Science News 2014(English)

Quasicrystals: A third type of solid

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Running Time : 5minutes

Japanese edition has been published in Oct 7, 2014


Not so long ago scientists thought there were only two types of solids: crystals, composed of order arrangements of atoms, and amorphous materials, in which the atoms are connected in a disorder fashion.
But then a third type of solid was discovered, overturning the conventional wisdom. These new materials, called quasicrystals, have fascinated scientists with their beauty and strangeness.
We will explore the mysterious world of quasicrystals.


An-Pang Tsai(Professor, Tohoku University),
Tomonari Dotera(Professor, Department of Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Kinki University)