Crystals … diamond structure, and something called K_4

I am going to have to look up the article referred to by /. This morning, they linked to an article in AMS about crystal symmetry, and a structure they called K_4. This structure, they claimed, does not occur in nature.

Odd I thought … as the picture they showed, well, I thought I had seen it before.

So using Inventor, I pulled out an old copy of a Gallium Arsenide lattice I used for simulations, more than a decade ago (aren’t open formats nice?) and put it up on the screen, right next to the structure that doesn’t exist in nature.This is what I saw


K_4 versus GaAs lattice

Not seen in nature? You be the judge.

As noted, I need to read the article, it is possible that their picture is mislabeled, and they are showing a diamond lattice where they mean to be showing a different lattice.

That said, lattices are extremely well studied.

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