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Controlled Self-Assembly of Periodic and Aperiodic Cluster Crystals

Barkan, Kobi and Engel, Michael and Lifshitz, Ron (2014) Controlled Self-Assembly of Periodic and Aperiodic Cluster Crystals. Physical Review Letters, 113 (9). Art. No. 098304. ISSN 0031-9007.

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Soft particles are known to overlap and form stable clusters that self-assemble into periodic crystalline phases with density-independent lattice constants. We use molecular dynamics simulations in two dimensions to demonstrate that, through a judicious design of an isotropic pair potential, one can control the ordering of the clusters and generate a variety of phases, including decagonal and dodecagonal quasicrystals. Our results confirm analytical predictions based on a mean-field approximation, providing insight into the stabilization of quasicrystals in soft macromolecular systems, and suggesting a practical approach for their controlled self-assembly in laboratory realizations using synthesized soft-matter particles.

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Additional Information:© 2014 American Physical Society. Received 16 January 2014; Published 28 August 2014. We are grateful to Michael Cross, Haim Diamant, Jens Glaser, Liron Korkidi, and Goran Ungar for fruitful discussions. This research is supported by the Israel Science Foundation through Grant No. 556/10.
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Israel Science Foundation556/10
Issue or Number:9
Classification Code:PACS: 82.70.Dd; 61.44.Br; 64.70.D-; 64.75.Yz.
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20141007-151924308
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Official Citation:Barkan, K., Engel, M., & Lifshitz, R. (2014). Controlled Self-Assembly of Periodic and Aperiodic Cluster Crystals. Physical Review Letters, 113(9), 098304.
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