Quasicrystals and the birth of the atomic age

Luca Bindi, Paul J. Steinhardt

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The fi rst nuclear bomb explosion led to the formation of a novel form of matter, known as a quasicrystal, with an elemental composition that had never been seen before. At 05:29:45 Mountain War Time on 16 July 1945, a plutonium implosion device was detonated in New Mexico on the Alamogordo bombing range, about 330 km south of Los Alamos, and ushered in the atomic age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationPhysics Today
StatePublished - May 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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