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Soft matter

A triangular affair

Disks interacting via particular potentials self-organize into triangles that stabilize mosaics with 10-, 12-, 18- and 24-fold symmetry, as revealed by computer simulations. Discoveries of further novel quasicrystals may now be within reach.

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Figure 1: Artistic depiction of the 18-fold mosaic quasicrystal obtained in soft-matter simulations by Dotera and colleagues1.

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Engel, M., Glotzer, S. A triangular affair. Nature Phys 10, 185–186 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys2903

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