Non-spiky density of states of an icosahedral quasicrystal
Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Nijmegen
Toernooiveld, 6525 ED Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Accepted: 25 September 2000
The density of states of the ideal three-dimensional Penrose tiling, a quasicrystalline model, is calculated with a resolution of 10 meV. It is not spiky. This falsifies theoretical predictions so far, that spikes of width 10–20 meV are generic for the density of states of quasicrystals, and it confirms recent experimental findings. The qualitative difference between our results and previous calculations is partly explained by the small number of points that has usually been included in the evaluation of the density of states of periodic approximants of quasicrystals. It is also shown that both the density of states of a small approximant of the three-dimensional Penrose tiling and the density of states of the ideal two-dimensional Penrose tiling do have spiky features, which also partly explains earlier predictions.
PACS: 71.23.Ft – Quasicrystals / 71.20.-b – Electron density of states and band structure of crystalline solids
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