Algebraic & Geometric Topology

Integral cohomology of rational projection method patterns

Franz Gähler, John Hunton, and Johannes Kellendonk

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We study the cohomology and hence K –theory of the aperiodic tilings formed by the so called “cut and project” method, that is, patterns in d –dimensional Euclidean space which arise as sections of higher dimensional, periodic structures. They form one of the key families of patterns used in quasicrystal physics, where their topological invariants carry quantum mechanical information. Our work develops both a theoretical framework and a practical toolkit for the discussion and calculation of their integral cohomology, and extends previous work that only successfully addressed rational cohomological invariants. Our framework unifies the several previous methods used to study the cohomology of these patterns. We discuss explicit calculations for the main examples of icosahedral patterns in 3 – the Danzer tiling, the Ammann–Kramer tiling and the Canonical and Dual Canonical D 6 tilings, including complete computations for the first of these, as well as results for many of the better known 2–dimensional examples.

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Algebr. Geom. Topol., Volume 13, Number 3 (2013), 1661-1708.

Received: 10 February 2012
Accepted: 4 December 2012
First available in Project Euclid: 19 December 2017

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Primary: 52C23: Quasicrystals, aperiodic tilings
Secondary: 52C22: Tilings in $n$ dimensions [See also 05B45, 51M20] 55R20: Spectral sequences and homology of fiber spaces [See also 55Txx]

aperiodic patterns cut and project model sets cohomology tilings


Gähler, Franz; Hunton, John; Kellendonk, Johannes. Integral cohomology of rational projection method patterns. Algebr. Geom. Topol. 13 (2013), no. 3, 1661--1708. doi:10.2140/agt.2013.13.1661.

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