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Title:Studies on Aperiodic and Quasiperiodic Crystals
Author(s):Mertz, John Edward
Department / Program:Chemical Engineering
Discipline:Chemical Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Chemistry, Physical
Abstract:In this work Fixman's self-consistent phonon theory has been extended and applied to one- and two-component aperiodic and quasiperiodic crystals. First the free energy as a function of density is calculated using an average environment approximation. Then this approximation is lifted and all particles are allowed to move and search out their local free energy minima. Upon relaxation it was found that the one-component quasicrystal undergoes a structural transition to an aperiodic crystal near $\rho \cong$ 1.03. In the binary quasicrystal there was not a pronounced structural transition, but rather local regions of stability and instability. In both the one- and two-component aperiodic crystal it was found that the quenched free energy was dependent upon the density as well as the number of particles in the system. Lastly, the quasicrystalline lattice was transformed into a lattice of water molecules. Molecular dynamics was used to determine that the lattice was unstable.
Issue Date:1988
Description:176 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8823200
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-05-13
Date Deposited:1988

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