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Modeling crystal behavior: Towards answers in self-organization
Modeling crystal behavior: Towards answers in self-organization

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The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science researchers have created a model to explore the transition behavior of crystal lattices. Their system, based on spheroid particles with a permanent dipole, showed that the combination of anisotropic steric and dipole effects causes frustration that induces the coupling between polarization and strain, resulting in the self-organization. These findings are expected to contribute to the rational design of materials for applications including electro-mechanical actuators and electro-caloric refrigerators.