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First nuclear detonation created ‘impossible’ quasicrystals –

Their structures were once controversial. Now researchers have discovered quasicrystals in the aftermath of a 1945 bomb test.



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This sample of red trinitite was found to contain a previously unknown type of quasicrystal.Credit: Luca Bindi, Paul J. Steinhardt
Scientists searching for quasicrystals so-called impossible materials with unusual, non-repeating structures have identified one in remnants of the worlds first nuclear bomb test.
The previously unknown structure, made of iron, silicon, copper and calcium, probably formed from the fusion of vapourized desert sand and copper cables. Similar materials have been synthesized…

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