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Physicists Glimpse How Quasicrystals Boogie

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Science  01 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5484, pp. 1451
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5484.1451

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A new series of rapid-fire photographs has finally captured the expected dance of atoms in the changing latticework of a quasicrystal, the slightly unpredictable cousin of crystals. Although scientists had observed defects in quasicrystalline structures left behind by the flip-flops, called phasons, this is the first time anyone has spotted a real phason in action.