Quasicrystal discovery-From NBS/NIST to stockholm

Balazs Hargittai, Istvan Hargittai

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There were ideal conditions in 1982 at the NBS/NIST for the kind of exploratory research that led Dan Shechtman to the quasicrystal discovery. Almost thirty years later, in 2011, Shechtman received the Nobel Prize for this achievement. What happened in between these two dates has been covered quite extensively elsewhere. But it is intriguing to learn more about the very beginning. Then, the festivities in Stockholm added to our seeing the story in a fuller perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-306
Number of pages6
JournalStructural Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2012



  • Dan shechtman
  • NIST
  • Nobel prize
  • Quasicrystals
  • Quasiperiodicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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