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Does every polyomino tile R^n for some n?

This is a question posed by Adam Chalcraft. I am posting it here because I think it deserves wider circulation, and because maybe someone already knows the answer. A polyomino is usually defined to ...
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Lecture notes by Thurston on tiling

I am looking for a copy of the following W. Thurston, Groups, tilings, and finite state automata, AMS Colloquium Lecture Notes. I see that a lot of papers in the tiling literature refer to it but I ...
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Can the sphere be partitioned into small congruent cells?

On the unit $2$-sphere ${\mathbb S}^2$ furnished with the geodesic distance, a subset homeomorphic to a planar disk is called a cell. A finite family of cells is a tiling if their interiors are ...
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Can a unit square be cut into rectangles that tile a rectangle with irrational sides?

For arbitrary positive integers $m$ and $n$, if we dissect a unit square into an $m\times n$ rectangular grid of $1/m\times 1/n$ rectangles, we can reassemble these $mn$ rectangles into an $n/m\times ...
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What can be tiled by T-tetrominoes?

The T-tetromino is a T-shaped figure made of four unit squares. An $m\times n$ rectangle can be tiled by T-tetrominoes if and only if both $m$ and $n$ are multiples of 4. This was proved in a 1965 ...
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Monomer-Dimer tatami tilings need better relationships with other math. Summary of results.

A monomer-dimer tiling of a rectangular grid with $r$ rows and $c$ columns satisfies the \emph{tatami} condition if no four tiles meet at any point. (or you can think of it as the removal of a ...
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tiling a rectangle with the smallest number of squares

This is based on another thread. For $m,n\in \mathbb N$, let $f(m,n)$ be the minimum number of squares with integer sides needed to tile a $m\times n$ rectangle. Recently, a table of values for $n\le ...
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Higher dimensional generalization of: Any quadrilateral tiles the plane?

Any (non-self-intersecting) quadrilateral tiles the plane.     (MathWorld image.) Q. What is the strongest known generalization of this statement to higher dimensions? I.e., ...
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Rhombus tilings with more than three directions

The point of this question is to construct a list of references on the following subject: Fix vectors $v_1$, $v_2$, ..., $v_g$ in $\mathbb{R}^2$, all lying in a half plane in that cyclic order. I am ...
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Decidability of tiling R^2

Does there exist a closed curve, with finite area and finite circumference, of which it is undecidable (in an axiomatic system where it is constructable) whether it can tile the plane? I know the ...
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Arctic regions in higher dimensional zonotopes

Same way as the two dimensional tilings by rhombi come from minimal surfaces in a $D$ dimensional cubical lattice as mentioned in this answer, one can consider higher dimensional zonotopes tiled by ...
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Relation Between Truncated Braid Groups and Regular Tilings of the Complex and Hyperbolic Plane

This is perhaps a vague question, but hopefully there exists literature on the subject. The question is motivated by an answer I gave to this question on math.SE. There exists a rather remarkable ...
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Minimum tiling of a rectangle by squares

Given the $n\times m$ rectangle, I want to compute the minimum number of integer-sided squares needed to tile it (possibly of different sizes). Is there an efficient way to calculate this?
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Mathematics of quasicrystals

I want to study quasicrystals from mathematical point of view, but I'm having hard time finding materials about it. If you could suggest me some books, articles or papers, I would be glad.
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The sparsest planar net that captures every unit segment

Let $\cal C = \lbrace C_i \rbrace$ be a collection of rectifiable curves in the plane with the property that every unit-length segment meets at least one curve in at least one point. Call such a ...
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slick-proof-of-trick-for-counting-domino-tilings

The trick for rewriting the number of domino tilings of a simply-connected finite lattice region as the absolute value of the determinant of a matrix (due I believe to Kasteleyn and Percus, but if ...
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What exact number of domino tilings cannot be realizable?

Inspired by some other questions, (this and this), I wonder what numbers $n$ there are that satisfy $$p(n)=\text{there is no region that admits exactly } n \text{ domino tilings}.$$ If this is true, ...
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Conjecture on NP-completeness of tesselation of Wang Tile up to finite size

Motivated by these following questions on tessellation: coloring in lattice Reference for Wang Tile Computational approach deciding whether a set of Wang Tile could tile the space up to some size ...
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Detecting tilings by toric geometry

This is probably a silly question, but I figured that if there is a good answer, this would be a good place to ask. Ever since I got my hands on the book "Toric Varieties" by Cox, Little and Schenck, ...
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A question about tiling Hilbert Space

Let H be an infinite dimensional and separable Hilbert Space. Let e be a positive real number-which can be arbitrarily small. Does there exist a denumerably infinite set S of pairwise disjoint and ...
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Name this periodic tiling

Hello MO, I've been working on a problem I'm working on in ergodic theory (finding Alpern lemmas for measure-preserving $\mathbb R^d$ actions) and have found some neat tilings, that I presume were ...
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Are there irregular tilings by L-polyominoes?

I wonder if one can tile the plane with an order-$n$ L-polyomino in a fundamentally irregular manner. I seek help in defining what should constitute "irregular." An L-polyomino of order $n \ge 2$ is ...
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Tiling survey that updates TIlings and Patterns?

Can anyone suggest a survey (or surveys) that provides an update to Tilings and Patterns by Grunbaum and Shepard? If there's a more recent book, that would be fantastic, but I don't see one. I am ...
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Dividing a square into 5 equal squares

Can you divide one square paper into five equal squares? You have a scissor and glue. You can measure and cut and then attach as well. Only condition is You can't waste any paper.
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What is the right way to think about / represent general tilings?

For periodic/symmetric tilings, it seems somewhat "obvious" to me that it just comes down to working out the right group of symmetries for each of the relevant shapes/tiles, but its not clear to me if ...
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What are Penrose Tilings, and how do they relate to Quasicrystals?

The question is in the title, but let me elaborate a little. Background Penrose Tilings are really pretty and satisfy some remarkable properties. For instance, I believe the following is true: even ...
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Random walk on a Penrose tiling

PĆ³lya proved that a random walk on $\mathbb{Z}^2$ almost surely returns to the origin, or, equivalently, returns to the origin infinitely often. It was subsequently established that in $\mathbb{Z}^3$, ...
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computing average height-functions for lozenge tilings

Can anyone suggest a simple and efficient way (preferably embodied in computer code) to compute the average height function for lozenge tilings of an $a,b,c,a,b,c$ semiregular hexagon? I prefer to ...
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Fractal Tiling of Rhombic Dodecahedra

Hello, this is my first question on Math Overflow... Rhombic dodecahedra can be tiled in 3-space, leaving no gaps. This tiling corresponds to the close-packing of spheres. Consider a "nucleus" ...
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Exact enumerations from two-dimensional stat mech models

Exact enumerations corresponding to the dimer model on a hexagonal grid, the dimer model on a square grid, and the four-vertex (aka square ice) model on a square grid are known, namely: lozenge ...
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one-dimensional (sort of) tilings

Consider the following one-dimensional tiling problem. Each "tile" is a sequence of nonnegative integers. A "region" is also such a sequence. I can shift the "tiles", or reverse them. A tiling is ...
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Does every polycube tiling imply a regular polycube tiling?

Let's define d-polycubes to be a union of unit hypercubes from the $\mathbb Z^d$ tiling of d-dimensional Euclidean space which has connected interior. Given a tiling of $\mathbb R^d$ by identical ...
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2-layer tilings with a center-of-gravity constraint

I've encountered a tiling problem with a physical constraint that might place it outside the literature on tiling. "Tiling" is a bit of a misnomer; it is a special type of cover. All the tiles are ...
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Possible structures for minimal tiling sets

Inspired by Col. Sicherman's results here, my speculations have so far outrun my expertise that I thought I might pass my question along to others who might find it equally intriguing, but perhaps ...
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Decidability of periodic tilings of the plane

I'm interested in tilings of the plane by squares, with labels on the edges. It's well known that (1) the question "can one tile the plane with the following finite set of tiles?" is undecidable, and ...
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Convex tilings of the plane

For convex polyhedra you have Steinitz's theorem characterizing them as the 3-connected planar graphs. My question is not about spheric tilings, but about periodic tilings of the euclidean plane. Is ...
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Aperiodic set of corner Wang Tile [closed]

There is quite some reference on aperiodicity of the edge-type of Wang Tile. But I could not yet find aperiodic corner type of Wang Tiles... Could someone provide me some instances (better with ...
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Poisson Summation Formulas for Cut and Project Quasicrystals

In Lagarias' paper "Mathematical Quasicrystals and the Problem of Diffraction" http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/~lagarias/doc/diffraction.pdf he discusses various ways one might get Poisson summation ...
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What is known about tiling a rectangle in an irreducible way by smaller rectangles?

Given two naturals $s<t$. Is there always a square (or at least a bigger rectangle) that can be tiled with $s\times t$ rectangles in an irreducible way (i.e. any grid line splitting it cuts at ...
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Consecutive Integer Squared Square

Is it possible to construct a squared square out of consecutive integer squares? Be it 1,2,3,...n or k,k+1,k+2,...n.
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Thinnest 2-fold coverings of the plane by congruent convex shapes

It is an unsolved problem to determine the "thinnest" $2$-fold covering of the plane by disks. The $2$-fold coverage problem by disks is to find the minimum number of congruent (unit-radius) disks ...
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Representing groups with two generators as graph automorphisms

Suppose we have a group $G$ which can be generated by two elements $x$, $y$. Call $H$, $K$, $L$ the subgroups of $G$ generated by $x$, $y$ and $y^{-1}x^{-1}$, respectively. With these data, we can ...
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(non-)existence of the aperiodic monotile

The aperiodic monotile problem asks whether there exists a single tile that every tiling made with it results non-periodic. What is known about this problem? If this tile exists, how can it be/not be? ...
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A question about self-affine tiles

A self-affine tile is a compact set $T$ in $\mathbb R^n$ of positive Lebesgue measure for which there is an $n\times n$ expanding matrix $A$ (i.e. all its eigenvalues have modulus greater than 1) such ...
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Translative packing constant strictly larger than lattice packing constant

Simply put, my question is this: what is the smallest dimension, if any, where we can know for sure that a convex body exists whose translative packing constant is strictly larger than its lattice ...
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Reference for Wang Tile

I am working on projects in solving ground state of generalized ising models. One recent work involves tiling with basic tiles that filled the whole lattice. For example, we could obtain results: ...
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symmetric difference of temperate zone and inscribed disk

For random domino tilings of the Aztec diamond of order $n$ or random lozenge tilings of the regular hexagon of order $n$, what's the typical order of magnitude of the area of the symmetric difference ...
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Domino Shuffling and Warren's process

In this paper by Nordenstam, it is shown that a certain interlacing particle process that arises from uniformly random Aztec diamond tilings is amazingly similar to Warren's process. One of the ...
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Radial tilings with variable area ratios

I was looking at this neat page on logarithmic spiral tilings when a question popped up: http://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/symmetry/log-spir.htm It seems that in all of the tilings shown, the area of each ...
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Computational approach deciding whether a set of Wang Tile could tile the space up to some size

As an applied person, I'm facing one practical problem deciding whether a set of Wang tile could tile the plane periodically or aperiodically. Although both problems seem undecidable, but I'm on a ...