Finite Crystallization via Stratification

  • Leonard Kreutz (Technical University of Munich)
E2 10 (Leon-Lichtenstein)


In this talk, I present a new technique to prove two-dimensional crystallization results in the square lattice for finite particle systems. We consider configurational energies featuring two-body short-ranged particle interactions and three-body angular potentials favoring bond-angles of the square lattice. To each configuration, we associate its bond graph which is then suitably modified by identifying chains of successive atoms. This method, called stratification, reduces the crystallization problem to a simple minimization that corresponds to a proof via slicing of the isoperimetric inequality.

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