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Symmetry 2012, 4(3), 537-544; doi:10.3390/sym4030537

A Higher Dimensional Description of the Structure of β-Mn

CAS, Lund University, P.O. Box 124, Lund 22100, Sweden
Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706, USA
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Received: 3 July 2012 / Revised: 22 August 2012 / Accepted: 22 August 2012 / Published: 27 August 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Crystal Symmetry and Structure)
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The structure of β-Mn crystallizes in space group P4132. The pseudo 8-fold nature of the 41 axes makes it constitute an approximant to the octagonal quasicrystals. In this paper we analyze why a five-dimensional super space group containing mutually perpendicular 8-fold axes cannot generate P4132 on projection to 3-d space and how this may instead be accomplished from a six-dimensional model. A procedure for generating the actual structure of β-Mn lifted to six-dimensional space is given.
Keywords: octagonal quasicrystal; approximant; six-dimensional space octagonal quasicrystal; approximant; six-dimensional space
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Lidin, S.; Fredrickson, D. A Higher Dimensional Description of the Structure of β-Mn. Symmetry 2012, 4, 537-544.

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