Quasicrystal discovery-From NBS/NIST to Stockholm

Balazs Hargittai, I. Hargittai

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


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 30 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
Title of host publicationScience of Crystal Structures: Highlights in Crystallography
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319198279, 9783319198262
Publication statusPublished - Sep 9 2015



  • Dan Shechtman
  • NIST
  • Nobel prize
  • Quasicrystals
  • Quasiperiodicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

Cite this

Hargittai, B., & Hargittai, I. (2015). Quasicrystal discovery-From NBS/NIST to Stockholm. In Science of Crystal Structures: Highlights in Crystallography (pp. 137-142). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-19827-9_15