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quasicrystal

Syllabification: qua·si·crys·tal
Pronunciation: /ˌkwāˌzīˈkristəl, ˌkwäzē-
 
/

Definition of quasicrystal in English:

noun

Physics
A locally regular aggregation of molecules resembling a crystal in certain properties (such as that of diffraction) but not having a consistent spatial periodicity.
Example sentences
  • She was cited for ‘pioneering work on the surface structures, stabilities and other properties of metal films and quasicrystals, and elucidation of surface structure and chemistry of water on metals.’
  • Previous work has suggested that Bloch-like waves - which describe electron motion in classic crystals - can occur in quasicrystals as well.
  • The alloy forms metastable icosahedral quasicrystals, but Kelton was focusing instead on the alloy's stable crystalline phase, a complex polytetrahedral arrangement called C14 Laves.

Derivatives

quasicrystalline

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Pronunciation: /-ˈkristəlēn/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The experimentalists created one new quasicrystalline phase after another, while the theoreticians developed mathematical systems for describing their symmetry in three dimensions.
  • But because the liquid and quasicrystal phases have similar order - and hence a smaller - the quasicrystalline phase has the lower barrier and will solidify first.
  • We designate this phase as a quasicrystalline phase, L q.

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