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.
The normalized volume for a superball is:
Where and is the usual Euler gamma function.
The form factor for a superball is likely not analytic. However, it can be computed numerically.
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.