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Materials and complexity: emergence of structural complexity in sphere packings
Author(s): T. Aste; T. Di Matteo
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Paper Abstract

The contemporary science of materials and condensed-matter physics is changing in response to a new awareness of the relevance of concepts associated with complexity. Scientists who design and study new materials are confronted by an ever-increasing degree of complexity, both in the materials themselves and in their synthesis. Typically, modern advanced materials are partially non-crystalline, often multicomponent, and form out of equilibrium. Further, they have functional and structural properties that are active over several length-scales. This emerging structural and functional complexity is intrinsic and necessary to many aspects of modern materials; features common also to several other complex systems. In this paper we briefly review the emerging structural complexity in a special model system: sphere packings.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 January 2006
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6039, Complex Systems, 60390G (13 January 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.637534
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T. Aste, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
T. Di Matteo, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6039:
Complex Systems
Axel Bender, Editor(s)

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