Stability of two-dimensional soft quasicrystals in systems with two length scales
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The relative stability of two-dimensional soft quasicrystals in systems with two length scales is examined using a recently developed projection method, which provides a unified numerical framework to compute the free energy of periodic crystal and quasicrystals. Accurate free energies of numerous ordered phases, including dodecagonal, decagonal, and octagonal quasicrystals, are obtained for a simple model, i.e., the Lifshitz-Petrich free-energy functional, of soft quasicrystals with two length scales. The availability of the free energy allows us to construct phase diagrams of the system, demonstrating that, for the Lifshitz-Petrich model, the dodecagonal and decagonal quasicrystals can become stable phases, whereas the octagonal quasicrystal stays as a metastable phase.
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