Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fra kvasikrystaller til Alhambras mosaikk

Diffraksjonsmikroskopi av kvasikrystall. Foto: Materialscientist

Et lignende ikke-repeterende mønster (sekskanter) i mosaikk fra Alhambra. Foto: Gruban

Aperiodic mosaics, such as those found in the medieval Islamic mosaics of the Alhambra Palace in Spain (shown above), have helped scientists understand what quasicrystals look like at the atomic level. In those mosaics, as in quasicrystals, the patterns are regular -- they follow mathematical rules -- but they never repeat themselves. (Credit: © cbomers / Fotolia)

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