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Crystal-Quasicrystal Transitions - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444898272, 9780444599148

Crystal-Quasicrystal Transitions

1st Edition

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Editors: M.J. Yacamán M. Torres
eBook ISBN: 9780444599148
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 18th March 1993
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Table of Contents

Preface. Continuous transformation of Al-Mn-Si and A1-Cr-Si decagonal quasicrystals to a new approximant (H. Zhang, X.Z. Li, K.H. Kuo). Relation between icosahedral quasicrystal and its (1/1) cubic approximant (F.H. Li). Phason defect and phase transition (Z.-H. Mai and L. Xu). Twinning of quasicrystals and related crystals (S. Ranganathan, A. Singh, R.K. Mandal, S. Lele). The structural relations between amorphous, icosahedral, and crystalline phases (J.C. Holzer, K.F. Kelton). Structural aspects of alloys with quasicrystallines phases (R. Perez, J.A. Juarez-Islas, J. Reyes Gasga, M.J. Yacamán). Transitions between quasiperiodic and periodic phases by one-parameter Schur rotations (M. Baake, D. Joseph, P. Kramer). Quasicrystals and their approximants. A unified view (D. Romeu, J.L. Aragón). Acoustic quasicrystals to analogically study quasicrystal-crystal transitions (M. Torres et al.). Author index.


The discovery of five-fold diffraction symmetry by D. Schechtman in 1985 shocked crystallography to its roots. Incommensurable modulation of a crystal changes former identical unit cells into different ones. This radical revolution has given rise to the study of an entirely new class of matter, the quasicrystalline materials. The study of these quasi-periodic crystals brings a unique elucidation of the fundaments of crystallography and the relationship between lattice structure and macroscopic properties.

This book covers the transitions between the crystalline and the quasicrystalline state. A thorough understanding of the transition from quasiperiodic to periodic lattices is essential in order to investigate the uniqueness of quasicrystals.

In this well-written volume, an overview is given of the most important problems in quasicrystallography today. Leading experts provide insight into recent experimental advances achieved by studying the phase transitions between crystalline and quasicrystalline states. In the theoretical chapters one is introduced to the depth of insight into the nature of crystallography which has arisen through a rigorous understanding of the quasicrystal structure.

This book is an essential source of reference for crystallographers, crystal growers and solid state physicists working in the field.


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18th March 1993
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About the Editors

M.J. Yacamán

Affiliations and Expertise

Universidad Nacional Autómona de México, México

M. Torres

Affiliations and Expertise

Instituto de Electrónica de Comunicaciones, Madrid, Spain