Quasicrystals and Other Aperiodic Structures in Mineralogy

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Pina Martínez, Carlos Manuel and López-Acevedo Cornejo, Victoria (2016) Quasicrystals and Other Aperiodic Structures in Mineralogy. Crystals, 6 (11). p. 137. ISSN 2073-4352

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst6110137




Abstract

In this article, we first present and discuss eighteenth-century descriptions of minerals that contributed decisively to the development of crystallography. Remarkably, these old crystallographic descriptions included morphologies with symmetries incompatible with an internal periodic order of atoms, which, however, have been recognised to be characteristics of quasicrystals. Moreover, we also review a number of studies of minerals with aperiodic crystal structures, including recently reported natural quasicrystals of extra-terrestrial origin. Finally, we discuss the current investigations addressing the search for new quasicrystalline minerals in nature.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Quasicrystals; aperiodic mineral structures; crystal and quasicrystal morphologies; quasicrystalline minerals; skutterudite; cobaltine
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Crystallography
Sciences > Geology > Mineralogy
ID Code:62808
Deposited On:03 Nov 2020 09:10
Last Modified:03 Nov 2020 09:10

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