Average Unit Cell in Fourier Space and Its Application to Decagonal Quasicrystals
This paper describes a new technique for solving the structure of quasicrystals. The technique is based on transformations between an average unit cell (AUC) and an envelope of diffraction peaks. For centrosymmetric structures like the Penrose tiling, the envelope makes it possible to determine the sign of the phase straight from the diffraction pattern. A Fourier transform of an envelope leads to a distribution of atomic positions within an AUC. Apart from theoretical and modeling aspects of the technique, the paper also presents the results of applying it to the well-known decagonal quasicrystal Al–Ni–Co.
The authors thank H. Takakura for providing us with experimental data. This work is supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and its grant for Scientific Research (N N202 326440).
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