Five-Fold Symmetry in Liquids
Entry by Emily Redston, AP 226, Fall 2012
Five-fold symmetry in liquids by F. Spaepen. Nature 408, 781-82 (2000)
Even though liquids are essential ingredients in soft matter, researchers have only recently begun to understand their structure. Previous theories describing liquids as disordered crystals or as dense gases have fallen short. In this article, Professor Spaepen presents a concise summary of the current understanding of liquid structure as a dense packing of tetrahedral building blocks.