Glass Physics and Chemistry

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 1–9 | Cite as

Cellular automata and local order in the structural chemistry of the lovozerite group minerals

  • V. Ya. Shevchenko
  • S. V. Krivovichev
  • A. L. Mackay


The structural chemistry of the lovozerite group of minerals is considered using concepts of coordination polyhedra, finite automata and local order. A formal language for these lovozerite-type structures is constructed and the concept of a genetic code for this structure family is suggested. Information and structure are seen to be dialectically interlinked.

Key words

structural chemistry lovozerite cellular automata 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Ya. Shevchenko
    • 1
  • S. V. Krivovichev
    • 2
  • A. L. Mackay
    • 3
  1. 1.Grebenshchikov Institute of Silicate ChemistryRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Department of Crystallography, Faculty of GeologySt. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.School of Crystallography, Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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