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SpringerBriefs in Crystallography

Natural Quasicrystals

The Solar System’s Hidden Secrets

Authors: Bindi, Luca

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  • Presents the discovery of the first natural quasicrystal
  • Describes icosahedrite (Al63Cu24Fe13) in detail
  • Demonstrates that quasicrystals are stable in our solar system
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This book describes the discovery of quasicrystals (icosahedral and decagonal) in an extraterrestrial rock from the Koryak Mountains of Far Eastern Russia. After a decade-long search for a natural quasicrystal, this discovery opened a new avenue in mineralogy and crystallography that could lead to further discoveries in geoscience, astronomy, condensed matter physics, and materials engineering. For the first time, minerals have been discovered that violate the symmetry restrictions of conventional crystallography. The natural occurrence of such crystals was unexpected, involving previously unknown processes. The fact that the quasicrystals were found in a meteorite formed in the earliest moments of the solar system means these processes have been active for over 4.5 billion years and have influenced the composition of the first objects to condense around the Sun. Finding quasicrystals formed in these extreme environments also informed the longstanding debate concerning the stability and robustness of quasicrystals. Recent shock experiments lend support to the hypothesis that the extraterrestrial quasicrystals formed as a result of hypervelocity impacts between objects in the early Solar system, and that they are probably less rare in the Milky Way. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Natural Quasicrystals
Book Subtitle
The Solar System’s Hidden Secrets
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Crystallography
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-45677-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-45677-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-45676-4
Series ISSN
2524-8596
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 89
Number of Illustrations
40 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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