Tim Munsie’s favorite structure is:



Source: Photo from our lab of a stained glass pyrochlore made by the parent of one of the undergraduate researchers


The reason my favourite group is the pyrochlores is because of the wide range of physics that comes out of the underlying symmetries, especially when it comes to magnetic frustration. It is easy to explain magnetism and symmetry to almost anyone with this structure. In addition, as group names go pyrochlore just sounds impressive, and personally a pyrochlore was the very first crystal I have grown from base powders into a single crystal.—Tim Munsie

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