This book explains aperiodic crystals, which cannot be described by the classical model of 3-dimensional periodicities. The study of these new types of material necessitates describing them in dimensions larger than three. It describes the physical and mathematical methods to solve and characterize them, and to understand their physical properties.
- Detailed introduction to the field of aperiodic crystals
- Overview of various families of aperiodic crystals including incommensurate structures, composites and quasi crystals
- Encompasses the field of quasicrystals and gives an excellent introduction to the subject of the 2011 Chemistry Nobel Prize awarded to Dan Shechtman
- Extends and generalizes the concept of quasicrystals in the framework of aperiodic crystals
New to this edition
- Includes new materials and new structures discovered since first edition
- Discusses recent developments including natural quasicrystals, incommensurate magnetic and multiferroic structures, photonic and mesoscopic quasicrystals
- Reflects recent progress made in structure determination, the interpretation and understanding of structural characteristics and the calculation of electrons and phonons
- A number of new exercises included
About the Author(s)
Ted Janssen, Formerly of the Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Nijmegen, Gervais Chapuis, Professor Emeritus, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, and Marc de Boissieu, Director of Research at CNRS, Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS
Ted Janssen studied mathematics and physics at the University of Utrecht. He later moved to the University of Nijmegen, from which he graduated with a PhD in 1968. He spent a year at the ETH in Zurich and returned to Nijmegen as an Associate Professor. He became a full professor at the University of Utrecht and, in
1994, he moved again to Nijmegen where he spent the rest of his career. He has been invited as guest Professor in Leuwen, Dijon, Lausanne, Paris, Orsay, Nagoya and Sendai. He has oriented his research activities to the fields of group theory in physics, crystallography and properties of aperiodic crystals, friction theory and nonlinear dynamics. In 1998, he received the Amino Prize from the Swedish Academy of Science along with P.M. de Wolff and A. Janner. In 2014, along with A. Janner, he received the Ewald Prize awarded by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr).
Gervais Chapuis graduated in physical chemistry at the Swiss Federal School of Technology in Zurich
(ETHZ) in 1971. He later obtained his PhD in crystallography at the same institution. He continued his research in the field of resonant scattering for three years at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California. He then returned to Switzerland, to the Institute of Crystallography of the Physics Department at the University of Lausanne. In 1991, he became full professor and in 2003 moved to the Swiss Federal School of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Chapuis has published over 250 research papers on structures and properties of aperiodic crystals and is the author of several textbooks in the field of crystallography. As an active member of the IUCr, he is editor and co-editor of a number of
scientific journals and media, and the chair and member of various committees.
Marc de Boissieu obtained his PhD in Material Sciences in 1989 at Écoles des Mines in Nancy. He then joined the CNRS as a researcher in the laboratory LTPCM, now Science et Ingénierie des Matériaux et Procédés in Grenoble. He has oriented his research in the field of quasicrystals and complex intermetallic compounds, studying their atomic structure, defects and lattice dynamics using x-ray and neutron scattering techniques, associated with atomic scale modelling and simulations. His work is conducted through international collaboration with several groups in Europe, Japan and USA. Since 2009, he
has been the director of the European network C-MAC. As an active member of the IUCr, he has been chair of the commission on aperiodic crystals and is co-editor of Acta B.
"Review from previous edition ... very timely ... including the big picture and how to explain it." - Marjorie Senechal, Smith College Northampton, Massachusetts
"... a valuable aid for newcomers to the field of aperiodic crystals as well as in teaching solid state physics and chemistry and crystallography." - Walter Steurer, ETH Zurich