# Form Factor:Superball

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A **superball** is a general mathematical shape that can be used to describe **rounded cubes**. In fact, it is a general parametrization that can describe, via a parameter :

- Empty space ()
- Concave octahedra ()
- Octahedra ()
- Convex octahedra ()
- Spheres ()
- Rounded cubes ()
- Cubes ()

The general equation is parametrized by the size, , and the curvature :

Obviously for , we recover the equation for a sphere. In the limit of large , we obtain a cube.

## Contents

## Volume

The normalized volume for a superball is:

Where and is the usual Euler gamma function.

## Equations

The form factor for a superball is likely not analytic. However, it can be computed numerically.

## References

#### Mathematical descriptions of superballs

- N. D. Elkies, A. M. Odlyzko and J. A. Rush "On the packing densities of superballs and other bodies" Inventiones Mathematicae Volume 105, Number 1 (1991), 613-639, doi: 10.1007/BF01232282
- Y. Jiao, F.H. Stillinger, S. Torquato "Optimal packings of superballs"
*Physical Review E***2009**, 79, 041309, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.79.041309

#### Application to nanoscience

- Yugang Zhang, Fang Lu, Daniel van der Lelie, Oleg Gang "Continuous Phase Transformation in Nanocube Assemblies"
*Physical Review Letters***2011**, 107, 135701 doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.135701 - John Royer, George L. Burton, Daniel L. Blair and Steven Hudson Rheology and Dynamics of Colloidal Superballs
*Soft Matter***2015**doi: 10.1039/C5SM00729A

#### Use in scattering

- Yager, K.G.; Zhang, Y.; Lu, F.; Gang, O. "Periodic lattices of arbitrary nano-objects: modeling and applications for self-assembled systems"
*Journal of Applied Crystallography***2014**, 47, 118–129. doi: 10.1107/S160057671302832X- See also summary of paper.