74.68% energy while achieving the same on-axis intensity as conventional OLEDs.

  11. Photonic crystal and quasi-crystals providing simultaneous light coupling and beam splitting within a low refractive-index slab waveguide.

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    Shi, Jingxing; Pollard, Michael E; Angeles, Cesar A; Chen, Ruiqi; Gates, J C; Charlton, M D B

    2017-05-12

    Coupling between free space components and slab waveguides is a common requirement for integrated optical devices, and is typically achieved by end-fire or grating coupling. Power splitting and distribution requires additional components. Usually grating couplers are used in combination with MMI/Y-splitters to do this task. In this paper, we present a photonic crystal device which performs both tasks simultaneously and is able to couple light at normal incidence and near normal incidence. Our approach is scalable to large channel counts with little impact on device footprint. We demonstrate in normal incidence coupling with multi-channel splitting for 785 nm light. Photonic crystals are etched into single mode low refractive index SiON film on both SiO2/Si and borosilicate glass substrate. Triangular lattices are shown to provide coupling to 6 beams with equal included angle (60°), while a quasi-crystal lattice with 12-fold rotational symmetry yields coupling to 12 beams with equal included angle (30°). We show how to optimize the lattice constant to achieve efficient phase matching between incident and coupled mode wave vectors, and how to adjust operating wavelength from visible to infrared wavelengths.

  12. Development of an aerosol-chemistry transport model coupled to non-hydrostatic icosahedral atmospheric model (NICAM) through applying a stretched grid system to regional simulations around Japan

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    Goto, D.; Nakajima, T.; Masaki, S.

    2014-12-01

    Air pollution has a great impact on both climate change and human health. One effective way to tackle with these issues is a use of atmospheric aerosol-chemistry models with high-resolution in a global scale. For this purpose, we have developed an aerosol-chemistry model based on a global cloud-resolving model (GCRM), Nonhydrostatic Icosahedral Atmospheric Model (NICAM; Tomita and Satoh, Fluid. Dyn. Res. 2004; Satoh et al., J. Comput. Phys. 2008, PEPS, 2014) under MEXT/RECCA/SALSA project. In the present study, we have simulated aerosols and tropospheric ozone over Japan by our aerosol-chemistry model "NICAM-Chem" with a stretched-grid system of approximately 10 km resolution, for saving the computer resources. The aerosol and chemistry modules are based on Spectral Radiation-Transport Model for Aerosol Species (SPRINTARS; Takemura et al., J. Geophys. Res., 2005) and Chemical AGCM for Study of Atmospheric Environment and Radiative Forcing (CHASER; Sudo et al., J. Geophys. Res., 2002). We found that our model can generally reproduce both aerosols and ozone, in terms of temporal variations (daily variations of aerosols and diurnal variations of ozone). Under MEXT/RECCA/SALSA project, we also have used these results obtained by NICAM-Chem for the assessment of their impact on human health.

  13. Structural, electronic and energetic properties of giant icosahedral fullerenes up to C6000: insights from an ab initio hybrid DFT study.

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    Noël, Yves; De La Pierre, Marco; Zicovich-Wilson, Claudio M; Orlando, Roberto; Dovesi, Roberto

    2014-07-14

    The properties of the (n,n) icosahedral family of carbon fullerenes up to n = 10 (6000 atoms) have been investigated through ab initio quantum-mechanical simulation by using a Gaussian type basis set of double zeta quality with polarization functions (84,000 atomic orbitals for the largest case), the hybrid B3LYP functional and the CRYSTAL14 code featuring generalization of symmetry treatment. The geometry of giant fullerenes shows hybrid features, between a polyhedron and a sphere; as n increases, it approaches the former. Hexagon rings at face centres take a planar, graphene-like configuration; the 12 pentagon rings at vertices impose, however, a severe structural constraint to which hexagon rings at the edges must adapt smoothly, adopting a bent (rather than sharp) transversal profile and an inward longitudinal curvature. The HOMO and LUMO electronic levels, as well as the band gap, are well described using power laws. The gap is predicted to become zero for n ≥ 34 (69,360 atoms). The atomic excess energy with respect to the ideal graphene sheet goes to zero following the log(Nat)/Nat law, which is well described through the continuum elastic theory applied to graphene; the limits for the adopted model are briefly outlined. Compared to larger fullerenes of the series, C60 shows unique features with respect to all the considered properties; C240 presents minor structural and energetic peculiarities, too.

  14. Structure, electronic density of states and electric field gradients of icosahedral AlCuFe: An ab initio study of the original and a modified Cockayne model

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    Zijlstra, E. S.; Kortus, J.; Krajčí, M.; Stadnik, Z. M.; Bose, S. K.

    2004-03-01

    We present a detailed analysis of electronic properties of the Cockayne model of icosahedral AlCuFe, both in its original form and after a structural relaxation using the ab initio density functional approach. The electronic density of states (DOS) and electric field gradients (EFG’s) of the Al and Fe atoms in the original and the relaxed Cockayne models were calculated and compared with available photoemission, Mössbauer, and nuclear quadrupole resonance spectroscopy data. The relaxed and the original models show significantly different electronic properties. Both models are deficient in describing the available experimental data. The DOS’s show two Fe-d peaks, where there is only one such peak in the photoemission spectroscopy data. These models also cannot account for the shape of the Mössbauer spectra. We show that the interchange between 12 Cu and 12 Fe atoms, each belonging to a single symmetry class, results in a smaller number of Cu-Fe nearest-neighbor pairs and a lowering of the total energy by an amount of ΔE˜50 meV/atom. This “modified” version of the Cockayne model was further relaxed for the final comparison between the calculation and experimental results. The modified model shows a considerable improvement: The DOS has only one Fe-d peak, in agreement with photoemission spectroscopy data, and the calculated EFG’s account very well for the experimental Mössbauer spectra.

  15. Model Parameter Estimation Using Ensemble Data Assimilation: A Case with the Nonhydrostatic Icosahedral Atmospheric Model NICAM and the Global Satellite Mapping of Precipitation Data

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    Kotsuki, Shunji; Terasaki, Koji; Yashiro, Hasashi; Tomita, Hirofumi; Satoh, Masaki; Miyoshi, Takemasa

    2017-04-01

    This study aims to improve precipitation forecasts from numerical weather prediction (NWP) models through effective use of satellite-derived precipitation data. Kotsuki et al. (2016, JGR-A) successfully improved the precipitation forecasts by assimilating the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA)'s Global Satellite Mapping of Precipitation (GSMaP) data into the Nonhydrostatic Icosahedral Atmospheric Model (NICAM) at 112-km horizontal resolution. Kotsuki et al. mitigated the non-Gaussianity of the precipitation variables by the Gaussian transform method for observed and forecasted precipitation using the previous 30-day precipitation data. This study extends the previous study by Kotsuki et al. and explores an online estimation of model parameters using ensemble data assimilation. We choose two globally-uniform parameters, one is the cloud-to-rain auto-conversion parameter of the Berry's scheme for large scale condensation and the other is the relative humidity threshold of the Arakawa-Schubert cumulus parameterization scheme. We perform the online-estimation of the two model parameters with an ensemble transform Kalman filter by assimilating the GSMaP precipitation data. The estimated parameters improve the analyzed and forecasted mixing ratio in the lower troposphere. Therefore, the parameter estimation would be a useful technique to improve the NWP models and their forecasts. This presentation will include the most recent progress up to the time of the symposium.

  16. Correlation between dynamic slowing down and local icosahedral ordering in undercooled liquid Al{sub 80}Ni{sub 20} alloy

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    Jakse, N.; Pasturel, A.

    2015-08-28

    We use ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to study the correlation between the local ordering and the dynamic properties of liquid Al{sub 80}Ni{sub 20} alloy upon cooling. Our results evidence a huge increase of local icosahedral ordering (ISRO) in the undercooled regime which is more developed around Ni than Al atoms. We show that ISRO has a strong impact on self-diffusion coefficients of both species and is at the origin of their crossover from Arrhenius to non-Arrhenius behavior around a crossover temperature T{sub X} = 1000 K, located in the undercooled region. We also clearly identify that this temperature corresponds to the development of dynamic heterogeneities and to the breakdown of the Stokes-Einstein relation. At temperatures below this crossover, we find that the behavior of the diffusion and relaxation dynamics is mostly incompatible with predictions of the mode-coupling theory. Finally, an analysis of the van Hove function indicates that the crossover temperature T{sub X} marks the onset of a change in the diffusion mechanism from a normal flow to an activated process with hopping. From these results, the glass-forming ability of the alloy is discussed.

  17. A diagnostic interface for the ICOsahedral Non-hydrostatic (ICON) modelling framework based on the Modular Earth Submodel System (MESSy v2.50)

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    Kern, Bastian; Jöckel, Patrick

    2016-10-01

    Numerical climate and weather models have advanced to finer scales, accompanied by large amounts of output data. The model systems hit the input and output (I/O) bottleneck of modern high-performance computing (HPC) systems. We aim to apply diagnostic methods online during the model simulation instead of applying them as a post-processing step to written output data, to reduce the amount of I/O. To include diagnostic tools into the model system, we implemented a standardised, easy-to-use interface based on the Modular Earth Submodel System (MESSy) into the ICOsahedral Non-hydrostatic (ICON) modelling framework. The integration of the diagnostic interface into the model system is briefly described. Furthermore, we present a prototype implementation of an advanced online diagnostic tool for the aggregation of model data onto a user-defined regular coarse grid. This diagnostic tool will be used to reduce the amount of model output in future simulations. Performance tests of the interface and of two different diagnostic tools show, that the interface itself introduces no overhead in form of additional runtime to the model system. The diagnostic tools, however, have significant impact on the model system's runtime. This overhead strongly depends on the characteristics and implementation of the diagnostic tool. A diagnostic tool with high inter-process communication introduces large overhead, whereas the additional runtime of a diagnostic tool without inter-process communication is low. We briefly describe our efforts to reduce the additional runtime from the diagnostic tools, and present a brief analysis of memory consumption. Future work will focus on optimisation of the memory footprint and the I/O operations of the diagnostic interface.

  18. Evidence for a cubic-to-icosahedral transition of quasi-free Pd-H-clusters controlled by the hydrogen content . On the phase transitions in Pd-H-clusters

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    Pundt, A.; Dornheim, M.; Guerdane, M.; Teichler, H.; Ehrenberg, H.; Reetz, M. T.; Jisrawi, N. M.

    2002-06-01

    An in situ synchrotron radiation study of quasi-free five nanometer-sized palladium clusters during hydrogen absorption is combined with molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the structural development. In the diffraction patterns, strong intensity changes are found that provide evidence for a structural phase transformation that is significantly different from the α α' Pd H bulk phase transition. The structural transition is reversible and driven by the hydrogen concentration. The intensity changes are consistent with a cubic-to-icosahedral structural phase transition obtained in molecular dynamical simulations using embedded-atom-method potentials.

  19. Structure-Based Mutagenesis of Sulfolobus Turreted Icosahedral Virus B204 Reveals Essential Residues in the Virion-Associated DNA-Packaging ATPase

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    Dellas, Nikki; Snyder, Jamie C.; Dills, Michael; Nicolay, Sheena J.; Kerchner, Keshia M.; Brumfield, Susan K.; Lawrence, C. Martin

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Sulfolobus turreted icosahedral virus (STIV), an archaeal virus that infects the hyperthermoacidophile Sulfolobus solfataricus, is one of the most well-studied viruses of the domain Archaea. STIV shares structural, morphological, and sequence similarities with viruses from other domains of life, all of which are thought to belong to the same viral lineage. Several of these common features include a conserved coat protein fold, an internal lipid membrane, and a DNA-packaging ATPase. B204 is the ATPase encoded by STIV and is thought to drive packaging of viral DNA during the replication process. Here, we report the crystal structure of B204 along with the biochemical analysis of B204 mutants chosen based on structural information and sequence conservation patterns observed among members of the same viral lineage and the larger FtsK/HerA superfamily to which B204 belongs. Both in vitro ATPase activity assays and transfection assays with mutant forms of B204 confirmed the essentiality of conserved and nonconserved positions. We also have identified two distinct particle morphologies during an STIV infection that differ in the presence or absence of the B204 protein. The biochemical and structural data presented here are not only informative for the STIV replication process but also can be useful in deciphering DNA-packaging mechanisms for other viruses belonging to this lineage. IMPORTANCE STIV is a virus that infects a host from the domain Archaea that replicates in high-temperature, acidic environments. While STIV has many unique features, there exist several striking similarities between this virus and others that replicate in different environments and infect a broad range of hosts from Bacteria and Eukarya. Aside from structural features shared by viruses from this lineage, there exists a significant level of sequence similarity between the ATPase genes carried by these different viruses; this gene encodes an enzyme thought to provide energy that drives

  20. High-energy X-ray diffraction studies of i-Sc[subscript 12]Zn[subscript 88

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    Goldman, A.I.; Kreyssig, A.; Nandi, S.; Kim, M.G.; Caudle, M.L.; Canfield, P.C.

    2012-09-06

    Although quasicrystals form in a wide variety of ternary and quaternary metallic alloys, examples of stable binary icosahedral quasicrystals are quite rare. Indeed, it has been a decade since the discovery of icosahedral phases in Yb-Cd and Ca-Cd. We have discovered millimeter-sized facetted grains of i-Sc{sub 12}Zn{sub 88} with icosahedral (pentagonal dodecahedral and rhombic triacontahedral) morphologies in solution-grown samples. Structural characterization of the bulk icosahedral phase was accomplished through single-grain high-energy X-ray diffraction. For both growth morphologies, all diffraction peaks could be indexed by a primitive (P-type) icosahedral phase. The two types of morphology do, however, present interesting differences in their respective degrees of quasicrystalline order.

  1. Synthesis and relaxivity studies of a DOTA-based nanomolecular chelator assembly supported by an icosahedral closo-B₁₂²⁻ core for MRI: a click chemistry approach.

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    Goswami, Lalit N; Ma, Lixin; Kueffer, Peter J; Jalisatgi, Satish S; Hawthorne, M Frederick

    2013-07-29

    An icosahedral closo-B₁₂²⁻ scaffold based nano-sized assembly capable of carrying a high payload of Gd³⁺-chelates in a sterically crowded configuration is developed by employing the azide-alkyne click reaction. The twelve copies of DO3A-t-Bu-ester ligands were covalently attached to an icosahedral closo-B₁₂²⁻ core via suitable linkers through click reaction. This nanomolecular structure supporting a high payload of Gd³⁺-chelate is a new member of the closomer MRI contrast agents that we are currently developing in our laboratory. The per Gd ion relaxivity (r₁) of the newly synthesized MRI contrast agent was obtained in PBS, 2% tween/PBS and bovine calf serum using a 7 Tesla micro MRI instrument and was found to be slightly higher (r₁ = 4.7 in PBS at 25 °C) compared to the clinically used MRI contrast agents Omniscan (r₁ = 4.2 in PBS at 25 °C) and ProHance (r₁ = 3.1 in PBS at 25 °C).

  2. New icosahedral nanoclusters in crystal structures of intermetallic compounds: Topological types of 50-atom deltahedra D50 in samson phases β-Mg2Al3 and ɛ-Mg23Al30

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    Blatov, V. A.; Ilyushin, G. D.

    2012-12-01

    A database of intermetallic compounds has been compiled using the TOPOS program package. This database includes 514 topological types, containing 12- and 13-atom icosahedral i clusters. An isolated group of 1649 i clusters is described by 14 point groups and their maximum symmetry D 3 d (bar 3 m) and T h ( m bar 3) is established, respectively, in 47 and 25 types of crystal structures. A structural analysis of the outer quasispherical shells showed that local 63-atom i configurations 1@12@50, which contain 50 atoms in the second layer, are implemented in 8 out of 19 cases. Examples of new topologically different types of 50-atom D50 deltahedra in the Samson phases ɛ-Mg23Al30 and β-Mg2Al3 are presented. Four topologically different sites with coordination numbers of 5, 6, 6, or 7 are established in the ɛ shell and seven sites with coordination numbers of 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, or 7 are found in the β shell. The inner i clusters for the β-Mg2Al3 structure (with the symmetry bar 3 m) and the ɛ-Mg23Al30 structure (with the symmetry bar 3) have a similar chemical composition, i.e., Mg7Al6 and Mg6Al7, and their 50-atom shells are chemically identical to 18Mg + 32Al. The configurations found supplement the series of known two-layer icosahedral Bergman and Mackay clusters in the form of deltahedra with 32- and 42-atom shells.

  3. Hofstadter butterfly of a quasicrystal

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    Fuchs, Jean-Noël; Vidal, Julien

    2016-11-01

    The energy spectrum of a tight-binding Hamiltonian is studied for the two-dimensional quasiperiodic Rauzy tiling in a perpendicular magnetic field. This spectrum known as a Hofstadter butterfly displays a very rich pattern of bulk gaps that are labeled by four integers, instead of two for periodic systems. The role of phason-flip disorder is also investigated in order to extract genuinely quasiperiodic properties. This geometric disorder is found to only preserve main quantum Hall gaps.

  4. Enhancement of light output power of GaN-based light-emitting diodes with photonic quasi-crystal patterned on p-GaN surface and n-side sidewall roughing

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    Lai, Fang-I.; Yang, Jui-Fu

    2013-05-01

    In this paper, GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with photonic quasi-crystal (PQC) structure on p-GaN surface and n-side roughing by nano-imprint lithography are fabricated and investigated. At an injection current of 20 mA, the LED with PQC structure on p-GaN surface and n-side roughing increased the light output power of the InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well LEDs by a factor of 1.42, and the wall-plug efficiency is 26% higher than the conventional GaN-based LED type. After 500-h life test (55°C/50 mA), it was found that the normalized output power of GaN-based LED with PQC structure on p-GaN surface and n-side roughing only decreased by 6%. These results offer promising potential to enhance the light output powers of commercial light-emitting devices using the technique of nano-imprint lithography.

  5. Enhancement of light output power of GaN-based light-emitting diodes with photonic quasi-crystal patterned on p-GaN surface and n-side sidewall roughing

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    2013-01-01

    In this paper, GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with photonic quasi-crystal (PQC) structure on p-GaN surface and n-side roughing by nano-imprint lithography are fabricated and investigated. At an injection current of 20 mA, the LED with PQC structure on p-GaN surface and n-side roughing increased the light output power of the InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well LEDs by a factor of 1.42, and the wall-plug efficiency is 26% higher than the conventional GaN-based LED type. After 500-h life test (55°C/50 mA), it was found that the normalized output power of GaN-based LED with PQC structure on p-GaN surface and n-side roughing only decreased by 6%. These results offer promising potential to enhance the light output powers of commercial light-emitting devices using the technique of nano-imprint lithography. PMID:23683526

  6. Synthesis and structure of Ca(18)Li(5)In(25.07): a novel intergrowth of Li-centered in(12) icosahedral clusters and electron-precise Zintl layers.

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    Mao, Jiang-Gao; Goodey, Joanna; Guloy, Arnold M

    2004-01-12

    A new ternary polar intermetallic, Ca(18)Li(5)In(25.07), was obtained from high-temperature reactions of the elements in welded Nb tubes. Its crystal structure, established by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, was found to crystallize in the orthorhombic space group Cmmm (No. 65). Unit cell parameters are a = 9.9151(6) A, b = 26.432(2) A, and c = 10.2116(6) A; Z = 2. The structure of Ca(18)Li(5)In(25.07) features two distinct types of indium anionic layers. An "electron-deficient" layer is made up of Li-centered In(12) icosahedra that are interconnected by bridging planar In(4) units and In atoms. A second In(3)(5-) layer is an electron-precise Zintl layer formed by fused four-, five-, and six-membered rings of three- and four-bonded indium atoms. The two distinct layers are alternately stacked and linked into a complex three-dimensional network. Vacancies are observed to occur only at the In(12) icosahedral and the bridging indium units within the "electron-deficient" layers. Magnetic property measurements indicate that Ca(18)Li(5)In(25.07) exhibits temperature-independent paramagnetism consistent with metallic behavior. Band structure calculations were performed to elucidate the role of defects and vacancies in the electronic structure of the electron-deficient "metallic" Zintl phase.

  7. cRGD Peptide-Conjugated Icosahedral closo-B12 2− Core Carrying Multiple Gd3+-DOTA Chelates for αvβ3 Integrin-Targeted Tumor Imaging (MRI)

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    Goswami, Lalit N.; Ma, Lixin; Cai, Quanyu; Sarma, Saurav J.; Jalisatgi, Satish S.; Hawthorne, M. Frederick

    2013-01-01

    A vertex-differentiated icosahedral closo-B122− core was utilized to construct a αvβ3 integrin receptor-targeted (via cRGD peptide) high payload MRI contrast agent (CA-12) carrying 11 copies of Gd3+-DOTA chelates attached to the closo-B122− surface via suitable linkers. The resulting polyfunctional MRI contrast agent possessed a higher relaxivity value per-Gd compared to Omniscan, a small molecular contrast agent commonly used in clinical settings. The αvβ3 integrin receptor specificity of CA-12 was confirmed via in vitro cellular binding experiments and in vivo MRI of mice bearing human PC-3 prostate cancer xenografts. Integrin αvβ3-positive MDA-MB-231 cells exhibited 300% higher uptake of CA-12 than αvβ3-negative T47D cells. Serial T1-weighted MRI showed superior contrast enhancement of tumors by CA-12 compared to both a non-targeted 12-fold Gd3+-DOTA closomer control (CA-7) and Omniscan. Contrast enhancement by CA-12 persisted for 4 h post-injection, and subsequent enhancement of kidney tissue indicated a renal elimination route similar to Omniscan. No toxic effects of CA-12 were apparent in any mice for up to 24 h post-injection. Post-mortem ICP-OES analysis at 24 hours detected no residual Gd in any of the tissue samples analyzed. PMID:23391150

  8. Synthesis and characterization of (H2dab)2Cu8Ge4S14·2H2O: An expanded framework based on icosahedral Cu8S12 cluster

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    Zhang, Ren-Chun; Zhang, Chi; Ji, Shou-Hua; Ji, Min; An, Yong-Lin

    2012-02-01

    A new three-dimensional framework copper-thiogermanate, (H2dab)2Cu8Ge4S14·2H2O (1), was prepared under solvothermal condition and characterized by elemental analysis, single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Compound 1 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/c, a=11.444(4) Å, b=12.984(4) Å, c=12.455(6) Å, β=91.527(1)°, V=1850.2(3) Å3, Z=2. It contains a new three-dimensional Cu-Ge-S framework constructed from icosahedral [Cu8S12]16- clusters linked by [GeS4]4- and dimeric [Ge2S6]4- units, with diprotonated 1,4-dab (1,4-diaminobutane) and H2O molecules located in the intersecting channels. UV-vis reflectance spectroscopy reveals the band gap of compound 1 is 2.5 eV.

  9. A 4D-Var inversion system based on the icosahedral grid model (NICAM-TM 4D-Var v1.0) - Part 1: Offline forward and adjoint transport models

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    Niwa, Yosuke; Tomita, Hirofumi; Satoh, Masaki; Imasu, Ryoichi; Sawa, Yousuke; Tsuboi, Kazuhiro; Matsueda, Hidekazu; Machida, Toshinobu; Sasakawa, Motoki; Belan, Boris; Saigusa, Nobuko

    2017-03-01

    A four-dimensional variational (4D-Var) method is a popular algorithm for inverting atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) measurements. In order to meet the computationally intense 4D-Var iterative calculation, offline forward and adjoint transport models are developed based on the Nonhydrostatic ICosahedral Atmospheric Model (NICAM). By introducing flexibility into the temporal resolution of the input meteorological data, the forward model developed in this study is not only computationally efficient, it is also found to nearly match the transport performance of the online model. In a transport simulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), the data-thinning error (error resulting from reduction in the time resolution of the meteorological data used to drive the offline transport model) is minimized by employing high temporal resolution data of the vertical diffusion coefficient; with a low 6-hourly temporal resolution, significant concentration biases near the surface are introduced. The new adjoint model can be run in discrete or continuous adjoint mode for the advection process. The discrete adjoint is characterized by perfect adjoint relationship with the forward model that switches off the flux limiter, while the continuous adjoint is characterized by an imperfect but reasonable adjoint relationship with its corresponding forward model. In the latter case, both the forward and adjoint models use the flux limiter to ensure the monotonicity of tracer concentrations and sensitivities. Trajectory analysis for high CO2 concentration events are performed to test adjoint sensitivities. We also demonstrate the potential usefulness of our adjoint model for diagnosing tracer transport. Both the offline forward and adjoint models have computational efficiency about 10 times higher than the online model. A description of our new 4D-Var system that includes an optimization method, along with its application in an atmospheric CO2 inversion and the effects of using either the

  10. A 4D-Var inversion system based on the icosahedral grid model (NICAM-TM 4D-Var v1.0) - Part 2: Optimization scheme and identical twin experiment of atmospheric CO2 inversion

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    Niwa, Yosuke; Fujii, Yosuke; Sawa, Yousuke; Iida, Yosuke; Ito, Akihiko; Satoh, Masaki; Imasu, Ryoichi; Tsuboi, Kazuhiro; Matsueda, Hidekazu; Saigusa, Nobuko

    2017-06-01

    A four-dimensional variational method (4D-Var) is a popular technique for source/sink inversions of atmospheric constituents, but it is not without problems. Using an icosahedral grid transport model and the 4D-Var method, a new atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) inversion system has been developed. The system combines offline forward and adjoint models with a quasi-Newton optimization scheme. The new approach is then used to conduct identical twin experiments to investigate optimal system settings for an atmospheric CO2 inversion problem, and to demonstrate the validity of the new inversion system. In this paper, the inversion problem is simplified by assuming the prior flux errors to be reasonably well known and by designing the prior error correlations with a simple function as a first step. It is found that a system of forward and adjoint models with smaller model errors but with nonlinearity has comparable optimization performance to that of another system that conserves linearity with an exact adjoint relationship. Furthermore, the effectiveness of the prior error correlations is demonstrated, as the global error is reduced by about 15 % by adding prior error correlations that are simply designed when 65 weekly flask sampling observations at ground-based stations are used. With the optimal setting, the new inversion system successfully reproduces the spatiotemporal variations of the surface fluxes, from regional (such as biomass burning) to global scales. The optimization algorithm introduced in the new system does not require decomposition of a matrix that establishes the correlation among the prior flux errors. This enables us to design the prior error covariance matrix more freely.

  11. Water clusters confined in icosahedral fullerene cavities

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    Hernández-Rojas, J.; Monteseguro, V.; Bretón, J.; Gomez Llorente, J. M.

    2012-05-01

    Likely candidates for the global energy minima of endohedral (H2O)N@C60 and (H2O)N@C180, and exohedral (H2O)NC180 water-fullerene clusters with N ⩽ 20, are found using basin-hopping global optimization. The potential energy surfaces are constructed using both the rigid TIP4P and the flexible q-TIP4P/F potentials to model the water-water interaction, together with a Lennard-Jones potential for the water-fullerene interaction. In agreement with previous ab initio studies, we find that the small C60 cavity is able to encapsulate exothermically only one water molecule. On the other hand, the larger C180 cavity can encapsulate up to 17 water molecules exothermically. This threshold value is higher than that reported in a previous ab initio study (N ⩽ 12). New confined water cluster structures are found. One which is particularly interesting is the structure of (H2O)14@C180, with the water molecules forming an internal cage in which six oxygen atoms are located at the vertices of an almost regular octahedron and the eight remaining ones lie on top of the octahedron faces. For N ⩾ 15 one water molecule is always present at the center of the water cage, which is distorted to accommodate the extra molecules.

  12. Contact Mechanics of a Small Icosahedral Virus

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    Zeng, Cheng; Hernando-Pérez, Mercedes; Dragnea, Bogdan; Ma, Xiang; van der Schoot, Paul; Zandi, Roya

    2017-07-01

    A virus binding to a surface causes stress of the virus cage near the contact area. Here, we investigate the potential role of substrate-induced structural perturbation in the mechanical response of virus particles to adsorption. This is particularly relevant to the broad category of viruses stabilized by weak noncovalent interactions. We utilize atomic force microscopy to measure height distributions of the brome mosaic virus upon adsorption from solution on atomically flat substrates and present a continuum model that captures our observations and provides estimates of elastic properties and of the interfacial energy of the virus, without recourse to indentation.

  13. Diffraction studies of the structure of glasses and liquids

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    Moss, S.C.

    1989-01-01

    At the University of Houston, our program on glasses and liquids has continued with emphasis on melanin; vitreous TiO{sub 2}; metallic glasses/quasicrystals, including the computer modelling of quasicrystals via icosahedral glass models; and the structure of C{sup +} ion-beam deposited carbon films. The development of a dedicated glass and liquid diffractometer (GLAD) at the Argonne IPNS, under the direction of Dr. David L. Price, has entered the prototype stage. We are now quite close to a fully operating facility and commissioning should take place in the Spring 1990 with beam time available for participating scientists, on state-of-the-art experiments, shortly thereafter.

  14. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Quasicrystals

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    Becker, Russell S.; Kortan, A. Refik

    The following sections are included: * INTRODUCTION * EXPERIMENTAL * X-RAY DIFFRACTION * SCANNING TUNNELING MICROSCOPY * STRUCTURE MODELLING BASED ON STM * COMPARISON WITH MODELS BASED ON BULK STUDIES * CONCLUSION * REFERENCES

  15. Topological pumping over a photonic Fibonacci quasicrystal

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    Verbin, Mor; Zilberberg, Oded; Lahini, Yoav; Kraus, Yaacov E.; Silberberg, Yaron

    2015-02-01

    Quasiperiodic lattices have recently been shown to be a nontrivial topological phase of matter. Charge pumping—one of the hallmarks of topological states of matter—was recently realized for photons in a one-dimensional off-diagonal Harper model implemented in a photonic waveguide array. However, if the relationship between topological pumps and quasiperiodic systems is generic, one might wonder how to observe it in the canonical and most studied quasicrystalline system in one dimension—the Fibonacci chain. This chain is expected to facilitate a similar phenomenon, yet its discrete nature hinders the experimental study of such topological effects. Here, we overcome this obstacle by utilizing the topological equivalence of a family of quasiperiodic models which ranges from the Fibonacci chain to the Harper model. Implemented in photonic waveguide arrays, we observe the topological properties of this family, and perform a topological pumping of photons across a Fibonacci chain.

  16. Nanocrystallization of the Fd3m Ti2Ni-type phase in Hf-based metallic glasses.

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    Louzguine, D V; Ko, M S; Ranganathan, S; Inoue, A

    2001-06-01

    Three ternary and four quaternary hafnium-based alloys have been rapidly solidified, and the devitrification of the resultant metallic glasses has been studied to evaluate the influence of composition on the products. The formation of metastable and stable Fd3m (Pearson symbol cF96) Ti2Ni was evident whenever the alloy composition in the stable equilibrium diagrams showed this phase. The replacement of nickel by iron led to the appearance of this phase in preference to the icosahedral quasicrystal. Several common features of the amorphous alloys that form either nanoscale icosahedral or cF96 Ti2Ni-type phases on devitrification are discussed and summarized.

  17. Templated quasicrystalline molecular layers

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    Smerdon, Joe; Young, Kirsty; Lowe, Michael; Hars, Sanger; Yadav, Thakur; Hesp, David; Dhanak, Vinod; Tsai, An-Pang; Sharma, Hem Raj; McGrath, Ronan

    2014-03-01

    Quasicrystals are materials with long range ordering but no periodicity. We report scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) observations of quasicrystalline molecular layers on five-fold quasicrystal surfaces. The molecules adopt positions and orientations on the surface consistent with the quasicrystalline ordering of the substrate. Carbon-60 adsorbs atop sufficiently-separated Fe atoms on icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe to form a unique quasicrystalline lattice whereas further C60 molecules decorate remaining surface Fe atoms in a quasi-degenerate fashion. Pentacene (Pn) adsorbs at tenfold-symmetric points around surface-bisected rhombic triacontahedral clusters in icosahedral Ag-In-Yb. These systems constitute the first demonstrations of quasicrystalline molecular ordering on a template. EPSRC EP/D05253X/1, EP/D071828/1, UK BIS.

  18. Interfacial free energy and medium range order: Proof of an inverse of Frank's hypothesis

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    Lee, Geun Woo; Cho, Yong Chan; Lee, Byeongchan; Kelton, Kenneth F.

    2017-02-01

    We study the relation of crystal-liquid interfacial free energy and medium range order in the quasicrystal-forming T i37Z r42N i21 liquid from undercooling experiment and ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Adding a small amount of Ag to the liquid significantly reduces the degree of undercooling, which is suggestive of small interfacial free energy, and thus very similar atomic configuration between the liquid and the icosahedral quasicrystal phases. Using ab initio MD study, we find that Ag atoms predominantly form a bond with Zr atoms in the short range and, further, Ag-Zr pairs are extended in the liquid, as a medium range order which is identical to the global structural feature reported recently [Liu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 155501 (2010)], 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.155501. This result may expect extremely small undercooling if the icosahedral medium range order exists in a liquid forming an icosahedral quasicrystal, which implies the ambiguity of clear distinction of heterogeneous and homogeneous nucleation.

  19. Quasicrystallography from Bn lattices

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    Koca, M.; Koca, N. O.; Al-Mukhaini, A.; Al-Qanabi, A.

    2014-11-01

    We present a group theoretical analysis of the hypercubic lattice described by the affine Coxeter-Weyl group Wa (Bn). An h-fold symmetric quasicrystal structure follows from the hyperqubic lattice whose point group is described by the Coxeter-Weyl group W (Bn) with the Coxeter number h=2n. Higher dimensional cubic lattices are explicitly constructed for n = 4,5,6 by identifying their rank-3 Coxeter subgroups and maximal dihedral subgroups. Decomposition of their Voronoi cells under the respective rank-3 subgroups W (A3), W (H2)×W (A1) and W (H3)lead to the rhombic dodecahedron, rhombic icosahedron and rhombic triacontahedron respectively. Projection of the lattice B4 describes a quasicrystal structure with 8-fold symmetry. The B5 lattice leads to quasicrystals with both 5fold and 10 fold symmetries. The lattice B6 projects on a 12-fold symmetric quasicrystal as well as a 3D icosahedral quasicrystal depending on the choice of subspace of projections. The projected sets of lattice points are compatible with the available experimental data.

  20. Theoretical study of icosahedral closo-borane, -alane, and -gallane dianions (A(12)H(12)(2-); A = B, Al, Ga) with endohedral noble gas atoms (Ng = He, Ne, Ar, and Kr) and their lithium salts (Li[Ng@A(12)H(12)](-) and Li(2)[Ng@A(12)H(12)]).

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    Charkin, O P; Klimenko, N M; Moran, D; Mebel, A M; Charkin, D O; Schleyer, P R

    2001-12-31

    Geometries, energies, vibrational frequencies, and magnetic properties have been computed at the B3LYP level with the 6-31G and 6-311+G basis sets for a family of endohedral closo-boranes, -alanes, and -gallanes Ng@A(12)H(12)(2-) with noble gas atoms (Ng) located in the centers of icosahedral [B(12)], [Al(12)], and [Ga(12)] clusters. The endohedral structures of most of the systems are minima lying above separated Ng + A(12)H(12)(2-) by 166 (He@B(12)H(12)(2-)) and 403 (Ne@B(12)H(12)(2-)) kcal/mol for boranes; 29 (He@Al(12)H(12)(2-)), 63 (Ne@Al(12)H(12)(2-)), 154 (Ar@Al(12)H(12)(2-)), and 189 (Kr@Al(12)H(12)(2-)) kcal/mol for alanes; and 39 (He@Ga(12)H(12)(2-)), 71 (Ne@Ga(12)H(12)(2-)), and 213 (Ar@Ga(12)H(12)(2-)) kcal/mol for gallanes. Three types of transition states are found for the exit of Ng from a cage: via an edge (TS-1), through a face (TS-2), and via a more extensive deformation through a pentagonal cage "neck" (TS-3). The most favorable exit path depends on the rigidity of the cage, the exothermicity of the dissociation, and the relationship between the size of the internal cavity of the cage and the Ng atomic radius. Ng exit via TS-3 is preferred for He@Al(12)H(12)(2-), Ne@Al(12)H(12)(2-), He@Ga(12)H(12)(2-), Ne@Ga(12)H(12)(2-), Ar@Al(12)H(12)(2), and Kr@Al(12)H(12)(2-). Helium exits via a cage edge (TS-1) for He@B(12)H(12)(2-), while for Ne@B(12)H(12)(2-) the neon exits via a triangular face (TS-2). Exit barriers (H(exit)(double dagger)) are high enough (30-60 kcal/mol) for all helium clusters and for Ne@Al(12)H(12)(2-) and Ne@Ga(12)H(12)(2-) to ensure the kinetic stability of these systems. The barriers for Ar@Al(12)H(12)(2-) and Kr@Al(12)H(12)(2-) decrease to 10-15 kcal/mol, while Ne@B(12)H(12)(2-) has a very low exit barrier and is not expected to be stable kinetically. There is a linear dependence of Ng@A(12)H(12)(2-) cage size on the Ng atomic radii; that is, the heavier Ng atoms "bulge" the cages. Nucleus independent chemical shifts (NICS

  1. Supraicosahedral and icosahedral nickelacarbaboranes bearing exopolyhedral metal fragments.

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    Hodson, Bruce E; McGrath, Thomas D; Stone, F Gordon A

    2004-08-21

    Treatment of the isomeric 12-vertex nickelacarbaborane salts [NEt(4)][3-(eta3)-C(3)H(5))-closo-3,1,2-NiC(2)B(9)H(11)] and [NEt(4)][2-(eta3)-C(3)H(5))-closo-2,1,7-NiC(2)B(9)H(11)] with [CuCl(PPh(3))](4) and Tl[PF(6)] affords the zwitterionic bimetallic species [3-(eta3)-C(3)H(5))-3,4,8-[Cu(PPh(3))]-4,8-(mu-H)(2)-closo-3,1,2-NiC(2)B(9)H(9)] and [2-(eta3)-C(3)H(5))-2,6,11-(Cu(PPh(3)))-6,11-(mu-H)(2)-closo-2,1,7-NiC(2)B(9)H(9)], respectively. Similarly, the 13-vertex nickelacarbaborane [NEt(4)][4-(eta3)-C(3)H(5))-closo-4,1,6-NiC(2)B(10)H(12)] reacts with sources of mono-cationic metal fragments to form [4-(eta3)-C(3)H(5))-7,8,13-(Cu(PPh(3)))-7,8,13-(mu-H)(3)-4,1,6-closo-NiC(2)B(10)H(9)], [4-(eta3)-C(3)H(5))-3,8-(Rh(PPh(3))(2))-3,8-(mu-H)(2)-4,1,6-closo-NiC(2)B(10)H(10)] and [4-(eta3)-C(3)H(5))-3,7,8-(RuCl(PPh(3))(2))-3,7,8-(mu-H)(3)-4,1,6-closo-NiC(2)B(10)H(9)]. The molecular structures of these five new bimetallic compounds were determined by X-ray diffraction studies, confirming that exopolyhedral Cu, Rh and Ru fragments are attached to the cluster via B-H[right harpoon up]M agostic-type interactions and, in the case of the (NiC(2)B(9)) species, by a metal-metal bond.

  2. Electronic structure of icosahedral cobalt-sulfur clusters

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    Hoffman, G.G.; Bashkin, J.K.; Karplus, M. )

    1990-11-21

    This paper uses the multiple scattering (MS)-X{alpha} method to calculate the electronic structure of several clusters that contain an octahedral Co{sub 8}S{sub 6} core. Two of the cluster are analogous to compounds that have been previously synthesized, and the results of these calculations are consistent with the experimentally observed spin states, absorption spectra, and structural similarity of these compounds. These clusters are of particular interest because they are related to the component structures of the mineral cobalt pentlandite. To obtain information that can be extended to cobalt pentlandite, the effects of oxidation state and added ligands to the core structure of the clusters are studied. An extended Hueckel theory (EHT) study of similar clusters has been performed by Burdett and Miller. The spectra from the two types of calculations correspond in general and the central conclusions of Burdett and Miller are supported by the MS-X{alpha} results.

  3. Icosahedral superclusters in Cu64Zr36 metallic glass

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    Zemp, J.; Celino, M.; Schönfeld, B.; Löffler, J. F.

    2014-10-01

    The presence of superclusters based on Cu-centered icosahedra was studied via classical molecular dynamics simulations in Cu64Zr36 metallic glass. Medium-range order was identified by determining the nearest-neighbor histogram and bond-angle distribution of superclusters. A heterogeneous distribution of icosahedra was observed while other common cluster types are distributed homogeneously. The degree of superclustering, as quantified by the number of cap-sharing bonds per icosahedron, was found to depend only on the icosahedron fraction, irrespective of thermal history. This is further supported by a long-time annealing in the supercooled liquid regime, where the number of icosahedra significantly increases and the formation of superclusters is consequently enhanced. While distorted icosahedra are not found in the vicinity of full icosahedra, the Zr-centered ⟨0 0 12 4⟩ clusters show a high spatial correlation to Cu-centered icosahedra. This is indicative of early stages of crystallization into a Cu2Zr Laves phase.

  4. Carbon-rich icosahedral boron carbide designed from first principles

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    Jay, Antoine; Vast, Nathalie; Sjakste, Jelena; Duparc, Olivier Hardouin

    2014-07-21

    The carbon-rich boron-carbide (B{sub 11}C)C-C has been designed from first principles within the density functional theory. With respect to the most common boron carbide at 20% carbon concentration B{sub 4}C, the structural modification consists in removing boron atoms from the chains linking (B{sub 11}C) icosahedra. With C-C instead of C-B-C chains, the formation of vacancies is shown to be hindered, leading to enhanced mechanical strength with respect to B{sub 4}C. The phonon frequencies and elastic constants turn out to prove the stability of the carbon-rich phase, and important fingerprints for its characterization have been identified.

  5. Hall constant on the Icosahedral t-J model

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    Haerter, Jan; Peterson, Michael; Shastry, Sriram

    2006-03-01

    We investigate the Hall constant RH in the zero field limit through the exact diagonalization technique on small clusters within the triangular lattice t-J model. As a model system we study the icosahedron, a 12-site Platonic solid consisting solely of five fold coordinated triangles. We compare results with toroidal geometries up to 12 sites. While the high-temperature behavior of the high-frequency RH^* is quite well understood analytically, our objective is to explain the complete T-dependence of RH in Na.68CoO2 as observed in experiments (Ong et al), especially in the low-T regime. Furthermore, we investigate RH as function of frequency by explicit evaluation of Kubo formulae. We compare results with existing studies of RH on square lattices.

  6. Shell-resolved melting kinetics of icosahedral cluster.

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    Liu, Hong H; Jiang, En Y; Bai, Hai L; Wu, Ping; Li, Zhiqing; Sun, Chang Q

    2009-03-01

    Molecular dynamics calculations of the fluctuation of bond vibration revealed the shell-resolved mode of surface melting of the a closed-shell cluster containing 147 atoms with Lennard-Jones type interaction. It is found that the surface melting is imitated by the migrating of the vertex atoms. Although the melting process of the LJ147 cluster could be divided into discrete stages of surface shell-by-shell melting in general, there is still a continuous process of melting from the surface shell to the core interior.

  7. Preparation of Al-Cu-Fe-(Sn,Si) quasicrystalline bulks by laser multilayer cladding

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    Feng, Li-ping; Fleury, Eric; Zhang, Guo-sheng

    2012-05-01

    (Al65Cu20Fe15)100- x Sn x ( x=0, 12, 20, 30) and Al57Si10Cu18Fe15 powders were cladded on a medium carbon steel (45# steel) substrate by laser multilayer cladding, respectively. The phases and properties of the produced quasicrystalline bulks were investigated. It was found that the main phases in the Al65Cu20Fe15 sample were crystalline λ-Al13Fe4 and icosahedral quasicrystal together with a small volume fraction of θ-Al2Cu phase. The volume fraction of icosahedral phase decreased as the Sn content in the (Al65Cu20Fe15)100- x Sn x samples increased owing to the formation of β-CuSn phase. The increase of Sn content improved the brittleness of the quasicrystal samples. The morphology of the solidification microstructure in the Al57Si10Cu18Fe15 sample changed from elongated shape to spherical shape due to the addition of Si. The nanohardness of the laser multilayer cladded quasicrystal samples was equal to that of the as-cast sample prepared by vacuum quenching. In terms of hardness, the laser cladded Al57Si10Cu18Fe15 quasicrystalline alloy has the highest value among all the investigated samples.

  8. Isolation and Structural Characterization of a Mackay 55-Metal-Atom Two-Shell Icosahedron of Pseudo-Ih Symmetry, Pd55L12(μ3-CO)20 (L = PR3, R = Isopropyl): Comparative Analysis with Interior Two-Shell Icosahedral Geometries in Capped Three-Shell Pd145, Pt-Centered Four-Shell Pd-Pt M165, and Four-Shell Au133 Nanoclusters.

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    Erickson, Jeremiah D; Mednikov, Evgueni G; Ivanov, Sergei A; Dahl, Lawrence F

    2016-02-10

    We present the first successful isolation and crystallographic characterization of a Mackay 55-metal-atom two-shell icosahedron, Pd55L12(μ3-CO)20 (L = PPr(i)3) (1). Its two-shell icosahedron of pseudo-Ih symmetry (without isopropyl substituents) enables a structural/bonding comparison with interior 55-metal-atom two-shell icosahedral geometries observed within the multi-shell capped 145-metal-atom three-shell Pd145(CO)72(PEt3)30 and 165-metal-atom four-shell Pt-centered (μ12-Pt)Pd164-xPtx(CO)72(PPh3)20 (x ≈ 7) nanoclusters, and within the recently reported four-shell Au133(SC6H4-p-Bu(t))52 nanocluster. DFT calculations carried out on a Pd55(CO)20(PH3)12 model analogue, with triisopropyl phosphine substituents replaced by H atoms, revealed a positive +0.84 e charge for the entire Pd55 core, with a highly positive second-shell Pd42 surface of +1.93 e.

  9. Nanosized (mu12-Pt)Pd164-xPtx(CO)72(PPh3)20 (x approximately 7) containing Pt-centered four-shell 165-atom Pd-Pt core with unprecedented intershell bridging carbonyl ligands: comparative analysis of icosahedral shell-growth patterns with geometrically related Pd145(CO)x(PEt3)30 (x approximately 60) containing capped three-shell Pd145 core.

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    Mednikov, Evgueni G; Jewell, Matthew C; Dahl, Lawrence F

    2007-09-19

    Presented herein are the preparation and crystallographic/microanalytical/magnetic/spectroscopic characterization of the Pt-centered four-shell 165-atom Pd-Pt cluster, (mu(12)-Pt)Pd(164-x)Pt(x)(CO)(72)(PPh(3))(20) (x approximately 7), 1, that replaces the geometrically related capped three-shell icosahedral Pd(145) cluster, Pd(145)(CO)(x)(PEt(3))(30) (x approximately 60), 2, as the largest crystallographically determined discrete transition metal cluster with direct metal-metal bonding. A detailed comparison of their shell-growth patterns gives rise to important stereochemical implications concerning completely unexpected structural dissimilarities as well as similarities and provides new insight concerning possible synthetic approaches for generation of multi-shell metal clusters. 1 was reproducibly prepared in small yields (<10%) from the reaction of Pd(10)(CO)(12)(PPh(3))(6) with Pt(CO)(2)(PPh(3))(2). Its 165-atom metal-core geometry and 20 PPh(3) and 72 CO ligands were established from a low-temperature (100 K) CCD X-ray diffraction study. The well-determined crystal structure is attributed largely to 1 possessing cubic T(h) (2/m3) site symmetry, which is the highest crystallographic subgroup of the noncrystallographic pseudo-icosahedral I(h) (2/m35) symmetry. The "full" four-shell Pd-Pt anatomy of 1 consists of: (a) shell 1 with the centered (mu(12)-Pt) atom encapsulated by the 12-atom icosahedral Pt(x)Pd(12-x) cage, x = 1.2(3); (b) shell 2 with the 42-atom nu(2) icosahedral Pt(x)Pd(42-x) cage, x = 3.5(5); (c) shell 3 with the anti-Mackay 60-atom semi-regular rhombicosidodecahedral Pt(x)Pd(60-x) cage, x = 2.2(6); (d) shell 4 with the 50-atom nu(2) pentagonal dodecahedral Pd(50) cage. The total number of crystallographically estimated Pt atoms, 8 +/- 3, which was obtained from least-squares (Pt(x)/Pd(1-x))-occupancy analysis of the X-ray data that conclusively revealed the central atom to be pure Pt (occupancy factor, x = 1.00(3)), is fortuitously in agreement

  10. Change in local environment upon quasicrystallization of Zr-Cu glassy alloys by addition of Pd and Pt.

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    Saida, Junji; Sanada, Takashi; Sato, Shigeo; Imafuku, Muneyuki; Ohnuma, Masato; Ohkubo, Tadakatsu; Hono, Kazuhiro; Matsubara, Eiichiro

    2011-05-04

    The effects of Pd and Pt, which are known quasicrystal (QC)-forming elements, on the local atomic structure in Zr(70)Cu(30) glassy alloys are investigated. A QC phase precipitates from a glassy phase above a certain temperature by a cooperative-like motion of icosahedral clusters. Quasicrystallization is accompanied by a significant change in the local environment around the Zr atoms and a slight change around the noble metal. However, the local environment around the Cu atoms remains almost the same during QC formation. It is suggested that two types of icosahedral polyhedra exist in the glassy state: one has a relatively perfect icosahedral structure formed around the Zr atoms. The other is in a distorted state around the Cu atoms. We speculate that the medium-range order (i.e. QC nucleus) has a Zr-centered icosahedral cluster as its core, and the QC grows via aggregation of possible clusters in the initial stage. Pd or Pt atoms stabilize and/or connect individual Zr-centered icosahedral clusters, facilitating the formation of the nucleus and growth of the QC phase. © 2011 IOP Publishing Ltd

  11. The determination of the solidification paths and the liquidus surface in the quasicrystalline region of the Al-Cu-Ru systems

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    Haines, Scott

    1995-12-06

    Objective is to determine if conventional slow-growth methods will be successful for growing single quasicrystals in this system. Reaction schemes, isopleths, and a ternary liquidus diagram were constructed using DTA, XRD, microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Results suggest a peak in the liquidus near the predicted compositions of Al65Cu23Ru12 or Al65Cu20Ru15 in the face-centered icosahedral phase field. Further study is needed to verify the existence of a congruently melting phase. There appears to be composition for which slow-growth methods will produce a single-quasicrystal. Directional solidification studies were done on Al65Cu25Ru10.

  12. Microstructures evolution and physical properties of laser induced NbC modified nanocrystalline composites

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    Li, Jianing; Liu, Kegao; Yuan, Xingdong; Shan, Feihu; Zhang, Bolun; Wang, Zhe; Xu, Wenzhuo; Zhang, Zheng; An, Xiangchen

    2017-10-01

    The nanoscale quasicrystals (NQs), amorphous and ultrafine nanocrystals (UNs) modified hard composites are produced by laser cladding (LC) of the Ni60A-TiC-NbC-Sb mixed powders on the additive manufacturing (AM) TA1 titanium alloy. The LC technique is favorable to formations of icosahedral quasicrystals (I-phase) with five-fold symmetry due to its rapid cooling and solidification characteristics. The formation mechanism of this I-phase is explained here. Under the actions of NQs, amorphous and UNs, such LC composites exhibited an extremely high micro-hardness. UNs may also intertwin with amorphous, forming yarn-shape materials. This research provides essential theoretical basis to improve the quality of laser-treated composites.

  13. Specific heat properties of polariton modes in quasicrystals

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    Mauriz, P. W.; Albuquerque, E. L.; Vasconcelos, M. S.

    2001-05-01

    We investigate the thermodynamical properties of plasmon polaritons that propagate in multiple semiconductor layers arranged in a quasiperiodical fashion. This quasiperiodicity can be of the so-called deterministic (or controlled) disorder type, i.e., they are neither random nor periodic. Also, they are characterized by the nature of their Fourier spectrum, which can be dense pure point (Fibonacci sequence) or singular continuous (Thue-Morse sequence). The sequences are described in terms of a series of generations that obey peculiar recursion relations. We present both analytical and numerical studies on the temperature dependence of the polariton's specific heat associated with the generation number n=1,2,3,... for their multiscale fractal energy spectra. We show that when T-->0, the specific heat displays oscillations and when T-->∞, the specific heat goes to zero with T-2 (because the energy spectrum considered is bounded).

  14. Method of making quasicrystal alloy powder, protective coatings and articles

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    Shield, J.E.; Goldman, A.I.; Anderson, I.E.; Ellis, T.W.; McCallum, R.W.; Sordelet, D.J.

    1995-07-18

    A method of making quasicrystalline alloy particulates is disclosed wherein an alloy is superheated and the melt is atomized to form generally spherical alloy particulates free of mechanical fracture and exhibiting a predominantly quasicrystalline in the atomized condition structure. The particulates can be plasma sprayed to form a coating or consolidated to form an article of manufacture. 3 figs.

  15. The Mpemba Effect, Shechtman's Quasicrystals and Student Exploration Activities

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    Balazovic, Marek; Tomasik, Boris

    2012-01-01

    In the 1960s, Tanzanian student Erasto Mpemba and his teacher published a paper with the title "Cool?" in this journal (Mpemba and Osborne 1969 "Phys. Educ." 4 172-5). They claimed that hot water freezes more quickly than cold water. The paper not only led to a wave of discussion, and more publications about this topic, but also to a whole series…

  16. Conformational Asymmetry and Quasicrystal Approximants in Linear Diblock Copolymers

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    Schulze, Morgan W.; Lewis, Ronald M.; Lettow, James H.; Hickey, Robert J.; Gillard, Timothy M.; Hillmyer, Marc A.; Bates, Frank S.

    2017-05-01

    Small angle x-ray scattering experiments on three model low molar mass diblock copolymer systems containing minority polylactide and majority hydrocarbon blocks demonstrate that conformational asymmetry stabilizes the Frank-Kasper σ phase. Differences in block flexibility compete with space filling at constant density inducing the formation of polyhedral shaped particles that assemble into this low symmetry ordered state with local tetrahedral coordination. These results confirm predictions from self-consistent field theory that establish the origins of symmetry breaking in the ordering of block polymer melts subjected to compositional and conformational asymmetry.

  17. Method of making quasicrystal alloy powder, protective coatings and articles

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    Shield, Jeffrey E.; Goldman, Alan I.; Anderson, Iver E.; Ellis, Timothy W.; McCallum, R. William; Sordelet, Daniel J.

    1995-07-18

    A method of making quasicrystalline alloy particulates wherein an alloy is superheated and the melt is atomized to form generally spherical alloy particulates free of mechanical fracture and exhibiting a predominantly quasicrystalline in the atomized condition structure. The particulates can be plasma sprayed to form a coating or consolidated to form an article of manufacture.

  18. Electrically tunable graphene plasmonic quasicrystal metasurfaces for transformation optics

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    Zeng, Chao; Liu, Xueming; Wang, Guoxi

    2014-01-01

    The past few years have witnessed tremendous achievements of transformation optics applied to metallic plasmonic systems. Due to the poor tunability of metals, however, the ultimate control over surface plasmons remains a challenge. Here we propose a new type of graphene plasmonic (GP) metasurfaces by shaping the dielectrics underneath monolayer graphene into specific photonic crystals. The radial and axial gradient-index (GRIN) lenses are implemented to demonstrate the feasibility and versatility of the proposal. It is found that the designed GP-GRIN lenses work perfectly well for focusing, collimating, and guiding the GP waves. Especially, they exhibit excellent performances in the THz regime as diverse as ultra-small focusing spot (λ0/60) and broadband electrical tunability. The proposed method offers potential opportunities in exploiting active transformational plasmonic elements operating at THz frequencies. PMID:25042132

  19. Thermal radiation in one-dimensional photonic quasicrystals with graphene

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    Costa, C. H.; Vasconcelos, M. S.; Fulco, U. L.; Albuquerque, E. L.

    2017-10-01

    In this work we investigate the thermal power spectra of the electromagnetic radiation through one-dimensional stacks of dielectric layers, with graphene at their interfaces, arranged according to a quasiperiodic structure obeying the Fibonacci (FB), Thue-Morse (TM) and double-period (DP) sequences. The thermal radiation power spectra are determined by means of a theoretical model based on a transfer matrix formalism for both normal and oblique incidence geometries, considering the Kirchhoff's law of thermal radiation. A systematic study of the consequences of the graphene layers in the thermal emittance spectra is presented and discussed. We studied also the radiation spectra considering the case where the chemical potential is changed in order to tune the omnidirectional photonic band gap.

  20. Singular Spectrum of Lebesgue Measure Zerofor One-Dimensional Quasicrystals

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    Lenz, Daniel

    The spectrum of one-dimensional discrete Schr\\"odinger operators associated to strictly ergodic dynamical systems is shown to coincide with the set of zeros of the Lyapunov exponent if and only if the Lyapunov exponent exists uniformly. This is used to obtain Cantor spectrum of zero Lebesgue measure for all aperiodic subshifts with uniform positive weights. This covers, in particular, all aperiodic subshifts arising from primitive substitutions including new examples as e.g. the Rudin-Shapiro substitution. Our investigation is not based on trace maps. Instead it relies on an Oseledec type theorem due to A. Furman and a uniform ergodic theorem due to the author.

  1. Spectrum of Lebesgue Measure Zero for Jacobi Matrices of Quasicrystals

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    Beckus, Siegfried; Pogorzelski, Felix

    2013-09-01

    We study one-dimensional random Jacobi operators corresponding to strictly ergodic dynamical systems. We characterize the spectrum of these operators via non-uniformity of the transfer matrices and vanishing of the Lyapunov exponent. For aperiodic, minimal subshifts satisfying the so-called Boshernitzan condition this gives that the spectrum is supported on a Cantor set with Lebesgue measure zero. This generalizes earlier results for Schrödinger operators.

  2. The Mpemba Effect, Shechtman's Quasicrystals and Student Exploration Activities

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    Balazovic, Marek; Tomasik, Boris

    2012-01-01

    In the 1960s, Tanzanian student Erasto Mpemba and his teacher published a paper with the title "Cool?" in this journal (Mpemba and Osborne 1969 "Phys. Educ." 4 172-5). They claimed that hot water freezes more quickly than cold water. The paper not only led to a wave of discussion, and more publications about this topic, but also to a whole series…

  3. Role of Smectite Quasicrystal Dynamics in Adsorption of Dinitrophenol

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    Understanding sorption mechanisms and processes is critical for predicting the fate of organic pollutants in soils and for development of effective remediation strategies for contaminated soils. Novel X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques were used to investigate processes associated with the adsorptio...

  4. No inherent glassiness in a Penrose tiling quasicrystal

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    Strandburg, K.J.; Dressel, P.R.

    1988-11-01

    Consideration of the structure of the Penrose pattern has led to speculation that a system with a Penrose tiling ground state might be subject to inherent glassy behavior. Monte Carol simulations show, using a simple model of the energetics, that there is no inherent glassiness in the Penrose tiling. Thermodynamic quantities measured are completely reversible, displaying no observable hysterisis, and the system may be easily cooled from a highly disordered configuration into its lowest energy state. 11 refs., 7 figs.

  5. Caged clusters in Al11Ir4: Structural transition and insulating phase

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    Mihalkovič, Marek; Henley, C. L.

    2013-08-01

    Using pair potentials fitted to an ab initio database, combined with replica-exchange simulated annealing, we show that the complex, quasicrystal-related Al11Ir4 compound contains a nonstandard version of the “pseudo-Mackay” icosahedral cluster, with nonicosahedral inner Al10Ir and/or Al9Ir clusters that exist in various orientations and account for partial occupancies in the reported structure. We found two different compositions with different orientationally ordered grounds, each doubling the (cubic) unit cell and each reached by a first-order thermal transition. One of these is metallic and the other is insulating.

  6. Novel Kac-Moody-type affine extensions of non-crystallographic Coxeter groups

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    Dechant, Pierre-Philippe; Bœhm, Céline; Twarock, Reidun

    2012-07-01

    Motivated by recent results in mathematical virology, we present novel asymmetric {Z}[\\tau ]-integer-valued affine extensions of the non-crystallographic Coxeter groups H2, H3 and H4 derived in a Kac-Moody-type formalism. In particular, we show that the affine reflection planes which extend the Coxeter group H3 generate (twist) translations along two-, three- and five-fold axes of icosahedral symmetry, and we classify these translations in terms of the Fibonacci recursion relation applied to different start values. We thus provide an explanation of previous results concerning affine extensions of icosahedral symmetry in a Coxeter group context, and extend this analysis to the case of the non-crystallographic Coxeter groups H2 and H4. These results will enable new applications of group theory in physics (quasicrystals), biology (viruses) and chemistry (fullerenes).

  7. Complex metallic alloys in the Ce Au Sn system: a study of the atomic and electronic structures

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    Kenzari, S.; Demange, V.; Boulet, P.; de Weerd, M. C.; Ledieu, J.; Dubois, J. M.; Fournée, V.

    2008-03-01

    We report the formation of a new stable quasicrystal approximant in the Ce-Au-Sn system. The crystalline structure of the Ce15Au65Sn20 compound is investigated by x-ray diffraction and is found to be of similar structure type to the Zn17Sc3 1/1 approximant. Large clusters with icosahedral symmetry are located at the node of the body-centred cubic (bcc) unit cell (a = 1.5190 nm) containing 161 atoms. We have used transmission electron microscopy to emphasize the relationship of this new compound with the icosahedral space group. The valence band has been investigated by photoemission spectroscopy and shows an indication of Van Hove singularities in the density of states, characteristic of quasicrystalline and related approximant phases. We expect similar 1/1 approximant and possibly icosahedral phases to be discovered in the new RE-Au-Sn systems (where RE is rare earth). We also found a hexagonal phase with a large unit cell possessing local icosahedral order, co-existing as a minority phase.

  8. Phenomenological Magnetic Model in Tsai-Type Approximants

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    Sugimoto, Takanori; Tohyama, Takami; Hiroto, Takanobu; Tamura, Ryuji

    Recent neutron diffraction study has reported a curious ferromagnetism in Tsai-type approximants Au-Si-RE (RE=Tb,Dy,Ho), which have the same local structure as quasi-crystals with a translational symmetry simultaneously. In these materials, magnetic moments of rare-earth atoms have a single-ion anisotropy determined locally via spin-orbit coupling around crystal fields satisfying a distorted icosahedral crystal structure. We phenomenologically propose a possible magnetic model reproducing the magnetic structure and the thermodynamical quantities. The corresponding energies of the single-ion anisotropy and RKKY exchange couplings are also estimated by comparing magnetization curves and susceptibility of our model and experiments. Moreover, simulated annealing calculations with the energies in our model coincide with the strange ferromagnetism. In conclusion, a distortion of icosahedral cluster in body-centered cubic structure plays a key role to emerge the peculiar magnetic structure. Our magnetic model does not only explain magnetic behaviors in quasi-crystal approximants, but also can approach to a coexistence of a long-ranged order and a quasi-periodicity.

  9. Characteristic chemical shifts of quasicrystalline Zn-Mg-Zr alloys studied by EELS and SXES

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    Koshiya, S.; Terauchi, M.; Ohhashi, S.; Tsai, A. P.

    2013-06-01

    Chemical shifts of the constituent atoms of primitive icosahedral quasicrystal (P-QC), face-centred icosahedral quasicrystal (F-QC) and 1/1-approximant (1/1-AP) of F-QC Zn-Mg-Zr alloys were investigated for the first time using high energy-resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and soft-X-ray emission spectroscopy (SXES). Among Zn M-shell and Mg L-shell excitation EELS spectra of P-QC, F-QC and 1/1-AP alloys, only the quasicrystalline alloys showed a chemical shift towards the larger binding energy side. In Zn-L and Zr-L emission SXES spectra, the P-QC and F-QC alloys showed a chemical shift towards larger binding energy side. The magnitudes of the shifts in the Zn-L emission spectra of the quasicrystalline alloys were almost the same as for ZnO. These results strongly suggest a decrease in valence charge in quasicrystalline states. Therefore, it should be concluded that bonding in quasicrystalline states involves a characteristic increase in covalency compared with bonding in corresponding approximant and standard metal crystals.

  10. Synonymous Mutations Reduce Genome Compactness in Icosahedral ssRNA Viruses

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    Tubiana, Luca; Božič, Anže Lošdorfer; Micheletti, Cristian; Podgornik, Rudolf

    2015-01-01

    Recent studies have shown that single-stranded (ss) viral RNAs fold into more compact structures than random RNA sequences with similar chemical composition and identical length. Based on this comparison, it has been suggested that wild-type viral RNA may have evolved to be atypically compact so as to aid its encapsidation and assist the viral assembly process. To further explore the compactness selection hypothesis, we systematically compare the predicted sizes of >100 wild-type viral sequences with those of their mutants, which are evolved in silico and subject to a number of known evolutionary constraints. In particular, we enforce mutation synonynimity, preserve the codon-bias, and leave untranslated regions intact. It is found that progressive accumulation of these restricted mutations still suffices to completely erase the characteristic compactness imprint of the viral RNA genomes, making them in this respect physically indistinguishable from randomly shuffled RNAs. This shows that maintaining the physical compactness of the genome is indeed a primary factor among ssRNA viruses’ evolutionary constraints, contributing also to the evidence that synonymous mutations in viral ssRNA genomes are not strictly neutral. PMID:25564866

  11. Na9K16TI~25: A New Phase Containing Naked Icosahedral Cluster Fragments Ti99-

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    Li, Bin; Corbett, John D.

    2007-12-05

    The phase Na{sub 9}K{sub 16}Tl{sub 25.25(2)} was synthesized by fusion of the elements in sealed Ta containers followed by quenching and annealing at 250 C. The structure established by single crystal X-ray diffraction means (P6{sub 3}/m, Z = 2, a = 19.376(3) {angstrom}, c = 11.480(2) {angstrom}) features Tl{sub 9}{sup 9-} clusters. These are well separated by cations that bridge between, faces, edges, and vertices of the clusters; sodium appears to be essential in this role. This is the third compound known to contain Tl{sub 9} clusters, but here two of nine sites are partially occupied, which can be interpreted as a 70:30 mixture of Tl{sub 9} and Tl{sub 7} units in the same cavity. This Tl{sub 9} example also displays lower symmetry (C{sub s}) but requires the same 2n skeletal electrons. EHTB electronic structure calculations indicate that the Fermi level intersects a finite densities-of-states (DOS), and only some bonds are optimized at E{sub F}, giving some insight regarding the site of Tl deficiency. Direct geometric relationships are found among Tl{sub 13}, Tl{sub 9}, Tl{sub 7} and Tl{sub 5} clusters through systematic removal of vertices.

  12. Protruding knob-like proteins violate local symmetries in an icosahedral marine virus

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    Gipson, Preeti; Baker, Matthew L.; Raytcheva, Desislava; Haase-Pettingell, Cameron; Piret, Jacqueline; King, Jonathan A.; Chiu, Wah

    2014-01-01

    Marine viruses play crucial roles in shaping the dynamics of oceanic microbial communities and in the carbon cycle on Earth. Here we report a 4.7-Å structure of a cyanobacterial virus, Syn5, by electron cryo-microscopy and modelling. A Cα backbone trace of the major capsid protein (gp39) reveals a classic phage protein fold. In addition, two knob-like proteins protruding from the capsid surface are also observed. Using bioinformatics and structure analysis tools, these proteins are identified to correspond to gp55 and gp58 (each with two copies per asymmetric unit). The non 1:1 stoichiometric distribution of gp55/58 to gp39 breaks all expected local symmetries and leads to non-quasi-equivalence of the capsid subunits, suggesting a role in capsid stabilization. Such a structural arrangement has not yet been observed in any known virus structures. PMID:24985522

  13. Protruding knob-like proteins violate local symmetries in an icosahedral marine virus

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    Gipson, Preeti; Baker, Matthew L.; Raytcheva, Desislava; Haase-Pettingell, Cameron; Piret, Jacqueline; King, Jonathan A.; Chiu, Wah

    2014-07-01

    Marine viruses play crucial roles in shaping the dynamics of oceanic microbial communities and in the carbon cycle on Earth. Here we report a 4.7-Å structure of a cyanobacterial virus, Syn5, by electron cryo-microscopy and modelling. A Cα backbone trace of the major capsid protein (gp39) reveals a classic phage protein fold. In addition, two knob-like proteins protruding from the capsid surface are also observed. Using bioinformatics and structure analysis tools, these proteins are identified to correspond to gp55 and gp58 (each with two copies per asymmetric unit). The non 1:1 stoichiometric distribution of gp55/58 to gp39 breaks all expected local symmetries and leads to non-quasi-equivalence of the capsid subunits, suggesting a role in capsid stabilization. Such a structural arrangement has not yet been observed in any known virus structures.

  14. Exohedral functionalization of the icosahedral cluster Si 20H 20: a density functional theory study

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    Pichierri, Fabio; Kumar, Vijay; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2004-01-01

    We report results of density functional theory calculations on three derivatives of the recently predicted hydrogenated silicon fullerene cluster Si 20H 20 using the B3PW91 hybrid exchange-correlation functional with the 6-311+G(d) basis set. The cluster has been exohedrally functionalized by replacing one of its H atoms with -CH 2OH, -COOH, and -CONH 2. The resulting functionalized clusters have nearly the same HOMO-LUMO gaps as that of the perhydrogenated silicon fullerene leading to the possibility of developing new silicon fullerene-based molecules for medico-biological applications. The deprotonated Si 20H 19(COO -) cluster displays a very large permanent dipole moment along with a strongly localized HOMO on its carboxyl group.

  15. Photoluminescence Investigation of the Indirect Band Gap and Shallow Impurities in Icosahedral B12As2

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    2012-07-05

    could be effectively modulated by Si doping, resulting in p-type con- duction with a 105 reduction in the resistivity. Hall effect measurements on...conductivity has not been reported in IBA. Other studies of IBA have focused on thermal properties ( Seebeck coefficient, thermal conductivity16...2.56 eV), leading to a band gap of 3.2 eV. This band structure calculation also provided the first determination of the electron and hole effective

  16. The Effects of Stoichiometry on the Mechanical Properties of Icosahedral Boron Carbide Under Loading

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    2012-11-19

    contained in this work can serve as a parameterization set for the development of such a classical model . Using a classical model , much larger simulations of...and quantum molecular dynamics simulations . Computational cells of boron carbide containing up to 960 atoms and spanning compositions ranging from 6.7...functional theory and quantum molecular dynamics simulations . Computational cells of boron carbide containing up to 960 atoms and spanning

  17. Heat capacity and thermal expansion of icosahedral lutetium boride LuB66

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    Novikov, V V; Avdashchenko, D V; Matovnikov, A V; Mitroshenkov, N V; Bud’ko, S L

    2014-01-07

    The experimental values of heat capacity and thermal expansion for lutetium boride LuB66 in the temperature range of 2-300 K were analysed in the Debye-Einstein approximation. It was found that the vibration of the boron sub-lattice can be considered within the Debye model with high characteristic temperatures; low-frequency vibration of weakly connected metal atoms is described by the Einstein model.

  18. Science Using an Electrostatic Levitation Furnace in the MUCAT Sector at the APS

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    Goldman, A.; Kelton, K. F.; Rogers, J. R.

    2004-01-01

    The original motivation for the construction of the BESL prototype was to obtain the first proof of a 50-year-old hypothesis regarding the solidification of liquid metals. Since the 1950s it has been known that under proper conditions liquid metals can be cooled below their melting temperature (undercooled) without crystallizing to the stable solid phase. In 1952 Frank proposed that this was because the atoms in the metallic liquid were arranged with the symmetry of an icosahedron, a Platonic solid consisting of 20 tetrahedra (4-sided pyramid-shaped polyhedra) arranged around a common center. Since this local atomic order is incompatible with the long-range translational periodicity of crystal phases, a barrier is formed to the formation of small regions of the crystal phase, the nucleation barrier. A proof of Frank's hypothesis required a direct correlation between measured icosahedral order in the undercooled liquid and the nucleation barrier. The tendency of sample containers to catalyze nucleation obscured this relation, requiring containerless techniques. Combining containerless processing techniques for electrostatically levitated droplets (ESL) with x-ray synchrotron methods, a team from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and MUCAT at the APS demonstrated an increasing icosahedral order in TiZrNi liquids with decreasing temperature below the melting temperature. The increased icosahedral order caused the transformation of the liquid to a metastable icosahedral quasicrystal phase, instead of the stable tetrahedrally-coordinated crystal intermetallic, giving the first clear demonstration of the connection between the nucleation barrier and the local structure of the liquid, verifying Frank's hypothesis for this alloy.

  19. Science Using an Electrostatic Levitation Furnace in the MUCAT Sector at the APS

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    Goldman, A.; Kelton, K. F.; Rogers, J. R.

    2004-01-01

    The original motivation for the construction of the BESL prototype was to obtain the first proof of a 50-year-old hypothesis regarding the solidification of liquid metals. Since the 1950s it has been known that under proper conditions liquid metals can be cooled below their melting temperature (undercooled) without crystallizing to the stable solid phase. In 1952 Frank proposed that this was because the atoms in the metallic liquid were arranged with the symmetry of an icosahedron, a Platonic solid consisting of 20 tetrahedra (4-sided pyramid-shaped polyhedra) arranged around a common center. Since this local atomic order is incompatible with the long-range translational periodicity of crystal phases, a barrier is formed to the formation of small regions of the crystal phase, the nucleation barrier. A proof of Frank's hypothesis required a direct correlation between measured icosahedral order in the undercooled liquid and the nucleation barrier. The tendency of sample containers to catalyze nucleation obscured this relation, requiring containerless techniques. Combining containerless processing techniques for electrostatically levitated droplets (ESL) with x-ray synchrotron methods, a team from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and MUCAT at the APS demonstrated an increasing icosahedral order in TiZrNi liquids with decreasing temperature below the melting temperature. The increased icosahedral order caused the transformation of the liquid to a metastable icosahedral quasicrystal phase, instead of the stable tetrahedrally-coordinated crystal intermetallic, giving the first clear demonstration of the connection between the nucleation barrier and the local structure of the liquid, verifying Frank's hypothesis for this alloy.

  20. Requirements for structure determination of aperiodic crystals

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    Li, X.; Stern, E.A.; Ma, Y. )

    1991-01-15

    Using computer simulation, we compared the Patterson functions of one-dimensional (1D) randomly packed and quasiperiodic Fibonacci lattices with or without disorder, and a 2D Penrose lattice and random packing of pentagons (icosahedral glass model). Based on these comparisons, we derived some empirical guidelines for distinguishing ideal quasicrystals from aperiodic crystals with disorder using diffraction data. In contrast to periodic crystals, it is essential to include the background to obtain correct Patterson functions of the average structure since the background contains unresolved peaks. In particular, a Bragg peak scattering measurement {ital cannot}, in general, determine the structure of aperiodic crystals. Instead, a diffuse scattering measurement is required, which determines the absolute value of the diffraction background, in addition to the Bragg peaks. We further estimate that, dependent upon the disorder present, it is necessary to include up to 75% of the total diffracted intensity in any analysis.