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Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Physics

Year Degree Awarded

2015

Month Degree Awarded

September

First Advisor

Gregory M. Grason

Subject Categories

Condensed Matter Physics | Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics

Abstract

In this dissertation we study the emergent patterns of multi-dislocation ground states in two geometrically related classes of frustrated assemblies, twisted filament bundles and crystalline spherical cap. We discuss the fundamental role played by characteristic patterns of dislocations in restructuring the ordered phase of theses geometrically frustrated systems in the presence of external stresses. Our analysis on the formation of grain boundary scars leads to universal predictions for the features of defect patterns and their underlying energetic principles.

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