Quasi-Periodic Crystals

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Presenter: Dan Shechtman

Published: July 2015

Age: 18-22 and upwards

Views: 661 views

Tags: quasi;crystal;

Type: Lectures

Source/institution: Lindau-Nobel


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Quasicrystals – or, as Shechtman would prefer, quasi-periodic materials – now have scientists thinking about matter in a new light, but they also have many possible practical applications. Because of their uneven structure, quasicrystals do not have obvious cleavage planes, making them unusually hard. This makes them ideal for making fine but durable instruments. Their low electrical and heat conductivity could also see them used for insulation or even a new non-stick coating for cooking pans.

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