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Quasicrystalline structures and uses thereof

United States Patent

November 22, 2011
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This invention relates generally to the field of quasicrystalline structures. In preferred embodiments, the stopgap structure is more spherically symmetric than periodic structures facilitating the formation of stopgaps in nearly all directions because of higher rotational symmetries. More particularly, the invention relates to the use of quasicrystalline structures for optical, mechanical, electrical and magnetic purposes. In some embodiments, the invention relates to manipulating, controlling, modulating and directing waves including electromagnetic, sound, spin, and surface waves, for a pre-selected range of wavelengths propagating in multiple directions.
Steinhardt; Paul Joseph (Princeton, NJ), Chaikin; Paul Michael (New York, NY), Man; Weining (San Francisco, CA)
The Trustees of Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
11/ 988,480
July 7, 2006
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under DMR0213706 and DMR0243001, and DE-FG02-91ER40671 awarded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy respectively. The government may have certain rights in the invention.