Nanotechnology and Quasicrystals: From self-assembly to photonic applications

R. Lifshitz*

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After providing a concise overview on quasicrystals and their discovery more than a quarter of a century ago, I consider the unexpected interplay between nano-technology and quasiperiodic crystals. Of particular relevance are efforts to fabricate artificial functional micro- or nanostructures, as well as efforts to control the self-assembly of nanostructures, where current knowledge about the possibility of having long-range order without periodicity can provide significant advantages. I discuss examples of systems ranging from artificial metamaterials for photonic applications, through self-assembled soft matter, to surface waves and optically-induced nonlinear photonic quasicrystals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-136
Number of pages18
JournalNATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics
StatePublished - 2009


  • Faraday waves
  • Meta-materials
  • Nanostructures
  • Nonlinear photonic crystals
  • Quasicrystals
  • Quasiperiodic crystals
  • Self-assembly
  • Soft matter
  • Surface waves


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