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Trivalent Discrete Surfaces and Carbon Structures

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  • Discusses topological crystallography and provides many examples
  • Expounds upon a discrete surface theory which is based on crystals/molecular structures
  • Considers convergence arguments for discrete surfaces, which are essentially discrete objects

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in the Mathematics of Materials (BRIEFSMAMA, volume 5)

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This book discusses discrete geometric analysis, especially topological crystallography and discrete surface theory for trivalent discrete surfaces. Topological crystallography, based on graph theory, provides the most symmetric structure among given combinatorial structures by using the variational principle, and it can reproduce crystal structures existing in nature. 

In this regard, the topological crystallography founded by Kotani and Sunada is explained by using many examples. Carbon structures such as fullerenes are considered as trivalent discrete surfaces from the viewpoint of discrete geometric analysis. Discrete surface theories usually have  been considered discretization of smooth surfaces. Here, consideration is given to discrete surfaces modeled by crystal/molecular structures, which are essentially discrete objects. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Graduate School of Mathematics, Nagoya University, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Japan

    Hisashi Naito

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Professor Hisashi Naito is a full Professor at Graduate School of Mathematics, Nagoya University. 

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