J. Phys. IV France
Volume 12, Numéro 9, November 2002
Page(s) 221 - 225

J. Phys. IV France
12 (2002) Pr9-221
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20020399

Spherical crystals

M.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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