J. Phys. IV France 12 (2002) Pr9-221
Spherical crystalsM.J. Bowick
Physics Department, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-1130, U.S.A.
The structure of condensed matter order may change when the medium is curved. This is illustrated for the case of spherical crystals formed by self-assembled colloidal beads on water droplets in oil. Beyond a minimum crystal size novel grain boundary scars proliferate in the ground state.
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