Once upon a time in Kamchatka: The search for natural quasicrystals

Paul J. Steinhardt, Luca Bindi

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We present evidence for a naturally occurring quasicrystal consisting of micron-sized grains of Al63Cu24Fe13 with icosahedral symmetry embedded in a sample of khatyrkite (nominally, (Cu,Zn)Al2) obtained from the Khatyrka ultramafic zone of the Koryak Mountains in the northern half of the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2421-2426
Number of pages6
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Issue number19-21
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • X-ray diffraction
  • alloys
  • aperiodic materials
  • geological materials
  • inorganic materials
  • quasicrystals


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