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Viruses and Fullerenes - symmetry as a common thread?

Dechant, Pierre-Philippe, Wardman, Jess, Keef, Thomas and Twarock, Reidun (2014) Viruses and Fullerenes - symmetry as a common thread? Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations and Advances, 70 (Pt 2). pp. 162-167.

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Abstract

We apply here the principle of affine symmetry to the nested fullerene cages (carbon onions) that arise in the context of carbon chemistry. Previous work on affine extensions of the icosahedral group has revealed a new organisational principle in virus structure and assembly. We adapt this group theoretic framework here to the physical requirements dictated by carbon chemistry, and show that we can derive mathematical models for carbon onions within this affine symmetry approach. This suggests the applicability of affine symmetry in a wider context in Nature, as well as offering a novel perspective on the geometric principles underpinning carbon chemistry.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1107/S2053273313034220
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Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QC Physics
School/Department: STEM
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3363

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