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Nacre is the iridescent inner lining of many mollusk shells, with a unique lamellar structure at the sub-micron scale, and remarkable resistance to fracture. Despite extensive studies, nacre formation mechanisms remain incompletely understood. Here we present 20-nm, 2°-resolution polarization-dependent imaging contrast (PIC) images of shells from 15 mollusk(More)
We report calculated elastic tensors, axial Grüneisen parameters, and thermal stress distributions in Al2Mo3O12, ZrMgMo3O12, Sc2Mo3O12, and Y2Mo3O12, a series of isomorphic materials for which the coefficients of thermal expansion range from low-positive to negative. Thermal stress in polycrystalline materials arises from interactions between thermal(More)
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