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Quasicrystals enter third dimension

Advances in laser-based fabrication technology have resulted in the construction of the first three-dimensional silicon photonic quasicrystals that operate in the infrared.

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Figure 1: A two-dimensional quasicrystal motif that has eight-fold rotational symmetry.


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Chan, C. Quasicrystals enter third dimension. Nature Photon 1, 91–92 (2007).

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