The European Physical Journal E

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 25–34 | Cite as

Archimedean-like colloidal tilings on substrates with decagonal and tetradecagonal symmetry

  • M. SchmiedebergEmail author
  • J. Mikhael
  • S. Rausch
  • J. Roth
  • L. Helden
  • C. Bechinger
  • H. Stark
Regular Article


Two-dimensional colloidal suspensions subjected to laser interference patterns with decagonal symmetry can form an Archimedean-like tiling phase where rows of squares and triangles order aperiodically along one direction (J. Mikhael et al., Nature 454, 501 (2008)). In experiments as well as in Monte Carlo and Brownian dynamics simulations, we identify a similar phase when the laser field possesses tetradecagonal symmetry. We characterize the structure of both Archimedean-like tilings in detail and point out how the tilings differ from each other. Furthermore, we also estimate specific particle densities where the Archimedean-like tiling phases occur. Finally, using Brownian dynamics simulations we demonstrate how phasonic distortions of the decagonal laser field influence the Archimedean-like tiling. In particular, the domain size of the tiling can be enlarged by phasonic drifts and constant gradients in the phasonic displacement. We demonstrate that the latter occurs when the interfering laser beams are not ideally adjusted.


Interference Pattern Symmetry Center Particle Spacing Brownian Dynamic Simulation Constant Gradient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Schmiedeberg
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Mikhael
    • 2
  • S. Rausch
    • 2
  • J. Roth
    • 3
  • L. Helden
    • 2
  • C. Bechinger
    • 2
    • 4
  • H. Stark
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.2. Physikalisches InstitutUniversität StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  3. 3.Institut für Theoretische und Angewandte PhysikUniversität StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  4. 4.Max-Planck-Institut für MetallforschungStuttgartGermany
  5. 5.Institut für Theoretische PhysikTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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