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Quasicrystals: Structure and Physical Properties

Quasicrystals: Structure and Physical Properties

Hans-Rainer Trebin (Editor)

ISBN: 978-3-527-60678-8 May 2006 668 Pages




Quasicrystals form a new state of solid matter beside the crystalline and the amorphous. The positions of the atoms are ordered, but with noncrystallographic rotational symmetries and in a nonperiodic way. The new structure induces unusual physical properties, promising interesting applications. This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review and presents most recent research results, achieved by a collaboration of physicists, chemists, material scientists and mathematicians within the Priority Programme "Quasicrystals: Structure and Physical Properties" of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Starting from metallurgy, synthesis and characterization, the authors carry on with structure and mathematical modelling. On this basis electronic, magnetic, thermal, dynamic and mechanical properties are dealt with and finally surfaces and thin films.
1. Synthesis, Metallurgy and Characterization.

2. Structure and Mathematical Modelling.

3. Electronic and Magnetic Properties.

4. Thermal and Dynamic Properties.

5. Mechanical Properties.

6. Surfaces and Thin Films.

"The book is very useful as a source and a guide to finding the most important parts of the literature.... The editor and publishers must be congratulated on providing interested scientists with this very informative and time-saving book." (Guido Kreiner, Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, Dresden, Angewandte Chemie + Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 5/04)

"This presentation of the authors most successful results is vital for the understanding of the current status of the science of this outstanding class of materials among intermetallic alloys." (Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, 2004, Band 219)

"The book presents a fresh understanding of quasi-crystals.... In the last five years, more than ten books with a similar title have been published and the present book is the only one that completely includes the newest results." (An Pang Tsai, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba (Japan), ChemPhysChem, 2004, Vol. 5, No. 1)