Ising-like transition and phason unlocking in icosahedral quasicrystals

Tomonari Dotera, Paul J. Steinhardt

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Using Monte Carlo computer simulations, we find strong evidence for a novel, finite-temperature, Ising-like transition in the alignment of unit cells in icosahedral quasicrystals. The Ising-like transition may be related to the transition in phason behavior from a locked (Penrose-tiling-like) phase at low temperatures to an unlocked (random-tiling-like) phase at high temperatures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1670-1673
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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