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Once Upon a Time in Kamchatka: The Extraordinary Search for Natural Quasicrystals

March 28, 2014 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Presenter 
Paul Steinhardt, Princeton University
Location 
Building 203
Type 
Colloquium
Series 
Physics Division Colloquium
Abstract:
Quasicrystals are exotic materials that have symmetries that were once thought to be impossible for matter. The concept was introduced and the first known examples were synthesized in the laboratory thirty years ago, but could Nature have beaten us to the punch? This talk will describe the search that took over a dozen years to answer this question, resulting in one of the strangest scientific stories you are ever likely to hear.