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Periodic minimal surfaces of cubic symmetry

Lord, Eric A. and Mackay, Alan L. (2003) Periodic minimal surfaces of cubic symmetry. Current Science 85 (3), pp. 346-362. ISSN 0011-3891.


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A survey of cubic minimal surfaces is presented, based on the concept of fundamental surface patches and their relation to the asymmetric units of the space groups. The software Surface Evolver has been used to test for stability and to produce graphic displays. Particular emphasis is given to those surfaces that can be generated by a finite piece bounded by straight lines. Some new varieties have been found and a systematic nomenclature is introduced, which provides a symbol (a ‘gene’) for each triply-periodic minimal surface that specifies the surface unambiguously.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:32

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