A pedestrian's introduction to spacetime crystallography

  title={A pedestrian's introduction to spacetime crystallography},
  author={Tommaso Toffoli},
  journal={IBM Journal of Research and Development},
Ordinary crystallography deals with regular, discrete, static arrangements in space. Of course, dynamic considerations— and thus the additional dimension of time—must be introduced when one studies the origin of crystals (since they are emergent structures) and their physical properties such as conductivity and compressibility. The space and time of the dynamics in which the crystal is embedded are assumed to be those of ordinary continuous mechanics. In this paper, we take as the starting… CONTINUE READING


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