Abstract

The concept of the algorithmic complexity of crystals is developed for a particular class of minerals and inorganic materials based on orthogonal networks, which are defined as networks derived from the primitive cubic net (pcu) by the removal of some vertices and/or edges. Orthogonal networks are an important class of networks that dominate topologies of inorganic oxysalts, framework silicates and aluminosilicate minerals, zeolites and coordination polymers. The growth of periodic orthogonal networks may be modelled using structural automata, which are finite automata with states corresponding to vertex configurations and transition symbols corresponding to the edges linking the respective vertices. The model proposed describes possible relations between theoretical crystallography and theoretical computer science through the theory of networks and the theory of deterministic finite automata.

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