Coordination and cluster packing in quasicrystals

N. Fujita, K. Niizeki

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We discuss some local and global characteristics of quasicrystalline structures. Firstly, we present an analysis of the coordination numbers in the Cd5.7Yb binary quasicrystal. A majority of the Cd and Yb atoms occupy 12- and 16-fold coordinated sites, respectively. It is argued that the coordination properties are closely related to the local stability of the quasicrystals. Secondly, a simple inflation algorithm is presented for generating an icosahedral quasilattice which has a dense packing of a given structural motif or cluster. The atomic surface of a P-type icosahedral quasilattice generated in this way has a fractal boundary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1913-1919
Number of pages7
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Issue number13-15
Publication statusPublished - 2008 May


  • Atomic structure
  • Clusters
  • Coordination number
  • Icosahedral quasilattice
  • Inflation method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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