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Title:The Crystal Maze
Author(s):Ren, Yi
Abstract:Have you ever wondered why snowflakes are hexagonal-shaped? About 400 years ago, Johannes Kepler found that the beautiful structures of snowflakes are due to the regular geometry packing of tiny solid subunit, which allows the water molecules to form together in the most efficient way. My graduate work has focused on structure-property relationships in solid materials. This image depicts the crystalline tetrathiafulvalene under an optical microscope with polarized light. Due to molecular interactions, the maze-like pattern was created via rapid evaporation of an organic solvent. The color of this image is “painted” by the interactions between birefringent anisotropic crystals and polarized light.
Issue Date:2017
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Yi Ren
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-04-14

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