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Crystals break up with a twist

When crystal defects are present in an ensemble of spinning colloids that induce transverse forces on each other, the defects assemble into grain boundaries that can break the system apart into a set of crystal whorls.

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Fig. 1: Whorl states.

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Reichhardt, C.J.O., Reichhardt, C. Crystals break up with a twist. Nat. Phys. 18, 134–135 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-021-01437-3

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