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Newly Discovered Quasicrystal Was Created By The First Nuclear Explosion At Trinity Site – Forbes

The extreme shock, temperature, and pressure during the first atomic blast created an exotic mineral that breaks the rules of classical crystals.

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Image of red trinitite sample which contained the quasicrystal.
L. Bindi & P.J.Steinhardt
A newly discovered quasicrystal that was created by the first nuclear explosion at the Trinity test site in the desert of New Mexico on July 16, 1945, could someday help scientists better understand illicit nuclear explosions and curb nuclear proliferation.
“Understanding another countries’ nuclear weapons requires that we have a clear understanding of their nuclear testing programs,” said Terry C. Wallace,…

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