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How does your quasicrystal grow?

Somewhere between the amorphous glasses and the rigidly regimented periodic crystals lie the quasicrystals: ordered, predictable, yet non-periodic arrangements of atoms. How do these strange structures form?

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Figure 1: Quasicrystalline mosaic.
Figure 2: Assimilation simulation.

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Steinhardt, P. How does your quasicrystal grow?. Nature 452, 43–44 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/452043a

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