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Felix Flicker (Oxford University)

Title: Classical Dimers on Penrose Tilings

Abstract: Colouring the edges of a graph such that each vertex connects to at most one coloured edge defines a classical dimer model. We study the classical dimer model on rhombic Penrose tilings, whose edges and vertices may be identified with those of a bipartite graph. We find that Penrose tilings do not admit perfect matchings (dimer coverings free of unmatched vertices, or ‘monomer’ defects). Instead, their maximum matchings (with the fewest monomers) have a monomer density of 81-50(the golden ratio), approximately 0.098, in the thermodynamic limit. Such matchings divide the tiling into a fractal of nested closed regions. Turning to related structures, we show that dart-kite Penrose tilings instead feature an imbalance of charge between bipartite sub-lattices, leading to a minimum monomer density of (7-4(the golden ratio))/5, around 0.106, all of one charge. With summer student Jerome Lloyd we show that the Ammann-Beenker tiling admits perfect matchings. We find various other phenomena in dimer models on other quasicrystals.

F. Flicker, S. H. Simon, and S. A. Parameswaran, Phys Rev X 10, 011009
(2020)

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