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A smectic dodecagonal quasicrystal
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
Number of Authors: 4
2016 (English)In: Soft Matter, ISSN 1744-683X, E-ISSN 1744-6848, Vol. 12, no 43, 8869-8875 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We report a solid smectic phase that exhibits dodecagonal global order. It is composed of axially stacked hexagonally ordered particle layers, and its 12-fold rotational symmetry induced by the 301 rotation of adjacent layers with respect to each other. A quasicrystal was produced in a molecular-dynamics simulation of a single-component system of particles interacting via a spherically-symmetric potential. It was formed as a result of a first-order phase transition from an isotropic liquid state that occurred under constant-density cooling. This finding implies that a similarly structured quasicrystal can possibly be produced by the same class of systems as those forming smectic-B crystals. This quasicrystal can also be expected to arise in a system of spherically-shaped colloidal particles with appropriately tuned potential.

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2016. Vol. 12, no 43, 8869-8875 p.
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Chemical Sciences Materials Engineering Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136913DOI: 10.1039/c6sm01832gISI: 000387988400008PubMedID: 27722432OAI: diva2:1061928
Available from: 2017-01-04 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved

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