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Tiling models for metadislocations in AlPdMn approximants

By M. Engel and H. -r. Trebin


The AlPdMn quasicrystal approximants ξ, ξ ′ , and ξ ′ n of the 1.6 nm decagonal phase and R, T, and Tn of the 1.2 nm decagonal phase can be viewed as arrangements of cluster columns on two-dimensional tilings. We substitute the tiles by Penrose rhombs and show, that alternative tilings can be constructed by a simple cut and projection formalism in three dimensional hyperspace. It follows that in the approximants there is a phasonic degree of freedom, whose excitation results in the reshuffling of the clusters. We apply the tiling model for metadislocations, which are special textures of partial dislocations.

Year: 2008
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